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Hannigan Getzler Literary Agency is looking for a summer intern to work directly with their agents for twelve weeks, approximately two days per week. The main task of the intern will be reading manuscripts from both potential clients and current agency clients, assessing quality of submissions, and providing editorial feedback. Interns also learn to write reader’s reports, rejection letters, editorial letters, and pitch letters. (Note: this is NOT a remote internship.)

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2020

Location: 37 West 28th Street, Floor 8 New York, NY 10001

Payment: Stipend to be dispensed at the end of the session

If you are interested in applying, email Jon Cobb at jon@hgliterary.com ​with Internship Application as the subject line, and include your resume and cover letter as attachments. You are also encouraged to tell them about your favorite books and genres.

As always, good luck!

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


Abrams Books: Permissions Research Internship

Abrams Books is looking for a Permissions Research Intern. The main task of the intern will be clearing 400 image permissions for PICTURED WORLDS, a collection of illustrations from Children’s books around the world. The intern will be working in-house and performing photo research for the featured illustrators in the book. Intern will be responsible for maintaining database of permissions, tracking permission statuses, ensuring high-resolution images are delivered appropriately, and monitoring schedules.

Additional tasks might include admin support for Overlook including logging and managing submissions; sending contracts and advance payments; processing invoices; sending rejection letters for unsolicited submissions; routing materials; and checking proofs, etc.

This is an in-house internship (New York) to be June 3 through mid-August and will pay $15/hour for 3 days a week. The individual hired should be proficient in Word and Excel and have excellent internet research skills, with a demonstrated interest in developing their editorial skills and learning about the publishing process. Though familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style and foreign languages is a plus, it’s not required.

If you are interested, you should apply on their website. As always, good luck!

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

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Assistant Job

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents is seeking a full time literary assistant to start as soon as possible in New York.  (This is not a remote position.) Benefits will include health insurance. Responsibilities include

  • Handling general administrative tasks and office maintenance, logging submissions and contracts, scanning contracts and royalty statements, and facilitating author/editor interface.
  • Reading unsolicited and client manuscripts and writing reader’s reports, rejection letters and editorial letters.
  • Vetting and negotiating contracts
  • Assisting with foreign rights
  • Tracking payments
  • Evaluating text and photo permissions
  • Hiring and overseeing interns
  • Updating the agency’s Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office essential
  • Familiarity with BAITS a major plus
  • Familiarity with social media essential
  • At least one year of relevant experience essential.

Contact: Lexi Wangler (lexi@mmglit.com), 27 W 20th Street, Suite 305, New York, NY 10010 (Ph# 212-352-2055) DO NOT CALL REGARDING QUERIES, THIS IS FOR SERIOUS JOB APPLICANTS ONLY!

Application Instructions: Please send your cover letter in the body of the email with your resume as an attachment to the attention of Lexi Wangler at lexi@mmqlit.com, with the subject line of “Agency Assistant Position.”

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


Ever want to tell someone to kiss your words because they said you wouldn’t make it as a writer? If you’re having moments you believe them, maybe you should tell them. Don’t listen to their words:

• “You’re from a small town, no one will listen.”
• “You’re not smart enough.”
• “Your style isn’t right.”
• “Get your head out of the clouds.”
• “You’re too young/old.”

I could ramble endlessly about things I’ve heard people say to writers. Even family and friends can be negative unintentionally. Remember, it doesn’t matter what they believe. You must believe in yourself. Tell them to kiss your words! When they look puzzled, just repeat and walk away with a smile. (Yes, I said smile Mr./Mrs. Sourpuss!) Sure, being an author is a difficult road. But believing in yourself keeps you determined to find the tools you need to succeed. You don’t need to explain to negative people how you plan finding your way into the writing world. Just keep writing and you’ll get there.

What’s that? All those rejection letters are piling up and making you doubt yourself. If I have to hand you a tissue, I’m going to throw the box at your head. Many famous authors were rejected before they found success:

John Grisham: A Time to Kill was rejected by 16 publishers.
James Patterson: Rejected by more than a dozen publishers.
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishing houses.
William Faulkner: Sanctuary was said couldn’t be published.
Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook was turned down by 24 literary agencies.

And even though I would love to add Chronicles of Narnia author, C.S. Lewis, rejected 800 times before his first publication, those numbers are still in question. But if they are true, the promise for publication is great for new writers. Everyone gets rejected…EVERYONE. So, chin up and keep believing in yourself!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger