Paper Literary was founded by Catherine Cho in 2021, with a vision of building author careers. Our approach is built on a commitment to storytelling and maximizing every opportunity for our clients.

Catherine is originally from Kentucky. After a background in law and public affairs, she began her publishing career in New York at a leading literary agency before moving to London.

Catherine has worked closely with authors at every stage of their careers. From established leading authors like John le Carré, David Mitchell, Tracy Chevalier, David Nicholls, and Lisa Jewell to authors with platforms such as Rt Hon Gordon Brown and Nigella Lawson.

She built her own list of debut authors through submissions, working closely with them editorially. She has sold six and seven figure deals in the US and UK.

With her background in law, she has always focused on contract negotiation and protecting client interests.

Catherine is the author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness and was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She is a regular contributor to national publications.

Why Paper?

The name Paper is a nod to the origins of the written story and the possibility of the blank page. As a material, paper is transformable – so while it has ancient roots, it is also modern. Paper may seem delicate, but its fragments can last for hundreds of years, and the words it carries can change history.