Working With Authors

 

‘Helping deserving authors fulfil their dream of being published’ (NAC’s mission).

 

We Love Our Authors

Joining NAC’s Journey

Please read the whole of this page before contacting NAC about your work.

NAC handles works from the point we agree with the author their works are truly ‘finished’, manuscripts authors vouch as ‘ready for publishers’, as if pitching directly to publishers.

It’s important authors subscribe to our vision, are committed to being the best writers they can be. Then we guide them in preparing their manuscript for submission to publishers. 

A discussion between author and NAC Relationships Head, to determine mutual objectives, begins the process of manuscript assessment and eventual author selection.

An invitation to ‘join NAC’s journey’ requires author commitment to act on NAC’s recommendations, a stated ‘in principle’ wish to join NAC, and for NAC to represent their future works.

Each work submitted will have had at least a basic edit and a formal proof read. Any work not demonstrating a competent level of ‘editing’ will be returned to the author, perhaps  with suggestion further thorough work should be undertaken before re-submission.

Ultimately an offer to represent an author depends on editorial feedback, the author’s commitment to act on NAC’s recommendations, and NAC Editorial’s confidence in the author and their work.

Close personal engagement and targeted support enables authors a greater chance of success with NAC representing them.

Please read carefully our FAQs and Becoming a NAC Author pages before contacting NAC with your 'finished manuscript'. 

 

Preparing Manuscripts for Publishers

NAC’s reviewers provide critical feedback on each manuscript, for which service there is no charge. Based on this feedback NAC Editorial works with authors to create polished manuscripts ready for publishers. 

Discussion with the author, including decisions on representation of the work(s) to the publishers we recommend, is part of our open, consultative process.

Our hope is to expose authors to publishers internationally, not only in the author’s own market. Strong relationships, not only with publishers in Australia & New Zealand, but also the UK, North America, Europe and elsewhere underpin NAC authors’ success.

**Typically works will be represented to acquisitions editors in a range of publishers, selected by genre and likely market for the work - the more common genres will be represented to 30-40 publishers, in 3-6 or more countries.

 

'NAC is dedicated to enhancing the quality of the submitted work of each author and committed to open and regular communication on progress'.

Informed Decisions

NAC welcomes approaches by authors with manuscripts ‘finished’ and properly ‘edited’ to the best of their ability.

Works potentially suitable for our list go through a rigorous Review Process taking several months, invariably involving significant additional work for most authors.

A look at http://www.newauthorscollective.com/site/author_comments will suggest how valuable the process can be.

Guidelines for authors – what to send us: -

  • Before contacting NAC your work should have been professionally proof-read/edited – viz. your manuscript must be 'finished', the final version you would be prepared to stand or fall by if it was then submitted directly to publishers with no further work.
  • The ‘Subject Line’ of the email should include your name and title of the manuscript NAC is to focus on first (viz. if you have more than one, name the work you propose should go to the publishers first).
  • Include your address, mobile phone, indicate whether you use Facetime or WhatsApp; the genre and word count of the manuscript.
  • State clearly in your first communication if any aspect of ownership of the work’s IP is shared with another party, including corporate ownership.
  • Fiction - we will require a one page a Bio, a one page Synopsis of the work, and the first 50 pages of the finished manuscript for an initial ‘read’ by NAC Editorial.
  • Non-fiction - we will require a one page a Bio, a cover letter with chapter summaries of the work, sample chapters of the manuscript for initial assessment by NAC Editorial.
  • Confirm the work is solely your own original material.
  • Give details if your work has been self-published, and/or has been sent to publishers.
  • Send your submission to [email protected].

Other information: -

  • NAC's objective is to present high-quality manuscripts to selected English language publishers for the genre of the work, in Australia; where appropriate we will consider quality publishers in the UK and North America and, possibly, selected publishers in other countries, New Zealand, Ireland & Europe in particular.
  • After an initial 30-50 page read NAC Editorial considers whether the work is in shape to go forward for detailed review, or needs further work; discusses our opinion with the author, indicating if we may commission a review; if not, we point the author to what needs to be focused on, and invite them to complete that work.
  • We do not ‘look at’ work, nor ‘offer an opinion’ nor do we offer either a proof-reading service or an editing service, though we may point authors to others providing such services.
  • We only work with soft copy in Word format. Do not send printed hard copy documents.
  • Always save electronic versions of your work, as NAC is not responsible for lost work.
  • All submissions complying with guidelines are acknowledged; please resubmit if you have not heard from us in 7 days.
  • Personal visits are not accepted other than by invitation.

Please note: -

  • Consideration of submissions may take 8 weeks.
  • Progress reports are not provided.
  • Reasons are not discussed.
  • From the date we accept an author's work into NAC's system the likely time for an assessment/response is 3-4 months.
  • Fifty per cent +/- of authors approaching NAC proceed no further.
  • We are able to add to our list no more than 1-2 authors monthly.
  • New Authors Collective only represents authors all of whose future work will be included in our remit.
  • Please select FAQs for further useful information.

NAC commits to steadily improving quality: -

In considering whether to represent an author we are mindful of authors already on our journey, our volunteers, our commitment to the principle of steadily improving manuscript quality going forward, our undertakings to publishers.

Joining NAC's list

NAC can only assess genuinely 'finished' manuscripts, so: -

First consideration is given to writers highly recommended by authors already on NAC’s list, or a NAC reviewer; or, if the writer’s work is spoken for by two members in good standing of their association or society of Editors, confirming they edited and/or carefully assessed the work as 'finished to a high standard'.

We rarely consider submissions outside these parameters.