Martin Shaw finalises first publishing deal

Bernice BarryHere at AAPS we are delighted to announce that Martin Shaw has secured his first deal as a literary agent – Bernice Barry‘s biography of 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy to Pan Macmillan Picador! Martin fell in love with Bernice’s fascinating work, and championed it to find the absolutely best publishing home.

Author Bernice writes –

First, I was signed up by a literary agent who’s turned out to be the best agent I could have wished for, Martin Shaw of the Alex Adsett Agency. He returned my first email within hours and was excited enough about the book to pitch it to major publishers within a couple of weeks. Then he guided me with wisdom and sensitivity through the process when I was faced with more than one publishing offer and a decision to make.

Pan Macmillan will be publishing the book next year under their Picador imprint and after meeting my publisher, Alex Craig, for the first time last week in Sydney, I’m absolutely sure that Georgiana’s story is in the safest of hands to move on and travel more widely than Mike and I could ever have taken it on our own. It’s an overwhelming privilege to be working now with an agent and a publisher who bring such knowledge, experience and creativity to what’s been a very personal project until now.

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