About

Alex Adsett Publishing Services was established by Alex Adsett in 2008. It is a full service literary agency, with a dynamic and vibrant publishing list, with a focus on commercial and genre fiction.  It also offers strategic and commercial publishing advice, particularly assisting authors with publishing contracts. The Agency includes principal agent and consultant, Alex Adsett, based in SE Queensland, and agent Martin Shaw based in Germany.


Adsett headshot 2AAlex Adsett, Publishing Consultant and Literary Agent

Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant, who has been working in the publishing and bookselling industry for more than twenty years.  She has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex provides commercial and strategic advice to authors and independent publishers, particularly regarding publishing contracts. She has worked with many publishers including Editia, Sleepers, University of Queensland Press, Australian Society of Authors, and the Copyright Agency, and hundreds of authors including Melissa Lucashenko, Graeme Simsion, Isobelle Carmody, Barry Humphries, and Kylie Chan.  As a literary agent, Alex is always seeking amazing manuscripts, with a focus on fiction and narrative non-fiction, especially SFF, crime and romance, for all ages from picture books to adults.  She regularly delivers seminars on copyright and publishing contracts around Australia, and has served on various NFP literary boards including Small Press Network and Queensland Writers Centre.

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 her dream job as part of the Rights and Contracts Department of Penguin Books in Melbourne, before moving to the Contracts Department of John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.  She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or skulking around bookshops. While she is always on the look out for exciting new manuscripts, the Alex is only accepting manuscripts via conference pitching sessions or personal recommendations.

martinShawMartin Shaw, Literary Agent

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.

As a literary agent, Martin is 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 works to showcase Australian authors to the European & UK markets, and bringing new voices to the attention of Australian audiences.

He tweets at @thebooksdesk. Martin is open to submissions of literary fiction and narrative non-fiction manuscripts. Please contact him at martinshaw@alexadsett.com.au for submission guidelines.

Person_reading_a_bookDee McTavish, Agent’s Assistant

Dee works within the Agency when our cries for help become too loud to ignore. She is invaluable in helping manage submission queries and various administrative tasks. Dee is a passionate reader and keen observer of the Australian publishing industry. She can be reached at agent@alexadsett.com.au.