Jacinta Dimase Literary Agent Melbourne


'Ask an ALAA Agent' articles in The Victorian Writer magazine

December 10, 2014

ALAA, the Australian Literary Agents’ Association, have teamed up with Writers Victoria to publish a series of articles in their The Victorian Writer magazine.

The first article is by Jacinta di Mase in the November issue ‘Research’ giving inside information on the best (and worst) times to submit your manuscript.

In the December issue ‘Travel’ Fiona Inglis from Curtis Brown Australia examines the process of selling overseas rights.

Writers Victoria publishes 10 issues per year of The Victorian Writer magazine which benefits all members.

Check out their website for more information.

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Clare Wright wins the "The Nib" Waverley Library Award for Literature

November 28, 2014

Congratulations to Clare Wright who has won Waverley Council’s prestigious $20,000 Literary Prize and the People’s Choice Award, for her wonderful history of the women of Ballarat, the Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

Nib Waverley Library Award writes:

“The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a beautifully told and powerful story about the women and children who flocked to Ballarat in pursuit of freedom and unlimited opportunity.

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts congratulated Wright and the five other shortlisted winners for their contribution to this year’s Nib: Waverley Library Award for Literature.

“I was spellbound when I read Clare’s book, the forgotten Rebels of Eureka, because she has taken a piece of history that we all know about and slowly, with beautiful writing, weaved personal stories into it,” she said. “People who love history should read it because it is a history lesson as well as a good read.”

Wright has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster.

She said it was an honour and delight to be awarded the NIB for 2014. “Libraries are my favourite places; the comfort, stimulation and sense of belonging they afford me have always been a potent force for good in my life,” she said

Read the complete media release here

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Bologna Children's Book Fair 'Hello! From Australia' Exhibition 2015

November 14, 2014

The agency is thrilled and proud to announce that Five picture books from the Jacinta di Mase Management stable have been selected for the Bologna 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition, curated and organised by Books Illustrated and the Australian Publishers Association.

32 contemporary Australian illustrated books were chosen from more than 100 books submitted for the opportunity, but only 32 were selected to be represented with an A2 limited edition giclee prints as part of the Hello! from Australia rights exhibition.

The Five picture books from Jacinta di Mase management are listed below:

Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen
Birdie’s Boots by Phil Cummings and Sara Acton
Our Village in the Sky by Janeen Brian and Anne Spudvilas
One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich
Imagine a City by Elise Hurst

Congratulations to Jane, Elise, Phil, and Janeen and their creative partners for this wonderful achievement.

The exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Previous Bologna exhibitions of Hello! from Australia have received an enthusiastic afterlife at other book festivals and fairs, including presentations at:
- Paju Bookcity in South Korea;
- the National Youth and Children’s Library, Seoul;
- the Korea Foundation Cultural Gallery, Seoul;
- the inaugural International Illustration Concours on Nami Island, Korea; and
- the Capital Library Beijing, China, as part of Australian Writers Week.

A highlight of the 2015 fair will be the presence of the Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who will give the opening speech at the Australia Party and be part of the second international Children’s Laureate Summit in Bologna.

You can view the full list of book selected to be represented by a limited edition print on the Books Illustrated blog

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Check out Ellie O'Neill's new website!

September 12, 2014

Ellie O’Neill has launched a new website to celebrate the release of her debut commercial fiction title ‘Reluctantly Charmed’ published by Simon and Schuster Australia this October.

As part of the launch the Irish tourist board is offering the chance to WIN a free trip to Ireland – simply purchase the book and send them the receipt.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity here

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'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' comes to life on Story Box Library

September 12, 2014

Have you heard about the Story Box Library?

Story Box Library features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia’s finest storytellers.

And… Story Box Library now features ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ being read by illustrator Ann James. We are thrilled about this promotion of Janeen Brian and Ann James’ picture book and hope you enjoy watching.

What is Story Box Library?

“We’d like you to think of it as an online ‘reading room’. It’s a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children’s Literature is on permanent exhibit.

