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5 Things Interning At A Literary Agency Taught Me

Interning at a literary agency was like being paid to eat candy all day. Except that I wasn’t paid and the books I read usually weren’t sweet. The internship entailed reading and reviewing manuscript submissions, working the front desk (aka awkwardly offering visitors coffee/tea and then just getting them water), and sending out mail.

Over the course of those four months, I read tons of books and it’s likely only one or two of them will ever make it to publication. It was a time of ‘business casual’ clothing and free Nespresso coffees that taught me a lot about how the publishing industry works.

1. No, the literary agency doesn’t publish books

The different facets of the publishing industry can be confusing because there are so many of them. There’s the publishing company, the editors, the lawyers, the agents, and more. The job of the agent is to get a book to publishers. Usually, agents have relationships with companies and they will take a client and their work to the company to get published. Jericho Writers reported that the odds of sale with an agent are around 67%. Chances are much lower if an author just cold submits their manuscript to a publishing company.

2. there’s a method to all the career madness

If you were wondering how someone manages to make it in the industry, there’s actually a system in place that allows you to rise up. After getting hired as an agent’s assistant, you can work under them learning for about two years, before starting to take on clients of your own. Another year or two after that, once you’ve established yourself with a couple of works, you can break away and become an agent. Generally, the agency that you’ve been working for will hire you, but you can take your clients elsewhere or start up your own agency as well. Over the years you will work your way up by gaining more clients and (hopefully) representing some bestsellers.

3. There really are a ton of white women

In my agency alone there were 9 that I was aware of. Granted, there were a bunch of male agents, but no male assistants and no males of color. But yes, the stereotype is alive and thriving.

4. it’s worth submitting a proposal before writing your manuscript

There’s nothing quite as disappointing as pouring hours into your work only to have it rejected. Agents will only accept clients that they can sell, otherwise they won’t make any money. They get paid only when their client does, and do not run on a set salary. So, before sitting down and throwing your whole life into an idea, send some proposals around to agencies first to see if someone will represent it. This will also force you into a deadline for your writing (which some of us NEED) and will allow for better feedback throughout the process.

5. submit your work with normal formatting

Times New Roman. 12pt. font. Double spaced. It’s so easy to do. No agent is going to be impressed if you decide to write in Courier Neue because you think it looks nicer. In fact, most won’t even read the manuscript if it isn’t formatted correctly. It’s worth just sticking to the standard so there will be nothing distracting your reader from the actual work.

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Spark ‘Joy at Work’ with Marie Kondo’s Latest Book

Quarantine got you down? You might be feeling claustrophobic, restless, unproductive, or maybe some combination of the three. Those of us working from home not only have to stay focused amid the distractions of family members, but must also set up shop in a home office (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or a makeshift home office (if you aren’t). Either way, working from home is an adjustment for everyone involved, and may have you feeling stressed out. If so, now’s the perfect time to check out Marie Kondo’s latest book, Joy at Work, for tips on finding joy at work—whether in the office or at home.

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Marie Kondo is “a tidying expert” as well as the bestselling author of numerous works including Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her aim is to help others find more joy in their lives by decluttering and organizing their living spaces. Her success has even led her to star in Netflix’s hit series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

 

Joy at Work is also co-authored by Scott Sonenshein, the author of Stretch, “A groundbreaking approach to succeeding in business and life, using the science of resourcefulness.”

Kondo and Sonenshein use their combined knowledge about success and organization to help readers find satisfaction and joy in the workplace. It can be easy to let work mentally drain you, but by following Joy at Work’s tips, you can change that. Having a system for storing papers, turning off your email for 30 minutes a day, and color-coding your office supplies are just a few ways you can not only keep yourself organized, but happy, in the workplace.

 

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Given the current circumstances, many of us aren’t sure when we’ll next set foot in the office. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use these tips right away—your home office is the perfect place to start. Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep ourselves mentally grounded amid the current chaos of the world. Joy at Work will help you tidy up your home office and be productive, but not overwhelmed.

Joy at Work is now available for purchase in hardcover and Kindle on Amazon. If you have the chance, check it out—your stay-at-home work life will thank you.

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Why Netflix is Successful

Are you interested in how a company rises up from its humble beginnings to a multi-billion dollar company years later? If you are, look no further! Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings just wrote a new book about the unorthodox culture behind the workplace at Netflix.

 

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His book, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, set for release May 12, describes his philosophy and management principles – fostering a culture where adequacy is looking down on and people were fired for being “just ok.” However, those that are fired for their average work received pretty big severance.

 

Hastings’ new book draws upon hundreds of interviews with current Netflix employees and also includes never-before-seen stores from his career, according with the publisher, Penguin Press.

 

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According to an article from Variety, “Hastings’ book makes the case that Netflix’s employment practices have afforded it “flexibility, speed, and boldness”.” It’s certainly questionable that the company expects the best work from its employees with no guarantee that they’ll be there long-term. An interesting read shows how ex-employees complain about the very culture that Hastings says brought Netflix way up.

 

If you’re still interested in Netflix’s rise to success and Hastings’ story, you can get his book on Amazon in the link above.

 

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