The Australian Literary Agents’ Association was formed in 2003 in order to provide a public presence and a point of contact for Australian literary agencies and their staff.
What do literary agents do?
They seek outlets for the work of writers they represent, and oversee the contract relationships between authors and those who use their work — book and magazine publishers, film, theatre, radio and television producers, and others. They see that their authors get a fair and profitable deal. They are especially concerned with publishers’ advances, the way publishers promote their authors, overseas rights, translation rights, film rights and opportunities, and many other detailed contract matters.
Members of the Association are obliged to adhere to the principles outlined in the code of practice.
This Internet site presents the ALAA to the public. Follow the links at the top of the page to see a list of members, and to read their code of practice. The ‘Finding an agent’ page tells writers how to find a suitable literary agent and how to present their writing to best advantage. The ‘Literary contacts’ page offers a list of links to dozens of literary contacts in Australia including writers’ organisations, writers’ centres and manuscript assessment services.