about me

Martin Shaw - I'm a literary professional with twenty-five years experience in Australian books and publishing. I’m passionate about bringing together fine writers with great publishers, both within Australia and internationally.

Currently with a home base in Germany, I regularly attend the world’s major annual book fairs (London, Frankfurt), as well as getting back to OZ as often as I can!


Pip Adam PipAdam.com

Patrick Allington patrickallington.net.au

James Burgmann Milner

Tim Byrne

Lucy Campbell

Megan Clement MeganClement.com

Brendan Colley

Claire Corbett clairecorbett.com

Mali Cornish

Alex Cothren AlexCothren.com

Jen Craig

Paul Dalgarno PaulDalgarno.com

Tom Doig tomdoig.com

Eloise Grills EloiseGrills.com

Rodney Hall RodneyHall.net.au

Justine Hausheer justinehausheer.com

Ingrid Horrocks IngridHorrocks.com

Adriane Howell AdrianeHowell.com

Michelle Johnston MichelleJohnston.com.au

Kath Kenny KathKenny.com

Lucy Nelson lucyjadenelson.com

Kirsten McDougall

Wayne Marshall

Angela Meyer LiteraryMinded.com.au

Jennifer Mills JenniferMills.net.au/

Steve Minon SteveMinon.com

Meg Mundell MegMundell.com.au

Angela O'Keeffe

Adam Ouston costyoume.co

Sue Orr

Peter Papathanasiou FromThePlasticPen.wordpress.com

Andrew Roff RoffWrites.com

Emma Shortis emmashortis.com

Rochelle Siemienowicz linktr.ee/RochelleSiemienowicz

Jeff Sparrow

Paul Thomas

Michelle Tom michellemtom.com

Ben Walter Ben-Walter.com

Michael Winkler MichaelWinkler.com.au


When submitting, please include a covering letter, synopsis, and a short bio. Although relatively catholic in terms of the genres we’ll consider, the agency does lean towards outstanding literary fiction, irresistible commercial fiction and strong non-fiction.

Please also advise if your manuscript is currently entered into a literary competition which has a publisher affiliation, or has been directly submitted to a publisher or literary agent, either currently or in the past.

For general information and advice about the publishing industry, including professional freelance editors who can help you develop/enhance your work, please contact your local state Writers’ Centre. For in-depth industry or contractual advice, I heartily recommend the services of Alex Adsett at alexadsett.com.au.

Contact Me

Get in touch! Send me an email at martin [at] thebooksdesk [dot] com

Follow me on twitter: @thebooksdesk  and on   @ShawLiterary