Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Generalist & YA/MG Interns needed!

We are looking for a Generalist and a Young Adult/Middle Grade fiction intern. You do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories, particularly with Generalist or Young Adult and MG books on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Additionally, for Generalist readers, we’re looking for someone who enjoys books by authors such as:

- Erin Morgenstern
- Tana French
- Eleanor Brown
- Jacqueline Sheehan
- Jodi Picoult
- Gillian Flynn
- Lori Roy
- Laurie Notaro
- Celia Rivenbark
- Elin Hilderbrand
- Kristin Hannah
- Jeannette Walls
- Kate Atkinson

This is an eclectic list, so obviously you don't need to like everyone on it. But basically, you should like at least two of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women's fiction and literary suspense. 

You do not need to live in New York—this is a remote internship. We ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment. Please note that it is unpaid. 

The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers for children, children’s librarians, elementary school teachers, MFA students, and passionate readers.

The agency runs a monthly educational chat for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. (Past and upcoming topics include: How publishers create marketing plans, Do we need literary agents anymore?, Digital and social publishing, Literary scouts: What do they do? What are the entry-level jobs in publishing? -- we try to make them as useful as we can.) These are optional, and the days/times vary because all the interns have different 'day job' schedules.


Interested?

1. Send an email to intern@thebentagency.com and put “Generalist intern” or "YA/MG intern" in the subject line. If you’d like to read for both, put “Generalist/YA/MG intern” in the subject line.

2. Tell us why you want the internship and something about yourself, or include a resume if you have one (although it's not necessary). 

3. Include two lists: the last ten Generalist or YA/MG books you've read and your top ten favorite Generalist or YA/MG books of all time.


If you've applied in the past, you're welcome to apply again. We usually get a great many applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space for details! 


Friday, May 13, 2016

CLOSED - Heather is looking for YA/MG interns

I have openings for YA/MG interns! 

I represent YA/MG fiction across the board, but make sure you have a look at my bio to see if our tastes align!

You do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories, particularly with books on the New York Times bestseller lists. The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers, librarians, teachers and educators, MFA students, and passionate readers. You do not need to live in New York—this is a remote internship. We ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment.

While this internship is unpaid, TBA values our interns' contributions, and holds monthly educational chats for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. And in between those events, I answer as many questions about the publishing process that I can. I ask for a six-month commitment, but most of my interns stick around for a lot longer!

Interested?

To apply for the YA/MG Intern position, send the information below to: HeathersInterns@gmail.com, with subject line YA/MG Intern.

-       Tell me why you want the internship, and a little about yourself, including relevant experience. Feel free to attach a resume if you feel it would help – though it’s not necessary.
-       List your top 10 favorite books of all time
-       List the last 10 YA/MG books you've read



If you've applied in the past, you're absolutely welcome to apply again. I usually receive quite a few applicants, so the application period could close fairly quickly; watch this space and @HeddaFlaherty on Twitter for details!

UPDATE on June 14th: Applications for this internship are now closed. Thank you so much to all who applied, I'll answer you shortly!  -- Heather

Sunday, May 1, 2016

TBA Monthly Wishlist - April 2016

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist!  Here's the ONE project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

I would love a MG or YA novel that deals with growing up in an interfaith family -- how comfortably, or not, two different religious traditions co-exist in one family, and what that's like for a child or teenager - Susan Hawk

YA or MG with a unique way of telling your story - nonlinear narrative, novels in verse, multi POV’s, letters, illustrated novels, or something else really creative! Be different - Gemma Cooper

Especially as May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, I’m very interested in seeing more YA and MG of any genre with AAPI authors and protagonists. Show me high fantasy inspired by cultural mythology and legends, non-issuey contemporaries, and, of course, anything that feels strange and weird and creepy. Would be extra, extra happy to see more intersectional diversity as well - Beth Phelan 

Any fiction or non-fiction about a nanny/governess/tutor - Louise Fury

A YA or MG novel with a setting few (if any) books have used before. Surprise me! - Molly Ker Hawn

Honest, lovely, possibly sad, Middle-Grade - like PAX, or WOLF HOLLOW - Heather Flaherty 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happy Publication Day to Christopher Baldwin's LITTLE DEE!

What a very good day Tuesday, April 5th is – after all, it is the publication day for Christopher Baldwin’s utterly charming Graphic Novel, LITTLE DEE! 

If you know a fan of Zita the SpacegirlPhoebe and Her Unicorn, or Dan Santat’s Sidekicks, then you’re going to want to tell them about LITTLE DEE.  Here’s what School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews have to say, in two starred reviews, no less!

“Baldwin’s crisp, bright art and clever text create a noteworthy tale. The characters have distinct personalities, and…draw readers into an emotionally well-rounded story with a satisfying conclusion. This full-color, laugh-out-loud work has an abundance of adventure, charm, and notable characters. VERDICT: A feel-good offering about friends, family, and love, this book is a winner for middle grade graphic novel fans.” – School Library Journal, starred review

A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging…Those who love travel, adventure, learning about animals in remote parts of the world, and comics will enjoy this laugh-out-loud graphic novel.  Baldwin's full-color illustrations appeal to all of the senses and keep the story moving.  A must-read for all would-be adventurers.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

If you like laughing, a rollicking adventure story, and you don’t mind having your heart stolen, then you need to get a copy of LITTLE DEE immediately!

To buy copies of LITTLE DEE, click here:

To say hello to Christopher, visit him on twitter!  @chris_j_baldwin