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.
Please note: AAPS is taking a well earned reading break from 11th January – 1st February 2018. We will be checking emails intermittently to finalise ongoing matters, and not taking on new projects until February. For urgent contract matters, please refer to the ASA’s amazing contract review service.
Hello from Alex and the team!
We hope you’ve had a restive holiday season and are feeling energised for the new year. If you’re lucky enough to still be on a beach, don’t forget to grab a copy of Valentine, Dear Banjo or The Hot Guy, or maybe Nomax for the kiddies!
But a new year means new books, and if you’re looking for fresh new titles coming in 2018, do we have a list for you!
- Ironheart by Jodi McAlister, the second book in the Valentine series (Penguin)
- Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi (Hachette)
- Blast Off by Shelly Unwin, illustrated by Ben Wood (Random House)
- We’ll Show the World: Expo ’88 by Jackie Ryan (UQP)
- True Blue by Sasha Wasley, the sequel to Dear Banjo (Penguin)
- There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book by Shelly Unwin, illustrated by Vivienne To (Allen & Unwin)
- Something for Fleur by Catherine Pelosi, illustrated by Caitlin Murray (Hachette)
- The Pack Bound Quartet (Pack Bound, Moon Bound, Shifter Bound, and Wolf Bound) by Leisl Leighton (Harlequin)
- TC and the Stinkiest Story Ever (in the History of the Universe) by Dave Hartley, illustrated by Peter Baldwin (Scholastic)
- A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer (with Peter Bishop Books, Ventura Press)
- Prisoncorp by Marlee Jane Ward, the third in her award winning Orphancorp trilogy (Seizure)
There will be lots of opportunities to hear and meet Alex over the next twelve months, too. For a complete list of appearances, keep checking in on our Find us in 2018 page.
Keep your eyes out for more AAPS titles in 2018!
It’s been a huge year for Alex Adsett Publishing services. We’ve traveled the length and breadth of Australia, and flown to the other side of the world to represent our authors in the US. And it looks like all that traveling has paid off.
This year saw the Australian release of a host of amazing titles from our talented authors (which would all make great Christmas presents, by the way):
- Valentine by Jodi McAlister
- Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley
- The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris
- Who’s Afraid Too by Maria Lewis
- Nomax! by Shannon Horsfall
- You’re One! series (You’re Two, You’re Three & You’re Four & You’re Five) by Shelly Unwin
- Skin Deep and Bad Blood by Gary Kemble (paperback reissue)
AAPS authors also shone overseas and in film, with Maria Lewis’ Who’s Afraid and Alan Baxter’s Alex Caine series launched in the US, and Maria Lewis and Kylie Chan both making film deals. Not to mention Tricia Sullivan’s Occupy Me being nominated for an Arthur C Clarke award!
We’ve also received a huge number of amazing manuscripts from many talented up-and-coming authors who we hope to work with in the future. We’ve got big plans for 2018!
Although we’ve linked to Booktopia above, if you’d like to purchase any AAPS books we would love for you to support your local booksellers by buying from independent bricks and mortar stores such as our friends at Avid Reader, Riverbend Books, Pages and Pages, Galaxy Books, Pulp Fiction, and Readings.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and see you next year.
Alex and the team
The debut novel by Melbourne writer and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer will be the inaugural fiction title of the recently established ‘Peter Bishop Books’ imprint at Ventura Press.
Martin Shaw, literary agent at AAPS, sold world rights to her debut novel, A Superior Spectre, to the publisher, for publication in mid-2018. “It’s the story of a dying Melbourne man who decides to run away to a remote Scottish isle to escape the responsibility of living on for those that love him, and a young 19C Scottish woman, just starting to explore her desires and life purpose – and the eerie way they seem to be connected”. Continue reading →
This is Catherine’s third sale to Hachette. Earlier this year, Catherine sold her first picture book, Something for Fleur, and in 2016 sold middle-grade Quark’s Academy.
Quark’s Academy is already generating buzz for release next year:
“From the futuristic travel capsule that transports the students to the chemical compounds that enhance memory, the scientific principles of Quark’s Academy toe the line brilliantly between science-fiction and reality. Catherine Pelosi’s Quark’s Academy is an engaging and entertaining debut for readers aged eight and up with an interest in STEM—or those who just love a well-paced adventure story with fantastical elements.”