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.
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.
Martin joined AAPS as a literary agent in 2015, after he left his position as chief book buyer at Readings to move to Germany with his family. Over the past five years, Martin has worked with authors such as Angela Meyer, Favel Parrett, Meg Mundell, Rodney Hall, Wayne Marshall and Patrick Allington, and more. He has become one of Australia’s most notable agents for high literary fiction, and we are proud to see him expand this success into his own agency.
Martin said today via twitter:
Announcement time! After several years now of having the privilege of making my own tiny contribution to the stable of @alexadsett – hands down Oz’s No. 1 literary agent! – I’m delighted to announce the launch of my own humble agenting venture:@ShawLiterary!
Shaw Literary will continue to have close ties with AAPS and we wish Martin the very best of luck. He can be reached at www.thebooksdesk.com.
For more information on submissions, please visit our Submissions page. Notwithstanding the normal submission rules, Alex is looking for all genres, including literary or commercial fiction with a great narrative, narrative non-fiction, and genre fiction with a fresh perspective.