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 maximise that potential. The agency represents a diverse range of award winning, and emerging writers and illustrators across all areas of the publishing market including fiction, non fiction, and books for children and young adults.
Jacinta di Mase
- Founder, Director & Lead Agent
Jacinta 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 past President of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association (ALAA), a current member of the RMIT Program Advisory Committee for the Master of Writing and Publishing, and ALAA representative for the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative working across industry to make ‘inclusive by design’ a reality for Australian readers with a print disability.
-Middle Grade & Young Adult Agent
Danielle is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing & Editing program, and holds a Bachelor of Communications from Monash University. In the past she has been a regular columnist for Kill Your Darlings Literary Journal, and the Stella Prize Schools Blog, writing mostly on the intersection of young adult literature and feminism. In 2015 she was elected to the grassroots LoveOzYA committee, celebrating and elevating Australia’s national youth literature. And in 2017 she was editor and contributor of ‘Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology’, a collection of Australian young adult short stories – inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement – and released by Harper Collins. She joined Jacinta di Mase Management in 2016, as an agent – seeking Australian authors of Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) fiction works.
- International Rights Manager
Natasha is director of The Rights Hive. A former Rights Manager at Penguin Random House, she has worked with foreign publishers, literary agents and film producers from all over the world. She has worked with authors including Melina Marchetta, Sonya Hartnett, Isobelle Carmody, and Morris Gleitzman just to name a few. From PRH, Natasha moved onto The Five Mile Press (Bonnier Publishing) where she worked with children’s authors and illustrators such as Jedda Robaard, Ann James and the Estate of Richard Scarry. After more than a twelve years as a rights professional in the publishing industry Natasha created The Rights Hive to provide comprehensive rights representation for publishers and literary agents. She proudly manages rights on behalf of Jacinta di Mase Management, Little Book Press (a division of Raising Literacy Australia), and The National Library of Australia. therightshive.com
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.