Alex Adsett Literary

Alex Adsett Literary is a full service literary agency, representing quality works of fiction and non-fiction for children, teens and adults.

Alex Adsett, Literary Agent and Publishing Consultant.

Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant, who has been working in the publishing and bookselling industry for almost twenty five years.  She has managed Alex Adsett Literary since 2008.

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 is proud to represent an outstanding stable of authors, including Melissa Lucashenko, Isobelle Carmody, Hugh Breakey, Ruby Hamad, and Sasha Wasley.

As a consultant, Alex provides commercial and strategic advice to authors and independent publishers, particularly regarding publishing contracts. She has worked with many independent publishers and thousands of authors including Mirandi Riwoe, Sarah Malik, Graeme Simsion, Barry Humphries, and Kylie Chan.  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, Alex is only accepting manuscripts in accordance with submission guidelines.

Alex respectfully acknowledges the Yugambeh People, the traditional owners of the land on which she lives and works, and pays her respect to their elders past and present.

Dee 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 Dee does not work regularly in the business, and this account is irregularly monitored.

Associate Agent

To be announced.

Do you need a literary agent?

Australia, having an agent is a choice not a necessity. Approximately 60% of books published in Australia are not represented by an agent, and many publishers have avenues available for manuscripts to be submitted directly by authors. Although having a good agent will increase your manuscript’s chance of being meaningfully considered, it is not the only avenue. The situation in Australia is in stark contrast to the US and UK where almost the only way to reach a publisher is via an agent. If you have already received a publishing offer, think long and hard about whether you really want or need an agent.

Saying that, many authors adore having an agent. They can get on with writing and leave the business side of things to their agent to manage. Alex Adsett Literary is passionate about the publishing industry, and keen to champion high quality works for commercial publication. While breaking into, and thriving in, the the established publishing industry is tough, exciting new books will continue to be published and Alex Adsett Literary hopes to be part of that journey.

What does a literary agent do?

A good literary agent will generally offer three key services to an author, and a million other things besides.

A) Matching the right manuscript and author with the right publisher and editor. This does not mean the biggest publisher or the biggest advance, but finding the right fit for you and your work to have a successful career.

B) Negotiating the publishing offer and contract. This is far more than just discussing the advance, but a good agent will make sure all the fine print, from royalties to reversions, are fair and reasonable.

C) Assisting you manage your long term writing career. Having someone with industry knowledge in your corner to help navigate the ups and downs ofthe publishing industry can be invaluable.

If you decide not to work with an agent, we strongly recommend you seek advice before signing your publishing contract. The ASA offer a contract review service, as does Alex Adsett in her role as a Consultant.  For more information on whether or not you need an agent, agenting standards and codes of practice, please refer to the Australian Society of Authors, ALAA Code of Conduct or the Writers Beware: Agents (USA-centric).

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