Really I’m getting the feeling that they’re a rare breed. I’d love to list them all but my list would be quickly out of date.

http://austlitagentsassoc.com.au/members.html Seems to be the place to go, it’s got a good reputation too. However it’s not like getting information on American or UK agents. For example:

The fifth agent down is the first agent on the list who at this point in time doesn’t have a note ‘not accepting new submissions’ and who does represent (or so it appears) young adult fantasy. So i google them and get mixed messages about whether to email first or not – so i email first and get a timely and polite no.

Moving on… there are only 12 other agents on the list and they all appear to not be accepting new submissions or not accept young adult fantasy.  One looks like a maybe so i put them into google – i get 2 hits!!!!

There aren’t enough exclamation marks to make my shock clear!!!!

There’s no interviews, no blogs by the agents, no articles by the agency, i can’t even find who to address my email to!

Come on Australia, we have to have good authors here, and great agents, and awesome publishing houses but we seem to be living in the dark ages! How’s an author supposed to present their work to the right people is the right people are no where to be found?

Which has lead me to Random House, I’m a complete mess with stress worrying over the send button that i just hit – yep it’s almost Australian Publishing Suicide… if they say no… owch…  I know how many agents will not accept a work once publishers have said no but look at that list – there’s only 17 agents willing to put the time in to get on the Aus Agents list  so how many other options do I have?

Here’s wishing Kayla good luck and wishing that the Australian Industry will grow up! (good luck to all those other Aussie writers wanting to be first time published out there) – fingers crossed.

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