Justine Barker is an agent at Mayfair Literary Agency. Her clients include Michelle Worthington, Yvonne Mes and Mike Lucas. Mayfair Literary Agency opened in 2018 and is Australia’s first and only literary agency dedicated exclusively to children's and young adults' fiction.
Mayfair's vision is to discover exceptional authors and cultivate best-selling, long term writing careers.
Prior to becoming an agent, Justine was a solicitor. Justine spent most of her legal career working in government. She has extensive experience with contracts. Justine has worked as a commercial lawyer and also a contracts advisor in the procurement department (e.g. drafting, negotiating and advising on multi-million dollar commercial contracts).
Justine is a keen traveller and has lived in Sheffield, England. Italy is her favourite country – so far.
Fun fact: Justine's first Her first job in high school was at her local library as a Junior Shelver (that was the actual job title).
In her free time, Justine loves to read, laugh at her ridiculously terrible cooking and spend time with her husband and two young children.
Justine will be looking at: Picture book texts, illustration folios (for author/illustrators), chapter books and junior fiction, middle-grade fiction, YA and non-fiction for kids and YA.