Friday, September 23, 2011

Wow! We need three more interns

We are now looking for three remote (unpaid) interns, people who like to read books by authors like:

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 one of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women's fiction and literary suspense.

I should say, because I forgot to say it in regard to the other internship posting, that you do not need to have any kind of publishing experience or even publishing aspirations. We are just looking for people who love books and love to read.

Please send e-mail to Please put "generalist intern" in the subject line. Tell us why you want the internship, attach a resume if you have one although it's not essential, and list the last ten books you read and your ten favorite books.

Please do not apply if you are primarily a young adult/middle grade reader. It's fine if you do some of that, but we already have our young adult/middle grade specialists in place.

If you have applied in the past you are more than welcome to apply again.

We ask for at least a 10 hour a week time commitment.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back to Work!

I have to admit, I'm feeling kind of energized these days. I love the back-to-school feeling and even the cool, rainy weather--a nice respite from the overheated dog days of summer.

I had two clients' books hit the Times list over the summer, I'm happy to report. Laurie Notaro's IT LOOKED DIFFERENT ON THE MODEL and Celia Rivenbark's YOU DON'T SWEAT MUCH FOR A FAT GIRL.

Both have terrific websites and Facebook pages. Celia is also on Twitter.

Laurie Notaro:

Celia Rivenbark:
twitter: @celiarivenbark

And so here is what I have to say about this, beyond CONGRATULATIONS FUNNY LADIES. (It always takes me a while to get to the point):

SOCIAL MEDIA, PEOPLE. SOCIAL MEDIA. These two authors *get* it. They practice it. And it pays off in their success.

Published author, not-published-yet author, it applies to both of you. It's a brave new world, and finally authors have the power in their own hands to really truly influence their own sales. It's enormously exciting. But it's not easy. You have to hustle, hustle, hustle. You know who else is great at this? My new client Melissa Foster. Her salient info:

Twitter: @Melissa_Foster
Her social network for women:

I pride myself on my Klout score ( which is right around 64, give or take a point. Do you want to know Melissa's Klout score? A whopping 74. That's celebrity level, folks. Melissa is out there, all the time, promoting her books, yes, but also, significantly, working to help other authors, posting inspirational tweets and useful links. She connects, she doesn't just publicize. Not surprising that her self-published and small press-published books are hitting the Amazon bestseller lists and selling at ever higher five figure levels each month.

What I don't want to hear is that you don't know how to do it or what to do. The information is out there. So many smart, successful writers are blogging and tweeting essential tips for promoting yourself via social media that all you have to do, honestly, is start with a google search. If you need more guidance take an online social media course like the ones offered by Galleycat or Penelope Trunk.

Another reason why you can't afford not to do this. Social media is free. It takes time to learn and master, but it is free. And I think it is far more effective than many of the things that authors pay for, such as traditional publicity targeting print media. Or running advertisements.

My take is that social media works so well because it helps you create community and that creates readers who come back to buy you again and again. Read a business classic called 1:1 Marketing by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, agented by my long-ago boss, the incredibly savvy Rafe Sagalyn. It talks about creating loyal customers one at a time. Reaching and connecting with just one reader is far more valuable than sending out a generic message to one hundred folks or even a thousand. Make those connections with your readers: talk to them on twitter and introduce them to one another on Facebook. Create a mailing list so they can get new information from you, perhaps deleted scenes or a character who didn't ultimately make the book. Make your readers feel part of something, included, invested. The more you connect with them the more they will help you spread the word about what a great writer you are.

Published authors, if you don't "get" social media, there are plenty of people out there that do. You owe it to yourself and to your sales figures to start connecting. If there's no time, you can do what many of my clients do and hire someone to help you or find an intern at the local college.

Unpublished authors, do you have a great book but can't find an agent? There's no excuse not to get that book out there independently and prove to yourself and to the world that there is an audience for your writing.

That's my back-to-work pep talk for today, folks.

P.S. Because I try to practice what I preach, you can also follow *me* on twitter: @jennybent

Applications are closed for the kidlit internships

The application period for the KidsLit internships posted on August 19th and on September 5th is now closed although we have not yet made a final decision. If you applied, you will hear shortly. Many thanks to everyone who got in touch; if you missed the opportunity this time, stay posted for the next opening.

We are still accepting applications for the on-site position.

Monday, September 5, 2011

We need two more interns!

First, we need another kidlit intern at TBA. The position is remote, so you don't need to live in NYC, and no publishing experience is necessary. We ask for a commitment of 10 hours a week. If you're interested, please send cover letter--in the body of your e-mail--with a list of your ten favorite books and the last ten books that you read. If you have a resume, attach it, but it's not necessary to apply. And even if you've applied in the past you are welcome to apply again. Email address: and put "kidlit intern" in your subject line.

Second, we are looking for an intern who can work on-site this Fall. We are looking for someone who can meet at our office once a week (on Fridays in September and Thursdays from October on). The time commitment is twenty hours a week, but much of the work can be done remotely. Send your cover letters and resumes via email to and put "on-site intern" in the subject line. Include two lists: the last ten books you read and your ten favorite books of all time.

We'll announce here and on twitter when the positions are filled.