Alex Adsett Publishing Services was established by Alex Adsett in 2008. Originally offering consultancy services to publishers and authors with a focus on commercial publishing contracts, it soon expanded to also offer traditional literary agent representation to select authors. It now includes Alex Adsett as consultant and agent, Martin Shaw as German based literary agent and agency support from Paul Landymore.
Alex Adsett is a consultant and literary agent offering publishing contract and negotiating advice to authors and publishers. She has more than eighteen years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry in London and Australia, and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. She has worked with publishers including Editia, Sleepers, University of Queensland Press and the Copyright Agency, and authors such as Graeme Simsion, Isobelle Carmody, Barry Humphries, and Kylie Chan. As a literary agent, she concentrates on fiction manuscripts including SFF, crime and romance, for all ages from picture books to adults. She regularly delivers seminars on copyright and publishing contracts around Australia, and serves on various NFP literary boards including Small Press Network and Queensland Writers Centre. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or skulking around bookshops.
Having started her bookselling career at Pulp Fiction Bookshop in Brisbane, Australia, Alex moved to Murder One bookstore in London, UK, followed by more than two years working for Simon and Schuster UK. On returning to Australia, she spent three years in the Rights and Contracts Department of Penguin Books in Melbourne, before moving to the Contracts Department of John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Alex has served on the Management Committee of the Queensland Writers’ Centre since 2010, and in 2012 joined the Board of the Small Press Network (SPN) and Management Committee of the Queensland Literary Awards. In 2010 she was on the Copyright Expert Reference Group of the Australian Publishers’ Association. She has served as a judge of the Aurealis Awards for five of the last six years.
She has appeared at Writers Festivals including Byron Bay, Brisbane, Emerging Writers and Melbourne, conferences such as Worldcon, Romance Writers Australia, Independent Publishers’ and GenreCon. Her articles on contracts, copyright and digital rights have appeared in The Island Magazine, Bookseller + Publisher, WQ, Writers Victoria magazine, ACT Writers Centre Magazine and the Australian Writers Marketplace. While she is always on the look out for exciting new manuscripts, the Agency is only accepting manuscripts via conference pitching sessions or personal recommendations.
Martin Shaw joins Alex Adsett Publishing Services with a wealth of experience and a terrific reputation in the Australian bookselling & publishing community. He worked for more than 21 years at lauded Melbourne independent bookshop chain, Readings, and in his role for many of those years there as Chief Book Buyer, he helped make Readings the celebrated bookseller it is today.
During his career he championed the work of – in particular – Australian authors on debut (like Nam Le, Chloe Hooper, Steven Amsterdam, and Maxine Beneba Clarke) while also being on the lookout for more established authors who thoroughly deserved rediscovery, such as Kim Scott. He was named ‘Bookseller of the Year’ in 2013.
As a literary agent, Martin will be seeking literary fiction and non-fiction for adults, and representing an exciting mix of established literary authors and emerging voices. As part of his move to Germany in 2015, Martin will also be hoping to showcase Australian authors to the European & UK markets, and bringing new voices to the attention of Australian audiences.
In 2013 he was a judge of the Commonwealth Book Prize, and in 2014 an inaugural judge of the Readings New Australian Writing Award. He was for many years on the programming committee of the Melbourne Writers Festival, has chaired sessions at the Emerging Writers Festival, and served on the Board of the Small Press Network, most recently as Chair. His essays and reviews have been published regularly in The Guardian Australia, The Monthly, Australian Bookseller & Publisher, and the Readings Monthly. He tweets at @thebooksdesk .
Manuscript submissions are by invitation only. Please contact him at email@example.com. For more information on Australian publishing titles presented at Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, please see available titles here.
Paul is a career bookseller with over 26 years experience working in the book trade in Australia and the UK. The first seventeen of those was spent in the UK where he worked for W.H. Smith & Sons, Sherratt & Hughes, Books Etc. (pre-Borders) and Murder One Bookshop, often in a managerial role. Since arriving in Australia he has managed the University of Queensland Bookshop, the Malvern branch of Readings (Melbourne) and most recently worked with Avid Reader in Brisbane. Throughout his career, he has also consulted with publishers on jacket design, marketing campaigns and acquisitions, written book reviews for in-house newsletters and trade magazines, judged literary competitions and spoken on radio and at conferences. As a lifelong amateur tech-geek, Paul has watched the influence of digital devices and media on our reading habits with a keen and close eye.
With his strong background in sales, Paul is well placed to put his years of experience as a reader and bookseller into the role of literary agent. He can not only judge a manuscript’s quality in its own right, but how it may relate to the industry as a whole and its reception by the public.