Lyn Tranter, the proprietor of Australian Literary Management, spent her childhood in Australian country towns. After working in England and hitch-hiking through Europe and across Asia, she married the poet John Tranter in 1968, and has been actively involved in the Australian writing community throughout her adult life. She wrote a popular literary gossip column for the Australian under the nom de plume Elizabeth Swanson for many years, and worked for a decade as a literary publicist. In 1986 and again in 1987 she organised and accompanied reading tours by groups of Australian writers through some twenty venues across the USA. Her daughter Kirsten Tranter is a novelist, critic and journalist based in the USA.
Australian Literary Management was established by Caroline Lurie in 1980. Lyn joined the agency in 1990, and in 1993 became the sole owner. She has travelled widely overseas, building the agency’s reputation and establishing strong links with writers, publishers and other literary agencies. The agency has very few staff.