The Viney Agency


Literary Agent / Director

Charlie Viney

I have been an agent since 2002, founding The Viney Agency in 2008, which became The Viney Shaw Agency in 2017. We are now one of the UK’s most successful independent literary agencies, representing a diverse range of clients writing across a wide range of subjects.

I first started in the book trade as a bookseller and then enjoyed a twenty five year career in general trade publishing, mostly working in international sales and marketing, later becoming a board director at a major British publishing house.

Successful agenting is ultimately about selling and my agency prides itself on being a very sales lead business. Our response times are quick, our editorial work on manuscripts detailed, the submissions to book publishers and other media focused and clear. The Viney Shaw Agency enjoys an unusually high success rate obtaining contracts for its clients and we typically rank in the top fifty of all American or British literary agencies according to Publisher’s Marketplace (the recognised publishing industry analysis of global English language deals).

Though we are always looking for outstanding writing, we deliberately do not feature in directories for literary agencies, preferring to work pro-actively in the market with new and existing clients and often originating ideas for books. The Viney Shaw Agency is London based and operates directly in the UK and the US.

Being a literary agent combines my love of books and and an enjoyment of business while enabling me to work very closely with our wonderful authors and manage their careers across all media.


Literary Agent / Director

Kate Shaw I have been a literary agent since 2001 and my client list comprises a diverse mix of literary and commercial novelists and writers of non fiction for all. These include Holly Smale whose Geek Girl series is the UK's bestselling teen girl's series; Ian Cobain, multi-award winning Guardian journalist and author of Cruel Britannia and The History Thieves; and psychological thriller writer Isabel Ashdown.


I am always looking for brilliant new voices in fiction for 7+ to adult, particularly books that make me laugh, cry or fearful, whilst also provoking thought and empathy.

I like non-fiction about current affairs, investigative journalism and miscarriages of justice.   

Before I was an agent I was publicity director at Penguin Books, running campaigns for authors such as Jonathan Coe, Jim Crace, Alex Garland, William Gibson, Patrick McGrath and Claire Tomalin.  As an agent I worked first at Aitken Alexander Associates, with authors like Mark Haddon and Julia Gregson, before joining The Viney Agency in December 2009. I became director of The Viney Shaw Agency in 2017.

I work very closely editorially with my clients, helping them to shape their ideas, proposals and manuscripts before submitting them to publishers. I also support and speak at festivals, creative writing courses and writers’ groups. In 2018 I negotiated a first look deal for the Viney Shaw Agency with The Golden Egg Academy children’s writers.

For more information follow me on Twitter @KateJShaw, or read this interview on Agent Hunter.