I love scuba …
Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, and Peter Pears.
New York, 1939.
The lovely + talented Carly Medosch manicured up awesome for #wrdd2014 (at National Press Club Building)
Emily Gref is a literary agent with Lowenstein Associates, and majored in linguistics at McGill University. She talked to me recently about what her job involves and how it’s related to linguistics, as part of the linguistics jobs series.
What do you do as a literary agent?
I really have two jobs. As a literary agent proper, I receive queries from authors and evaluate them. If I think it’s something I can sell and am excited about, I’ll ask for a manuscript, and then if I’m excited about the manuscript, I’ll shop it around to various editors. If an editor likes it they’ll make an offer, and then I’ll negotiate on the author’s behalf. So that means I try to get the author a better advance, better royalties, better terms, more rights, and so on. All of that is done on commission, meaning that I take a percentage of whatever the author ends up earning, so I’m really working on the best interests of the author: if they don’t get paid, I don’t get paid.
And then I also have my day-to-day job where I do various things: I negotiate contracts for the agency, sell foreign rights for our authors, I keep track of our authors’ royalties and make sure all the math adds up, and I help with digital marketing, especially for the backlist titles that were out of print and which we bring back to the market by making them into ebooks.
Word lovers’ geek-gasm.
I’m not able to make it into class today. I live on a little rural road and we are snowed in. But we will still have class! Tune in to thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com at our regular class time this afternoon and there will be special videos and exercises ready for you.
Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you this afternoon.
After a long break, I’ve rediscovered one of my fave writer/’toonists. And she’s still got game. WIN.