I got a funny email yesterday. Funny because I’ve never gotten email about a job in the publishing industry before. Turned out that it’s a job posting for a part-time assistant position to a literary agent who “represents authors who write meaningful fiction and nonfiction books for sale to commercial publishers”. The more I read, the more intriguing I found the job. The description reads, in part,
We are looking for an assistant to help find new authors who can write full length, big-idea books in categories such as health, business, history, the arts and sciences. The assistant will use creative judgment to envision the type of work that a potential author will produce . . . The assistant should be an investigative/research-oriented person. Creativity and imagination are required for the researcher to recognize the potential of an author to produce an important saleable work.
Doesn’t that sound promising? Doesn’t it sound like the lowly, peon assistant gets to be involved in the creative process? If I were less of a chicken boo, I would apply for this part-time work. As it is, I guess I’ll settle for reading about it. If any of you work in the publishing industry, I’d love to hear more about your work!