News Archive

Andrea Barton - NAC Editorial

A fine emerging author in her own right, Andrea Barton joins NAC’s editorial team as ’Nonfiction Editorial Head'.

Working together with Denise Harris and Sue Anderson, the team in NAC Editorial bring considerable expertise to support authors as they develop their craft as writers of adult fiction and nonfiction, along with a select group of children's, middle grade and YA’s authors. (190930)

Sue Anderson - NAC Editorial

Some 15 months since joining Denise Harris in NAC Editorial, Sue Anderson's remit expands to include a select group of children's authors, and others on NAC's Adult Fiction list. 

This expanded role reflects Sue's long-time personal interest in children's development, and her career as educator. (190906)

Transit Lounge signs Sarah Hawthorn

This week, emerging author Sarah Hawthorn signed a two-book, world-rights deal with award-winning Melbourne publisher, Transit Lounge.

Her debut novel, a psychological thriller set in New York, London and Sydney, is slated for release early 2021.

“NAC is thrilled to have found the perfect home for Sarah’s novel. Our review panel showed enormous enthusiasm for this book and under Sue Anderson’s direction helped Sarah polish her final draft,” said Michael Cybulski, Director, New Authors Collective.

Transit Lounge will provide full editorial and publicity support, as well as having first option on Sarah’s next work. (190828)

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Stephen Pollock Joins NAC

Stephen has had eight short stories published in literary journals including Cracked Eye and Regime, has won two UK short story competitions (Darker Times) and was short-listed in the To Hull and Back short story anthology. His poetry has been published in the Brisbane Speed Poets journal. Stephen is now turning his attention to full-length fiction with a strong Scottish flavour. He has a background in news editorial. (190705)

NAC Non-Fiction Appointment

Progressing from the announcement below, we have great pleasure announcing Andrea Barton's appointment to NAC Non-fiction Editorial, where she will be focused on Adult works w.e.f. 1/05/2019.

For more information go About Us - NAC Executive (190502)

Miles Hunt Joins NAC

We welcome Miles to NAC’s list of authors, with his fifth book since finishing an Arts/Law degree in 2007, a fascinating dystopian novel now completing NAC’s review process. Since gaining his degree Miles travelled extensively, studied philosophy, performed stand-up comedy and sketch shows at the Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, ran for the Senate in the Federal Parliament and worked as a lawyer. He recently moved into part time work to pursue a writing career. (190501) 

NAC Nonfiction

Sebastian Handley's influential inside story of 'Brexit, How the Nobodies Beat the Somebodies' was the first nonfiction work sold by NAC.   

As the number of such works represented by NAC grows our 'NAC Nonfiction' initiative aims to attract authors with strong public profiles, rich and varied experiences, stories to intrigue and entertain the world. 

'NAC Nonfiction' will parallel 'NAC Fiction' and 'NAC Children', and in its early stages will be headed by CEO, Michael Cybulski.

Jenny Walsh & Lesley Hammond will now join Sebastian, relating many unique experiences over 30 years' world travel in pursuit of their ever-popular 32 natural history documentaries and, now, several feature films. Their planned book series for children will sit with NAC's children's works (DA Doraisamy's 'Action Series', Sarah East's 'Because You're You!', Steve Rogers 'Don't Pick Your Nose, Leo').

Update - the keenly anticipated follow up to Sebastian Handley's work on Brexit is on track to publishers May 2019. (190321)

Documentary Producers Join NAC's List

Internationally respected Australian film & TV producers Jenny Walsh and Lesley Hammond have joined NAC’s list, with a planned series of works covering their travels in pursuit of their documentary subjects across countries in six continents. Will Antarctica be next ....?! Watch this space! (190321)

Your Agent Does What?

Posted by Andrea Barton on joining New Authors Collective, her blog sets out her expectations  - Five Reasons to Sign With a Literary Agent. Take a look .... (181206)

Andrea Barton Joins NAC

We are delighted to welcome Andrea Barton, author of adult and children's fiction, to New Authors Collective list. Repatriated to Melbourne, Australia after 13 years in Nigeria, USA and Qatar, her current project is a mystery series featuring an expat spouse. (181206)

Rhona Dunwoodie's 'It's All About Melinda' to be Published!

