Internship for Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agent

A Literary Agent from the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency is seeking an intern!


The intern would assist the literary agent with reading manuscripts, both client work and manuscripts under consideration.  The position would require at least 10 hours per week, depending on your reading pace. 


This internship is telecommute, with an in-person to interview and occasional meetings with the agent.  This position is primarily remote.


Must Have Skills:

  • Read and report on a manuscript about every two weeks
  • A strong sense of grammar and structure and an understanding of the current market
  • If you are interested in YA, genre fiction, literary fiction, or narrative nonfiction, it’s a plus
  • Detail-oriented and knowledge of Excel


Please email with resume and cover letter stating why you are interested, the last book that you loved reading and why.

Literary Agency Internship


Associate Agent Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is seeking an intern for 16-hours/week. 5-hours/week in her Long Island home office reading queries, doing Internet research, some light office work (filing, organizing, etc.) with additional hours to read manuscripts and write reader reports. Linda represents MG, YA and Adult fiction, including literary, upscale commercial, contemporary realistic, Science fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, historical, magical realism, quirky, off-beat, LGBT. No mysteries, suspense, thrillers, romance, etc… The candidate should have experience reading MG and YA literature and also be comfortable reading adult literature. There is a $20/week stipend for the Long Island Railroad, and an endless supply of organic, fair trade coffee. Must have a sense of humor and like dogs.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning.

Fall Internship Opportunity!

Emma Sweeney Agency is interested in a bright, ambitious intern looking to gain experience in the publishing world. This job will be a mixture of research, bookkeeping, manuscript appraisal, and various other tasks that come up on a daily basis. While this is an unpaid, part-time position, they are willing to work with your school to arrange for the awarding of school credit. They are looking for a student who can commit to 8-10 hours a week.

Emma Sweeney Agency LLC was formed in 2006 and is a boutique literary agency based in New York City. They’ve had four New York Times bestsellers, including Water for Elephants, Ape House, Making Rounds with Oscar, and The Joy of Living. Their authors have won The Booker Prize and the American Book Award, been short-listed for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and are the recipients of NEA grants and Rhodes scholarships. They specialize in general fiction, historical fiction, and narrative nonfiction projects including memoir, history, science, and religion. They work with co-agents in every territory, from the UK and Australia to Germany, Spain, France, Italy, eastern Europe, and Asia, and make dozens of foreign rights sales (as well as audio and first serial sales) for their clients every year.

If interested in this internship opportunity, email your resume and cover to Noah Ballard at Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at

Part-Time Internship with Literary Agency!

New Leaf Literary & Media is looking for a motivated fall intern who is detail-oriented, well-read in commercial genre fiction (particularly children’s, YA and adult fiction), and enthusiastic about learning the inner-workings of a literary agency.  Intern should be available 10 to 15 hours per week, though days and hours are flexible.

Responsibilities include reading query letters and evaluating incoming submissions, as well as some light administrative work, such as mailing, email correspondence, scanning and filing. Special independent projects will be assigned based on ability. Interns will be invited to workshops, events, and other networking opportunities.

Length: 4 months

Requirements: The ideal candidate has completed at least two years of college, is motivated and organized, is well read in contemporary commercial fiction, has an avid interest in the publishing industry, understands social media, and will be professional and courteous in an office setting.

Location: New York, NY

Application Due: September 1, 2012

Payment: Unpaid, students can earn credit

How to Apply: Email a one page cover letter (include publishing or office experience, availability, and the last 3 books you’ve read) and resume to Danielle Barthel (  Please also CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning (

Part-Time Literary Agency Internship Opportunity!

The Mendel Media Group is a literary agency in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Its proprietor, Scott Mendel, is a former academic and magazine editor who became a literary agent in the 1990s.  The agency’s clientele includes both fiction and nonfiction writers, among them professional journalists, diplomats and senior academics writing for the broadest possible trade readership, and author-experts writing prescriptive books.  We also represent some companies and institutions—the National Football League and Reason magazine are among our clients, for example.

The agency seeks smart, detail-oriented and creative people interested in learning about the work of a literary agency and about the book publishing industry generally. The semester-long internship is flexible enough to accommodate a student’s classroom or part-time work schedule. Ideally, interns are in the office two days each week for fourteen weeks.

Duties include: (1) reading and evaluating unsolicited inquiries from writers seeking representation, (2) reading and editing drafts of book proposals and manuscripts under development by clients, (3) some filing and mailing duties, (4) occasional errands related to the work of the office (to the post office, etc), and (5) other light clerical work.

Interns will: (1) learn to evaluate pitches and queries, (2) improve their editorial skills, and (3) practice thinking about literary material like people who work on the business end of the publishing industry—by, for example, learning to judge the long-term commercial value of a particular project’s subsidiary rights.

Additional information about the agency is available at: The internship is unpaid, but most interns with Scott Mendel have arranged for academic credit through their colleges, and some have gone on to paid positions at various trade and academic publishing jobs.

Please email your cover letter and resume or c.v., all in the body of an email (not as an attachment), to:  Please also CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at

Literary Agency Job Opportunity!

The Susan Golomb Literary Agency, a premier boutique literary agency, seeks an assistant with 1-3 years publishing experience. The candidate should be a motivated, extremely well-organized, and detail-oriented self-starter and have excellent writing and computer skills. Editorial or agency experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is necessary, as well as a love of books and a strong interest in the publishing business.

The Susan Golomb Literary Agency represents clients which include National Book Award winners, Jonathan Franzen and William T. Vollmann, as well as several New York Times and national bestselling authors, including Tom Rachman, Rachel Kushner, and Harry S. Dent. SGLA’s list includes literary and up-market commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, business, current events, and select prescriptive.

Duties include clerical work (i.e. answering the phone, filing, sorting mail), editing, drafting correspondence, reading submissions from potential clients, writing reader’s reports, research, and comprehensive office administration.

This is an excellent opportunity, with growth potential, to learn about all aspects of publishing (how books are discovered, polished, sold, and brought to market).

If you are interested in this job position, please send your resume and cover letter to Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at