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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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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The Christmas AAPS book wrap up

AAPS 2019 books with edits by Robert Henderson

















Look at this simply stunning collection of 2019 books from AAPS! What an incredible year! From the upside-down perfection of I See, I See by Robert Henderson, beautiful romance of Love Song by Sasha Wasley, memoir Little One by Peter Papathasaniou, MILES FRANKLIN WINNING Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko, rom com Nailed It! by Mel Campbell & Anthony Morris, Lit SF The Trespassers  by Meg Munell, inspiring property advice in Smashed Avocado by Nicole Haddow, powerful challenge to white privilege White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad, salve to authors Writers Little Book of Doubt by Aidan Doyle, exciting conclusion to the Valentine series with Misrule by Jodi McAlister, shocking conclusion to the Orphancorp series with Prisoncorp by Marlee Jane Ward, hilarious adventure for young readers with TC and the Stinkiest Story Ever by Dave Hartley, and introducing three incredible Stella The Unstoppables by Richard Newsome! Plus romantic suspense Climbing Fear by Leisl Leighton, an My Unicorn Farts Glitter by Shannon Horsfall.

I’m so proud to be a part of these books journey in the world! If you’re looking for an excellent summer read in any genre, grab one or more of these!






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Trespassers coverAlex Adsett Publishing Services is delighted to announce that Triptych Pictures and Fremantle have acquired an option over Meg Mundell’s just-released second novel, The Trespassers (University of Queensland Press).

The Trespassers will be a co-production from Triptych and Fremantle. This is the first time the two creative powerhouses have partnered on a project, with development on The Trespassers already underway.

The Trespassers is a beguiling novel that explores the consequences of greed, the experiences of migration and exile, and the way strangers can become the ones we hold dear.  A shipload of migrant workers flees a pandemic-stricken UK, seeking a fresh start in Australia. For nine-year-old Cleary the journey promises adventure, for former nurse Billie it’s a chance to put a shameful mistake behind her, while struggling schoolteacher Tom hopes for a brighter future. But when a crew member is murdered and people start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast descends into chaos. Trapped on the ship, the trio must join forces to survive the journey and its aftermath.

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Congratulations to CBCA Honour Books

Black cockatoo small-spacesCongratulations to Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison, authors of Black Cockatoo, and Sarah Epstein, author of Small Spaces, on each being awarded a CBCA Honour at the CBCA Awards in Melbourne today!

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