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Pitching, Agents & Business of Publishing with Alex Adsett

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Harry Hartog ANU

153-11 University Avenue

Acton, ACT 2612

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Have you ever wanted to spend a day with a literary agent and a publishing consultant who has more than 20 years’ experience and can discuss the ins and outs of contract and copyright law? Want to know how to pitch your story to an agent? Well, here's your chance! In this full day workshop, you'll meet Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Alex will cover topics such as representation, who needs an agent and who doesn't, what is a pitch and how to do it right, the tips and traps of traditional contracts and how to know who's genuinely going to publish your book and what the current scams look like.

1. What A Literary Agent does and why you do (or don’t) need one.

2. What you need to know about copyright as an author

3. Publishing contracts – what to negotiate and how to spot the traps

4. Overview of the alternative publishing models, and how to (sometimes) spot the scams.

5. What is a pitch and pitching dos and don’ts.

6. Live 3 min pitch and critique of pitch in front of everyone (Critique of pitch itself, not the story or anything. It is nerve wracking but fun)*.

*Authors can put their name in a hat if they want to live pitch. This is not actually a pitch to the agent, but for the pitch to be structurally and commercially critiqued.

About the expert

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.


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Harry Hartog Booksellers' ANU store, 153-11 University Avenue:

https://services.anu.edu.au/files/guidance/ANU%20Campus%20Map%202019.pdf

This Harry Hartog ANU store is located just beside the Kambri Precinct. Please just be aware that it is a very new building, and will not show up very accurately on Google Maps. Please refer to the map in the link above to help you find your way. The Harry Hartog ANU phone number is: 02 6230 0197

There are an array of cafes serving coffee and lunch options close by, and they are all open on Saturdays (tea, coffee, hot water, milk and biscuits are provided by the ACTWC.) The Harry Hartog team are happy to have you place some food in their fridge, and use their microwave, should you wish to bring your lunch.

Toilets are located just outside the Harry Hartog store, just a few metres away in the Kambri building.

The closest parking to the store is an underground carpark directly below Harry Hartog (with stairs or public lift access to ground level. Staff at Harry Hartog can provide swipe-pass lift access from ground level to the upper level of their store, where the workshop will be held.) Due to the newness of the precinct, this car park isn't clearly marked in maps. To find it, drive down Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive) and follow signage to the Drill Hall Gallery/Drill Hall Gallery parking. Follow Kingsley Street straight down to its culmination in an underground carpark and you will have the correct one. We recommend this parking option for people who cannot or do not wish to cover much ground to the workshop venue. It costs $5 for the whole day on a Saturday. Parking at Llewellyn Hall is a short stroll away.

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