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'Death in a Matchbox' Published

Despite America's challenges with Covid-19 and the forthcoming Federal election Moonshine Cove Publishing, USA came in on schedule with the October 7 world release of Steve Rogers' third book, 'Death In A Matchbox'. An authentic murder mystery in the red dirt crime genre, 'Death in a Matchbox' is set in Australia's Outback, 'Told through fast-moving and racy dialogue, carried by a narrative voice that knows his stuff, this is a little outback treasure.' (Emeritus Professor James Weiland). Available through Amazon and Kindle, Trade enquiries - please contact Michael Cybulski (+61413053083), or the publisher ([email protected] ). 

The next work from this highly entertaining Australian writer, 'A Red Handbag', has action spanning the murky world of drugs in Australian, Malaysian and UK horse racing. (201007) 


Diane Clarke Joins NAC

We welcome Diane to NAC's list, a debut author. For the past five years she committed herself to a creative writing career, culminating in a story that weaves her own personal experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease with a family thriller. Having contributed a number of short stories to two anthologies published by the Carindale Writers’ Group, ‘Encounters’ (2016) and ‘Nailbiters: Not for the Nervous’ (2019), Diane recently won second place in the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story competition with, ‘A Life lesson’, since published in an anthology called, ‘Stories from under the Southern Cross’ (Hawkeye Publishing, 2019). (201005)


Bloodhound UK Multi-book Deal

Following recent signing of 'The Train' for world rights, Bloodhound Books UK extended their partnership with Sarah Bourne into a multi-book, world rights deal, under which 'The Train' will be followed by 'Ella's War', the first tentatively scheduled for release May 2021. Surely testament to her steadily developing writing skills, the scope of her work, her confidence as she grows as author, congratulations Sarah, and well done Betsy Reavley at Bloodhound Books. (200910)


ASP Signs Miles Hunt

Australian Scholarly Publishing Melbourne signs 'The Information Editor' for Australian print rights. A remarkable debut from NAC author Miles Hunt, dare we suggest 'The Information Editor' as a read for today's younger audience, whose parents so loved 'The Handmaid's Tale'. Offshore discussion of worldwide eBook, non-Australian print, and other rights with publishers in Canada, UK & the US seems likely. Scheduled for mid-2021 is Miles' duology companion, a utopian tale currently coded 'TST' - yin and yang, perhaps. (200909)


Bloodhound UK Signs Sarah Bourne

Returning to the published list, Bloodhound Books UK has snapped up world rights to Sarah Bourne's clever new work, 'The Train'. Watch this space for publication date. (200803)


PMA Signs Susannah Hardy

Pan Macmillan Australia has signed Susannah Hardy for the ANZ rights to her superb debut work, a quirky humorous romantic comedy entitled  'Love - It's in the Bag!’. With its release set for 2021, Susannah is now focused on her next work of fiction. Well done Susannah! Watch this space!! (200806)


J.C. Dillon

'Art and Song' is Chris Dillon's wonderful rags to riches story. From the squalor of the Salford (Manchester) UK slums of the Great Depression, aged forty, Chris eventually escapes to Australia for a whole new technicolour world of travel, singing, painting, new relationships and marvellous experiences. His striking illustrations were painted late in life in ‘naïve’ style, from childhood memories. This is a fascinating social record of the 1930s onwards, with plenty of drama, humour and tears, even close encounters with the Grim Reaper.

Available through Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats, colour illustrations in the e-book, B&W in paperback. ISBN – 9798619106145. (200721)


Mike Barnacoat Joins NAC

Having woven careers as teacher and university lecturer, professional actor and entrepreneur Mike Barnacoat turned to writing adult fiction as his fourth career. Recently completing a fast-paced political thriller reflecting today's geopolitical realities, the action and intrigue spreads across Asia, North America and Australia. A work that keep readers entertained from page one, NAC looks forward to representing Mike's first work to publishers in Australia, North America and the UK. (200521)  

John Watt Joins NAC

Published by Wild Dingo Press in 2016, John's first commercial work, 'Crooked Vows', was critically well-received, appearing as it did shortly before the findings of Julia Gillard's Royal Commission into Child Abuse were handed down. For anyone concerned about the Catholic Church's systemic behaviour, the Australian High Court's decision re Pell, the seemingly endless saga of so many disgraced priests and brothers, albeit a fictional work, 'Crooked Vows' is well-worth revisiting for those who haven't seen it before. John continues the theme with his next work, 'Neither the Day Nor the Hour', to be submitted to publishers July 2020. (200514)  


Publication Dates and COVID-19

While some publishers send acquisitions editors 'on furlough', close their lists for the foreseeable future, others take the opportunity and actively seek opportunities. And it is particularly gratifying to note both Transit Lounge Melbourne (with Sarah Hawthorn's upcoming work) and Moonshine Cove USA (Steve Rogers 'Death in a Matchbox') are at this stage proceeding towards publication according to schedule. We acknowledge that commitment to their craft. (200501)

