The Shaw Agency

kate shaw


After eighteen years as a literary agent at Aitken Alexander Associates and The Viney Agency, Kate Shaw founded The Shaw Agency in 2019.   

During Kate’s career in books she has promoted Booker-shortlisted authors, discovered Sunday Times-bestselling writers and represented multiple award-winning books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in dozens of languages and been optioned for film & TV.

Kate has brought her clients with her to The Shaw Agency and her mission is to continue to inspire them to be the finest writers they can be, to negotiate the best deals for them across the world and to discover and nurture new authors. 

Kate’s passions are literary and commercial fiction, crime fiction, powerful and quirky non-fiction, teen and children’s books.

The Shaw Agency has a first look deal with the Golden Egg Academy.



“Kate’s passion, loyalty and commitment have never flickered.  Writing can be a solitary path but with Kate I have always felt I’m on the winning team.” 

Holly Smale, author

“Kate’s a joy to work with, balancing her clients’ interests with the exigencies and practicalities with aplomb, realism, honesty and charm.” 

Kate Wilson, Managing Director, Nosy Crow

“I instantly liked Kate’s no-nonsense, insightful and empathetic style. I thought this is a woman I could work with and who I can trust.” 

Alex Crawford, OBE, Sky News journalist and author

“It is always a pleasure working with Kate. She has impeccable taste – with stand-out projects and great authors – and is a true advocate for her authors.” 

Samantha Smith, Publisher Fiction and Picture Books, Scholastic

“It’s simple - Kate is the agent I’d choose if I wrote a children’s book that needed guiding, refining and directing to the right publisher.”

Barry Cunningham, OBE, Publisher and Managing Director, Chicken House  

“Kate is a delight to work with. She is professional, agile, bright, courteous, fair - a passionate champion of her clients and always with an eye on building long term careers.” 

Sam Eades, Publishing Director, Trapeze Books

“Kate is a wonderful agent to work with - always a great support to her authors, and clear and communicative with all parties in all the best ways. She also has great taste in manuscripts!”

Ruth Alltimes, Group Senior Publisher, Hachette Children’s Group

“When a manuscript arrives from Kate it always gets immediate attention. Kate has amazing taste and seems to be able to match an author with an editor who she knows will engage passionately.” 

Jane Harris, Managing Director, Children’s Trade, Bonnier Books UK

“Kate is a brilliant champion for her authors – dedicated, creative, supportive and clear-sighted – and a total pleasure to work with for editors. She also happens to be one of the loveliest people in publishing.”

Laura Barber, Deputy Publishing Director, Granta Books

“Kate's straight-talking, intelligent and great fun to work with. My writing career has gone from strength to strength since meeting her.” 

Isabel Ashdown, author