Olympia Publishers UK announces November 29th as publication date for this thought-provoking work dealing with teen bi-polar disorder. A fascinating story in its own right, we believe 'It's All About Melinda' will have great appeal as a schools' educational aid and reference work. (181115)

3rd in Series to be Published!

'Maddie and the King of Paradise', Bill East's third and final book in the Maddie series of psychological thrillers, is set to be published 15th November. For those who like to see girls get their own back, this series is for you. Order now to ensure you have the whole series in time for Christmas.(181101)

Michel Vimal du Monteil Joins NAC

Michel, a dual Australian/French citizen now living and writing at Emerald Beach NSW, recently joined NAC's growing list of authors. His engrossing Australian thriller, with its an original plot based around the northern Sydney beaches, southern NSW and FNQ is completing NAC's review process currently, and will soon be on its way to publishers. We have much pleasure welcoming Michel to NAC's list. (181025)

Published! 2nd of 5 in the Series

After 'Action Africa' comes 'Action India', the second of Denise Doraisamy's Action Series of five books, published early September. This will be followed before Christmas by the remainder of the series, for children 10-13 years age. Formal NSW launch was September 8th. (180904)

So, your book receives a great 'Review'?

The best way to get the good news 'out there' is to post the review, or a link to the review, on your own website, blog, Face Book page, Instagram etc. Then ask NAC to put a link to the review straight to the Review page on your site via your NAC Authors Page. (180818)

Books as Presents

Almost everyone loves a book so, for all your Christmas/Easter/summer holiday and/or Mothers/Fathers Day, children's birthday gift ideas for family and friends, contact NAC for suggestions of upcoming books from exciting NAC authors. (180816)

August Book of the month

This month's featured work is the totally absorbing 'Octet, Michael's Story in Eight Voices', the first adult fiction from rapidly emerging Western Australian author James Wieland. In joining ASP's list, Jim joins the many fine Australian writers of adult fiction published by Australian Scholarly Publishing/Arcadia, Melbourne. A book not to be missed, the perfect present for every discerning reader, every book club. Find 'Octet' at - Australian Scholarly Publications (180816)


'Action Africa', the first in Denise Doraisamy's Action Series of five books for children 10-13 years age, was published August 1st, and will be followed by the four others over the next couple of months. Formal NSW launch is planned for September. (180809)


Jim Wieland's beautiful 'Octet, Michael's Story in Eight Voices' was officially 'published' August 2nd. Soft launch planned for Perth August 23rd, followed in coming months by presentations in other parts of Western Australia and New South Wales. Based in Cottesloe WA, Jim enjoys talking about his work, so why not invite him or Michael to address your book club or other social or services club? (180808)

New Feature

NAC authors books, published and now available for sale, can all be found in the one place. With one click readers can buy the e-Book, paperback and hardcover versions of their work. 

You will find this resource if you go to 'Our Authors', and select the 'Buy Books Here' option.  (180719)

2 in 1 Day!

Jim Wieland's wonderful 'Octet, Michael's Story in Eight Voices' has been accepted for publishing by Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne. The work is now in pre-production, expected to be 'published in the Spring, September perhaps', on book shelves in time for Christmas. This is an impressive achievement, both for the author and for New Authors Collective - just take a look at the company of authors Jim now keeps ...! NAC will be most grateful if you feel able to support this talented author by ordering 'Octet' as a Christmas or birthday present for those close to you - and please don't forget to post strong reviews on Amazon or Kindle if you enjoy the work. (180531)

Publishing Success

Denise Doraisamy's charming 'Action Series' of five works for Young Adults has been accepted for publishing out of the UK, with distribution available into both the UK & Australian markets. The works will now move into pre-production, and are expected to be 'published' within 3-6 months, in time for Christmas. If you have nephews and nieces in the 10-13 age bracket you can support Dee by ordering sets of the series as Christmas or birthday presents - for a modest extra handling fee Dee will personally inscribe full sets ordered. And please don't forget to post strong reviews on Amazon or Kindle if you/the youngsters enjoy the work. (180531)

