After more than 20 years experience in the book industry, Jacinta di Mase started her own agency in 2004. The agency is committed to the creation of quality books that engage, entertain, and inspire. Agency staff have a good track record for spotting works with commercial potential and working with creators to maximize that potential. We represent writers and illustrators across a diverse range of genre including picture books, young adult fiction, and fiction and non-fiction titles for the adult trade market.
Jacinta di Mase has a background in book selling and publishing, and worked for ten years in two of Australia’s premier literary agencies: Australian Literary Management (ALM), and Jenny Darling & Associates. She graduated with distinction from the RMIT Graduate Diploma of Editing & Publishing (1996) and studied Copyright Law at Melbourne University. Jacinta was a member of the Australia Council for the Arts Visiting International Publishers Program committee 2013-2016. She is the President of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association (ALAA).
The Role of an Agent
An agent is familiar with and keeps abreast of changes in:
• copyright and contract law
• general industry practices and trends
• contractual practices of Australian publishers
• staff in publishing and related industries
An agent, on behalf of the author, sees that:
• all contractual agreements are carried out correctly
• prompt and accurate royalty payments are made
• the writer is fairly remunerated for all work
• the best possible deal is made
Now, more than ever a writer needs an agent. Publishing is in a constant state of flux with new technologies presenting radical changes to old publishing models. Editors leave publishing houses; Publishing houses are sold, or taken over, or sometimes abandoned. A writer needs a buffer to protect them during times of change. An agent knows the publishing industry and can offer this protection. An agent is in the industry at the ground level; an agent is there for the writer.