Working With Authors


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


We Love Our Authors

Selecting Authors

As a small agency NAC must choose authors carefully in order to invest the time and energy needed to prepare each manuscript for submission to publishers.

A discussion between author and NAC Relationships Head, whose objective is to determine mutual objectives and intentions, begins the process of author selection and manuscript assessment. Then an invitation requires author commitment to act on NAC’s Manuscript Review Panel recommendations, an ‘in principle’ agreement to join NAC, and to NAC representing all of their future works.

The author then submits a Bio, a Synopsis of the work, and the draft manuscript for initial assessment by the adult or children’s Literary and Editorial Head.

Works still needing a proof-read or basic level (i) edit will be returned to the author with suggestion further work be undertaken before submission to a Review Panel.

Several proof-readers/editors contacts will be provided on request; their fees are moderate. NAC services.

Review Panel feedback, and the author’s commitment to act on its recommendations, informs NAC’s decision to represent an author.

Close personal engagement and targeted support enables authors a greater chance of success with NAC as their agent.

Preparing Manuscripts for Publishers

Carefully selected teams of volunteer reviewers provide critical feedback on each manuscript, for which service there is no charge. NAC literary heads work with authors to create polished manuscripts ready for publishers. Author comments.

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

We believe new authors should be offered the best chance to have their work published offshore, if the work has that potential. Consultation with the author, including decisions on representation of the work(s) to the publishers we recommend, is part of our process.

Strong relationships with publishers in Australia, the UK, Europe and elsewhere underpin NAC authors’ success.