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Work With Us

BookEnds is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace through our hiring practices, internship program, and the books and authors we represent. As an agency, we have a firm commitment to advocating for all authors and others within the industry, not just clients. 

Our clients include award-winning authors and illustrators of both adult and children’s books. Our agents represent all areas of fiction and nonfiction for all ages.

Work from Home

The BookEnds “office” has been virtual since our beginning in 1999, making us experts in creating a community and family even from afar. We use Slack, Zoom, and Query Manager to keep in regular contact with each other and are always open to new technology and systems to better ourselves and the Agency. Our agents can and do work anywhere in the world from home, coffee shops, beaches, or wherever their hearts desire. 

Who We Are

We are here to help authors and illustrators—especially those who are marginalized—build the careers they dream of. This means advocating for better contracts, stronger marketing, and deals that are competitive with all other authors and illustrators.

We want our clients to have long-term success and careers in publishing that allow them the freedom and security to write and illustrate the books they want to put out in the world.

The welcoming, warm and supportive environment means every agent is here to assist, guide, and share with every other agent.

Salary

Literary Agents are 1099 contractors allowing them the freedom to make their own hours, build their own brand, and work on their many successful side hustles. Two of our agents are published authors, and more are working toward that goal. Employees are paid competitive salaries plus benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and a generous holiday schedule.

Working at BookEnds would be an excellent fit for you if: 

  • You believe that books can change the world.
  • You desire to be an advocate—for authors and creators.
  • You are looking to build a career in publishing.
  • You are seeking mentorship and coaching.
  • You want to make dreams come true—yours and authors. 
  • You have hustle and drive.
  • You enjoy trying new things and love taking the initiative to make them happen.
  • You are willing to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself further than you imagined you could.
  • You strive to create a more diverse and inclusive world.
  • You are seeking to take that first step into publishing or the next toward a rewarding and financially fruitful career.
  • You are familiar with BookEnds and what we’re about. You’ve watched us on YouTube, follow us on Instagram, and read the blog.

At BookEnds, we are strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

 

Literary Agent Positions

The best people come your way when you least expect them. This has been a long-standing belief at BookEnds. Many of our team members became invaluable because even when we didn’t know we needed to hire, they knew we needed them.

BookEnds agents are a close-knit group, and for that reason, we are looking for someone to convince us they belong here. When working with BookEnds, you are promised mentorship, coaching, and regular communication. 

Our agents have a passionate belief that we can change the world through books. Our job is to advocate for our authors and not just sell their books but also work hard to build careers. 

We are open to resumes from those just entering the job market to those seeking to move their career to the next level. The best agents have:

  • Good communication skills and the ability to have hard conversations.
  • An understanding that much of this job is sales and marketing.
  • A willingness to explore new technology, tools, genres, and experiences.
  • Respect for teamwork.
  • Strong organizational and writing skills.
  • The ability to multitask.
  • A love for books and the creators behind them.
  • The drive to make things happen.

Jessica Faust reviews all resumes and is immediately drawn to candidates who write a compelling and personal cover letter, have a desire to advocate for authors, a passion for books, good communication skills, and a willingness to learn. More than anything, she's looking for candidates who understand and want to be a part of BookEnds culture.

When sending a résumé, please include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach your résumé. Please include: social media links on your resume, and the last three books you've read in your cover letter. Emails can be sent to [email protected]

Executive Assistant

BookEnds is actively seeking an executive assistant to the President, Jessica Faust. Quick-thinking self-starters seeking a demanding but positive workplace environment are encouraged to apply. Jessica is a visionary, and as such is seeking a like-minded individual who can assist in not only the day-to-day duties of running a successful literary agency, but also implementing new ideas and systems to better those processes. As Jessica says, we’re seeking someone who would know to hire themselves, if they were in our shoes.

