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TGLA is a social enterprise founded in 2018 by Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford to explicitly represent British writers from backgrounds under-represented in UK publishing. In the two years since we started we have worked with over 70 writers at various stages in their writing from early mentoring to receiving life-changing advances and winning major prizes. We have Arts Council England funding as well as generating our own income from the deals we make on behalf of our clients.

Literary Agent

Having been with us since our launch, one of our agents recently left to join another agency and we are now looking for a new literary agent to join us to work with existing clients as well as build a list of new clients.

You will work alongside another agent and be supported by our assistant in working with the authors we represent and exploiting the rights to their work. In addition we have a part-time development editor who works with us on submission development and are currently recruiting for a part-time submissions coordinator. Nikesh and Julia share management and strategic responsibilities and, for the right candidate, there is the opportunity, as the agency develops, to take on greater responsibilities in management, strategy and advocacy.

We are headquartered in Bristol but have an office in London.

You may have been working in a literary agency before or more broadly in the book trade, or perhaps even in a complementary industry and are looking to use your skills in a different way. Either way you must be able to demonstrate that you’ve got great taste and an understanding of what makes books work as well as plenty of hustle and a belief that books and reading are important and that representation in them matters. Crucially we are looking for someone who really shares our values and beliefs of changing opportunities for under-represented writers in UK publishing.

You don’t have to have your own client list (and we’re afraid that as we only represent writers from under-represented groups it may be difficult to bring any writers with you if who aren’t from those groups) but you do have to have sufficient knowledge of the industry, a good understanding of the role of the literary agent and the broader industry landscape.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Selling books to publishers

  • Pitch & submit books to UK publishers, managing the full process including negotiations and auctions

Broader rights opportunities

  • Manage relationships with sub-agents and resulting opportunities to exploit rights as broadly as possible, both international and film/tv
  • Manage relationships with scouts

Author relationships & submissions

  • Work with the rest of the team to scout for talent & choose which authors we represent and develop
  • Work up exceptional pitches & submissions to sell in to publishers
  • Steadily build your own list of clients
SKILLS & QUALITIES
  • An understanding of the issues within publishing and society more generally that have lead to structural inequality and writers who are BAME, working class, disabled and LGBTQ+ being under-represented and a real desire to work within an organisation that is actively seeking to make lasting change happen
  • Commercial aptitude with a real drive to secure the best possible deal for our clients
  • Plenty of hustle and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • A critical understanding of books and an awareness of what makes one ‘good’
  • Great communications skills, both verbal and written
  • A self-starter who is comfortable working on their own and managing their own workload and deadlines, as well as being happy to work as part of a team
  • A real belief that books and reading are important and that increasing representation in culture is too
  • Social media skills learned either through your own social media accounts or through working on an organisation’s accounts
  • A willingness to learn and develop with the company
Practicalities

Though for now we are all working remotely, in the long term this role will be based in Bristol or London with regular trips between the two and regular days working from home. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

Salary: We expect the successful candidate for this role will be paid in the region of £34,000-£39,000 dependent on experience and location (if you are based in London your salary will be weighted). However we are happy to discuss a higher salary for an exceptional, experienced candidate so please simply let us know your salary expectations when applying. 

There will also be a bonus system once the agency becomes profitable.

We are committed to equal opportunities and are particularly interested in receiving applications from anyone who identifies in any of the under-represented groups we represent.

How to apply

To apply please email jobs@thegoodliteraryagency.org with 'Agent' as the subject line and include your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want the job and how your skills and experience are well matched to it.

Please also fill in this monitoring form.

Application deadline: 9am Wednesday 29 July


Agency Assistant

Working across the company you will play a pivotal role in all aspects of the agency’s work and we hope you’ll develop to be promoted to Junior Agent in due course. From reading submissions and working with authors to managing work flow and databases this is an incredible job for someone who is both creative and good at administration and crucially is passionate about making a real difference to representation in publishing.

