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Rights Assistant

Calling all literary lovers! Check out this exciting entry-level opportunity to train in the foreign rights department of a dynamic, boutique, central London-based literary agency.

Janklow & Nesbit is one of the largest and most powerful literary agencies in the world, with offices in New York and London. Since its inception, the company has prided itself on the diversity of its clients, who are defined by their quality rather than any over-riding editorial ethos, and who range from the literary, such as Tom Wolfe and Joan Didion to the commercial, such as Thomas Harris and  Danielle Steel. As well as novelists, the agency represents non-fiction authors of every stripe and is known in the US for the politicians on its roster, including Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Senator John Kerry.

They seek an enthusiastic and well-organised Rights Assistant to directly assist the Rights Director and provide broader administrative support for the foreign rights team across all J&N UK authors (fiction, non-fiction, children’s and YA). In this role, the placeholder will gain skills in drafting contracts, the ability to negotiate and an insight into global markets; their differences and similarities. Most importantly you’ll gain a general overview of the publishing industry.

So if you’re passionate about books and keen to work in a boutique agency with a global perspective, this is the role for you!


  • Drafting and processing contracts
  • Applying for and monitoring tax exemption forms
  • Invoicing, monitoring and chasing payments
  • Preparing rights guides for international book fairs
  • Inputting deals on BP
  • Opportunity to handle some smaller territories directly once trained and up and running in the administrative aspects of the role
  • Prepare schedules for book fairs and other international trips
  • Liaising with authors
  • Reading and reviewing manuscripts


  • Passion for books
  • Highly organised with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle and prioritise multiple responsibilities at once
  • Team player who takes initiative (and notes!)
  • Experience and skill with IT systems necessary
  • Fluency in another language would be a bonus
  • Previous experience within the publishing industry would be a bonus


  • A degree in any field – arts or sciences


  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (addressed to Creative Access). Please note, applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted
  • This internship is only open to candidates from a BAME orlower socio-economic background
  • Do not contact the company directly – They are looking for someone to start as soon as possible

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