Literary Agent
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We are looking for a dynamic Literary Agent to join our agency. You will be an intermediary between the client, publishing houses, and other agents working in the same field, particularly book publicists. You will also be responsible for representing public figures looking to publish their works. Besides, you will play a major role in determining the potential market for the client’s work. 

Your other responsibilities will include reviewing manuscripts and preparing submission guidelines. In addition to this, you should contact publishers and distributors with book proposals. Negotiating contract terms and getting favorable business deals for the clients are also a part of this job role. As a Literary Agent representing new authors, you should offer sound advice and guide them through the entire publishing process. 

You should be able to oversee licensing agreements, monitor royalty rights, as well as protect the author’s interest at all times. In addition, you should maintain a network of contacts such as media professionals, advertising representatives, publishing houses, and other literary agencies. 

If you have a skillful way with words, then we have a place for you!


  • Assessing fiction and nonfiction genres such as historical fiction, science fiction (sci-fi), and short stories among others.

  • Undertaking book promotional activities and campaigns

  • Helping clients understand the contract details and other legalities

  • Pitching book proposals to publishing houses

  • Identifying the potential market for the clients

  • Helping with calculating commissions and royalties

  • Maintaining media professionals and marketing agents list

  • Managing ongoing and new projects effectively

  • Drafting query letters and book deal proposals

  • Responding to clients queries via call and email

  • Assisting and guiding clients through the entire publishing process

  • Helping writers perfect their manuscript submissions

  • Negotiating contract terms with Publishers

  • Networking and attending literary events

  • Coordinating with the Graphic Designer for artworks such as book covers, promotional material, and illustrations for picture books

  • Assisting nonfiction and fiction authors pick themes popular among readers, particularly young adults 


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English Literature or a similar field

  • Previous work experience or internship at a literary agency

  • Excellent marketing and networking skills

  • Detail-oriented and persuasive

  • Strong analytical mind

  • Impressive communication skills

  • Up-to-date with the latest publishing industry trends

  • Familiarity with laws and regulations governing book contracts

  • Ability to work in a competitive environment

  • Well-informed about the publishing industry 

  • Proficiency in computer applications and publishing software

  • Ability to read and edit manuscripts

  • Ability to identify upcoming talent and best-selling genres

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