Internships

Join us as at Folio Literary Management!

We offer a comprehensive, educational introduction to the world of publishing – an introduction which includes our mandatory “Intern Academy,” a weekly hands-on participatory workshop taught by our agents.  “Intern Academy” is a twelve-week seminar with specific examples, stories, handouts, and practical information about the day-to-day world of publishing and agenting.

An internship at Folio is likely to include:

  • learning to evaluate query letters and manuscript submissions;
  • studying the process of editing manuscripts and nonfiction book proposals;
  • acquiring effective techniques in writing pitch letters;
  • understanding the etiquette for communicating with authors, editors, and publicists; and
  • analyzing the ins and outs of publishing contracts.

Depending on your interests (multimedia, romance novels, etc.), we can often craft an internship specifically for you.

Currently, all Folio internships are unpaid, but given the strong educational bent of the internship, we encourage applicants to contact their affiliated colleges or universities to obtain course credit for the internship if and when possible.

At the successful conclusion of an internship, we’ll also use our extensive network of contacts at major publishing houses and other literary agencies to help you find a job in book publishing. In addition, opportunities for employment at Folio may exist as well.

Former Folio interns have successfully entered the publishing world and are now employed throughout the industry. Some alumni of our internship program have gone on to:

Shifra Scout for Maria Campbell
Peter Editor at St. Martin’s Press
Michelle Intern Program, Little Brown
Jessica Editorial Assistant at Collins Publishers
Maggie WME
Batya Berkley Publishing, Promotions Department
John Author with book published by Viking
Caroline Editorial Assistant at Penguin
Jenny Agent
Adam Business Development, Market Partners Intl.
Renee Editorial Assistant at Penguin
Hannah Wiley
Katherine Wiley
Rachel Penguin
Lyndsay ICM
Sophia RMT PR Management
Clio Editorial Assistant at WME
Katie Agent at Donald Maas
Julia Assistant to Publisher at Henry Holt
Erica Production Assistant at Bedford/St. Martin’s
Jenn Assistant to Editorial Director at NAL
Sarah Contracts Assistant at Curtis Brown
Maggie Jo Assistant at WME
Allison Editorial/Publicity Assistant at Grove

Ready to apply?  Here’s how:

Duration of internship: Semester (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Requirements: Ideal interns will be interested in both the business and editorial side of publishing, be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Outlook), be proficient at researching and writing, and have a keen editorial eye. We require a minimum of 16 hours each week for both in-office and remote internships. To apply, please specify your interest in one or more of the positions below in *the subject line of your email*.

Please find below the available positions available for Spring 2015:

Brower, Michelle: Brower, Michelle: Interns applying to work with Michelle Brower should read both contemporary and historical novels, primarily women’s and literary fiction, and also be prepared to evaluate some genre fiction. Responsibilities include reading and evaluating unsolicited submissions, writing reader’s reports for requested manuscripts, handling social media and any other special projects as needed. Prior publishing and/or social media experience is a plus; excellent communication and organization skills are imperative. Must be available for an in-office internship for at least 16 hours a week.

Cross, Claudia: I am looking for an intern who is interested in reading contemporary and regency era romance, southern fiction, women’s fiction, and general fiction. The ideal candidate will be able to read several partial and full-manuscripts at once with a quick turnaround for reader’s reports in which they offer useful critiques. As well, the intern will edit proposals, manage queries inbox, draft pitch letters, and handle some administrative work. The internship can be remote or in-office (preferred), and will be primarily focused on new acquisitions.

Harris, Erin: I’m seeking an energetic intern, preferably someone with a degree in literature or creative writing, who reads contemporary novels in the following categories: literary fiction, book club fiction, historical fiction, contemporary YA, and some narrative non-fiction. As my intern, you will be responsible for reading unsolicited queries, requested manuscripts, and literary magazines; writing reader reports and personalized pass letters; staying abreast of publishing trends and scouting for fresh talent. An ideal candidate will be able to come into the office two-three days a week.

