Internship: Writers House Intern Program

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The Writers House Intern Program is searching for applicants! Please take note of the following to see if this internship is the right opportunity for you:

  • The applicant pool can be as high as 1200 for the approximately 16 slots that support our agents, the 1 slot that supports our Subsidiary Rights Department, and the 1 slot that supports our Digital Strategy Department. So, it is not unusual for even high-quality candidates to have to apply several times before receiving admittance.
  • Applicants who advance to the interview rounds are required to review at least one manuscript and compose a reader’s report. It isn’t unusual for applicants to compose 2 or 3 different reader’s reports.
  • Each term is 16 weeks. (No more, no less)
  • Interns are accepted with the mutual understanding they are committing at least 8 weeks to the program and won’t actively seek employment (in or out of publishing) during those weeks. Interns may put Writers House on their resume and begin seeking work in publishing after the successful completion of Week 8.
  • All interns are required to work 24 hours a week (No more, no less).
  • All interns work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All interns rotate into shifts in Accounting/ Contracts, the Front Desk, and serve on a Digital Team.
  • All interns participate in the weekly Intern Meetings where they learn both the editorial process (from the purview of an agency) and how to effectively search-out and apply for publishing jobs. The Intern Meetings are on Wednesday, from 4-6pm; so, Wednesday is a mandatory day for all interns.
  • Interns also receive Tutorials on a variety of publishing-specific skill sets and subjects. These Tutorials are facilitated over by senior agents, junior agents, assistants, and senior staff.
  • In the Evening Seminars, former interns return to discuss their careers in editorial, production, publicity, marketing, sales, scouting, and agenting.
  • One-on-One sessions are regularly scheduled to make certain the intern is progressing.

Students interested in the position should send their materials as soon as possible to:
Michael Mejias
Director, Writers House Intern Program

Internship: Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-2-07-21-pmThe Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is looking for someone who is hard-working, conscientious, and detail-minded for an unpaid position, working at least 16 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. This minimum is negotiable but is preferred.

Additionally, while there is no guarantee of employment as a result of an internship with the agency, many of our interns have gone on to work in various areas of publishing.

This is a small office, and the intern would be trained in a number of areas, including but not limited to: use of a software program used by a variety of literary agencies and publishers, the nature of the submission process both domestically and internationally, along with other various projects, including book marketing, blog research, contract audits, and database maintenance. Our interns will gain a strong understanding of publishing and the inner workings of a well-established literary agency, with a strong track record both domestically and internationally.

If you are interested, please provide your contact information, resume, and a short explanation of why you would be a good candidate.

Students interested in this internship should send the requested materials to:
Ariana Philips

Internship Alert!

New York based literary agent Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency is seeking an intern for 15-hours/week. 5 hours/week at her home office in Long Island (light office work, filing, organizing, screening queries, and doing Internet research), with 10 additional hours/week remotely (reading manuscripts and writing reader reports). Linda represents picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction.20130223_130419

A strong candidate will love reading children’s literature and be comfortable reading across genres. There is a $50/week stipend plus an endless supply of (self serve) organic, fair trade coffee. Must like dogs (a lot) and have a sense of humor. Before emailing your resume and cover letter to, please read her blog, The Blabbermouth Blog and familiarize yourself with her client’s work.

*The internship is once a week from June 6th through August 19th, with the possibility of extending for the fall semester.*

Agency Assistant/Associate and Office Manager -Boutique Literary Agency

Job Listing: Agency Assistant/Associate and Office Manager

Boutique Literary Agency seeks an agent assistant/associate and office manager with 2-3 years office experience. At least one year prior related experience in book publishing is essential, as well as a strong editorial background.

Candidate will be responsible for day-to-day needs of a small, active office.
Duties include:

– Financial work (keeping track of and paying office bills, royalties and rights income, and author payments);
– Computer and tech support (PC proficiency a must; knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook required);
– Overseeing and working on contracts for permissions, foreign licenses, and subsidiary rights including audio and serial sales;
– Reading submissions and providing editorial reports, as well as helping with author proposals;
– Routine office work (phones, mailings, filing, maintaining and updating website).

This is a perfect position in which to learn everything about the literary agency business and book publishing in general. You will work directly with authors and editors and you will be encouraged, in time, to develop your own clients. The agency shares new space in the Flatiron District with other successful and highly active agencies, working in a collaborative spirit.

Ideal candidate is an organized and very detail-oriented self-starter with an ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and multi-task. You must be capable of juggling multiple book projects and office management tasks on a daily basis while working independently and possess strong writing and verbal communication skills. Candidates must also be very comfortable handling finances and basic accounting. Knowledge of Quickbooks preferred but will provide training if necessary.

Salary in line with industry standards and commensurate with experience.
Send resume and cover letter to

Internship Alert: Literary Agency Internship

Intern Wanted


We are accepting applications for interns at Manhattan’s premier boutique literary agency. We are a busy, fast-paced agency that works with a variety of both fiction and non-fiction clients. The right candidate should be computer literate, organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to multi-task. You will provide general office support in addition to reading/reviewing queries and manuscripts. You will also assist in our growing e-books division. This position will provide excellent training and an introduction to the book publishing industry. This is an un-paid internship. Starts immediately. Hours are 10am to 6pm, three days per week.

