“May I Take You Out For Coffee?”

September 16th, 2019 • Sara Megibow

“May I take you out for coffee?”

Here at Team KT Literary, we wanted to share a quick post about receiving invitations to coffee (or lunch, drinks, dinner, etc) in exchange for “learning more about becoming a literary agent.”

We love our jobs! Working in publishing is a rewarding, exciting and stimulating career. If you are interested in getting a job in publishing – as a literary agent or anything else – good for you! Unfortunately, we don’t have time to meet one-on-one but we do have some ideas of how you can get more information.

First up, most of us at KT Literary speak at conferences and events around the country. Watch our blog for announcements and updates.

If you’re not in Colorado or available for these upcoming events, here’s another idea:

  • Are you a part of a writers group, SCBWI chapter, RWA chapter, etc. , please feel free to email us and invite us to speak to your group (yes, this costs money, but it’s an option) contact@ktliterary.com
  • Read this blog post from June, 2013 about The Publishing Industry.

Or, here are some other ways to meet publishing professionals in person:

  • Attend a local writing conference – especially one hosted by RWA (Romance Writers of America) or SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).
  • Research publishing events at your local library. These events would be free!
  • Attend an author event at your local bookstore.
  • Read the Writers Digest Magazine.
  • Follow agents, editors and authors on Twitter.
  • Read the aaronline.org website thoroughly (Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.)
  • Read the Publishers Marketplace website thoroughly.
  • Attend Denver Publishing Institute
  • Or the Columbia Publishing Course

As a literary agent, our #1 job is to make money for our authors. It’s not uncommon to receive 3-5 requests-for-coffee per week and you can imagine our clients wouldn’t be pleased if we took 100+ hours a year away from our responsibilities to them.

Thanks for your understanding and we will be cheering for you!

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