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HELPING AUTHORS FIND A LITERARY AGENT AND GET PUBLISHED

A list of Australian literary agents

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While it’s not essential to get a literary agent in Australia to land a traditional publishing deal, you’ll have a much stronger chance of success if you do.

Consider this list of Australian literary agents a companion piece to my post listing Australian publishers open to unsolicited manuscript submissions.

As you scroll through you’ll see that not all agents listed are accepting submissions at this time. That tends to change regularly.

(As a smaller publishing pool, Australian literary agents are always swimming in manuscripts. They must lock the gate from time to time to prevent themselves drowning out of sheer exhaustion; to catch up on their reading, or — sacrilege — to read an actual published book written by someone other than a client.)

I’ll update this list, which contains members of The Australian Association of Literary Agents as well as agents who are not, every quarter.

Ready to submit your work?

If you feel ready to submit your query, synopsis and first however-many pages to your dream agent, then go for it! I wish you a successful path to publication.

Are you sure?

If you’re starting to wonder if an industry professional’s constructive feedback on your submissions materials might save you time, heartache, or unnecessary rejection, then I encourage you to check out my Debut package for unpublished writers seeking a literary agent. I’ve helped a few people get a book deal over the years.

Alex Adsett Literary

Agent: Alex Adsett

Website: https://alexadsett.com.au

Submission page: https://alexadsett.com.au/submissions

Agent Query Link:https://querymanager.com/AlexAdsettQueries

Note: They state they are always looking for amazing works, but they are currently not accepting open submissions unless you meet one of their exceptions which are as follows (taken directly from their submission page):

  1. You have been invited to submit pursuant to a formal or informal pitch to one of our agents.
    Keep an eye on our FindUs page for manuscript pitching opportunities, or social media as to events we might be attending.
  2. If someone we know and trust has personally recommended you to us.
  3. You are an author from an under-represented or diverse background – First Nations, authors of colour, authors from marginalised cultures, neuroatypical authors, authors with disability, or authors from varied socio-economic circumstances. Until mainstream publishing has addressed the imbalance with diversity, we will continue to offer a submission pathway to under-represented and diverse authors.
  4. If we see you regularly at conferences or events, you’re a friend, we have shouted about how much we love your books, and/or you are part of the publishing community.

Australian Literary Management

Agent: Lyn Tranter

Website: http://austlit.com

Submission page: http://austlit.com/submissions

Agent Query Link: alphaalm8@gmail.com

Note: Your work should not currently be considered by another agent or by a publisher when you make a submission to ALM. They do not look at work that has already been rejected by a number of publishers. They do not accept submissions from authors who are not Australian residents. Ensure you attach a 1-2 page synopsis of your work. All attached work should be formatted as a Word Doc or a PDF and should be set out with 1.5 spacing.

Cameron’s Management

Agent: Jeanne Ryckmans

Website: http://cameronsmanagement.com.au

Submission page: https://www.cameronsmanagement.com.au/submissions-1

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note: As of January 2021, we are not accepting new submissions from authors, other than from those already represented by the agency. 

Curtis Brown

Agents: Clare Forster, Fiona Inglis, Pippa Masson, Tara Wynne

Website: https://www.curtisbrown.com.au

Submission page: https://www.curtisbrown.com.au/submissions

Agent Query Link: submission@curtisbrown.com.au

Note: They are unable to consider a work that is already published or is under contract. Curtis Brown welcomes submissions during the months of February, June, and October only. Submissions received outside this window will be deleted without consideration or reply. They welcome submissions from any writer and have no prerequisites for work we receive.

 

Golvan Arts Management

Agent: Debbie Golvan

Website: https://www.golvanarts.com.au

Submission page:  No submission page

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note:  At present, they are not considering new proposals. They only represent Australian or Australian-based clients. 

HLA Management

Agent: Hilary Linstead

Website: https://www.hlamgt.com.au

Submission page: https://www.hlamgt.com.au/contact-us

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note: “HLA Management is not accepting unsolicited material or solicitations at this time. Requests for representation operate exclusively by referral.”

