CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing (part 2 – Literary Agent)

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Next in our series covering careers in writing, we look at the work of a Literary Agent.

What do they do? 

A few things:

  • Discover new authors.
  • Provide editorial feedback and help authors to polish their work before submitting to publishers.
  • Pitch books to publishers, negotiate fees, process all the legal work.
  • Provide on-going support to authors and act as the liaison between author and publisher. 

Who would you work for? 

A literary agency, rather than a publishing firm.


Are there actually any jobs in this sector? 

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Help for new writers starting their writing careers

If you feel you have the passion to create and share stories, but are worried that this is not a “serious” career idea, then there is good news! Curtis Brown, the renowned literary agency who represents established authors like John le Carré and Margaret Atwood has recently launched a new site aimed at aspiring authors.

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