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Remote Internship: Writers House

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Writers House is searching for an intern with an interest in publishing. Office experience is a plus with knowledge and interest in genre fiction; especially, young adult, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and science fiction/ fantasy. The end goal of the internship is to provide its participants an education in the publishing industry from the perspective of a literary agency. According to Writers House, at the end of the program the interns:

•Will have developed sound criteria for evaluating query letters, partial manuscripts, and full manuscripts.
•Will have advanced their ability to generate rejection letters, reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters.
•Will have gained new administrative skills that pertain specifically to publishing including Literary Expert, comparing contracts, reviewing royalty statements, and managing and maintaining calendars.
•Will have advanced their cover letter and resume writing skills.
•Will have advanced their job interviewing skills.

This internship involves a series of ongoing programs; specifically, weekly intern meetings, weekly tutorials, evening seminars, and one-on-one sessions. Interns will regularly engage in a broad range of editorial, administrative, organizational, and logistical duties as they develop the skills requisite to entry-level positions in publishing.

The internship will be October 5, 2020 – January 29, 2021 and is remote. Application is due by September 18, 2020. Payment will be a monthly stipend. To apply, send cover and resume to:

Michael Mejias
Director, Writers House Intern Program
mmejias@writershouse.com

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Remote Internship: Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is offering their first paid remote internship! It will be available for their adult or children’s editorial department. Editors decides whether or not to pursue stories for acquisition and works with authors to turn their manuscript into a finished book. They negotiate contracts, edit the books for content, structure and on a line-by-line basis, and collaborate with internal departments on how to package, market, and publicize the book.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Reading, evaluating, and responding to slush, agented submissions, and contracted works
  • Writing reports and copy
  • Updating title information sheets
  • Attending virtual meetings with department
  • Researching consumer interests and identifying trends via social media and other outlets
  • Competitive title research

Fall interns work 14 hours per week and are paid $20hr. Intern schedules will be flexible to account for candidates who may be located in a variety of time zones. To be eligible, you can be a rising college senior, a graduate; and/or any candidate available for full-time employment within 6 months to 1 year. (You need not be enrolled in college or have a degree to apply to the internship program.) No experience is required! The Fall 2020 Remote Internship Program is intended to provide opportunities for racially/ethnically underrepresented groups in the publishing industry.

The internship program runs from September 28, 2020 – November 20, 2020 and the application deadline is August 16, 2020. To apply, submit your resume using their online application process. Cover letters are encouraged and they suggest that you indicate if you have a preference for working with adult or children’s books, or if you are particularly interested in any genre(s).

As always, good luck!

P.D Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Remote Internship: Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is offering a fall remote internship. It involves tasks that are designed to acquaint an intern with the daily workings of a literary agency, as well as the world of publishing as a whole. The intern would be trained in areas such as use of a software program used by a variety of literary agencies and publishers, the nature of the submission process (both domestically and internationally), along with other various projects; including database entry, social media, and assisting with royalty statements and contracts.

  • Length of intership is September through December (start and end dates are flexible.
  • 20 hours a week required for 3-4 months (at least 2 day per week commitment)
  • No payment, school credit only. (Thus, applicants must be able to recieve school credit.)

If you demonstrate knowledge and passion for books and the publishing industry, have excellent verbal and writing skills, and a critical eye, you might want to apply. Send a cover letter and resume to Ariana Philips at aphilips@jvnla.com, or apply through their website.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Remote Intership: McIntosh and Otis

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For all you lovers of adult fiction or non-fiction, you’ll be excited to learn that McIntosh & Otis is seeking a remote intern. Applicants should have a strong interest in book publishing and be savvy readers and strong writers who have office experience. Intern will be responsible for reading submissions and writing evaluations of adult fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. In addition, the intern will assist the existing support staff of the department, handle mailings, filing, and other day to day tasks. The internship will also include administrative tasks such as scanning and copying, but the goal is to create an environment where students will learn firsthand about an agency’s role in book publishing. They would like an intern to work 12-18 hours per week and to commit to a 3 month term, but they can be extremely flexible with your schedule.

  • Length of the 3 months internship begins late August to early September and ends in December, 2020.
  • Current undergraduates strongly preferred.
  • Modest stipend available.
  • Remote
  • Additional requirements: voracious reader, strong writer, interested in adult fiction and non-fiction, organized, enthusiastic, previous office experience preferred.

Interested candidates should email their resume (as a Word doc or PDF attachment) and cover letter (in the body of the email) to Zoë Bodzas at zbodzas@mcintoshandotis.com. Please write “Fall Intern Application – Adult” in the subject line of the email.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Remote Internship: Foundry Literary + Media

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The remote internship is offered by Foundry Literary + Media for the fall of 2020. This is an exciting opportunity, but candidates must be working towards a bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree. Recent college graduates may also apply for the position. However, no experience in publishing is required. A two day commitment is desired with work and academic schedules accommodated.

This is for people with a love of reading who are interested in entering the publishing world. The internship will provide experience in many different sides of the publishing industry, including editorial, foreign rights, and filmed media. Projects may include reading and reporting on manuscripts, assisting with editorial submissions, writing coverage of screenplays and manuscripts being considered for film adaptation, drafting posts for Foundry’s social media platforms, and researching new book ideas and potential authors, among others.

Deadline to apply is August 15, 2020. Send a cover letter and resume to Yona Levin at psasst@foundrymedia.com. Make sure the subject line reads: Literary Agency Internship, Fall 2020. ind, If you have interest or experience in foreign rights and/or filmed media, be sure to reference that in your cover letter. There is no payment, but if your school or career center requires it, they can provide academic credit for your time with them.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA Fiction

Creative Capital Art & Literature Direct Funding and Career Development Contest

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Creative Capital is helping artists working in all creative disciplines realize their vision and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project.

Um, need I repeat that? Up to $95,000!

This month (February 2018), they are accepting submissions in 34 disciplines. These include works in film, literature, performing arts, visual arts, and a number of other media. Here are some of the works they’ll consider:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Music-Theater
  • Documentary Film
  • Narrative Film
  • Games
  • Photography
  • Video Art
  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture
  • Multimedia
  • Works On Paper
  • And much, much more!

For a complete list of projects and guidelines, go here. But hurry, the deadline to send Letters of Inquiry and budget is February 28, 2018. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

TV Tropes and Fictional Novels

Have you ever heard an agent or editor say “I’ve seen this trope before” or “this is an old trope”. What does it mean? In storytelling, a trope can be described as shortcuts for describing situations an author can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. But does this mean all tropes are bad? No. It’s up to the author to put a creative spin on an old trope so the audience doesn’t tire of the situation. Or at best, this is to say they have to bring something new to the table regarding the trope.

We not only see tropes in books, but also movies. A few months ago, I learned of a cool website called TV Tropes. It seems like a great place to help authors recognize tropes they might think isn’t one. And if you don’t write, it’s kind of fun poking around anyway. The main tropes have been indexed by Genre, Media, Narrative, and Topical. But there are 36 other categories to peruse.

So if you’re a writer, check this sight out and put a fresh twist on a well known trope! I dare you.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.