Welcome to the website of Selwa Anthony Author Management Agency - one of the leading literary agencies in Australia. Here you will find information about Selwa, her authors and the books she has helped get published.

How Selwa became my agent

Gwen Wilson:

After years of working on a memoir and finally honing it to her satisfaction, my editor recommended me to Selwa.

I’d been aware of Selwa Anthony for years, but never dreamed I would make the grade to be one of her authors.

Within days of receiving the manuscript Selwa called me! … » “Gwen Wilson”

Andrew Daddo:

Ah, the circuitous route to the place you should have been all along!

It felt like a backdoor entry to a special club – no secret handshake or code word, but certainly the right introduction from the right person.

And from the very beginning it was a matter of working together as opposed to being ‘taken on board’.  Selwa was able to help uncover the possibilities in a writing career that was underway but in need of direction. … » “Andrew Daddo”

Sam & Jenny Bailey:

In 1999, the year we married, our story appeared in The Australian Women’s Weekly. Tucked away at the end of the article was a throw-away line that happened to mention we would like to write a book about our story one day.

A few days later a note arrived in our mailbox from a literary agent called Selwa Anthony – who at that stage we hadn’t heard of. We quickly discovered she was a legend in the publishing industry. We made contact with her and she re-iterated her offer to help if we wanted to write our story. … » “Sam & Jenny Bailey”

Johanna Nicholls:

An author needs a great agent. One who knows the changing climate of the literary world. One who is always at your back, fights for your rights and has the wisdom to know how to give you constructive criticism that helps lead you to successful publication.

Selwa Anthony has been all that and more to me throughout the writing and publication of my first four Australian historical novels: Ironbark, Ghost Gum Valley, The Lace Balcony, and Golden Hope in Australia and overseas, and their Talking Book editions. … » “Johanna Nicholls”

Frauke Bolton-Boshammer:

I met Selwa through friends.

I flew to Sydney from Kununurra to meet her. She was extremely helpful. She picked me up from the hotel to come to her place for afternoon tea. The homemade scones were delicious.

I was very, very impressed by all the books she had helped to be published. … » “Frauke Bolton-Boshammer”

Joanne van Os:

Around 2001, I decided to write an account of my life with the real Crocodile Dundee. Writing the story of how your ex-husband killed a police officer and wounded several other people, and was then shot dead, was not something I wanted to do, but it was necessary.

Before I ventured down that road, I rang an editor friend in Sydney. She said mine was a sensitive and difficult story to write. I needed an agent, and the agent I needed was Selwa Anthony.

“She’s the best person you could get to represent you,” she said. … » “Joanne van Os”

John Suter Linton:

To cut a very long story short, in the mid-90s I found myself with a decommissioned manuscript. That is, the publishing house I was contracted to had decided to let my publisher go and, therefore, cancelled all their commissioned works. How I got the original publishing deal was through a friend of a friend. So now, I had no agent and no idea on what to do with the manuscript.

To distract myself I began editing the manuscript and took up ten-pin bowling. At the time, it was decided bowling would be an exhibition game at the 2000 Olympics. I wasn’t bad at the game and, well, a young bloke can dream.

In one of the many leagues I bowled, I meet an accountant who told me they had a literary agent as a client. … » “John Suter Linton”

Nadine Williams:

Many years ago, when I worked at the Advertiser, I came across a feature in our Broadsheet newspaper about this exciting agent for Australian authors. It was in the 1990s, and for some reason I kept it, taken by the striking woman whose portrait took up half the page.

In 2004, I met a widower, a handsome French-born Australian with a melodic Gallic accent, who took me back to France, wooed me and won my heart. I had been a feisty feminist and forged a career as such at the Advertiser. I once wrote a column about the “romance myth” and here I was, a 50-something middle-aged woman, falling to his charms. … » “Nadine Williams”

Gail Bell:

During a stay at Varuna Writers’ House in Katoomba in 2000, I met the writer, Loubna Haikal. We had a lot in common, including a strong desire to see our first books published. I’d recently been taken on by a small publisher and although I was initially thrilled to have my work recognized, I’d begun to have misgivings about the transaction I’d entered into. As a newcomer, I needed more attention than the publisher was able to provide and I poured out my fears to Loubna, who seemed to be in better hands than I was.

“You need an agent,” she said.

Her agent was Selwa Anthony. … » “Gail Bell”

Paul de Gelder:

I met my agent Selwa Anthony at the exact time that I needed a guiding angel.

I was killing myself trying to hold onto a career after a serious injury, a job which I could no longer effectively do whilst also maintaining my mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Forced out of the military and untrained in how to work in the civilian world, a friend of a friend led me to Selwa. … » “Paul de Gelder”

New and up and coming publications:

Under the Midnight Sky

Under the Midnight Sky

When an injured teenager goes missing at a remote bushland campground, local journalist Abby Bardot is determined to expose the area’s dark history. The girl bears a striking resemblance to the victims of three brutal murders that occurred twenty years …

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The Chocolate Maker’s Wife

The Chocolate Maker’s Wife

Damnation has never been so sweet…

When Rosamund Tomkins enters the world she is so different, with her darkling eyes and strange laughter, that the midwives are afraid, believing her a changeling. But Rosamund’s life is set to be anything …

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Blood on the Rosary

Blood on the Rosary

A heartfelt, brave and inspiring memoir about the power of speaking out

A brave nun. Her twin brother. The secrets and lies that would tear them apart.

There is a special bond that twins share, an ethereal connection that can’t …

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This Present Past

This Present Past

The long-awaited prequel to Traci Harding’s much-loved Ancient Future series

In Ancient Wales, Gwion Bach, a simple woodsman, becomes enchanted by the fey beauty Creirwy during a brush with the Sons of the Long Knives. He earns Creirwy’s trust, and …

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Old Friends, New Friends

Old Friends, New Friends

FROM THE BESTSELLING CREATORS OF FIRST DAY AND WHEN I GROW UP

A brand-new school year! I can’t wait!

Hang on … None of my old friends are in my new class ……

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The Invitation

The Invitation

In Gilded Age New York, money buys everything. What is your price?

Sometimes the ties that bind are the most dangerous of all ….

Paris, 1899. Emma Lacasse has been estranged from her older sister for nearly twenty years, since …

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