Opportunities

 
P.S. Literary Agency embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.



Literary Agent Assistant to Senior Literary Agent Carly Watters

Senior Literary Agent Carly Watters is immediately seeking a sharp, enthusiastic go-getter to assist her. The position will be mostly administrative, but the ideal candidate should be interested in a career as a literary agent and passionate about Carly’s client list and taste.

The assistant will gain hands-on exposure to literary agenting, including manuscript development, publication and career management as well as contract and rights management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Administrative duties, including database organization, logging submission responses, and small research projects
• Professional interaction with clients, editors, writers and other publishing industry members
• Data entry for incoming and outgoing manuscripts in the slush pile, managing slush pile responses
• Reading and evaluating merit of manuscripts in the slush pile (unsolicited submissions) and alerting agent to projects with potential
• Writing reader’s reports and proofreading client manuscripts
• Collaborative style, including meeting with agent to discuss ways in which projects can be more marketable and successful, and providing general comments on viability for the marketplace
• Maintaining a database of, researching and assisting in, various subsidiary rights (tv/film, audio, etc.)
• Working with agent’s clients on author branding, social media marketing, and book promotion
• Light website maintenance
• Making travel arrangements, such as booking flights, cars, and making hotel and restaurant reservations when work travel eventually resumes

Requirements:

• Highly motivated self-starter
• Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom, Canva, Google Docs and Google Sheets
• Top-notch organizational, verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent memory and time management skills with ability to multi-task
• Adaptive and flexible personality
• Entrepreneurial mindset
• Able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions
• Extremely detail oriented
• Long-term interest in book publishing
• Interest in social media and digital marketing

In addition, an ideal candidate will have one or more of the following skills:

• WordPress or basic web design
• Basic graphic design
• Experience with Airtable

Location: Remote but ideal candidate will be in the North American Eastern Time Zone (EST)
Accessibility: Willing to make accommodations
Probation Period: 3 months from start date with review upon completion
Deadline to Apply: April 23rd, 2021
Tentative start date: June 1st, 2021
Hours: 20 per week
Rate: $17-20/hour

Interested candidates can send a resume and cover letter (including the last four books read and your preferred genres or categories) to careers@psliterary.com with the subject heading: Literary Agent Assistant.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We look forward to your application!


Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA) seeks a Literary Agent with publishing experience to represent commercial fiction and a broad range of non-fiction.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Reading queries and evaluating manuscripts
• Signing clients
• Corresponding with clients and editors via email and phone
• Tracking submissions and managing extensive submission list
• Developing projects in-house
• Composing pitch letters for submission
• Maintaining relationships with editors
• Writing rejection letters
• Editing manuscripts
• Preparing proposals for submission
• Keeping foreign rights manager up to date on the status of projects
• Keeping TV/film co-agents up to date on the status of projects
• Cataloging client and editor correspondence
• Tracking and researching sales information
• Keeping detailed schedules

Qualifications:

• College degree or equivalent experience
• 2+ years of publishing experience
• Excellent people and communication skills
• Superior organizational skills and very detail-oriented
• Extremely professional and articulate
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Interest in fiction and non-fiction

Other details:

Salary: Commission-based
Benefits: Flexible hours; Work remotely
Duration: Full Time
Location of position: U.S. and/or Canada

Interested candidates can contact careers@psliterary.com with their cover letter and resume with the subject heading: Literary Agent Application.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We look forward to your application!


Internships

P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA) is accepting applications for two Editorial Interns to assist the team for six months this coming Spring / Summer (May 2021 to November 2021). Candidates should want to gain experience at an agency, have a flexible schedule, be able to devote 20 hours a week, and be comfortable working remotely.

Overall, PSLA is looking for applicants that have some publishing experience, a passion for books, sharp eye for detail, a desire to learn how the industry and how agenting works, and basic critical reading, researching and organizational skills.

Duties:

• Read partial and full manuscripts, non-fiction proposals
• Write readers reports, engage in discussion on manuscripts, understand the market, evaluate material
• Assist agents in getting projects ready for submission including: admin work, research, copy editing

Ideal Candidate:

• Strong writing and editing skills
• Detail oriented
• Comfortable working remotely
• Previous publishing experience in an editorial or agency environment

Interested candidates can contact careers@psliterary.com with their cover letter and resume with the subject heading: Intern Application. Please answer the following questions in the body of the email:

• Why do you want to intern at a literary agency?
• What are your favorite genres to read?
• Who are your five favorite creators?
• What is your weekly schedule like/what is your availability?

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We look forward to your application!