I’m sure everyone has heard the joke by now that I interned at BookEnds and never left. I think it’s even in my bio on the website.
I interned. I begrudgingly left. I emailed and asked to intern again. I begrudgingly left. Then after graduating six months later I emailed Jessica Faust and asked if there was a place for me. There wasn’t, but Jessica agreed to “think on it,” and urged me to “stay on her.”
I did not even have a chance to do that. Something like 10 days later, Jessica emailed me “Let’s Talk.” She offered me to come on as her personal assistant. I did, and never looked back. Though… there was one instance where she offered to pass my resume along to a job opening at on of the major publishers and I very nervously begged her to stay. “I’m not firing you,” she said.
As the agency turns 20 this year, I realize that joke is more of a testament to BookEnds as a whole than anything. From internship application to today, it has been a place/team that has welcomed me with open arms, encouraged me throughout all of my personal, educational and career-objectives, and helped develop me into the (dare I say it) adult *cringe* I am today. (I did not even know how to address an envelope when I started).
I’m grateful to the team for harvesting my love for books, and for shaping me into what I can only hope is a successful Literary Agent. Here’s to BookEnds on it’s 20th Anniversary year, and here’s to starting my 4th year on board.