Offshore Exposure

Mindful our goal is to assist authors gain widest possible exposure of their work, it's worth noting fine publishers in more than one country will see most NAC submissions. Yes, publishers located in Australia,  but other markets include Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and/or the US for selected works. The location of the author is unimportant, in the sense their work will be offered in a range of countries, when the story and/or author's heritage warrant.  (200310)

Lisa Heidke Joins NAC

Lisa’s passion is for writing fiction, typically stories about women in their thirties and forties navigating friendships, careers, romance, ultimately triumphing over adversity. With six published novels to date, five with Allen & Unwin, Lisa joins New Authors Collective with her seventh work, a more strongly romance-focused, fish-out-of-water, coastal romance. A teacher of Creative Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney, Lisa also presents workshops, has been on panels at RWA conferences, GenreCon, Sydney Writers’ Festival, and many regional writers’ festivals. (200228)

Home for Emerging Authors?

Representing authors in Australia, England, Ireland and the US, English-speaking authors located in UK and the US, France even, have recently expressed interest in joining our list. NAC represents not only talented 'new' authors, though. Recent additions to our list, with several others on the journey to our list, include a number of multi-published authors who identify NAC's, apparently unique, review process as a critical part of finalising their work. Several suggest their hope is, with NAC's support and encouragement, they may re-energise their writing, their work gain wider exposure, especially with publishers offshore. NAC's ambition is to be home for nurturing fine new and emerging authors writing across a range of genres. (200222)

Helen Menzies Joins NAC

Helen is a writer, editor and writing tutor. She lives on the idyllic Central Coast of New South Wales and, since moving there from Sydney in 2006, she has written a memoir, a trilogy of children’s books, and edited and published two collections of stories written by members of her twice-yearly intensive Life Writing classes. In the years before coming to live on the coast, Helen was a teacher at all levels - primary, secondary and university. In a wide-ranging career she was also union official, Rupert Murdoch’s first woman sports journalist, Deputy Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in South Australia, and senior manager in the NSW Public Service. (200128)

Susannah Hardy Joins NAC

A warm welcome to Susannah as she joins our list, with her first, quirky work of fiction being finalised in close consultation with NAC Editorial. Susannah's acting career has involved everything from film and television roles to being one of two singing Carmen Mirandas on roller blades, Tutti & Frutti (she was Frutti), and creating sketch comedy for Arena TV, Foxtel, as part of an all-girl trio, The Girls. (200110)

Au Revoir Denise​

Denise Harris has formally handed in her stripes as NAC Editorial Head, some four and half years after joining NAC's journey. Her legacy enables NAC to face the future with confidence, with Andrea Barton and Sue Anderson ably stepping up in their roles with NAC Editorial, overseeing our adult fiction and nonfiction work, children’s middle grade and YA’s.

For more information and to pass on your good wishes please contact NAC. (200101)


Grindstone International Novel Prize 2019

Congratulations to Sarah Hawthorn, short-listed in the final six nominated in the Grindstone International Novel Prize 2019, for her upcoming 'Postmark Guernsey, 1945', a nomination recognising Sarah's steady development as a fine, rapidly emerging writer. NAC is confident 2020 will be her year ...! (191217)


NAC's Push Offshore

Author Steve Rogers’ recent US success underpins the steady rise in Australian crime writers' popularity offshore.

Working closely with publishers in the UK & US in particular, NAC is looking for authors to join our list, writing in the 'Aussie noir', 'Outback crime', 'bush noir', ‘outback noir’, ‘sunburnt noir’, ‘red dirt crime’ and ‘Southern Cross crime' sub-categories.

Committed to being the very best writers you may be in this space, if you or someone you know has a thoroughly edited, fully completed manuscript ready for proofing, please contact NAC. (191216)


Moonshine Cove Publishing USA signs Steve Rogers

Western Australian author Steve Rogers signs with USA publisher, Moonshine Cove, in a world-rights deal for his latest novel.

'Death in a Matchbox' is his third full length work of commercial fiction, the second in the Carter de Freitas series featuring Elise, Carter's young painting companion, and Carpenter, such a cool dude of a three-legged dog.

An Australian outback 'red dirt' mystery set in the eastern goldfields region of Australia's Outback, 'Death in a Matchbox' is scheduled for October 2020 release.

Michael Cybulski, Director, New Authors Collective explains - “(This is) ... such a highly satisfying result for NAC, who believe so strongly in Steve's potential as writer in this space, in a style particularly popular with male and female readers from their 40's onwards. Not just the first NAC author, writing in the 'red dirt' and 'Australian Outback crime', space to be published, Steve is also the first to be signed out of the US'.

A successful independent American publisher based in Abbeville, South Carolina, Moonshine Cove is a small traditional house with a fine record of launching emerging writers' careers into the US market. (191217)

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