Alex Adsett Publishing Services offers publishing business and contract advice to authors and publishers to help navigate the Australian publishing industry. With fifteen years working in publishing and bookselling, Alex Adsett is well placed to help clarify the issues facing your publishing deal.
To authors, Alex Adsett offers many of the contract review and negotiating services of a literary agent. For publishers, Alex Adsett provides the expertise of an in-house contracts administrator.
Whether you’re an author wanting advice on your first publishing contract, or a publisher negotiating a sale of subsidiary rights, Alex Adsett can review contracts, advise on industry standards, or negotiate on your behalf.
This is shaping up to be another big year for Alex Adsett Publishing Services. As we continue to expand our literary agency, we are always on the look out for new avenues and publishers who are keen to work with us on publishing quality genre fiction.
On top of this, there is a bumper year of conferences and festivals to look forward to. We are hoping to attend:
- Australian Romance Readers Association, 1-3 March, Brisbane.
- Conflux, 25-28 April, Canberra.
- Gold Coast Literati, 17-18 May, Gold Coast.
- Sydney Writers Festival, 20-26 May, Sydney.
- Emerging Writers Festival, 23 May – 2 June, Melbourne.
- Australian Booksellers’ Association Conference, 16-17 June, Adelaide.
- Byron Bay Writers Festival, 2-4 August, Byron Bay
- Romance Writers Association Conference, 16 – 18 August, Perth.
- Brisbane Writers Festival, 4-8 September, Brisbane
- GenreCon, 11-13 October, Brisbane.
It has become more a mantra than even a cliché, but “we’re living in interesting times” is repeatedly chanted by book industry insiders. And aren’t we just! There are more opportunities for writers than ever before. That is, there are more opportunities to write, connect and publish, but realistically, probably no more actual opportunities to earn a sustainable income.
And there’s the rub- more opportunities for you to publish, means more opportunity for *every* author to publish, and how someone will find you among the millions is one of the biggest questions authors need to grapple with.
I should admit that in many cases I am still an advocate of working within the traditional publishing model – if you can break into it. Established commercial publishers are often the best way for a writer to start their career. Traditional publishers have the expertise and connections to get your book out to readers. They already have the editors, cover designers, typesetters, distribution channels, and contracts, already organised, and most of the time, they pay you. However, there are many flaws with traditional publishing. Established publishers are not always able to innovate as quickly as individuals, and often cannot properly reward the efforts of very savvy self promoting authors who may benefit most from remaining independent. Continue reading
Isobelle Carmody has launched a website and series of thought provoking blog posts to celebrate the release of the ebook for Greylands. There are some great posts coming up, and I am incredibly proud to be the first cab off the rank.
Check out the fabulous website here and my blog Living Through Interesting Times about the digital shakeup publishing is in the process of working its way through.
After facing prolonged criticism over the first two drafts of its publishing contract, D Publishing have released a new version of their publishing agreement in time for the new year. While the latest version includes genuine improvement, providing additional explanations and addressing some of the concerns raised, it still has not remedied two of the biggest failings of the first.
Essentially, D Publishing still have the right to change the fee structure and (almost all of) the terms of the contract at any time, and the Author still has no recourse to terminate the contract.
To first look at the positives, D Publishing have amended the contract to properly reflect what they said were their intentions in the first place, and so the Author clearly now has the right to distribute their Work in channels not being exploited Continue reading