International Rights intern: This position is supervised by the co-directors of Folio’s International Rights department, Molly Jaffa and Melissa Sarver. You will assist them in the day-to-day handling of responsibilities related to the sale of international (translation) rights for Folio books. You will have the opportunity to observe how books of every genre are pitched and sold to international agents and editors (and have the opportunity to attend meetings whenever possible), develop a working knowledge of contracts and tax forms, and help prepare for the major international book fairs in Frankfurt, Bologna, and London. If interested, you will also have the opportunity to read submissions and write reader’s reports on manuscripts of various genres (this component is optional). This position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing an entry-level job in publishing, particularly in subsidiary rights or contracts. 24+ hr/wk availability preferred. Working knowledge of Word and Excel required. Required to work in-office.

Kleinman, Jeff: Interns for Jeff Kleinman will have particular interest in bookclub fiction and nonfiction, with a focus on narrative nonfiction that inspires and seeks to change the world (or the reader) in some way, great or small. The ideal candidate will have very strong research, writing, and editing skills, as well as proficiency in MS Word and Excel, and will be reliable, professional, and able to multitask and prioritize. Most important, the intern will be a self-starter – able to help generate book ideas weekly, work on new initiatives, and view the internship as the opportunity to act as a partner to a literary agent, rather than just someone plowing through a pile of manuscripts. The internship can be remote or in-office, a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Niumata, Erin: I’m looking for a smart, organized, self-starter. I’d like someone who is into reality TV, likes cooking and crafty type things, loves upmarket women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers and anything pop culture. Must be able to read quickly and send back decent editorial reports within a week. It’s important to be in the Folio offices at least 20 hours a week.

Silberman, Jeff: Jeff has a wide range of interests that include literary and upmarket fiction, narrative and prescriptive non-fiction, memoir, sports, humor, history, science, and technology. Interns applying to work with him would be asked to read and critique solicited and unsolicited submissions, critique and edit proposals, write pitch letters, pass letters, and reader’s reports, and research publishing and entertainment industry-related topics and personalities. Interns working with Jeff are also encouraged to generate ideas for books, and to identify talented writers in need of representation. Jeff sets up weekly conference calls with his interns so that everyone can discuss projects in development. Either an in-office or remote internship is fine.

Sterling, Michael: I’m looking for an intern whose reading tastes skew towards literary novels with high-concepts, historical fiction, and upmarket/literary; in nonfiction, I’m looking for established voices in prominent political, cultural, and social issues forums. A good intern candidate will be able to research, find, and discover potential authors; read partial and full-manuscripts quickly; draft strong reader’s reports that offer useful critiques; edit proposals; draft pitch letters. Prior publishing experience plus, and candidate should be available for an in-office internship for at least 16 hours a week. For more information see: http://www.foliolit.com/michael-sterling/.

Troha, Steve: I’m looking for someone creative with his/her finger on the pulse of pop culture, with fresh ideas about topics for books that will appeal to a wide commercial audience. Must be interested in working on mostly nonfiction, including memoirs, politics, cookbooks, self-help, diet, celebrity, and high profile projects. Intern should have excellent organizational, research and writing skills. Can be remote, although working in the NY office is preferred.

Weimann, Frank: Interns applying to work with Frank Weimann should read a variety of commercial fiction and nonfiction, as his projects range from military histories to memoirs to YA fantasy series. Duties include reading and evaluating unsolicited, requested, and client manuscripts and proposals, and writing reader’s reports. Both in-office or virtual internships are acceptable.


If you are ready to apply, please submit the following required material to office@foliolit.com with the subject ‘SEMESTER YEAR-AGENT(S) OF INTEREST’ (i.e. ‘Spring 2015-Jeff Kleinman’) or through your university’s internship website:1) A one-page cover letter (include publishing or office experience, availability and location during the semester, technical/computer-related skills, genre or position-interest)—again, remember to let us know who you would like to work with/what position you are most interested in and why you are interested in that position.
2) Your resume
3) A list of the last 3 books you’ve read, as well as your favorite 3 books
4) A writing sample of fewer than 5 pages (Literary analysis preferred if possible)


//