Assistant to Literary Agent

Offered by: Kelly Sonnack

Duration: Full-time

Location: San Diego, CA


Kelly Sonnack, Senior Literary Agent, is seeking a bright, highly motivated and organized assistant with strong communication skills. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about children's books and the publishing industry.


This position will offer the right candidate exposure to all aspects of literary agenting in a small office environment, from initial submission and manuscript development, to final publication and career management. This position supports the Senior Agent in all areas; a promising candidate will be involved in all facets of their business. Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a tight two-person team. Strong organizational skills, proficiency with programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, Airtable and familiarity with other various types of databases is essential.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Kelly Sonnack at kelly@andreabrownlit.com. Be sure to put "application for Assistant to Literary Agent" in the subject of your email, and include a link to your LinkedIn profile.


  • General administrative support: mail/recycling, calendar management, filing, office management, office errands

  • Coordinate contracts, process financial statements, and prepare invoices

  • Professional daily interaction with clients, editors, art directors, and other publishing professionals and demonstrated self-direction in understanding when and how to take action

  • Daily management of Excel, Word, and other internal databases to track projects

  • Assist with manuscripts in various stages of development including creating pitch letters, researching potential editors, editing manuscripts, and keeping track of offers and rejections

  • Assist with art portfolio management; an eye for design, a plus

  • Stay current with publishing trends, industry changes, entertainment and politics


  • 1-2 years administrative experience in a professional office environment

  • Must be able to work standard business hours from San Diego office

  • Mastery of email required

  • Proficiency in Word and Excel

  • Must have a love of reading and a passion for children's books

  • A mind for numbers and business strategy in equal measure to a love of letters

  • Top-notch organizational, verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent memory and time management skills with ability to multitask

  • Adaptive and flexible personality with ability to adjust with a can-do attitude

  • Must be self-directed and independent in a busy environment

  • Able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions

  • Extremely detail-oriented, ensuring their daily responsibilities are executed with accuracy and minimal mistakes

Summer Mentorship Program

Our Summer Mentorship Program is currently closed. 

We look forward to receiving applications for our Summer 2022 Mentorship beginning in Spring 2022.

Other Opportunities

We are not hiring for any other positions at this time, but if you are interested in working with us in a specific capacity, please reach out to Kelly Sonnack with a resume and cover letter at kelly@andreabrownlit.com.