Please submit your resume with cover letter to  No telephone calls please.

Note to Students: This Agency is willing to accommodate your evening class schedules, so don’t hesitate to apply!


Internship Alert! DeFiore and Company

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For any students who are still on the hunt for internships, there’s an opportunity at DeFiore and Company, a mid-sized Literary Agency.

We are looking for someone interested in learning about all aspects of publishing. As literary agents we work as liaisons between authors and publishers, and so have a comprehensive vantage on the industry. An intern will gain a great understanding of the literary agency business and the publishing process–from query to submission to publication. Duties may include: reading and responding to queries and manuscripts, writing reader reports, filing, sorting mail and basic office support.

Candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is necessary, as well as a love of books, an extensive knowledge of current titles and a strong interest in the publishing business. Interns should be willing to commit 10-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months.

Please be aware that internships at DeFiore and Company are for-credit only.

Contact Jane Denning at if you’re interested in applying for this internship.

Jobs of the Week: Oprah Magazine, HarperCollins, and Lowenstein



O, The Oprah Magazine

O2-omag-header-logo-nov-2014-949x534Title: Associate Editor

Location: New York, NY

O, The Oprah Magazine is seeking an associate editor to conceive, pitch, assign and edit the front-of-book section Live Your Best Life, 6 to 8 pages monthly. Job requires some knowledge of pop culture and a hunter-gatherer’s nose for compelling personal stories, as well as a feel for the O sensibility and tone. Must also pitch stories for, and occasionally assist on, monthly feature well packages. Interest in, and knowledge about, food edit is not essential but a big plus. Candidates must have minimum three years of experience at a major consumer magazine.

To Apply:
Click Here to submit an online application.



logoTitle: Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY


  • Assist in coordinating the publication process from manuscript to book, including drafting contracts and securing permissions, licensing, and photographic procurement as needed.
  • Solicit, organize, and handle author bios, photos, and digital author profile.
  • Monitor the production schedule and maintain communication with authors and agents.
  • Read, edit, and judge submissions, publicity, copyediting, and design documents.
  • Prepare and respond to routine correspondence, answer telephones, and take messages as appropriate.
  • Receive and sort correspondence, make travel arrangements and appointments, maintain and update files and records.
  • Prepare expense reports and process invoices.
  • Draft fact sheet copy, selling copy, and flap copy as needed.
  • Coordinate material for in-house planning and pre-sales meetings.
  • Manage the Instagram account and assist with general social media presence.
  • Compile and submit galley orders to production.
  • Manage Edelweiss e-galley requests, poster requests, and marketing video requests.
  • Manage and carry out title-specific mailings to bloggers.
  • Perform administrative duties as necessary.

Basic Requirements:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to set priorities under pressure
  • Ability to interact confidently with internal and external executives in a personable and professional manner
  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot departmental issues before they become problems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Loves books!

To Apply: 
Click Here to apply online.


Lowenstein Associates

Title: Digital Marketing Assistant, Literary Agency

lowensteinlogo2Location: New York, NY

Lowenstein Associates seeks a Digital Marketing Assistant to handle multiple aspects of the agency’s digital business, including the development of social media campaigns, digital publishing initiatives, and client’s online platforms.

• Advise authors on promotion, marketing, and brand development, with a focus on social media
• Develop partnerships and cross promotions with publishers to maximize awareness and potential sales of all titles.
• Be the point of contact for the marketing, publicity, and editorial contacts for clients’ titles
• Identify growth opportunities and digital trends and recommend new opportunities to grow the client’s digital presence
• Performs general administrative duties including scheduling, ordering books and supplies, database and records management, and other processes

We seek a self-starter who thrives in a small, tight-knit office. Candidates should have a firm grasp of the fundamentals, but be excited by what’s happening in the business today, and be eager to create new ways to foster discussion of our books online.

Strong administrative skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office are a must. Prior experience in a literary agency or publishing house is desirable, as is experience with digital marketing and a grasp of the ebook landscape. Interest in non-fiction a plus. Opportunity to build own list.

Job requirements and compensation commensurate with experience. Inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

Bachelor’s degree and at least one year work experience in an administrative or office-type environment. Publishing experience VERY strongly preferred.

To Apply:
Email cover letter and resume together as ONE WORD DOCUMENT ATTACHMENT to emily[at]bookhaven[dot]com

Internship Opportunity at the Writers House

Two departments at the Writers House are looking for interns!

Read on for descriptions of the two positions: literary agent intern and subsidiary rights intern.

The Writer’s House is beginning the selection process for the autumn term (late August-December). The internship requires a 24 hour per week commitment. Beyond the administrative, organizational, and logistical duties, each intern will be tasked with reviewing submission queries, manuscripts, and composing reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters.