HMMG Pty Ltd

Agent: Rachel Barrett

Website: https://www.harrymmiller.com.au

Submission page: No submission page 

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note: Literary submissions and screenplays are not being currently accepted.

Jacinta di Mase Management

Agent: Jacinta di Mase

Website: https://www.jacintadimase.com.au

Submission page: https://www.jacintadimase.com.au/submissions

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note: Other than those they read at publishing events, they are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

 

Jane Novak Literary Agency

Agent: Jane Novak

Website: https://www.janenovak.com

Submission page: https://www.janenovak.com/submissions

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note:  Submissions to the agency are currently closed.

Jenny Darling & Associates

Agent: Jenny Darling

Website: http://jennydarling.com.au

Submission page: http://jennydarling.com.au/submissions

Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time

Note: They are currently not accepting submissions. Jenny Darling represents Australian authors only.

Left Bank Literary

Agents:  Gaby Naher, Grace Heifetz

Website: https://leftbankliterary.com

Submission page: https://leftbankliterary.com/submissions

Agent Query Link: https://leftbankliterary.com/submissions

Note:  Submit using the form on their submission page. Submit your preliminary ‘pitch’ including: Book title, genre, Brief blurb/synopsis, Author bio, and contact details. They are not currently considering YA, middle grade, early reader, picture books, self-help, fantasy, romance, stage/screenplays, comics or poetry submissions. 

Margaret Connolly & Associates

Agent:  Margaret Connolly

Website: https://margaretconnollyagency.wordpress.com

Submission page: https://margaretconnolly.com/contact

Agent Query Link: contact@margaretconnolly.com

Note: Does not directly state on the site if she is open to submissions.

Margaret Kennedy Agency

Agents: Margaret Kennedy, Hannah Douglas

Website: https://www.margaretkennedyagency.com

Submission page: https://www.margaretkennedyagency.com/submissions

Agent Query Link: hannah@margaretkennedyagency.com

Note: They are currently accepting submissions of adult fiction and require a brief letter explaining what your work is about, and how or why you have come to write it, plus
50 pages of your work in Word format (less, if the whole work is less). For non-fiction, they require a brief letter explaining your concept, plus
a book proposal that includes * a project outline * a proposed chapter summary *a list of any comparable titles *a sample chapter/essay (in Word format). Please note whether you have already completed the project.

Melanie Ostell Agency

Agent: Melanie Ostell

Website: https://melanieostell.com.au

Submission page: https://melanieostell.com.au/contact

Agent Query Link: info@melanieostell.com.au

Note:  They request the first three chapters and a 300-word synopsis.

Rick Raftos Management

Agent: Rick Raftos

Website:  https://www.rickraftosmanagement.com.au

Submission page: https://www.rickraftosmanagement.com.au/submission-guidelines

Agent Query Link:  Not accepting submissions at this time

Note: They are currently not accepting unsolicited queries or manuscripts.

Sarah McKenzie Literary Management

Agent: Sarah McKenzie

Website: http://www.smlm.com.au

Submission page: http://www.smlm.com.au

Agent Query Link: submissions@smlm.com.au

Note:  Proposals and queries should only be sent by email following the submission guideline. They are currently considering:

full-length adult fiction (literary and commercial), nonfiction (except for academic and spirituality titles), children’s fiction (picture books,

middle-grade and young adult, graphic novels)

The Author’s Agent

Agent: Brian Cook

Website: http://theauthorsagent.com.au

Submission page: http://theauthorsagent.com.au/index.php?page=guidelines

Agent Query Address: THE AUTHORS’ AGENT: PO Box 577, Terrigal NSW 2260

Note:  Submit by mail only. No emails! They represent adult and children’s fiction and some non-fiction. They have a special focus on children’s books and represent writers and illustrators.

Zeitgeist Literary Agency

Agent: Bonythan Oldfield

Website: https://www.zeitgeistagency.com

Submission page: https://www.zeitgeistagency.com/submissions-open

Agent Query Link: query_sydney@zeitgeistagency.com

Note:  They are excited by literary fiction, commercial fiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction. They are not looking to represent YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction or Children’s Books for the moment.

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