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Literary Agent Assistant

Literary Agent Assistant

Entry Level // Literary Agency 

What does a Literary Agent Assistant do? 

A Literary Agent Assistant supports the busy office of a literary agent. They assist in managing writers' careers, helping to discover and nurture new talent. A Literary Agent Assistant can assist with a number of tasks such as reading client manuscripts, writing copy, maintaining databases, scheduling, invoicing, processing contracts, and dealing with day-to-day queries. 

What is a Literary Agent Assistant good at? 

  • Organisation; contributing to the smooth running of a busy office 
  • Communication; clear and confident, with an excellent phone manner as will often be working as first point of contact 
  • Administration 
  • Passionate reader 
  • Time management 
  • Negotiation; being able to juggle a client and publishers expectation 

Who does a Literary Agent Assistant work with? 

A Literacy Agent Assistant tends to work with a Literary Agent, liaising with publishers and clients. 

How do I become a Literary Agent Assistant? 

Building up experience can contribute to an application to become a Literary Agent Assistant. Experience might include internships or apprenticeships with publishers and agencies. Volunteering at literary festivals and working in bookshops can also contribute to an application. 

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