The Shaw Agency has struck a two-book deal with Orion and a hat-trick of deals with Nosy Crow in its first month of business 

Kate Shaw, who left The Viney Shaw Agency last month after ten years to set up her own agency, has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to two books by Jo Clegg to Orion Fiction publishing director Clare Hey. 

BAFTA and Emmy award-winning script writer Clegg’s debut, Summer with the Wellbeloveds, is about one woman’s disastrous attempts to transform herself into a holiday goddess for a dreaded family break with her frenemy.  Orion will publish next summer with a second novel following in 2021.

Hey described Summer with the Wellbeloveds as “very funny and relatable, with great settings, brilliant characters and a satisfyingly emotional pay-off.”   

Shaw also negotiated three separate deals with Children’s Publisher of the Year, Nosy Crow. Shaw sold world rights and translation to Nosy Crow’s head of fiction Kirsty Stansfield for two new stand-alone thrillers for 8-12-year-olds by award-winning children’s novelist Fleur Hitchcock. The titles will be announced in due course and the books published in summer 2020 and winter 2021 respectively.

World rights and translation for Alex Cotter’s first two stand-alone novels for 8-12-year-olds were also sold to Stansfield.  The House on the Cliff, a "chilling drama about Faith’s precarious home life and the secrets hidden beneath the crumbling cliffs on which their house teeters", will be published in February 2020.  An untitled stand-alone will follow in 2021. Cotter has previously written Carnegie-nominated teen novels under the name Alex Campbell.

Completing the hat-trick of deals with Nosy Crow, Shaw sold world rights and translation to a new title by Blue Peter Book Award-winner Andy Seed to Nosy Crow's head of non-fiction Rachel Kellehar.  Seed’s Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyph Book will be written in consultation with British Museum’s experts  and will be published with joint Nosy Crow/British Museum branding in summer 2021.

Announcing the deals Shaw said: “I am indebted to the authors I represent for their terrific writing and hard work and to these publishers for their support and great taste.”

Katie Mansfield,
The Bookseller, July 25, 2019

Kate Shaw to launch new literary agency

Kate Shaw is leaving The Viney Shaw Agency to set up her own literary agency next month. 

The Shaw Agency will be launched on 1st July and Shaw will take her existing client list which includes novelists Isabel Ashdown, Lesley Lokko and Susan Elliot Wright, journalists Ian Cobain and Alex Crawford and children’s novelists Fleur Hitchcock, Vashti Hardy, Alan MacDonald, James Nicol and Holly Smale with her. 

An agent since 2001, Shaw worked at Aitken Alexander Associates before joining The Viney Agency in 2009. She became director in 2017 and the firm was renamed The Viney Shaw Agency.

In the wake of Shaw's departure, The Viney Shaw Agency name will change back to The Viney Agency and founder Charlie Viney’s clients will continue to be represented by him.

Shaw said: “I’ve been lucky to work with and learn from some of the best agents in the business including ten happy years working for Charlie. Now I’m excited and ready for this new challenge and thrilled to be doing so with the exceptional authors I represent beside me.”

The Shaw Agency will be based in South London and is open for submissions from novelists, writers of non-fiction and writers of children’s books for ages 6+. The website will be live on 1st July 2019 and Shaw can be contacted at

 Katie Mansfield, The Bookseller, June 6, 2019