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:
|Shannon||Assistant at Penguin|
|Shifra||Scout for Maria Campbell|
|Peter||Editor at St. Martin’s Press|
|Michelle||Intern Program, Little Brown|
|Jessica||Editorial Assistant at Collins Publishers|
|Batya||Berkley Publishing, Promotions Department|
|John||Author with book published by Viking|
|Caroline||Editorial Assistant at Penguin|
|Adam||Business Development, Market Partners Intl.|
|Renee||Editorial Assistant at Penguin|
|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 Fall 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.
Cusick, John: I’m seeking an enthusiastic intern with a passion for great kids’ and teen fiction. You should be a reader of recently-published young adult a have a familiarity with pop culture, television, and movies. As my intern, you will be responsible for reading queries and requested manuscripts, writing reader reports, and handling some correspondence. An ideal candidate will be able to come into the office two days a week.
Harris, Erin: I’m seeking an energetic intern, preferably someone with a degree in literature or creative writing, who is an avid reader of recently published books in the following categories: literary fiction, book club fiction, historical fiction, 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. Editing experience is a plus. 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.
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: Steve is a Senior Vice President at Folio and is looking for creative interns with fresh ideas for books that will appeal to a wide commercial audience. Applicants must be interested in fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs, politics, cookbooks, health, celebrity, and high profile projects. Interns will be asked to read, assess, and critique proposals and manuscripts, write submission letters, research ideas, and craft reader’s reports. His recent bestsellers include, Misty Copeland’s LIFE IN MOTION (Touchstone), Vani Hari’s THE FOOD BABE WAY (Little, Brown), Andrew Morton’s 17 CARNATIONS (Grand Central Press), and Andie Mitchell’s IT WAS ME ALL ALONG (Clarkson Potter). More information on Steve can be found here: http://foliolit.com/steve-troha/
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.
White, Melissa: Melissa is looking for an in-office or remote intern who likes to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction for teens and adults. She represents authors in the areas of YA, literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, cooking and food writing, business and self-help, and other prescriptive non-fiction. Duties include reading and evaluating queries and manuscripts, writing editorial reports, editing non-fiction proposals and researching new project ideas. Must be well read in contemporary fiction and non-fiction and have excellent written and oral communication skills.