About the role

A key part of the Good Literary Agency’s business plan is investing expertise in writers to help them develop their work where this is helpful.

They recognise that talent is universal but that the opportunity to develop writing craft can be limited by structural inequalities. For example if you enter elite education at the age of 7, continue in it through to Oxbridge and then enter a profession where writing skills are prized you are simply going to have more opportunities to develop your writing craft. Likewise if you undertake a creative writing programme or degree. When Harper Lee had completed her first novel and sold it to a publisher they then spent two and a half years helping her develop it from Go Tell a Watchman to To Kill a Mockingbird, work that enabled it to become arguably the greatest novel ever written, work without which we would be culturally poorer.

The Good Literary Agency’s have specific funding to work with freelance professionals to develop writers’ work and as such we are looking to recruit a network of professionals that we can call upon when an appropriate manuscript needs development. For example, if they received a SF submission that they felt was of a high standard but needed further work before they submitted to publishers, they would want to have the author work with an experienced SF expert on further developing it.

At this stage the Good Literary Agency are looking for expressions of interest from experts in any form of non-fiction or fiction including all genres, children’s and YA.

You need to fall into one of the following categories:

  • have worked professionally as an editor in book publishing
  • be a creative writing teacher
  • have been published by a traditional publisher

They will be paying for all development work but rates will depend on each project.

How to apply

For further information, including full application details, visit the Good Literary Agency’s website.