Alex Adsett – Literary Agent

Interview with Alex Adsett Literary Agent

About Alex Adsett


Alex Adsett is a literary agent as well as being publishing consultant. Alex started her bookselling career at a Pulp Fiction Bookstore in Brisbane, Australia, before moving to Murder One Bookstore in London.  Alex has had the privilege of working with some of the big-name publishers like Simon and Schuster, Penguin Books and John Wiley & Sons.  She has been working in the publishing and bookselling industry for almost twenty-five years.  Alex has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translation and overseas deals, and all manner of licenses. Plus she regularly delivers seminars on copyright and publishing contracts around Australia

As a Literary Agent

Alex Adsett Literary is a full-service literary agency, representing quality works of fiction and non-fiction for children, teens and adults. The type of authors they are looking for are have stories we fall in love with – a powerful voice, a certain something that makes a work stand apart from the crowd, stories that we can lose ourselves in, and make us forget we’re even reading. We want great stories, told well. Stories that will change the world for the better.

As a Consultant

If you need to seek advice before signing your publishing contract or need help understanding the publishing industry, the business of publishing or negotiating a contract then Alex Adsett in her role as a consultant offers a contract review service. Alex Adsett has a proven track record of providing commercial and strategic advice to thousands of authors and independent publishers, particularly regarding their publishing contracts so those agreements signed are consistent with Australian publishing standards and have no hidden traps.

How to contact Alex

As a Literary Agent: https://alexadsett.com.au/

As a Consultant: https://alexadsett.com.au/consultancy-2/

Submission Guidelines: If you want to find out if your manuscript meets the criteria Alex Adsett Literary is looking for: https://alexadsett.com.au/submissions/

Interview Videos

Who is Alex Adsett?

Do you want to know who Alex Adsett Literary Agent is? Here is her journey to becoming a Literary Agent so she could match the right manuscript with the right publisher, producer or editor.

What does a full-service Literary Agent negotiate?

Do you want to know what to expect when your literary agent is negotiating for you with a potential publisher? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and thousands of authors demystifies the process and gives you insights into what a literary agent does and what they negotiate.

Should you pay a Literary Agent a Reading Fee?

How to spot a reputable agent by what they charge. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and thousands of authors gives you insights on the industry standards on Literary Agent fees as well as upfront signing fees or reading fees.

What services does Alex Adsett Literary provide authors?

Have you just finished your manuscript? Do you need commercial publishing and contract advice from Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and thousands of authors on publishing offers, and contracts, dealing with new and unknown publishers and reversion clauses, film agreements and all manner of licenses?

Do Literary Agents accept self-published books?

Is your manuscript ready to be published? Are you thinking about going down the self-publishing route and want to know if a Literary Agent will accept you if you do? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Do Literary Agents work with Netflix?

Want to know if your Literary Agent can pitch to Netflix or a streaming platform. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Do Aussie Literary Agents negotiate in overseas markets?

Want to know if your Australian Literary Agent can negotiate deals for you in overseas markets and actually pitch you to overseas publishers. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What is the best time to pitch to a Literary Agent?

Want to know the best time to pitch your fiction or non-fiction manuscript to a Literary Agent for maximum effect. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What should be in the “Blurb” of an author’s pitch?

Want to know what to include in your “Book Blurb” that will make it compelling for readers, agents and publishers. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Does a Literary Agent have access to an author’s backlist?

Do you want to know what your author’s backlist rights are if you change Literary Agents? Also, can your new agent do anything new with your backlist? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Are audiobooks and eBooks dealbreakers for publishers?

Want to know why audiobooks and eBooks are Publishing are being considered normal dealbreakers these days for publishers. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Should a Reversion Clause be a dealbreaker for the author?

Why it is so crucial for an Author to protect their work with a “Reversion Clause” and what are the ramifications for them if they don’t. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Can you terminate your Literary Agent Agreement?

Want to know how you can get out of an Agency Agreement if the contract is not working for you. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What does Copyright cover for an author, do you have to pay for it and how you can spot the Copyright scams that are out there in the marketplace? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

How long does the Copyright last on your book and what can you do with your Copyright after you die. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

Do you know who owns the Copyright on your manuscript if you get a Ghostwriter in to help, or if someone else is helping you write because of language difficulties? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What to do if your book contains SENSITIVE military and political material?

Are you protected if you are writing about sensitive military and political material (people, places and events) in your book? What kind of legalities do you need to be aware of. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

How do your Author Royalties work? What is the better Royalty for you as an author? Are you aware of the dangers of the High Discount Clause? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What book genres do you specialise in?

If you are thinking of pitching your manuscript to Alex Adsett Literary then do you want to know what book genres she specialises in and absolutely loves? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What is the key thing as a Literary Agent you look for in a manuscript?

What are 3 main checkpoints that are important to Alex Adsett Literary for an author’s manuscript to be considered for representation? Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.

What reason as a Literary Agent would you reject a manuscript?

Find out what Alex Adsett doesn’t like to represent and discover what it takes for her to can change her mind about a manuscript. Alex Adsett a Literary Agent who has worked with many independent publishers and authors and who has successfully finalised thousands of author contracts, film agreements, translations, overseas deals and all manner of licenses shares her professional insights on this process.