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Rebecca Sherman - Literary Agent, Book Publishing
Posted: 08/28/2006

Rebecca Sherman

What do you do:
Literary Agent, Book Publishing

Where do you work:
Writers House, NYC, NY

When did you realize you wanted to be a literary agent:
I don’t think I realized that I wanted to work in publishing as a literary agent until I had already been working at Writers House for about a year. 

Why work as an agent:
Being an agent allows me to take part in so many aspects of a book’s creation and success.  I’m involved in editing, selling books, negotiating, contractual matters, etc.  There is the potential on any day to discover the next great writer. Overall, I see agents as advocates for authors and overseers of their careers.  Not a bad job title.

How would you advise others:
For anyone involved with publishing, I think you should read as much as possible. Become as knowledgeable as possible about what you like and what you don’t, what is being published and what isn’t. When you are ready to apply for jobs, read a bit on various agencies and what they represent.  Many agencies have web sites and there are also guides available at any bookstore or library where you can educate yourself on agencies. Then selectively contact agents whose books you admire.