The NAC Executive

 

'Overseen by professionals from diverse backgrounds, our aim is to attract others with complementary skills & experience onto NAC's Executive'.

 

Three Heads

 

Michael Cybulski

His father a RAF Officer, Michael Cybulski enjoyed his early years as an Air Force brat on bases in Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta and Singapore, and all over the UK.

His early career in London exposed him to international trade, an interest that continues to this day, his DMS Group supporting clients in some 70 countries (for whom research may be conducted in over 140 countries), and through interests in insurance, debt recovery and credit management consultancy.

NAC’s genesis as a literary agency occurred in the most unlikely circumstance.

On Western Australia’s Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course practice putting green late 2014 he was approached by an unpublished author. Aware of Michael’s 45 years international career the author proposed Michael might represent his work to publishers, and things went from there.

New Authors Collective was formally launched on August 12th 2015.

Michael has no pretensions to NAC operating as a traditional ‘literary agent’. Instead, with notable success, he brings an entrepreneurial approach to representing new authors to market in Australia and overseas.

Consistent with this international focus, seven NAC authors were contracted by offshore publishers in its’ first 14 months of operations; several others are under offer.

Committed to unwavering high standard of service, to authors & publishers alike, Michael  is responsible for NAC’s external relations (with authors, publishers, reviewers, service providers and media), and international marketing.

 

Denise Doraisamy (Head of Children's Section)

Born and raised on a dairy farm outside Sydney Denise Doraisamy trained as a teacher, and studied widely in languages including Spanish and German.

Before marrying she moved to London where she worked in a psychiatric practice whose focus was on children with autism. Much of what she learnt there, and during her travels, was later incorporated in her teaching and writing.

On retirement from a multi-million dollar medical enterprise she travelled to India, where she lived with her husband before returning to Australia eight years later. Here she began further training, completing her Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Denise rediscovered her love of writing, completing her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at UTS in Sydney in 2011. She has been writing, and editing for others ever since.

Her early work with children with autism in the UK and teaching in Australia gives her a unique insight into children's and young adult’s writing, making her the ideal Head of Children's Literature for NAC.

 

Denise Harris

A keen reader from an early age, books have always been important to Denise. She majored in English in her Arts Degree and following a decision to complete a DipEd began a 36 year career in education. Initially in the secondary classroom teaching English, History, General Studies and Drama; later came Executive leadership roles covering curriculum, pastoral care, administration and school development. She loved her years of teaching, particularly the senior English students, and relished sharing her passion for literature and the power of writing. Always actively engaged with students she produced and directed plays and musicals, trained debaters and public speakers, organised theatre excursions and developed student leadership programs.

A secondment to the Board of Studies working in school liaison, professional development & training encouraged her to pursue a Masters in Educational Administration and she returned to schools at the end of the three year BOS role.

Early semi-retirement with her partner to the Central Coast prompted a new career in consulting, with a number of interesting years on short term contracts with various schools and educational bodies, punctuated by travel.

A conversation over dinner with an old friend led Denise into her current role as Literary and Editorial Head - Adult works, with the New Authors Collective literary agency. She enjoys the interactions with all involved in this new enterprise, most particularly helping the authors to meet the challenges of preparing a manuscript for publication.

Denise is a keen theatre goer, traveller (particularly international motorbike touring), skier and walker. She enjoys cooking, a glass of good wine with friends, yoga and Pilates; Denise loves her book clubs and grandchildren and, of course, reading. There are always new books to explore and the classics to revisit!