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Agency Assistant

Working across the company you will play a pivotal role in all aspects of the agency’s work and we hope you’ll develop to be promoted to Junior Agent in due course. From reading submissions and working with authors to managing work flow and databases this is an incredible job for someone who is both creative and good at administration and crucially is passionate about making a real difference to representation in publishing. The role involves assisting two literary agents, overseeing a submissions coordinator and supporting the founders.

This is not an entry level role, we don’t mind whether you’ve worked in the book trade or elsewhere but we’re looking for someone with experience who can hit the ground running and will be comfortable working on their own and managing their own time, as well as being managed and working as part of a team. 

TGLA is a social enterprise founded in 2018 by Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford to explicitly represent British writers from backgrounds under-represented in UK publishing. In the two years since we started we have worked with over 70 writers at various stages in their writing from early mentoring to receiving life-changing advances and winning major prizes. We have Arts Council England funding as well as generating our own income from the deals we make on behalf of our clients.



  • Oversee the submissions coordinator, making sure they’re keeping on top of the submissions and working with them on dealing with general queries as well as reading allocated submissions
  • Support the agents, organising and supporting the workflow with freelance editors and developers, managing client care and communications and working on submissions
  • Manage admin including scheduling meetings and taking minutes, booking travel, maintaining our publisher databases, processing contracts and managing invoicing.
  • Provide general support to the co-founders particularly around partnerships and other opportunities, managing the agency’s profile and general administrative duties.
  • Manage the agency’s social media and website updating



  • Great organisational skills, we’re keen that you’re creative as well but the person in this role has to be a fantastic administrator
  • Great communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Social media skills, preferably with experience of working on an organisation’s accounts
  • Good attention to detail, particularly when dealing with rights and contracts
  • Someone who thrives with a busy, varied workload, who isn’t just good at juggling but actively enjoys it
  • Good with managing systems, apps and software and learning new ones
  • Someone who is good at learning and keen to get the most out of any new opportunity



Though for now we are all working remotely, in the long term this role will be based in Bristol or London with regular trips between the two and regular days working from home. 

Salary: £25,000 if Bristol based; £28,000 if London based

There will also be a bonus system once the agency becomes profitable.

We are committed to equal opportunities and are particularly interested in receiving applications from anyone who identifies in any of the under-represented groups we will be representing.



To apply please email with 'Assistant' as the subject line and include your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want the job and how your skills and experience are well matched to it.

Please also fill in this monitoring form.

Application deadline: 9am Wednesday 29 July

Agency Assistant

The Good Literary Agency, London | Bristol
Full-time, Permanent
Literary Agency
Literary Agent, Agent Assistant
25 000 £ gross annual income
Salary description: 
£25,000 if Bristol based; £28,000 if London based