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.

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Award winning creators join AAPS

Apart from being a spectacularly fabulous place to live, Brisbane city is home to some amazingly talented creators. So, when Brisbane’s AWARD WINNING AUTHOR ANGELA SLATTER *AND* AWARD WINNING ILLUSTRATOR KATHLEEN JENNINGS teamed up to create beautiful illustrated editions of Angela’s short stories, I could not have been prouder to be asked to work with them on finding a publisher for their illustrated works.  The buzz has already started, and so I’m happy to announce officially that this creative duo have signed with Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Continue reading

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In case you managed to miss it, Brisbane Writers Festival just swept through Brisbane. Our fabulous author Gary Kemble flew in from Scotland to officially launch Skin Deep at Avid Reader Bookshop on Tuesday 1st September as part of the Festival. On top of an amazing launch with queue winding down Boundary St, Gary chaired and read at a late night BWF session on dark stories, alongside literary luminaries Holly Black, Cassandra Clair, Kelly Link and Trent Jamieson, before running a writing workshop for emerging authors. It’s been a big Festival of Kemble, with Gary continuing the tour in Sydney and Melbourne this week.










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Award winning graphic novelist Jackie Ryan signs with AAPS

We are very pleased to announce Jackie Ryan – graphic novelist, artist, performer and author has signed with Alex Adsett Publishing Services.

Jackie Ryan is an award winning graphic novelist, performer, publisher and author. She is the writer, artist and designer behind Aurealis Award-winning comic book series Burger Force, with the original website archived by the National Library of Australia as a site of cultural significance. She is the founding editor of comedy writing collective The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary, and has performed excerpts of the FFA at Woodford Folk Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival. Jackie is a PhD candidate in Australian History at The University of Queensland, completing her thesis on World Expo 88.


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Alex Adsett, of Alex Adsett Publishing Services, has announced that Martin Shaw, outgoing Books Division Manager at Readings in Melbourne, will be joining her literary agency in July. “This comes at a great time for our growing company”, Adsett said. “Martin’s outstanding reputation in the book industry, his renown for helping to break out new literary voices, and his sound commercial instincts, will we feel be of great benefit to both authors and publishers alike. The fact that he is going to be based in Europe means too that we can explore more fully international opportunities for our authors as their careers develop”.

Shaw commented: “I’ve long been an admirer of Alex’s knowledge of the industry, her passion for her authors, her razor-sharp instincts for a sound publishing contract, and her committment to placing authors with the best possible publisher for their work. I look forward immensely to our collaboration”.

Shaw will be specializing in literary fiction & creative non-fiction: “rather like during my time at Readings: anything that absolutely rocks my boat!”.  He can be contacted on


In a related announcement, Martin Shaw has entered into arrangements with a number of Australian independent publishers to represent their titles at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, and beyond. Continue reading

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Gary Kemble’s debut thriller Skin Deep out now!

Amazing debut supernatural thriller Skin Deep is published 1 July 2015 by Echo Publishing.

When washed up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. When more tattoos appear — accompanied by visions of war-torn Afghanistan, bikies, boat people, murder, bar fights and a mysterious woman — he begins to dig a little deeper. Harry’s search leads him to Jess McGrath. She’s successful, married; they are drawn to each other though they have nothing in common but unwanted tattoos and high definition nightmares. Together, they edge closer to unearthing the truth behind the sinister disappearance of an SAS hero and his girlfriend Kyla.

Skin Deep is the thrilling, layered, genre-bending debut novel of Brisbane author and journalist Gary Kemble.

Available now from all great bookstores, including Readings, Avid Reader, Booktopia, Pages & Pages, and Big W and Kmart!

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