On Interning at a Literary Agency: Why You Should Consider It

On Interning at
a Literary Agency

A lot has happened in the last year. I started this blog, finished editing my manuscript with a traditionally published author, started freelance editing, became a regular contributor at HelloGiggles and Quirk Books, and completed a six month internship at a literary agency. My internship just ended, so I think now’s the perfect time to reflect on interning at a literary agency.

If you’re looking for any kind of publishing or editing experience, I highly recommend interning with a literary agency. My editorial internship with P.S. Literary taught me not only what makes a good and marketable book, but made me a better writer and reader.

Interning at a Literary Agency: Why You Should

If you’re not sure what an editorial intern does, but are perhaps interested in becoming one, here are some of the learning experiences an editorial internship can give you:

  • Read unsolicited queries that worked, and the accompanying sample pages;
  • Read partial and full unsolicited manuscripts that caught agent attention;
  • Write reader’s reports for unsolicited manuscripts that are under consideration;
  • Copyedit full represented manuscripts to deadlines;
  • and participate in things like #PitMad, query assessment, and client correspondence.

An editorial internship with a literary agency can offer anyone starting out in the publishing industry new insight. I loved my time with PSLA, and got to work with some incredible people. I learned more in these six months about the industry than I did during the years in which I earned my B.A.. Again, if you’re interested in the publishing industry at all, an internship with a literary agency is a fantastic start.

If you’re interested in an internship with a lit agency, P.S. Literary often has openings. Right now, they’re looking to fill my spot. Bonus: these internships are offered remotely, so you can do them from anywhere in the world (even if you work full-time). Trust me, this is a bandwagon you want to jump on.

Have more questions about interning with a literary agency? Feel free to ask them in the comments!

Bree Crowder

Author: Bree Crowder

Bree Crowder is a writer and editor with interest in fiction (MG, YA, and fantasy), and lifestyle. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.

She went to university to study English, and then went to college at the post-grad level to study creative writing. Her work has been reviewed by HarperCollins editors. Now, she writes for publications like HelloGiggles, Quirk Books, and Bustle. She is also an Editorial Literary Assistant with P.S. Literary Agency.

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