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.

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We are delighted to congratulate the award winning Melissa Lucashenko for her Stella Prize shortlisting.  Melissa has recently signed with our agency, and we are thrilled to be representing such a talented author. The Stella Awards is one of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes.


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Wayne Marshall to Affirm Press

AAPS is delighted to announce that Melbourne’s Affirm Press has acquired world rights in Shirl, a debut short-story collection by Victorian author Wayne Marshall, which was recently a runner-up in the 2019 Victorian Premier Awards’ Unpublished Manuscript Competition.

Martin Shaw, literary agent at AAPS, describes the collection, in which a range of what-if scenarios involving themes of Australiana are taken to fabulist and comedic extremes, as “a remarkable and assured debut which put me in mind of authors like Julie Koh, Ryan O’Neill and Nic Low – as well as the early George Saunders. Wayne uses absurdist humour to playfully skewer some of the foundations of both contemporary Australian society and modern masculinity”.

Martin Hughes, publisher at Affirm Press, said: “Wayne Marshall’s stories might be short but they pack an incredible punch and I can’t believe how strongly each one has stayed with me. Shirl is superbly inventive and powerful and entertaining. We can’t wait to share this collection, and launch Wayne’s book-publishing career.”

Shirl will be published in early 2020.

Our huge congratulations to Wayne!

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Off to a bang in 2019 – February publications!

IMG_8372We’re not quite sure how it is February already, but not one, not two, but THREE amazing AAPS titles are being published next week, and we are so excited to see them hit the bookstores!

We have supernatural YA Misrule, the third book in the Valentine series by Jodi McAlister. Launching on Valentine’s Day (14 Feb) at Readings Bookstore in Melbourne, as well as Sydney, Canberra and Hobart! Available at all good bookstores any day now! (Especially see Readings, Riverbend, Avid Reader, Better Read Than Dead, Harry Hartog).

Stella The Unstoppable by award winning author Richard Newsome. The first in the seriously funny Stella The Unstoppable series. Launching at Riverbend Books on Sat 9th Feb, and in all good bookstores any day now!

And third, the long awaited new book by the incredible Dave Hartley, TC and the Stinkiest Story Ever (In The History of the Universe), illustrated by Peter Baldwin. TC is the hero Australia needs rights now, as TC and his best mate Lochie try to solve the case of the missing dog, and win a year’s supply of pizza.

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Books, books, books and Merry Christmas from AAPS

Alex with booksOur little Agency made a Book Christmas Tree!!! I am beyond proud (ecstatic? overwhelmed? Definitely thrilled!) of the books published through AAPS Agency this year! So many, in fact, they make a Christmas tree! If you’re still looking for books for gifts or holiday reading, check out these incredible titles!



Expo88Multi-award winning We’ll Show The World by Jackie Ryan, is the perfect gift for readers of Queensland history, politics, or interested in a fun and witty biography of a crazy point in Qld life. — with Jackie Ryan.


EchoSpringsLeisl Leighton has had an incredible year! Not only her first print title with Echo Springs, a fantastic 4 part rural suspense, but she has published her entire four book Pack Bound series of paranormal romances. Perfect holiday reading! Continue reading

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Alex an Arts Leader in 2019

We are very pleased to announce that our Alex Adsett has been accepted into the Australia Council’s next cohort of twenty Arts Leaders for the Arts Leadership Program in 2019/2020.

The Australia Council has announced the next cohort of participants in its flagship Arts Leaders and Future Leaders programs.

“The 20 participants of the Arts Leaders program will embark on a 12 month journey of leadership activities aimed at further embedding strong leadership across the artforms.

This collaborative program will take these mid-career, established artists and arts workers to regional locations across Australia and to Indonesia for intensive residentials. The leaders will take part in workshops and virtual meetings, delving into the critical issues impacting the arts globally.”

Alex is very excited to be part of the Program, and can’t wait to see where it will lead!

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