Steve Sohmer Joins NAC

We have great pleasure in welcoming Steve Sohmer to NAC. Steve is a Shakespearean scholar, author of fiction and nonfiction books. He is a television writer and producer, and former network television and motion picture studio executive. See Author Page for more information. (180510)

Tina Funder Joins NAC

A talented children’s author and illustrator, Tina recently relocated to Melbourne with her family. Her work is now ready for publishers. (180503)

Literary Competitions Committee

NAC's Competitions Committee should be in  operation around September 2018. The Committee's purpose is to identify works for entry in Literary Competitions, encouraging authors to submit to Competitions appropriate to their work. Inaugural Committee Chair, Sue Anderson, hopes to report her initial recommendations re Committee. (180503)

Oliver Freeman Joins NAC's List

A career publisher, turned author, we have great pleasure welcoming Oliver as the 23rd to join our list, and wishing him every success. NAC represents Oliver’s upcoming adult works of fiction and memoir. See Author Page for more information. (180125)

Authors Joining NAC's List

We welcome Author Isaac Oosterloo, who becomes author #24 on NAC's list, and our 5th author from Western Australia. Please take a look at his profile, and those of all our authors. (180416)

Dor Slinkard's UK Launch of 'For the Love of Patrick'

NAC author, Dor Slinkard, will be in the UK for 4 weeks, supporting her May 2018 book launch, with Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. Friends, the Baron & Baroness von Kohorn and Lord & Lady Shepherd, will kindly support 'For the Love of Patrick' by sponsoring the roll out with private book launches. Let's support Dor in sending our good wishes. (180329)

Script Marketing Unit

Helen Winter joins New Authors Collective with the challenging Brief of 'Help realise the capital value residing in Manuscripts'. Click here for more information. (180123)

Editorial Team Appointment

We welcome Sue Anderson to NAC Editorial, where she will work closely with Denise Harris on 'adult works'. Click here for more information. (171027)

Official Launch of Dor Slinkard's 'For the Love of Patrick'.

More than 100 family, friends, dignitaries & others helped launch the first in the 'Patrick Saga' series of three works at Windermere Farm, Dor & Wade Slinkard's  race horse training establishment in picturesque Wilberforce, on the Hawkesbury River. The author's entire stock sold out, the next shipment due this week. For details of stockists Click Here (171126)






Looking for the perfect Christmas present idea?

If you, or the person you are looking for Christmas present ideas for, likes a good read you need go no further than - Such a diverse group of emerging authors and their stories, New Authors Collective's List has enough to satisfy the most eclectic of tastes. Whether charming short stories or Brexit memoir, Australian family saga or outback thriller, science thriller or espionage/love story, edgy psychological drama or British undercover agent action, NAC's authors can entertain almost every taste ... Just contact Michael at [email protected] for suggestions. (171117)

Second Success for Bill East!

NAC author Bill East's first novel, 'The Arbutus' sells steadily, and will be joined in book shops early 2018 by  'Maddie Trinco', the sequel. If you found Maddie fascinating, disturbing even, in 'The Arbutus', even reluctantly admired her determination, her simplistic 'get even' moral code, her crusade in 'Maddie Trinco' will have you reading well into the early morning hours .... (171115)

The Perfect Christmas Read

Brexit - unbelievable how poisonous the situation is in the UK, if you supported the Brexit argument, as did NAC author Sebastian Handley. A proud supporter of the exit movement, a leader of the grass roots revolution in the South of England, Sebastian’s Book is the inside story of one perceptive crusader’s involvement in Brexit. NAC suggests ‘Brexit - How the Nobodies Beat the Somebodies’ is the perfect Christmas read - see ‘Our Authors’ for more’.

Vale Rhona! 