The perfect candidate would be organized and efficient, preferably with experience being an assistant. Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinating personal and business schedule, scheduling and rescheduling appointments and meetings, sending reminders of events
  • Managing email
  • Regularly updating all related databases such as Airtable, Google Drive, and internal tracking systems
  • Booking travel, as needed
  • Updating client records and managing/tracking information 
  • Researching potential clients & brainstorming book ideas
  • Interacting & corresponding with clients and members of the BookEnds team
  • Implementing and researching new systems and ideas to better BookEnds
  • Handling personal and business supply and gift shopping

In our minds, the best assistants have: 

  • Excellent communication and writing skills, with a willingness to ask questions, regularly discuss project status, and handle correspondence at all levels in the agency
  • Strong organizational, tracking, and multitasking skills
  • An ability to adapt to --and willingness to explore-- new routines, processes, technologies, tools, and systems
  • Proficiency in project management tools (ie: Microsoft Office, Airtable, Slack, Google Calendar, etc.)
  • Passion and respect for working with others and helping our team expand and learn
  • Strong analytical skills with an attention to detail and a prioritization of accuracy
  • Ability to handle, direct, and provide straight-forward feedback
  • A positive, team-oriented attitude. We will always appreciate a great sense of humor and a love for puns.

This is not an entry-level publishing position, and as such, we are seeking someone with interest in a support position. This position can be virtual, though in-office would be welcome if possible. The position is currently part-time, with room to grow, and the executive assistant will be paid hourly.  Experience as an assistant is preferred, though not required.

Jessica Faust reviews all resumes and is immediately drawn to candidates who write a compelling and personal cover letter.. More than anything, she is looking for candidates who understand and want to be a part of BookEnds culture. When sending a résumé, please include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach your résumé. Emails can be sent to [email protected].

Literary Assistants

While we have no immediate openings for this full-time salaried position, we hold firm to our belief that the best people come your way when you least expect them. 

Literary assistants at BookEnds are paid a full-time salary with the opportunity to earn commissions as they grow and build their own client list. This is an entry-level position with the expectation that you’re looking to develop a long-term career. As with all positions at BookEnds, you are promised mentorship, coaching, and regular communication. 

We are open to resumes from those just entering the job market or those seeking to move their career to the next level. The best assistants have:

  • Initiative to try new things and bring BookEnds into new and different worlds.
  • A willingness to explore new technology, tools, genres, and experiences.
  • Respect for teamwork.
  • Strong organizational and writing skills.
  • The ability to multitask.
  • A great sense of humor and a love for puns.
  • A love for books and the creators behind them.
  • The desire to build a career in publishing by learning all aspects of the business from the ground up.

Jessica Faust reviews all resumes and is immediately drawn to candidates who write a compelling and personal cover letter, have a desire to advocate for authors, a passion for books, good communication skills, and a willingness to learn. More than anything, she's looking for candidates who understand and want to be a part of BookEnds culture.

When sending a résumé, please include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach your résumé. Please include: social media links on your resume, and the last three books you've read in your cover letter. Emails can be sent to [email protected]

Internship Program

PLEASE NOTE: BookEnds has placed the internship program on hold until further notice and will not be accepting applications for any semester unless otherwise stated. Please watch this space for any updates. Thank you!

BookEnds offers part-time, paid, in-office internship positions to one undergraduate or recent graduate per college semester (including Fall, Spring, and Summer).

We have had great success with this program so far! Most of our literary assistants to date have interned with us in the past, and many of our interns have gone on to have successful careers elsewhere in the publishing industry. We believe in educating our interns about the industry by including them in company meetings, engaging them in conversations, encouraging questions, and working with them as they complete their duties.

Because we see the internship program as a real learning opportunity, applicants do not need to have previous publishing experience. They should, however, have a strong interest in pursuing publishing as a career, and we strongly encourage undergraduates to use the program for college credit.

All applicants must be available to work for twenty hours a week.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Administrative support: filing, organizing bookshelves, packaging mail, etc.
  • Answering queries.
  • Reading partial and full manuscripts for agents and writing readers reports.
  • Assistance with social media.
  • Performing special projects with or for the Literary Assistant.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject heading, “[Fall/Spring/Summer] Internship Application.” Please include: social media links on your resume, and the last three books you've read in your cover letter. 

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IS ON HOLD; NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Also, we're delighted to be partnering with We Need Diverse Books for their Summer Internship Grant Program. If this excellent program is something you qualify for, we urge you to apply as you're applying for our internship!

All applicants will receive responses regarding the status of their application.

For more information, watch our video with past intern Olivia Loggia below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn5-MFvSE9U