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Kate Barker has worked in book publishing for nearly 20 years. Recently she set up her own literary agency and is actively looking for new writers.

Previously she worked at Penguin, Orion and Curtis Brown. At Penguin, she was an Editorial Director for Viking where her 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. She was an editor for a long time and if an author shows promise is happy to help shape their book.

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