Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting Ltd. works with a host of outstanding international publishers around the world and several British film & TV clients to find the very best of fiction, non-fiction and children's books from the U.K. and the U.S. to be published in translation, and to be adapted for film and TV.
We are looking to extend our scouting team with the following positions:
Associate Scout (Adult & TV/film)
Associate Scout (Children’s & YA)
We are a small, friendly and nurturing team looking for two energetic and hard-working Associate Scouts – one to work alongside the scouts in our adult scouting team and one to work in children’s team. They will help find and report on key titles from the UK and US to our international publisher clients and our film and tv clients. Key responsibilities include building a network of industry contacts and using it to pull in new projects, building strong relationships with our clients and communicating with them on a daily basis, and providing general administrative support to the adult team. As we work closely with the U.S. market, some liaising with U.S. contacts may be required outside of regular work hours.
The ideal candidates
Scouting is exciting, varied and very fast-paced, so we are looking for candidates who are highly organised and diligent, and are able to remain cool-headed in a busy working environment. They should show good judgement, communicate well and enjoy working as part of a team. Candidates will have at least 1-2 years’ experience of full-time employment in the publishing industry, and an existing network of relevant contacts is a bonus. They will be a fast and precise reader and be able to report confidently and clearly on the content, style and commercial value of books. A particular interest in translation rights and international markets is very welcome, as are any European languages spoken, and multi-national citizenship. We will consider applicants who are non-UK based.
Adult & TV/Film Associate Scout role - The ideal candidate will be passionate about, and experienced in, adult trade publishing – a particular interest or prior experience in one or more of these the areas would be advantageous: non-fiction, film and TV, Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
Children’s & YA Associate scout role - The ideal candidate will be passionate about, and experienced in, children’s and young adult publishing. Additional interest or prior experience in Graphic Novels and Sci-Fi and Fantasy would be advantageous.
Responsibilities and duties
- Building and maintaining a network of relationships with editor and agent contacts in the UK and US. Scheduling and attending physical and virtual meetings with them regularly throughout the year, in order to obtain information about key titles.
- Reading submissions and writing and proofreading related reports, to tight deadlines.
- Liaising with clients to inform them of titles and answer their queries.
- Entering key information onto our database, requesting and chasing materials, logging responses from clients.
- Assisting with bookfair organisation, by scheduling appointments for both the DSLS team and our clients and attending as required.
- Representing DSLS by attending industry events.
- Following industry news and social media to report on market developments and industry changes in the UK and US.
- Providing miscellaneous scouting related admin support when required.
Primarily working from home, with ad hoc days in our Central London office when required.
£24-27k p.a. depending on experience
Benefits include flexible working, pension scheme, eye care voucher scheme, Cycle to Work voucher scheme, allowance for setting up home-working station. Benefits will be matched in nonemployment set-ups.
To apply for one of these roles, email firstname.lastname@example.org stating either ‘Associate Scout (adult and TV/film) or ‘Associate Scout (children’s and YA)’ in your subject line. Please send your CV and a covering letter, and include your earliest availability.
Applications will close on Wednesday, 26th October 2022, but we reserve the right to close the recruitment process early if we have found the right candidate.
We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or race.