Kate Barker *not currently accepting applications*

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*** Please note Kate is currently working with a mentee and so is not accepting applications***

I’ve worked in book publishing for (terrifyingly) nearly 20 years.  Recently I set up my own literary agency and am actively looking for new writers.

Previously I worked at Penguin, Orion and Curtis Brown.  At Penguin I was an Editorial Director for Viking where my authors included (fiction) Naomi Alderman, Karen Joy Fowler, Catherine O’Flynn, Marisha Pessl, Elif Shafak, Patricia Wastvedt and (non-fiction) Susan Cain, Hadley Freeman and Felicity Lawrence.  I was an editor for a long time and if I think an author shows promise I am happy to help shape their book.

I’ve also ghostwritten a memoir for Hodder.  This gave me a newfound appreciation of just how difficult writing a book can be…

You can follow me on Twitter for more information: @etakrekrab


  • Agent
  • Editor
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction


I don’t mind whether we meet in person or talk via Skype, whatever suits you. I can offer two hours a month for a period of time and we can split that up in a way that makes sense for us both.


  • In person
  • By email
  • By Skype/telephone.




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