Riding the Waves conference spotlight ~ Alex Adsett

Welcome to a conference spotlight from the

Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Alex Adsett who will be presenting the workshop PUBLISHING CONTRACTS ~ Tricks and Traps for Romance Writers

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Alex Adsett is a consultant offering publishing contract advice to authors and publishers, with more than fifteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry.

Having started her bookselling career at Pulp Fiction Bookshop in Brisbane, Australia she then moved to Murder One bookstore in London, UK, followed by more than two years working for Simon and Schuster Publishers in London. On returning to Australia, she worked for three years in the Rights and Contracts Department of Penguin Books in Melbourne, before moving to the Contracts Department of John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

Alex has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008, working with publishers including Pantera, UQP and Sleepers, and authors such as Carol Marinelli, Kylie Scott, Kylie Chan and Sue Woolfe. Alex serves on the Boards of the Small Publishers’ Network, Queensland Writers’ Centre and Queensland Literary Awards, as well as the Advisory Committees of the Emerging Writers Festival and Editia Publishing.

She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Publishing contracts consultant and literary agent, loves copyright, contracts, genre.

What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

Participants will get a good overview of copyright, how publishing contracts are supposed to work, some of the biggest traps that authors need to avoid, with  a focus on the contracts put forward by many of the digital only romance publishers in the US.


Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

There will be lots of time for questions and authors are welcome to bring along their own horror stories, or even specific questions from their own contracts.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

I use many examples from real publishing contracts that romance authors are facing every day.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Members who are about to or hope to sign a publishing contract, members who want to know more about the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry, or authors who find themselves in a sticky contractual situation and want help getting out.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you? 

Getting all frocked up and meeting up with fabulous people.


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

No books out yet, but members can find more about me at www.alexadsett.com.au.


Finally, we are so delighted you’re visiting us in Western Australia. Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing or doing while you’re here?

I’m quite keen to visit the famous Margaret River wineries and meet some of the elusive WA publishers.


Thank you, Alex!

Our next conference spotlight will be featured on Tuesday 12th March.

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