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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions in Australia

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Margaret Connolly

πŸ’Ό Agency - Margaret Connolly Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Sydney, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://margaretconnolly.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book

Previous clients

Les Murray, Kate Jennings, David Ireland, Rachael Treasure, Julie Vivas

Jenny Darling

πŸ’Ό Agency - Jenny Darling & Associates
🌍 Location - Melbourne, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://jennydarling.com.au/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Nonfiction

Previous clients

Kristin Henry, Sian Prior, Travis Cotton, Tim Winton, Charlotte Wood

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Annabel Barker

πŸ’Ό Agency - Annabel Barker Agency
🌍 Location - Melbourne, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://annabelbarker.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Felice Arena, Samantha Brennan, Allison Rushby, Chren Byng

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Tara Wynne

πŸ’Ό Agency - Curtis Brown Australia
🌍 Location - Sydney, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.curtisbrown.com.au/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-Help, Children's Book

Previous clients

Jared Thomas, Joanna Nell, Sara Foster, Gabriel Bergmoser

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Grace Heifetz

πŸ’Ό Agency - Left Bank Literary
🌍 Location - Sydney, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://leftbankliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Bri Lee, Nakkiah Lui, Emily Maguire, Chris Hammer

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Brian Cook

πŸ’Ό Agency - The Authors' Agent
🌍 Location - Sydney, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.theauthorsagent.com.au/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Mail
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Young Adult, Children's Book

Previous clients

Juliet Darling, John Pickrell, Phil Judd, Ber Carroll, Malcolm Brown

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Lyn Tranter

πŸ’Ό Agency - Australian Literary Management
🌍 Location - Sydney, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://austlit.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Short Story, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

David Marr, Amanda Lohrey, Melissa Ashley, Robert Dessaix, Sarah Bailey

Karen Tayleur

πŸ’Ό Agency - Jacinta Di Mase Management
🌍 Location - Melbourne, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.jacintadimase.com.au/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Children's Book, Picture Book

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Hannah Douglas

πŸ’Ό Agency - MK Agency
🌍 Location - Brisbane, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.margaretkennedyagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

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Justine Barker

πŸ’Ό Agency - Mayfair Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Melbourne, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.mayfairliteraryagency.com.au/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients

Coral Vass, Mike Lucas, Leah Russack, Emma Middleton

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What do literary agents do?

A literary agent represents your book to acquiring editors who want to publish it. In other words, an agent gets the foot of new authors in the door of a publishing house β€” and onto the path of getting traditionally published.Β 

In addition to championing you and your writing and serving as your point of contact with others in publishing, literary agents understand editors’ tastes and the types of books they are looking to add to their lists β€” a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in the works of new authors. Since most big publishers don’t accept unsolicited submissions, getting a literary agent who’s accepting submissions is the most realistic route to traditional publication, particularly for debut authors.

Aside from getting your foot in the door, what else do literary agents do?

  • They are expert negotiators, combining publishing acumen with a nose for the value of good, sellable writing;
  • They act as mediators between you and your publisher (when you don’t want to hurt your working relationship with an editor by talking brass tacks);
  • They manage the financial and marketing side of things while you concentrate on the writing; and
  • They often have strong editorial skills, helping refine your manuscript before you submit it to a publisher.

As you might've guessed, literary agents are especially important for debut authors, who often don't have a starting point in the vast maze that is the publishing industry. That's what a literary agent will become for you: a guide to help you throughout the publishing process, and kickstart your publishing career.Β 

New authors might be intimidated by the wealth of information and cautionary signs in the industry. It's especially tricky to research literary agents when some are open to submissions from new authors, and some are not.

If you're one of those debut authors, don't fret! We've got you covered with the resources that you need to gain your bearings.Β 

Resources for new authors landing a literary agent in 2023

You might think that a great book is all you need to catch a literary agent’s attention. But you’ll need to put in a good amount of work to land them β€” and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether you’re a new author learning how to research literary agents or an experienced writer refining your query letter, here are the resources that can give you a headstart.

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