Navigating The Fine Print – Agents, Pitching & Publishing Contracts
Summary:In this full day workshop with literary agent Alex Adsett you get a behind the scenes look at how to navigate the fine print and unspoken rules of the publishing industry – the different publishing departments and where a literary agent sits in the process, what an agent can do for you, and when you don’t need one, copyright essentials, sneaky tricks and traps of publishing contracts, copyright, defamation, First Nations IP Principles, the different ways to pitch to publishers and agents (and what not to do), and an opportunity to try out a live practice pitch on the day. (The pitches will be chosen at random, with a live 3 min pitch to the room, where the pitch (not the manuscript) is then critiqued by Alex).
You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact email@example.com to arrange a refund in this situation.
You Will Learn:
- the different publishing departments and where a literary agent sits in the process
- what an agent can do for you, and when you don’t need one
- sneaky tricks and traps of publishing contracts
- Legals of publishing – copyright, defamation, First Nations principles
- the different ways to pitch to publishers and agents (and what not to do)
About the Tutor:
Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant with 25 years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry. She has managed Alex Adsett Literary since 2008, and has helped thousands of authors review and negotiate their publishing deals. As an agent she represents more than 45 authors of all genres, including Melissa Lucashenko, Isobelle Carmody, Dinuka McKenzie and Ellis Gunn. She is often to be found on Twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au.
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