Fancy a career in publishing?


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Carole Blake Open Doors Project 

A two week, all-expenses-paid work shadowing scheme at our agency for candidates from backgrounds that are under-represented in publishing. We’re really keen to broaden our net as widely as possible to find candidates who might not be aware of what a career in publishing entails.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project will offer ten days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel and up to twelve nights’ accommodation in London. The programme, which will run twice a year, will include close mentorship with Blake Friedmann’s book agents, the opportunity to attend selected meetings with editors and clients, and the chance to be involved in every aspect of day-to-day life as an agent. It is intended that candidates will come away from the project with varied knowledge of working for a leading literary agency, the beginnings of new and essential relationships in the publishing industry, and some excellent experience to include on their CVs.

“Carole offered me my first internship in publishing at Blake Friedman. She was a formidable figure, yet warm and funny. She was deeply encouraging to me as one from a diverse background based on my age, class and race – though it was our mutual love of a great pair of shoes that really sealed the deal! An unforgettable, truly phenomenal woman.” - Valerie Brandes, Founder & Publisher, Jacaranda Books, and former BFA intern.

The deadline for applications is 6th May.

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