Our main intention? To deliver the precious experience that sharing a book entails. Story Box Library is committed to supporting and encouraging the practice of storytelling – inspiring young imaginations to soar.

We connect children with literature through the complementary medium of film. Story Box Library provides a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of everyday Australian storytellers – sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, actors, with varying accents and from different cultures – each sharing past and present book titles. The result is meaningful, entertaining readings that focus on both teller and tale.

Use it as a bedtime tale, a facilitator for discussion in the classroom, or a read aloud model – the choice is yours. No matter what the reason for your visit to Story Box Library, we help children journey to that most uniquely precious place; the wilds of their own imagination.” – Story Box Library website

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I'm a Dirty Dinosaur delivers 'extreme joyousness' in the Kirkus Review

September 05, 2014

Who has a starred Kirkus Reviews? The Dirty Dino that’s who! Congratulations to Janeen Brian, Ann James, Penguin Books Australia and Kane Miller for publishing ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ into the US.

Here’s a snippet of the review:


“This Australian import cries out for toddler participation, with parts for everyone.

The little dinosaur—an outline sketch of a creature drawn with multicolored pencil—rejoices in total mudlusciousness with a vigorous chant…

It is nearly impossible to look at without reading aloud, chanting aloud, and even tapping and stamping and sliding: extreme joyousness. (Picture book. 4-7)”

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'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Ann James awarded CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book 2014

August 15, 2014

A huge congratulations to Janeen Brian and Ann James for their CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book Award for I’m a Dirty Dinosaur published by Penguin Books Australia.

The perfect creative team. Watch Janeen and Ann in action talking about the inspiration behind I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

View all of the Book of the Year Awards 2014 – Winners here

and a sequel…

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Clare Wright's 'The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka' shorlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards

August 15, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Stella Prize Winner, Clare Wright, has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. We would also like to congratulate the other shortlisted authors in this section: Joan Beaumont, Ian Clark and Fred Cahir.


Shortlists announced for 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards 11/8/2014

The Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird MP today [Monday 11 August] announced the shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Eight judges considered almost 150 entries across the five prize categories. The Premier commented: “This year’s World War One commemorations are a time to reflect upon our nation’s involvement in the war and a reminder of the importance of the work of historians in marking and understanding our nation’s past.”


Australian History Prize
Judges: Professor Richard Waterhouse (Chair), Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Associate Professor James Curran and Dr Jennifer Lawless.
• Broken Nation, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
• The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives, edited by Ian Clark and Fred Cahir (CSIRO Publishing)
• The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright (Text Publishing)

To read the full media release, shortlist and judges’ reports please visit the NSW Premier’s History Awards website here

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The War That Changed Us: TV mini-series written by Clare Wright.Starts August 19 on ABC.

August 15, 2014

The epic story of Australia and the First World War is revealed through the lives of five Australians and their transformative journeys through conflict on the battlefront and on the home front in this powerful new series.

Written by Clare Wright, Stella Prize winner for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Text Publishing) and Don Featherstone.

Starts August 19 on ABC

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'Baby Animal Farm' in New York Times: Board Book Roundup II

July 28, 2014

‘Baby Animal Farm’ written and illustrated by Karen Blair has been promoted as 1 of 5 top Board Books selected by the New York Times!

New York Times Board Book Roundup II

The Review:

Written and illustrated by Karen Blair
16 pp. Candlewick. $6.99. (Board book; ages 1 to 3)

“In this sweet Australian import, five little children gambol and tromp around the countryside, feeding lambs, tickling kids (the four-legged kind), and patting and cuddling piglets and kittens. Blair, whose watercolors will appeal to fans of Helen Oxenbury, has a keen eye for toddlers’ expressions and gestures, making this book as much about the appeal of young humans as young animals. In a couple of places, her choice of words (“Nom, nom, nom” for “Yum, yum, yum”; “Home time now”) may sound foreign to adult American ears, but it’s nothing that will bother a baby.” – New York Times.

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