The Carole Blake Open Doors Project, is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.

The project will offer ten days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel, a weekly stipend and up to thirteen nights’ accommodation in London. The programme, which will run twice a year, will include close mentorship with Blake Friedmann’s book agents, the opportunity to attend selected meetings with editors and authors, and the chance to be involved in every aspect of day-to-day life as an agent. It is intended that candidates will come away from the project with varied knowledge of working for a leading literary agency, the beginnings of new and essential relationships in the publishing industry, and some excellent experience to include on their CVs.

This opportunity is supported by David Hicks and The Book Trade Charity.

 Candidate specification:

•           Bright and enthusiastic with a can-do approach
•           A keen reader with a good knowledge of contemporary English literature
•           Eager to learn about the process behind getting a book published
•           Friendly and willing to get involved in a close and sociable team dynamic
•           Hard-working, organised, with an eye for detail

They will be looking solely at applicants from backgrounds not well represented in publishing including those who have not been to college or university (like Carole), those not from high income families, those from BAME backgrounds, and those who live outside the London metropolitan area.

Deadline for applications: 1st March 2020, for a placement between 11th – 22nd May 2020.

Further essential information, including full application details can be found at the Blake Friedmann website.