We have intern positions open for an adult fiction reader and for a young adult/middle grade reader.  To become an intern reader for the Bent Agency, 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.  In particular, it’s helpful to be familiar with the books on the New York Times bestseller list.

Additionally, for adult fiction readers, we’re looking for someone who enjoys books by authors such as:

– Tana French
– Eleanor Brown
– Jacqueline Sheehan
– Gillian Flynn
– Lori Roy
– Megan Miranda
– Maria Semple
– Kristin Hannah
– Kate Atkinson
– Lori Nelson Spielman
– Anne Tyler
– Jane Austen
– Rosamund Lupton
– Jade Chang

This is an eclectic list, so obviously you don’t need to like everyone on it. But basically, you should like at least two of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense.

You do not need to live in New York since this is a remote internship. We do ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment. Please note that it is unpaid.

The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers for children, children’s librarians, elementary school teachers, MFA students, and passionate readers.

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.

Interested?

  1. Send an email to  intern@thebentagency.comand put “Adult Fiction intern” or “YA/MG intern” in the subject line. If you’d like to read for both, put “Adult/YA/MG intern” in the subject line.
  2. Tell us why you want the internship and something about yourself, or include a resume if you have one (although it’s not necessary).
  3. Include two lists: the last ten adult fiction or YA/MG books you’ve read and your top ten favorite adult fiction or YA/MG books of all time.

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 for details!

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Happy Release Day to ERNESTINE, CATASTROPHE QUEEN by Merrill Wyatt!!!

A smart, focused, over-achieving, no-nonsense heroine smack in the middle of the funniest mystery ever!

– From JIMMY / Little, Brown!

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Congratulations to the following TBA clients on their subsidiary rights deals!

Sophie Anderson’s THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS sold in Taiwan to San Min, in Croatia to Mitopeja, in Ukraine to Zhorzh and in Korea to B612 Books.

Virginia Baily’s THE FOURTH SHORE sold in Germany to Diana/Random House Germany.

Gary John Bishop’s UNF*CK YOURSELF sold in Japan to Discover 21.

Stephanie Burgis’ RENEGADE MAGIC sold in Germany to Fischer.

Roxie Cooper’s MORE THAN WORDS and THE LAW OF ATTRACTION sold in Russia to EKSMO.

Ruby Elliot’s IT’S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE: LIFE IS COMPLICATED SO I’VE DRAWN IT INSTEAD sold in France to Jouvence.

Stephanie Garber’s LEGENDARY sold in Hungary to Kolibri.

Alison Green’s ASK A MANAGER sold in Poland to Helion, and in Korea to Billy Button.

Layla Hagen’s YOUR FIERCE LOVE, YOUR ONE TRUE LOVE and YOUR ENDLESS LOVE sold in Germany to Piper.

Alwyn Hamilton’s TALES FROM SAND AND SEA sold in Poland to Poznanskie.

Staci Hart’s WASTED WORDS sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

A.G. Howard’s STAIN sold World Spanish rights to Oz Editorial.

Matt Killeen’s ORPHAN MONSTER SPY sold in Romania to Corint.

Jan Moran’s THE CHOCOLATIER sold in Germany to Goldmann.

Lynsay Sands’ VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT sold in Germany to Lyx in a three book deal.

Jessica Townsend’s NEVERMOOR sold in Iran to Porteghald, in a three-book deal, and in Japan to Hayakawa Shobo in a two-book deal.

Francesca Zappia’s MADE YOU UP sold in Italy to Giunti.

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Congratulations to the following TBA clients on their subsidiary rights deals!

Sophie Anderson’s THE HOUSE WTH CHICKEN LEGS sold in China to Citic, at auction.

Virginia Baily’s THE FOURTH SHORE sold in Norway to Bastion and in Italy to Editrice Nord.

Stephanie Burgis’ THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON HEART sold in Romania to Storia, and KAT INCORRIGIBLE sold in Germany to Fischer.

P.G.Bell’s THE TRAIN TO IMPOSSIBLE PLACES sold in Russia to Ripol, at auction.

Gregory Benford’s EATER sold in Italy to Mondadori.

Charlie Campbell’s SCAPEGOAT: A HISTORY OF BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE sold in Turkey to Penguen Kitap Kaset.

Katrina Charman’s SURVIVAL TALES sold in the Czech Republic to Albatros.

Stephanie Garber’s LEGENDARY sold in Sweden to B. Wahlstroms.

Alison Green’s ASK A MANAGER sold in Ukraine to Vivat.

Anstey Harris’ THE TRUTHS AND TRIUMPHS OF GRACE ATHERTON sold in Hungary to Pioneer Books Könykiadó.

Darragh Martin’s FUTURE POPES OF IRELAND sold in Poland to Wizard Media.

Lygia Day Peñaflor’s ALL OF THIS IS TRUE sold in the Czech Republic to Albatros/CooBoo, at auction, in Spain to Urano/Puck, in Poland to Otwarte and in Slovakia to Albatros/CooBoo.

Roxie Rivera’s DIMITRI sold in Italy to Follie Letterarie, and audio rights to IVAN sold in Italy to Follie Letterarie.

R.M. Romero’s THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKOW sold in Serbia to Vulkan.

Lynsay Sands’ DEVIL OF THE HIGHLANDS, TAMING THE HIGHLANDER and THE HELLION AND THE HIGHLANDER sold in Germany to HarperCollins Germany.

Jo Spain’s THE CONFESSION sold in the Czech Republic to MOBA, at auction, and in France to City Editions.

Lori Nelson Spielman’s QUOTE ME sold in Bulgaria to Egmont Bulgaria and in the Czech Republic to Grada.

Robin Stevens’ FIRST CLASS MURDER sold in Norway to Aschehoug.

S.M. Wilson’s THE EXTINCTION TRIALS sold in Russia to Eksmo.

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Happy Release Day to ASK A MANAGER by Alison Green!!!

ASK A MANAGER: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work.

– from Ballantine Books/Random House

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Happy Release Day to DEVILS UNTO DUST by Emma Berquist!!!

The desert claims everything in the end.

– From Greenwillow / HarperCollins!

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I have openings for interns! I’m looking to fill positions for Adult Fiction interns focusing in Women’s Fiction, Female-Centric Thrillers, Horror, and general Upmarket and Literary Fiction.

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 lists. The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers, librarians, teachers and educators, 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.

While this internship is unpaid, TBA values our interns’ contributions, and holds monthly educational chats for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. And in between those events, I answer as many questions about the publishing process that I can. I ask for a six-month commitment, but most of my interns have ended up sticking around for a year or more!

Interested?

To apply for the Adult Intern position, send the information below to: HeathersAdultInterns@gmail.com, with subject line “Adult Intern.”

  • Tell me why you want the internship, and a little about yourself, including relevant experience. Feel free to attach a resume if you feel it would help – though it’s not necessary.
  • List your top 10 favorite books of all time
  • List the last 10 books of fiction you read

If you’ve applied in the past, you’re welcome to apply again. Watch this space and @HeddaFlaherty on Twitter for details!

UPDATE on April 30th: Applications for this internship are now closed. Thank you so much to all who applied, we’ll answer you shortly!

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