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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Avid Reader workshop

Shout out to those in SE Qld, or want a sunny weekend break, I’m doing a workshop at Avid Reader Bookshop on Sunday 15th March – a behind the scenes look at publishing, agenting, contracts and copyright, and possibly some pitching-for-the-love-of-everything-don’t-dos. Come along, but just a couple of spaces left! Bookings here.

And if you want to see where else I will be speaking in 2020, the updated list is here.

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New sale from agent Martin Shaw

Martin writes,

In late 2018, I read a most remarkable novella – & I haven’t stopped banging on about it ever since, basically! Namely Jen Craig’s Panthers & the Museum of Fire, a book which originally appeared in 2015 (and was long-listed for the Stella Prize that year), but which I only came to very late (see below).

Thereafter, bringing this novel to a wider international audience became a particular passion project of mine – it so thoroughly deserved to be on the world stage. Hence, today I’m so thrilled to announce the sale of US & Canadian rights in the book to the L.A.-based indie Zerogram Press, an imprint of Green Integer, for publication in late 2020! Continue reading

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New Consultation times

Alex is now accepting scheduled consultation appointments on Friday mornings for authors or publishers seeking to touch base on a few quick questions, or a longer strategic appointment.

BOOK HERE if you wish to lock in a 15 min or 60 min appointment with Alex on forthcoming Fridays.

15 minute appointments are $59 and 60 min appointments are $219.


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Authors For Fireys Auction

***** UPDATE 20th January 2020*****

The numbers are in, the #authorsforfireys auction has raised more than half a million dollars! I am proud and honoured that bids to pitch to AAPS raised FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS of this. (Seriously $15,000!). The two official winning bidders came to $2550 and $2500, but with matching from employers, and opening up to the very close, high bidders, we have stretched this to $15,000 for firefighters and wildlife in NSW & Vic. Thank you so much to everyone who bid, and to the incredible team who kicked this off.


6th January 2020

Following the devastating bush fires that have swept Australia this summer, the writing community is pulling together the most incredible auction of books and services to raise funds for our incredible firefighters.  After feeling so helpless watching the fires race through, I’m honoured to join the ranks of Australia’s literary community to offer my literary agent’s services for #authorsforfireys.

To the two top bidders for this auction, following proof of donation, I’m offering:

  • an opportunity to pitch your manuscript, and
  • receive a minimum of two pages of written feedback on the synopsis (1-2 pages) and first 5000 words (about 20 pages).

This is open to authors of all genres and age groups, from picture books to middle grade, young adult, commercial fiction, literary and narrative non-fiction. For pitching purposes, my agency represents almost everything (check the pitch guidelines here), but I can provide manuscript and strategic advice even if you are writing in genres we do not take on.

About me, I’m a literary agent with more than twenty years experience working in publishing in Australia and the UK. I have run my own agency since 2008. I represent an amazing list of forty-something authors including Miles Franklin winning Melissa Lucashenko, beloved and best-selling fantasy author Isobelle Carmody, journalist Ruby Hamad, and many more.

Bids are via twitter and close on Saturday 11th January, 11pm AEDT. Wiki for more details here:

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The traditional 2019 favourite books and recap of year post

TheGreatLombardoDon'tChangeAThing copyright Alex Adsett 2019Personally speaking, this has been a tough decade, but capped with some of the best 18 months of my life. Globally, the decade ahead is trending apocalyptic, so I’m appreciating that right now I’m privileged with incredible family and friends, a career I adore, health, safety, my beloved Obie & Ferdi & nieces and nephews, and so many amazing books.

Given how Big this year has been, it’s no surprise my reading is a little low at 81 books, but there have been some gems. My top 6 are:

  • Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (I know I’m biased but this book just gets more exceptionally brilliant every time I read it),
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne,
  • Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston,
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney,
  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, and
  • The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

My book of the decade is unquestionably Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers.

It’s going to take a lot for 2020 to match 2019 for me, but here’s hoping it holds its own. In the bigger picture, I hope that Australians and the World start to address climate change as the emergency it is, and rediscover some compassion and decency for refugees. In my modest, arts-centred way, that’s what I’ll be fighting towards.
Happy new year, Everyone!

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