Literary agent Alex Adsett on contracts


This week’s episode is a biggie. We start off by coming to you from Italy, where Vanessa is hosting her first ever writers’ retreat. During our intro chat, Vanessa talks a little bit about the setting that inspired her debut novel, The Florentine Bridge (out January 2017) and what it was like to meet her agent, Cassie Hanjian from New York agency Waxman Leavell, in person for the first time. You can listen to her interview with Cassie in a previous episode.

Speaking of agents, I had the pleasure of interviewing literary agent, Alex Adsett, who is a special guest this week. Alex is an Aussie agent specialising in genre fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, and romance. She is also a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. She has more than eighteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Maria Lewis, Shannon Horsfall, Kylie Chan, and Gary Kemble.

During our discussion, we cover everything from the role of agent and contract advice to some of the more common mistakes writers make when approaching an agent for representation. We also go into the reasons why many debut authors in the US have been receiving million-dollar advances in recent years, what makes a book reach ‘bestseller’ status in Australia and Alex offers us her take on the possible changes to the parallel import rules.

itunes_logoAs I said, it’s a biggie but well worth tuning into especially if you’re thinking about approaching an agent or are looking for publishing contract advice. You can find out more about Alex’s agency at her website, as well as where she’ll be appearing via her events page. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

To register for more information on future writers’ retreats with Vanessa, visit or to follow all her updates from Tuscany, check out her Instagram.


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