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Agents, Pitching and Contracts

Join agent and industry professional, Alex Adsett, for a look behind the curtain of publishing to find answers to questions like: do I need an agent? What do I look for in a contract? How do I pitch myself and my book?

Are you an aspiring or emerging writer trying to get published? Not sure if you need an agent or how to tell if a contract is full of red flags? This six-week workshop series with literary agent and publishing consultant Alex Adsett will demystify the process and help you understand agents, pitching, copyright and contract basics, and how to make your work capture the attention of publishers.

With over 20 years experience in the industry Alex will share top tips and tricks and help you prepare yourself to pitch to agents and publishers.

This workshop series is suitable for aspiring and emerging writers.

What we’ll cover over the six sessions:

  • Intro to publishing
  • What is a literary agent
  • intro to copyright
  • Publishing contracts
  • Pitching Dos and Don'ts
  • Practice pitching, with a critique of the pitch


Participants will learn:

  • The purpose of a literary agent and if you need one
  • Red flags to watch out for in publishing contracts
  • Some classic copyright mistakes authors make (using lyrics, etc)
  • The value of an effective pitch Inside information about Australian publishing


We will be recording each session so if you miss one you can catch up but these recordings will only be available to registered participants for the duration of the program.


—Online events are easy to access! You will need an internet connection and (ideally) a device with a camera – computers/laptops or even phones can be used to dial in. You will be sent a link to join a few days before the event. The link will take you to a private digital meeting where you can join the session. You can test the link at any time to ensure you can log in. Please respect the other participants in your event and mute your microphone at all times while the presenter is presenting. Background noise in houses such as TVs, pets and children can affect the sound quality.

About Alex Adsett

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.


7pm to 8pm, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5 & 12.

Members $240 / Non-members $290


This program will be delivered via Zoom and numbers will be capped. Zoom instructions will be emailed to you, please check your spam/junk folders. Every one who attends this workshop will have a chance to query Alex if you don't get to, or don't want to, pitch in the live session.


—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you are a member of another state based writers centre, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the event to get a code for the member price. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Program credits from First Draft and Manuscript Incubator, Memoir Academy and Poetry Studio cannot be used on this series.

  • Starts: September 7th, 2022 7:00 PM
  • Finishes: September 7th, 2022 8:00 PM

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Agents, Pitching and Contracts

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