This is not an entry level role, we don’t mind whether you’ve worked in the book trade or elsewhere but we’re looking for someone with experience who can hit the ground running and will be comfortable working on their own and managing their own time, as well as being managed and working as part of a team. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Oversee the submissions coordinator, making sure they’re keeping on top of the submissions and working with them on dealing with general queries as well as reading allocated submissions
  • Support the agents, organising and supporting the workflow with freelance editors and developers, managing client care and communications and working on submissions
  • Manage admin including scheduling meetings and taking minutes, booking travel, maintaining our publisher databases, processing contracts and managing invoicing.
  • Provide general support to the co-founders particularly around partnerships and other opportunities, managing the agency’s profile and general administrative duties.
  • Manage the agency’s social media and website updating
SKILLS & QUALITIES
  • Great organisational skills, we’re keen that you’re creative as well but the person in this role has to be a fantastic administrator
  • Great communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Social media skills, preferably with experience of working on an organisation’s accounts
  • Good attention to detail, particularly when dealing with rights and contracts
  • Someone who thrives with a busy, varied workload, who isn’t just good at juggling but actively enjoys it
  • Good with managing systems, apps and software and learning new ones
  • Someone who is good at learning and keen to get the most out of any new opportunity
Practicalities

Though for now we are all working remotely, in the long term this role will be based in Bristol or London with regular trips between the two and regular days working from home. 

Salary: £25,000 if Bristol based; £28,000 if London based

There will also be a bonus system once the agency becomes profitable.

We are committed to equal opportunities and are particularly interested in receiving applications from anyone who identifies in any of the under-represented groups we will be representing.

How to apply

To apply please email jobs@thegoodliteraryagency.org with 'Assistant' as the subject line and include your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want the job and how your skills and experience are well matched to it.

Please also fill in this monitoring form.

Application deadline: 9am Wednesday 29 July


Submissions Coordinator

This is a new part-time entry-level role initially being offered on a 6-month fixed term contract.It is the perfect opportunity for someone looking for their first experience in the booktrade who is committed to finding and nurturing the writers of the future and making lasting change happen for writers who are currently underrepresented in UK publishing.

All literary agencies receive hundreds of submissions a month and many are never responded to, the writer simply has to wait and assume they weren’t successful if they hear nothing. At TGLA we are committed to responding with constructive feedback to every eligible writer who submits to us. Previously this has been managed by our agency assistant but we are now recruiting for a new role of Submissions Coordinator whose responsibility it will be to manage this process. You will read submissions, manage the rest of the team’s reading, keep on top of the process, including making sure that writers are responded to in a timely manner and answer more general queries.

Our submissions are the heart of our business and whether we take on a writer or reject them it’s incredibly important that it’s a positive, constructive experience for them - this role is fundamental to that and as such in an incredibly important part of our business.

Responsibilities
  • Manage the submissions reading process including logging and processing data, reading and assessing submissions, writing reports on submissions, assigning submissions to be read by other members of the team, calling in full manuscripts, managing the workflow
  • Managing the submissions communication process including answering queries, rejecting writers with constructive feedback, managing the information flow to writers we are considering representing and making sure the whole process is managed in a timely manner
  • Assisting with any other tasks relating to how the agency manages the submissions process
Skills and qualities
  • An excellent administrator able to keep on top of your workload who isn’t panicked by an over-flowing inbox
  • A clear communicator who thinks through how what you want to communicate is likely to be received and understood by the person receiving it
  • Someone with a good understanding of what makes writing ‘good’, with the ability to explain succinctly how and where improvements could be made
  • Excellent time management and a natural self-starter capable of managing their own workload who doesn’t need to be micro-managed
  • An ability to move between working slowly and diligently and quickly and efficiently as the work requires
Practicalities

Location: in order to ensure this role is as accessible as possible it will be based from home and is fully flexible regarding location. An ability to travel occasionally to Bristol or London (expenses covered) would be advantageous but isn’t mandatory. If home working is impossible for the right candidate we are open to discussing funding a convenient co-working space. 

Hours: 2 days a week. We will require you to virtually attend fixed team meetings but there is some flexibility around when the hours can be worked beyond that.

This is a 6 month fixed term contract that we anticipate starting in August and extending through into February 2021.

Salary: £23,000 per annum pro rata

We are committed to equal opportunities and are particularly interested in receiving applications from anyone who identifies in any of the under-represented groups we will be representing.

How to apply

To apply email jobs@thegoodliteraryagency.org with ‘Submissions Coordinator’ as the subject line. Please include a covering letter of no more than the equivalent of an A4 side in the body of the email, explaining why you want the job and how your skills and experience are well matched to it and attach your CV as a pdf.

We would also like you to complete a short task of writing a rejection email to a writer who has submitted to the agency, briefly explaining why you thought their work wasn’t suitable for representation and including some constructive feedback. You may be as creative as you wish in imagining the work you are rejecting, what we are trying to ascertain from this is your communication style. Please only take a brief time to write it, absolutely no more than 30 minutes, and include it as an attachment.

Please also fill in this monitoring form.

Application deadline: 9am Wednesday 29 July