Ask Daphne! How do I do what YOU do?

August 28th, 2009 • Kate

camparimanoloWear brilliant shoes (like these) with aplomb? No, be an agent. As Rachel asks:

Over the past couple of years I have become interested in the world of publishing and more recently, the idea of becoming a literary agent. I only have one problem: I don’t know where to start in researching this type of career or finding out what I should do in order to make my dream come true. I was hoping maybe you would have some advice. Since I’m a junior I have been looking at colleges and trying to figure out what to do with my life, so if you have any words of wisdom, I would greatly appreciate it!

Rachel, it’s a summer Friday, and one of the things you’ll learn if you pursue a career in publishing is that publishing folks like to half half days on Friday. So, in the interest of keeping this quick, I’m going to point you to some previous posts on the subject here.

Take a look at those posts and see if they don’t give you a starting point. I’ll ask other agents on Twitter if they wouldn’t mind stopping over here with some advice as well, so keep checking back!

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One Response to “Ask Daphne! How do I do what YOU do?”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Hi Rachel, I was in the same boat – feeling that the publishing industry was a bit elusive. There are only a handful of educational programs (that I've been able to find) that are geared specifically towards publishing. DU, NYU, Harvard and George Washington University are a few examples to check out. Luckily, I just happen to have a fantastic agent in my area who is gracious enough to let me be her intern! The knowledge and experience that I'm receiving from Kate isn't something that I could gain from a traditional classroom and I'm confident that this, more than anything else, is preparing me for my eventual career in publishing. I would absolutely recommend working with an agent to anyone who is interested in the field, because getting to experience the biz first hand is priceless!