Literary Assistant

New York
Mar 29, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
Ms. Sara Day
Full Time
Assistant to John Silbersack
Literary Assistant

Job Summary:

Literary agency seeks full time assistant to work closely with Executive Vice President/Agent. Applicant should be interested in both fiction and non-fiction, including commercial fiction, history, thrillers, current events, science-fiction, fantasy, narrative non-fiction, literary fiction, young adult, biography, and literary memoir.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

-Answering and placing telephone calls
-Composing pitch letters for submissions
-Taking dictation and drafting correspondence
-Writing rejection letters
-Drafting permission agreements
-Tracking payments and contracts through various stages
-Processing checks and royalty statements
-Tracking submissions
-Keeping detailed schedules
-Generating expense reports
-Corresponding with clients and editors via email and phone
-Reading queries and evaluating manuscripts
-Updating publisher’s list
-Working closely with the eBook team
-Providing updates for the Foreign Rights Guide
-Managing two large estates
-Tracking reversions and rights for backlist titles

*** Additional job responsibilities may be assigned


-Bachelor’s degree
-1-2 years experience at an agency or in book publishing
-Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Lotus, and Outlook
-Superior organizational skills and very detail-oriented
-Ability to prioritize and multi-task
-Knowledge of BAITS software a PLUS

This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow with a fabulous company!

Please submit resume and cover letter. We regret that due to the high volume of applications received, we cannot respond to all queries. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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