Jobs and Work Experience

Jobs – Agency Assistant

We are looking for an agency assistant to provide administrative and creative support to our Managing Director James Wills across his current list, and to assist him in finding new voices and talent. This role will be suited to a proactive and highly organised individual, with a passion for upmarket fiction (with a focus on crime, thrillers and mysteries) and commercial non-fiction that involves online or celebrity talent, is centred around popular culture, new trends and ideas.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: author care, reading and reporting on manuscripts, processing contracts, invoices, and royalty statements, assisting with the agency’s social media, organising book fair schedules and other business travel, as well as other office administration duties.

The ideal candidate will be efficient, enthusiastic, full of initiative, an excellent communicator, have a broad reading taste, and be proficient with social media platforms. Previous experience in publishing, or an adjacent creative industry, would be helpful but not essential as training will be provided. We welcome applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or age. All applications will be considered on their individual merits.

This is primarily an office-based role with a degree of flexibility. The starting salary is £24,000 per annum.

Please apply with your CV and a covering letter that includes your notice period (if applicable), as well as a paragraph about a recently published book you enjoyed and why. Applications should be sent to jobs@watsonlittle.com by March 17th 2024. We reserve the right to close the recruitment process early if we have found the right candidate.

For support in seeking employment in the book trade, including help with interview costs if needed, The Book Trade Charity offers various grants and help. More information can be found here: https://btbs.org/grants

Work Experience

We are often looking for interns for three month paid placements throughout the year. If you would be interested in working with us, please email jobs@watsonlittle.com with a cover letter and your CV attached.