Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program

Charlotte Gusay is an independent literary agent. With the exception of a few freelance readers and part-time assistants, she works alone and loves it. However, in an effort to perpetuate knowledge and professionalism in the field of publishing – in particular - the Agency oversees a Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program for people wishing to learn how to be a literary agent in the publishing business. The agency hires and trains - on a regular basis - interns who are genuinely seeking experience as a literary agent in publishing or film.

An internship is a preliminary learning period for which there is an honorarium.  If an interested party wishes to experience a true taste of how the publishing world works and understands the realities of this business – that nothing happens by magic - an intern may wish to explore how to become involved in the workings of The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency.  In developing and selling books here at the agency - to the publishing trade and books to film - all the skills an intern has accumulated in various work/business/life experiences may be applied to the work carried out by the agency, and the intern will accumulate many more specific to the agenting business, such as proposal writing, line editing, literary critiquing, manuscript evaluation, and screenplay coverage, as well as the intricacies of client relations, book development and packaging, marketing, editor/ publishers relations, producer/film development relations and more. Many of the agency interns have gone on to various positions in the business world in general including the publishing business and the film trade. Agency interns have achieved positions at book publicists, literary agencies and major publishing houses -- such as Little Brown Children’s Books and Oxford University Press, to name two.

Please contact the agency for further information on the Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Please put Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program in the subject line. 

Some notes from only a few of the many interns who have worked at the Agency in the Publishing/Mentoring program:

Charlotte, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help these past few months and for letting me be a part of TCGLA.  I absolutely loved my time here…you expanded my love of reading, writing and publishing; I didn’t even know that was possible.  I hope you know I am always available whenever you need extra help.  I wish you nothing but the best and all the success you deserve.
—Laura, February 18, 2014. [Laura just accepted a full-time position at the Broad Foundation.]

Charlotte, Words cannot begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for your kindness and willingness to take me under your wing.  I have learned so much and am now a better and more knowledgeable “book’ person because of you.  I hope we stay in touch for many years to come.  I am forever thankful for you. 
—With appreciation, Cherish, December 2013  [Cherish is the Buyer and Manager at an independent bookshop in Manhattan Beach]

Hi Charlotte, …you were the catalyst for me applying [to NYU Publishing Program.] Thank you so much for taking me on as an intern, encouraging me to attend NYU, for the wonderful references you’ve supplied, and for your continued support and friendship after all this time.  It really does mean a lot to me.
—Kelly, May 2013. [Kelly is an assistant acquisitions editor at Alfred Knopf Children’s Books in New York]

Charlotte-  I just wanted to thank you, once again, for taking the time to write me a letter of reference.  My time at the agency taught me the importance of pursuing one’s dreams and …the art of critiquing. 
—Molly, December 2010

Hi Charlotte, …I am graduating this semester, and to date, my internship working for you has been one of the most valuable experiences I had in college.  I wanted to thank you for that experience because I had a lot of fun and learned so much, since you allowed us a great deal of responsibility
—Kimmie, January 2006

Dear Charlotte:  I just wanted to update you as to what I have been doing since I completed the internship at The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency.  I have had several interviews, most notably, with ICM and McGraw Hill.  I have taken a position as Editorial Assistant at Glencoe, the educational division of McGraw Hill….I just wanted to thank you for all the experience and training I received during my internship…You may want to show this email to your current interns to let them know that the experience they gain while working for you is helpful no matter what career they wish to pursue.  However, it is especially helpful if they want to go into publishing or entertainment. 
—Dania, June 2005

Thanks a lot Charlotte.  …it was a great experience and I’ve found that it’s given me a great new perspective on literature, which I notice every time that I walk into a bookstore.  Thanks again.
—Sean, November 2005

Dear Charlotte---Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful agency.  You are a fabulous person and mentor.  The wisdom you’ve impressed upon me, through humor and charm, is priceless. So thank you again, Charlotte for this opportunity.  It has been a privilege.

Dear Charlotte, As you know, I will be attending NYU [publishing program] in the fall. But I can’t remember if I told you that I got into all of the schools that I applied to!  I definitely would not have been able to do it without you and your amazing Letter of Recommendation.  I really appreciate your support. 
—Cheryl, April 2011

Dear Charlotte, My big project right now is a Beatles biography.  Little, Brown Adult published a 900-page biography in November and I’m working with the author (Bob Spitz) on a shorter version for young readers. 
—Sangeeta, Little, Brown Children’s Books, January 2006 
[After a stint at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, as of 2012, Sangeeta opened her own very successful editorial business in New York.]

Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program

Charlotte Recommends: Of Interest to Writers and Authors and Smart People.

WORD CRAFT: The 'Cider House' Writing Rules
By John Irving
(WSJ, May 4, 2012)

Publish and Perish
By Elizabeth Royte
(NYT, October 25, 2005)

Agents & Editors: Amy Einhorn
by Michael Szczerban
(Poets & Writers, March/April 2014)

Slaves of the Internet, Unite!
By Tim Krieder
(NYT, October 26, 2013)