Sadly, author Rhona Dunwoodie passed away unexpectedly recently. Her greatest wish in later years was to see published her 'It's All About Melinda', a sensitive account of a young woman with bi-polar. New Authors Collective greatly appreciates Olympia Publishers UK, her publisher, committing to production of the work, with likely publication late 2017 or early 2018. All on the journey with New Authors Collective join Michael, Denise, Dee and Sue in expressing their condolences to Rhona's family. (171005)

Working with NAC

Volunteers can help authors in several ways. (170824)

Short Story Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce Sarah Bourne recently won the Hunter Writer’s Centre prize for a short story entitled "The Sounds Of You", submitted to their Grieve Anthology. Karen Crofts, Writer, teacher of Creative Writing and Director of the centre, said, "Absolutely loved your piece. I will use it in future to demonstrate brilliant writing other than with the sense of ‘sight’. It was such a personal story but also so universal.” Congratulations Sarah. (170823)

More NAC Authors Published

Congratulations to Sebastian Handley (20/6), Anthony Carilla and Stuart Campbell (30/6), and Steve Rogers (31/7) whose books were published; and Dor Slinkard who joins them 31/8. Rhona Dunwoodie follows later in the year. Two others are under offer, and likely to sign by end September. Well done to all! (170814)

Posting Reviews on Amazon & Kindle

Thirty reviews will lift a book's ranking, inevitably contribute to greater exposure of the work, which leads to increased sales so, you posting a strong review of the book on Amazon or Kindle is the greatest favour you can offer an author. You don't even need to actually buy the book though - if you borrowed it from a friend or the library, just use your Amazon or Kindle account, click on the book cover, select 'Review' and go from there. So, if you enjoyed one of our authors please complete the circle and post an awesome ***** review!! (170705)

Authors Ambassadors Roles

As more of NAC's authors are published more opportunities are available to work closely with an exciting author, helping raise visibility of the author and their exciting new work soon after publishing. If you are interested in joining NAC's journey as a volunteer please go to (170525)

Incisive Review of 'The Arbutus'

Bill East's first work is off to a flying start, with sales posted in UK, USA and Australia. Why not take a look at this review of 'The Arbutus' - 'Maddie Trinco', the sequel, is with the editors currently, and should be with the publishers mid-year. (170424)

Sebastian Handley and Anne Deed Join NAC 

New Authors Collective has great pleasure welcoming Sebastian and Anne to NAC's Authors List, wishing both every success in their writing careers. Their first works, respectively, are an extraordinary topical political memoir, and a very moving personal memoir crossing Australian and Asian cultures; both are with publishers right now, and both have offers to consider. Their futures look bright. (170426)

NAC Authors Ambassadors

A recent initiative to promote our authors, NAC invites applications for the role of Authors Ambassador for the upcoming published works. Participation as ambassador may be for just one work, all works of an author, or across a range of authors - as you wish. The ambassador may be located anywhere, not necessarily the author’s country. In fact, location in another jurisdiction is highly desirable. N.B. Research suggests Review Panel members will enjoy completing the circle on works they assessed. A number of Coordinating Ambassadors' roles are available as well. To apply to become an ambassador, or for more information, please apply through the ‘Contact Us’ page. (170425)

NAC Support for Book Clubs

NAC specialises in developing authors’ commercial potential in a wide range of genres, helping fulfil each writer's dream of being published, then increasing visibility of author and their work through the English-speaking world. One way we do this is by working with Book Clubs, providing material on upcoming NAC authors exciting new works, even by arranging access to the author. Ultimately our hope is you will support our authors by placing their works on your Reading Lists. If your Club or your friends' Clubs would like occasional updates re NAC’s next exciting author’s published work please ask to be listed on NAC's 'Book Clubs' circulation list  through the Contact Uspage. (170424)

Friends of NAC

The number of people now on NAC's journey grows steadily, with more than 120 people in 5 countries emotionally engaged in this collective enterprise. Many are interested in NAC's progress, some actively, others as admirers. If you or your friends may like an occasional update re NAC’s progress, the next exciting author’s published work, or some other milestone achieved please ask to be listed on our 'Friends of NAC' circulation list through the Contact Us page. (170424)

Among the First to Read?

Bill East's 'The Arbutus' is the third work published under NAC's tutelage, another 5-6 works in a variety of genres will follow during 2017. If you are not yet on NAC's circulation list, but  wish to be among the first to see upcoming works from NAC's list of exciting 'new authors', please send your details via the 'Contact Us' page. (170227)

NAC Author Bill East's 'The Arbutus' Published.

