Literary Agent, The Good Literary Agency

Function: Manager

Role categories: Publishing / Press / Media

  • Rate/Salary: starting from £38,000 per year
  • Location: Bristol
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Expires: 12/03/2018

Job description

The Good Literary Agency is a new social enterprise agency founded by Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford to represent writers from backgrounds under-represented in UK publishing. We have just received three years worth of Arts Council funding through the Ambition for Excellence fund at the end of which we plan to be self-sufficient.

We are looking for a dynamic literary agent to work as part of the core team alongside the co-founders. Principal responsibilities including managing our rights and the publisher facing side of the business, selling books into UK publishers for all our authors, as well as having the potential to build your own client list (though if you’ve worked as a literary agent before then this can be the case from the start).

Because we’re running our business a little bit differently to a normal literary agency we don’t expect you to be an experienced literary agent (though if you are then that’s great). What we do expect is that you have exceptional taste and plenty of hustle and that you believe that books and reading are important and that representation in them matters.

Maybe you’ve worked in the book trade but never in an agency or rights role but feel this is really where your talents lie?
Maybe you work in a different cultural industry but care deeply about the value of books and increasing representation and want to make a change?
Maybe your background is more commercial but you have demonstrably great taste and have always wanted to work in the creative industries?


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

Author relationships & submissions

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

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Person specification


  • Commercial aptitude with a real drive to secure the best possible deal for our 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

We are also particularly interested in people with interests and expertise in genre fiction as well as in YA and children’s. These are areas that we’re really committed to but aware that we currently lack expertise in.


The Good Literary Agency is based in Bristol though as this role is very publisher focused you could conceivably be based in London or it could also be done remotely, providing you were capable of regularly attending meetings in Bristol and London.

Salary: in the region of £38,000 dependent on experience and location.

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

We are committed to equal opportunities and are particularly interested in receiving applications from anyone who identifies in any of the under-represented groups we will be representing.

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