Are you an established writer, or a new author, thinking of how to sell your work?
Don’t worry, a literary agent can handle that for you.
They can approach publishers and negotiate deals on your behalf.
Literary agents represent a range of creative artists, illustrators, composers, adult and children’s fiction authors, playwrights, script editors, scriptwriters and journalists. While some do not accept some genres, others represent a wide field of literary endeavors.
Here, we have listed 9 top Australian literary agents accepting submissions.
Jacinta di Mase is the founder, director and lead agent of Jacinta di Mase Management and she accepts quality commercial fiction and non-fiction for adult and children’s market.
A key feature of her work is helping to develop her clients’ manuscripts and proposals by working closely with them and only make submissions to publishers when the work has great commercial potential.
Jacinta worked for more than 20 years in the book industry before establishing her own agency in 2004. She worked for 10 years in two of Australia’s premier literary agencies: Australian Literary Management (ALM), and Jenny Darling & Associates.
A graduate of the RMIT Graduate Diploma of Editing & Publishing in 1996, she also studied Copyright Law at Melbourne University. Jacinta has been a member, representative and President of several literary and publishing boards.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Communications from Monash University, and also is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program.
She was a regular writer for the Stella Prize Schools Blog and Kill your Darlings Literary Journal, focusing on young adult literature and feminism.
Danielle was elected to the grassroots LoveOzYA committee in 2015 to celebrate and elevate Australia’s National Youth Literature. A collection of Australian Young Adult short stories, ‘Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology’, inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement and released by HarperCollins, had Danielle as Editor and Contributor in 2017.
She joined Jacinta di Mase Management as a Literary Agent in 2016, and has an interest in Australian authors of Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) fiction works. Currently, she is seeking Middle Grade only.
3. Jo Butler
Jo Butler is a literary agent at the Cameron Creswell Agency. She joined the agency in 2014 and has worked for over 25 years in the book publishing industry as an editor of fiction and non-fiction, and as a publisher of literary fiction.
She obtained LLB, Law at Macquarie University and BA (Hons), English Literature at University of Sydney.
Sarah McKenzie is a seasoned professional in the publishing industry with more than 15 years of experience in the sector both as a publisher, having held roles such as Consulting Publisher and Managing Editor, and also as a nonfiction writer whose pieces have been published in major Australian print and digital publications. Currently, Sarah is Editorial Director at sarah mckenzie literary management.
Sarah’s literary agency at present is accepting submissions for commercial and literary fiction, nonfiction (excluding academic books and books about spirituality) and children’s fiction for all ages up to young adult. If you’re interested in making a submission, please ensure you read this agency’s guidance carefully first.
Sheila Drummond is the founder of Drummond Agency, which is based on Melbourne. Sheila, an experienced professional in the publishing industry, founded this organisation in 1997. Drummond Agency represents both fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, but not fantasy or science fiction books.
If you would like to make a submission to Sheila and her agency, you can find submission information at this page. You need to make an initial inquiry first and if this agency is interested, you will be asked to send in your work. Please note Drummond Agency only works with Australian and New Zealand authors.
6. Gaby Naher
Naher Agency was established in May 2008 by Gaby Naher as Director. She worked as a literary agent, bookseller and publicist in Sydney, New York and London. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts and is an author of four books.
The Naher Agency is a literary agency located in Sydney which specializes in quality fiction and non-fiction for adult readers. The agency develops client’s manuscripts to their greatest potential by working closely with them before representing them to media organizations and publishers.
They are known for offering passion, attention to detail, professionalism and international experience to its clients. You can contact Gaby Naher using the form at this page. Do note though that Gaby does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, and you need to be invited in order to make a submission.
The Other Woman and Company established in 1996 has Jane Burridge as the director and agent. Jane and her agency represent authors and producers in film, television and publishing. Jane also works with writers across genres of history, journalism and surfing and cricket. She is also known to have interest in black humor and dystopian tales from time to time.
Please note that Jane and The Other Woman and Company doesn’t accept unsolicited manuscripts (you need to ring the agency first to introduce yourself and your work) and is not accepting fiction; nor is it able to consider any submissions until after 20th October 2018.
8. Sarah Davies
Sarah Davies founded the Greenhouse Literary Agency in 2007 after a long career as a UK children’s publisher. The agency accepts writers from Australia and New Zealand.
Sarah has been an editor for a long time and has wide experience in marketing, rights and negotiating contracts. Her publishing contracts in countries like USA after residing there for several years gives her a different view of the children’s book industry.
She accepts fiction by non-American authors, from Middle Grade through Young Adult and across all genres but she does not accept Picture books unless from clients she initially represented for older fiction. She loves heart-touching stories, strong, hooky, layered plots, gorgeous but strong writing.
Stories involving the ocean, mysteries that are intriguing, relating to history, which also portrays characters and settings of all kinds is what she loves in Young Adult (YA).
Sarah is looking for adventurous fiction, but also classic-voiced and heartfelt stories for girls in Middle Grade (MG). She has soft spot for stories of friendships, magical realism and novel approaches of interpreting the classic “Coming of Age" troupe.
Click here to go through her manuscript wish list.
9. Alex Adsett
Alex Adsett is a publishing consultant and literary agent who has worked with publishers including Editia, Sleepers and University of Queensland Press, among others. She started her book selling career at Pulp Fiction bookshop in Brisbane, Australia and later moved to London, UK and worked at Murder One bookstore followed by more than two years working for Simon and Schuster UK.Alex spent 3 years in her dream job as part of the Rights and Contracts Department of Penguin Books in Melbourne on returning to Australia before moving to the Contracts Department of John Wiley & Sons, Australia, Ltd. She has been working in the book selling and publishing industry for the past 20 years. During this time, she has also managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services established by her in 2008.
Alex Adsett Publishing Services is a full service literary agency originally offering freelance consultancy services to Australian publishers and authors, representing quality works of fiction and non-fiction for children, teen and adults, focusing on commercial publishing contracts. It also expanded to offer traditional literary agent representation to authors.
As a consultant, Alex provides commercial and strategic advice to independent publishers and authors regarding publishing contracts. She has worked with authors such as Isobelle Carmody, Kylie Chan, Graeme Simsion, Barry Humphries.
She is always seeking exciting new manuscripts with a focus on fiction such as science fiction, crime, romance, children’s books, Middle Grade and Young Adult, and also literary fiction narrative non-fiction. Alex delivers regular seminars on copyright and publishing contracts across Australia and serves on various NFP literary boards.
She can be reached on Twitter. However, do note Alex is only accepting manuscripts from authors she has met, or through personal recommendations.
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9 Top Australian Literary Agents Accepting Submissions is an article from Writing Tips Oasis.
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in March 2018.
John Smith is a 36 year old writer from the UK. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Birkbeck, University of London. He enjoys reading, writing, editing, proofreading and reviewing books for publishers. John has been writing for 8 years and he is presently a Consultant writer for Supreme Consults, London.