Some of the other features of the Writers House Intern Program:

  • Tutorials – interns receive training in contracts, subsidiary rights, accounting (BAITS), and other areas.
  • Editorial Boot Camp – interns receive strategies for composing rejection letters, reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters.
  • Career Counseling –  both group and one-on-one sessions.

Information for the Subsidiary Rights Intern:

“We are a very busy department looking for a candidate who is organized, responsible, takes initiative and who has excellent time-management skills. Experience in Subsidiary Rights a plus, but not necessary.”

  • Aside from various administrative tasks, the Subsidiary Rights Intern will assist with the following:
  • Managing authors copies from foreign publishers and audio publishers
  • Maintaining the Foreign Rights library
  • Managing book requests from publishers
  • Sending large book submissions to foreign agents
  • Analyzing royalty statements
  • 18-20 hours/ week for the Subsidiary Rights Intern

To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to: Take a look at their list ( and talk about what genres (sci-fi, romance, etc.) you know/ like the best. Each intern will receive an $800 stipend upon the successful completion of the program.

Subsidiary Rights Internship

Writer’s House is seeking a Subsidiary Rights Intern. They are a literary agency based in New York City. View their call for interns below:

Subsidiary Rights is a very busy department so we are looking for a candidate who is organized, responsible, takes initiative and who has excellent time-management. Interest in Subsidiary Rights a plus.

Aside from various administrative tasks, the Subsidiary Rights Intern will assist with the following:

  • Managing authors copies from foreign publishers and audio publishers
  • Maintaining the Foreign Rights library
  • Managing book requests from publishers
  • Sending large book submissions to foreign agents
  • Analyzing royalty statements
  • Assisting with trafficking of foreign rights contracts

Please send resumés and cover letters to Caitlin Ellis at


Sterling Lord Memoir & Literary Agency Internship

Every so often a book is published that immediately becomes a must read for all publishing professionals—for those aspiring or for those firmly entrenched.  LORD of PUBLISHING, “the frank and aspiring memoir of a life spent in publishing” by one of literature’s most legendary agents, Sterling Lord, is one of those books.  As an agent to Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and countless other literary icons, Mr. Lord has been a huge force and influence in the industry; engineering some of the most important book deals in literary history.  On the last page of this fascinating memoir, where he brilliantly brings to life what was arguably the greatest era of book publishing, he states “I’m now, as I write this, ninety-two years old and still in business, five-plus days a week.  I long ago came to the conclusion that is you stop learning, you might as well give up.  I am still learning…..”

Below you will find a link to a recent PW interview with Mr. Lord and information on how to apply for an internship at SSL (where many Pace MS in Publishing students have gone before!).

Professor Jane Kinney-Denning



The Agent: PW Talks with Sterling Lord

In one of the great publishing memoirs of the modern era, literary agent Sterling Lord reflects on a career spanning seven decades… so far.

By Andrew Albanese | Feb 16, 2013


Is he the most interesting man in the publishing world? I must confess, a few chapters into Sterling Lord’s recently published memoir, Lord of Publishing, my first impression was that the guy in those Dos Equis beer ads has nothing on Sterling Lord. As a young man from the Midwest, Lord was a nationally ranked tennis player, playing legends like Don Budge and hitting around with eight-time Wimbledon champ Helen Wills Moody. After returning from Paris in the ‘50s, with his French wife, he began working as a literary agent in New York City, through the publishing industry’s golden age and into its lucrative corporate era, a career that has now spanned more than 60 years.

“Think of the people Sterling has known, think of the people that have confided in Sterling, asked him for advice,” says sportswriter Frank Deford in Open Road’s promotional video for the book. “He’s a giant.” In fact, when Lyndon Johnson was looking for representation, Lord said no thanks. That’s President Lyndon Johnson—the Great Society, Vietnam… yeah, that guy. Cue the line, “Stay thirsty, my friends.”    Read the rest of the article!





Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. invites Pace University Graduate Students to apply for a part-time internship in our New York office.  Agency interns gain an intensive introduction to all aspects of book publishing and author representation.


Internships run year round and include brown-bag lunches with some of the most powerful figures in the industry.  In addition to a professional interest in literary publishing, candidates should have:

  • Attention to detail 
  • Be willing to work hard on both the glamorous and not-so glamorous pieces that make up any successful business. 

You’ll become an integral part of a casual but serious office environment.  Our offices are located in the landmark Louis Sullivan Building on Bleecker Street in New York City.

Please email a one-page cover letter and résumé to our attention to Jenny Stephens at We look forward to hearing from you!


SLL is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, combining a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list.   The Agency represents a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, New Yorker writers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and favorites in children’s literature.   The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the Agency.


Sterling Lord founded the Agency in 1952, with literary icons such as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey becoming early clients. Peter Matson established his firm in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as Dee Brown and John Irving.   In 1987, the two joined forces, creating the prestigious agency that continues to flourish today.  Our current client list includes: David Mitchell, Carolyn Parkhurst, Sam Lipsyte, Billy Collins, James McBride, Rachel Maddow, Richard Paul Evans, John & Meghan McCain, and many others.  Further information can be found on our website