Prior to becoming an agent, Justine was a solicitor. She spent most of her career working in government, where she was a commercial lawyer and contracts advisor in the procurement department (e.g. drafting, negotiating and advising on large commercial contracts). She’s a keen traveller and has lived in Sheffield, England. Italy is her favourite country – so far.
In her free time, Justine loves to read, laugh at her ridiculously terrible cooking and spent time with her husband and two young children.
Mayfair Literary Agency is a member of the Australian Literary Agents' Association.
The role of an agent:
The role of a literary agent is threefold. First, to find talented authors to represent. Second, once the author has signed with the agent, the agent will shop the manuscript around with suitable trade publishers. Third, the agent will negotiate the publishing contract, collect royalties on the author’s behalf, and pay the royalties on to the author (minus the agent’s commission).
Why have an agent:
Breaking into the publishing industry can be daunting. An agent will guide you through the process and know which publishers suit your manuscript. A good agent will consider your career as an author, not just one book. Probably the best thing about using a literary agent is having another person on your side, to tell publishers how great you are and encourage you. The other good thing about an agent is you don't have to pay anything unless your book is actually published. And even then, the agent will only be deducting commission from the money you have earned.