The Good Agency are looking for a literary agent to join their growing team. You will have broad interests but they’re particularly interested in someone with a specialisation in YA and children’s OR genre and commercial fiction.

The agency is headed by Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford who share a role with strategic and managerial responsibilities. You would work alongside their other agent and be supported by our assistant. In addition they have a part-time development editor and access to a further freelance network of editors for working with authors on their work.

You may have been working in a literary agency before or more broadly in the book trade and looking to move into agenting. Either way you must be able to demonstrate that you’ve got great taste and an understanding of what makes books work as well as plenty of hustle and a belief that books and reading are important and that representation in them matters.

The Good Agency are looking for someone who can hit the ground running. You don’t have to have your own client list but you do have to have a good knowledge of the industry and understanding of the role of the literary agent and the broader industry landscape.

They are looking for someone with at least 3 years experience but are very interested from hearing from those with more experience as well. They are excited at the prospect of moulding this role to the right individual and would welcome applications from very experienced applicants who could take on more managerial and strategic responsibilities as well as their day to day as well as applications from those who are in the earlier stages of their career.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Author relationships & submissions

  • Work with the rest of the team to scout for talent & choose which authors to represent and develop
  • Work up exceptional pitches & submissions to sell in to publishers
  • Steadily build your own list of clients who you manage

Selling books to publishers

  • Pitch & submit books to UK publishers, managing the full process including negotiations and auctions

Broader rights opportunities

  • Manage relationships with sub-agents and resulting opportunities to exploit rights as broadly as possible, both international and film/tv
  • Manage relationships with scouts

SKILLS & QUALITIES

  • Specific experience working on either Children’s and Young Adult books or on Commercial / Genre Fiction
  • Commercial aptitude with a real drive to secure the best possible deal for the agency’s clients
  • Plenty of hustle and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • A critical understanding of books and an awareness of what makes one ‘good’
  • Great communications skills, both verbal and written
  • A self-starter who is comfortable working on their own and managing their own workload and deadlines, as well as being happy to work as part of a team
  • A real belief that books and reading are important and that increasing representation in culture is too
  • A willingness to learn and develop with the company

PRACTICALITIES

This is a full time role based in Bristol or London with regular trips between the two. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

Salary: this will be dependent on experience and location.

There will also be a bonus system once the agency becomes profitable.

The Good Agency is committed to equal opportunities and are particularly interested in receiving applications from anyone who identifies in any of the under-represented groups they represent.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please email jobs@thegoodliteraryagency.org with ‘Agent’ as the subject line and include your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want the job and how your skills and experience are well matched to it. Please also include details of your salary expectations.

Application deadline: 9am Wednesday 2 January