Alex Adsett Publishing Services is a full service literary agency, representing quality works of fiction and non-fiction for children, teens and adults. We also provide freelance consultancy services for Australian publishers and authors, including commercial review of publishing contracts.
I am pretty clear on my submission guidelines that authors who would like to submit to the agency need to have met a few criteria – they need to be recommended by someone I know and trust (Sidenote #1 this means you have to ask someone I know to actually get in touch and recommend you, not just have vaguely mentioned my name one time), or they need to have met me somewhere and had a bit of a chat. This includes formal pitch sessions, at a pre-book launch mingle, or over the morning tea cupcakes at a conference. (Sidenote #2: if you’re an emerging author who has been bumping into me at conferences for years, this counts as an invitation to pitch!) . I understand that event cupcakes and in-person book launches are not as available as they were before, but there are still plenty of online opportunities to meet me, or many industry people, if you keep an eye out for them.
I have been getting a lot of submission queries about how people can meet me, and while this is a little frustrating because I’ve been doing so many online events, I thought I would do a shout out for a Pitching Workshop that New England Writers Centre and I have just agreed to move from in-person to online, and open it up to everyone. There are just a few spots, but book in for this Thursday 13th August from 4 – 6.30pm, and get an overview of agents, publishing, pitching, and the chance to pitch your manuscript to the room for feedback.
Thursday 13th August 4 -6.30pm
Hosted by New England Writers’ Centre
This will probably be my last one of these until November, although I’m also appearing online at Romance Writers Conference this weekend, talking about The Top Ten Tricks and Traps of Publishing Contracts.
Like everyone, I have been shocked and horrified by the violent racial discrimination exploding once again in the US, and shamed and horrified by the ongoing racial discrimination here in Australia. I have not been silent about it, but I know there is always more I could be doing to help stop the discrimination.
In my industry of publishing, there is some acknowledgment of the lack of diversity in what is published, with earnest attempts to redress the balance, but much more, of course, needs to be done.
As an agent, I believe stories have the power to make a difference, and while I have been looking for diverse stories and authors since I started, I want to make it clear that despite my officially closed submissions, the door is always open to authors from different backgrounds to the mainstream of Australia – First Nations, authors of colour, authors from different cultures, neurotypical authors, authors with disability, authors from varied socio-economic circumstances. I want a great story, told well. I want stories that will change the world for the better. And I want to work with authors who have those stories.
Saying that, we can’t admit the unequal representation of diverse authors, without also confronting the publishing industry itself is even more lacking in diversity. So, for what it is worth, if any people of colour, First Nations, or anyone outside neurotypical, affluent, white suburban Australia wants to chat about career options in the publishing industry and ways to break in, please get in touch and I would love to find time for a call or email.
There are some amazing groups and initiatives trying to support diversity in the publishing industry, so I’m just adding my voice to offer advice if it might be helpful to anyone. Please get in touch if this might be you. I’m not in a position to be hiring anyone, but talking about the industry I love, its problems and joys, is some small thing I can do.
- If you’re interesting in chatting about a career in publishing, email me at alexadsett[@]alexadsett.[com.]au.
- If you’re an author who fits the submission criteria, please following the submission guidelines here and email agent[@]alexadsett.[com.]au.