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The Agent Engagement

w/ Jacinta di Mase

Securing a literary agent is often an important step towards publication, with an agent acting as an intermediary between writer and publisher. But how do you know if you’re ready to submit your manuscript to an agent for consideration? It is hard for any writer to know if their work is really ready – an opinion from an expert is invaluable.

Thursday, 24 February, 6.30 – 7.30pm AEST (Q&A session)
PLUS a 25-minute consultation on Saturday, 26 February 2022
(between 10am and 2pm AEST)

$ 395/ $ 335.75 alumni


In this unique opportunity, you will be given feedback on your work and whether your manuscript is sound for submission. You’ll also have the chance to discuss where your work fits into the current marketplace and be able to consult with a leading literary agent about what your next steps should be.

In addition, on completion of this meeting, you will receive a professional copy-edit on your submitted work from a Senior Editor, which will not only help improve your copy but give you an insight into how the editorial process works for books heading to market.

There are strictly 7 appointment times available on the half hour between 10am and 2pm. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Please note

Jacinta’s expertise is in the areas of quality commercial fiction and non-fiction including memoir, biography, history, politics, current affairs. She is not able to offer feedback on poetry, short stories, self-help, speculative fiction or horror.


Writers you'll be working with:

Jacinta di Mase

After more than 20 years’ experience in the book industry, Jacinta di Mase started her own agency in 2004. 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…

Course outline

Your booking includes:

  • 25 minute one-to-one meeting with agent Jacinta di Mase of Jacinta di Mase Management
  • A one-hour question and answer session ahead of your meeting
  • Copy edit on a 3000-word sample of your manuscript by a Senior Editor
  • A complimentary copy of an A&U publication
  • On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin website

Praise for this course

“My expectations were far exceeded and Jacinta’s feedback was invaluable.” 2019

How to Book

Once you have secured a booking, you have until Sunday 6 February at midnight to submit: a brief synopsis (no more than a page) along with genre, intended readership and examples of competing and complementary titles. This should be sent in as a single file with twenty pages or two chapters of your manuscript (maximum 10,000 words). Please submit material as a .doc file, Times New Roman font, 12pt and minimum 1.5pt line spacing. Send your submission to faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com.

We will contact you closer to the time to schedule your appointment.