Bill East's first novel, 'The Arbutus', is now available for purchase - please select 'Our Authors' to see the links. 'The Arbutus' is a confronting work, whose unsuspecting central character re-enters a relationship with a past lover, only to find things have changed. Slowly morphing from innocent, to rather less so, then finding the strength to respond to the threat, she confronts her lover. Maddie's transition is breath-taking to observe. The conclusion surprises, and opens the door to a sequel, currently awaiting the editor. (170225)

Is the work ‘Finished’?

We see many works with potential but not many are actually ready for our Review Panel. If reviewers were distracted by poor punctuation and tense issues, subject/verb disagreement, typos etc we would do you, the author, and our Review Panel, a huge disservice. Unfinished works cause the panel to lose focus when considering the key elements of their Brief. Our policy is to assist authors polish their work as effectively as we may, thus creating the best chance the work will be enjoyed by publishers. This is only possible if every work taken to market is as ‘finished’ as the author can make it, as 'publisher ready' as it can be. We encourage authors to work closely with other members of NAC Writers Group, critique each other’s work, seek advice from NAC’s Literary & Editorial Heads progressively. (170125)

NAC Sydney Gathering

Encouraged by the successful 'Christmas Drinks' gathering on the Central Coast in December, NAC will host a similar function in Waverton on January 25th.
Authors, reviewers, editors, authors’ champions and others committed to the journey with New Authors Collective are welcome. 'Contact Us' for an invitation. (170104)

New Authors Collective - IP

In early December a NAC author in Australia highlighted the fact that a U.K. writers group had posted an article under the title 'New Authors Collective'.
The group was invited to acknowledge NAC's right to the valuable IP implicit in the 'New Authors Collective' brand, an apology was made, and confirmation the offending post was taken down has since been received. (170102)

NAC into 2017

Here at NAC, the ‘Three Heads’ and all who work with them realise that they are truly privileged to be entrusted with an author’s life’s work. A diamond in the rough it may be, yet Denise, Dee and the Review Panel work hard to turn rough diamonds into gems and hopefully they will sparkle ever more brightly for publishers in 2017 and beyond.

The NAC family of around ninety dedicated souls in five countries come from a range of political, ethnic and religious persuasions, harmoniously working towards one simple objective: -

Helping deserving authors fulfil their dream of being published.

2017 will see more authors joining the sixteen already aboard with some now progressing through NAC's processes. Watch this space as the NAC Writers Group becomes a lively virtual coffee shop in years ahead! (161231)

NAC Launches Private Writers Group

NAC represents published and unpublished authors with widely varying skills and experience. Some of our best writers, including several with social media and e-marketing experience, generously offer to help others develop into successful authors. We encourage all authors represented by New Authors Collective to subscribe to the group, and to  contribute to discussion of the two topics on which NAC Writers Group is to focus - writing skills and e-marketing. (161208)

Rosemary King’s 'Rosemary’s People' Published

Author Rosemary King’s bio is amazing, having lived her long varied life to the full, across three continents, now living in Lincoln in England. A keen observer of wherever she travels, her pen and pad are never far from hand. Originally a working title Around the World in 80 Tales, this engaging anthology of short stories will fascinate those interested in seeing the world through the eyes of a person who lived in Africa during turbulent battles for independence, travelled through Australia and other countries, or just observed the English peoples. A great coffee table read. Select the author’s photo for links to purchase. (161130)

Mike Allwood’s 'A Customary Dilemma' Published

First published July 1st this work is the first in a series of three works featuring Mike Costello, undercover British Customs Agent NAC hopes to have published for our first author, Mike Allwood. 'A Customary Dilemma' is an enjoyable holiday/airport read, the perfect present for Dad for Christmas or Father’s Day. Select the author’s photo for links to purchase. In the second work central character, Mike Costello, morphs into very dangerous character, perfectly suited to his role in British Customs, but …… A Customary Suspicion will be taken to publishers early 2017. (161130)

NAC Website Launch!

Our sincere thanks are offered to all who helped in developing this site, including Daniel Jones of First Contact Manchester (, Victoria Cybulski (graphics, logo, image etc); Denise Harris & Denise Doraisamy (ideas, refining text, streamlining); NAC reviewers (several), authors (Sarah, Sarah & Stuart), editors; & publishers, thank you!