There are a few positions open for readers of adult fiction in two different categories. You do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories, particularly with books on the New York Times bestseller list. The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers, librarians, school teachers, MFA students, and passionate readers. You do not need to live in New York—this is a remote internship. We ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment. Please note that it is unpaid.
The agency runs a monthly educational chat for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. (Past and upcoming topics include: How publishers create marketing plans, Do we need literary agents anymore?, Digital and social publishing, Literary scouts: What do they do? What are the entry-level jobs in publishing?—we try to make them as useful as we can.) These are optional, and the days/times vary because all the interns have different ‘day job’ schedules.
Please do not apply if you are primarily a YA/MG reader. There is a post about those positions here.
TBA is looking for readers that love romance and all its super sexy subgenres, from contemporary to paranormal to historical and suspense—even young and new adult. Tell us which are your favorites as there are several positions open that require specific interests!
General Fiction Reader
We also have openings for readers of general fiction! We’d love to find people that love and are familiar with upmarket suspense/thrillers/mystery (bonus points if you like female-centric), upmarket women’s fiction, memoir, and historical fiction. If you enjoy works by the following list of authors, you’re on the right track:
1. Send an email to email@example.com and put “Romance Intern” OR “General Intern” in the subject line.
2. Tell us why you want the internship and something about yourself, and include a resume if you have one (although it’s not necessary).
3. Include two lists: the last ten books you’ve read in the category you’re applying for and your top ten favorite books of all time (again, in the category you are applying for).
If you’ve applied in the past, you’re welcome to apply again. We usually get a great many applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space and @beth_phelan on Twitter for details!