Where to Find Book Publishing Internships

Finding an Internship

Last year I wrote a post on where to get started looking for internships in publishing.  That post lists different tips on ways to do general searches and how to extend your search.  Make sure you check it out after reading this one!  Here I’m going to get more specifics and give you some links to publishers and literary agencies that frequently provide internships and tell you the difference between ones that are in-office and ones that are remote.

Decide: In-Office or Remote

Completing an in-office publishing internship will be really valuable if you’re serious about breaking into the publishing industry. However, most of these internships are located in New York City and most of them are unpaid.  If you can’t move to NYC and afford to live there for a couple months without a salary, however, there are other options.  Literary agencies and some smaller publishers offer telecommuting internships.  Just make sure you check the location for any internship you apply to, or ask if a location isn’t specified on the posting (this happens way more frequently than it should!).

First Stop: General Listings

If you’re not entirely sure what type of internship you’re looking for yet (publisher vs. literary agency, editorial vs. marketing), these general listing websites are a great place to start.  Depending on the site, you can filter by field, by location, etc.  Make sure you check all the sites, too, because some companies will cross-post to multiple sites while some will post only on Publishers Marketplace or Bookjobs.

On Bookjobs you can search “job listings” or you can search “internship listings.”  Make sure you do both, as some companies will post new positions on the job board.  If you’re looking through the internship listings, you have to go through to the company website and make sure the internship is still being offering because these postings are not frequently updated.

The Big Five Publishers

These publishers are considered to be the big players in US trade book publishing.  Their internships are offered only in-office, so if you don’t live in NYC you may be stuck applying only to their competitive summer internships. The upside is that many of these publishers pay interns; the downside is that everyone has heard of these companies and everyone wants to intern for them.  The competition will be fierce.

Smaller Publishers

Many smaller publishers also offer internships.  This is an incomplete listing of mostly in-office internships, but you should Google any publisher you are familiar with in order to find if they offer any intern opportunities and if they do so remotely.  Some small presses, instead of having a static webpage devoted to internships, will seasonally post about internships on their blogs and social media accounts.

Academic Publishers

When people think of book publishing, they often default to thinking of trade book and fiction publishing, but there are also lots of internship opportunities at academic presses!  This list is not exhaustive but is a good place for you to start.

Literary Agencies

Literary agency internships can be a bit harder to come by.  Some agencies will post internship opportunities on the general job listing websites linked to above, some will advertise only on their own websites, and some will post seasonal openings only on their blogs or social media.  In many cases, you have to be actively looking for these positions in order to find them.  The upside is that literary agencies tend to be more open to offering telecommuting internships than publishers are.  (The downside is that being a remote intern in these cases means you will often be assigned no other tasks than reading manuscripts from the slush pile and writing readers’ reports, so you may not get as good of an inside look at the agency as you would like.  The other downside is that all of them are unpaid.)

Some Remote Literary Agency Internships

If You Like Princesses Who Can Punch, Then Read…

If You Like (60)

If You Like, Then Read is a feature where we offer reading suggestions based on books you already like, scheduled once a month. If you have more suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments! You can check out the rest of these lists here.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Princess Marigold’s kingdom contains an entrance to Monster Land, but that’s nothing she can’t handle as the secret superhero the Princess in Black.  When Duchess Wigtower comes to call and the monster alarm goes off, however, Marigold has a dilemma.  Can she transform into the Princess in Black, defeat the monster, and return for the last of the scones all before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?

RAPUnzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, Ill. by Nathan Hale

Shannon and Dean Hale set their retelling of Rapunzcel in an Old West-like territory, which Rapunzel crosses while battling outlaws with her braids.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

When a dragon burns Princess Elizabeth’s castle to the ground and kidnaps her betrothed, she has nothing left but a paper bag to wear to rescue her prince.  But that’s nothing a princess with wits and bravery can’t handle.


When Princess Iardith is kidnapped, Princess Rhis and her friends must band together to prevent the outbreak of war.

the Princeless series by Jeremy Whitley

Tired of waiting in a tower for some prince to rescue her, Princess Adrienne escapes with the aid of her guard dragon Sparky and sets off to rescue her sisters from their various prisons.

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion tells the stories of numerous powerful women, but perhaps one of the most striking is the tale of Beren and Luthien.  Luthien alone has the power to face the Dark Lord Morgoth and save her lover’s life.

Your Entertainment Outlook 11/25/15

sunLost Years of MerlinDisney is adapting T. A. Barron’s Lost Years of Merlin series for the big screen and now they’ve announced that Phillippa Boyens will write the script.

rainbow weatherMarvel comic fans can look forward to a new series featuring Mockingbird. Chelsea Cain will write and Kate Niemczyk will illustrate the title, which will be released next year.

lightningBrazilian scientists named a newly-discoveredarachanid Iandumoema smeagol  after Tolkien’s character SmeagLord of the Ringsol.  The harvestman lacks eyes and lives in caves, making for what was thought to be an apt comparison.  Stephen Colbert has since pointed out that perhaps the creature should really have been named after Gollum.

Partially CloudyNBC continues its new tradition of airing live musicals on television with a production of The Wiz LIVE! showing on December 3.  Previous musicals were The Sound of Music (featuring Carrie Underwood as Maria) and Peter Pan.

nightAusten fans can now enjoy a poster for the Pride and Prejudiceupcoming film of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  The movie, based on the 2009 book of the same name, will be released in February 2016.
sunJessica Day George fans can look forward to the next  Castle Glower book, Fridays with the Wizards, in February 2016, and the final installment of the series in 2017.  George also mentioned on her blog that she’s working on a new YA series about the children of fairy tale characters like Snow White and Cinderella.  When their parents are kidnapped, the children must go on a quest to rescue them.

Top Ten Tuesday (115): Books for Which I Am Grateful

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is

TOP TEN Books I’m Grateful For

1. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: You know those books that change you, the ones that make you aware of a before-the-book you and the after-the-book you?  This was one of those, for me.

2. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare: One of his best–and that’s saying something!

3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: Stories that celebrate sacrifice seem increasingly rare.

4. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis: Heart-breaking.

5. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien: A breathless adventure full of high tragedy and also great joy and great beauty.

6.  Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Montgomery makes life seem beautiful.

7. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd: A book that celebrates kindness and diversity.

8. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff: A beautiful book about being ordinary.

9. the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling: Talking about Harry Potter is an instant way to make new friends!

10. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim PotokA moving depiction of a struggle between art and faith.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Ember in the AshesInformation

Goodreads: An Ember in the Ashes
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Source: Library
Published: January 1, 2015

Official Summary

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


An Ember in the Ashes takes readers to a darkly imagined fantasy world, where the Scholar people are oppressed beneath the rule of the Martials, and the Martials themselves must give way to the cruel whims of the Augurs.  No one is safe.  No one can be trusted.  In this world, two teenagers decide they have had enough; they are determined to take control of their own destinies, no matter the danger.

An Ember in the Ashes is somewhat unique in that, for this first installment of the series at least, neither protagonist has any grand schemes about changing their kingdom.  Both just want some peace for themselves; this is a story about people trying to flee a corrupt country to become refugees in a better one, not one about people with a vision.  Even the Resistance, ostensibly working to take down the government, inspires little hope or admiration.

Somehow, neither Laia nor Elias come across as selfish because of this.  Laia is inspired by a deep devotion to her brother.  Elias just wants out of a role in the Martial class that condemns him to be a highly trained killer.  The two have little in common beyond their desire to leave, and perhaps a somewhat irrational belief there is good in just about everyone, which makes their potential romance border on the unconvincing.  Each seems better suited for the other point on their (separate) love triangles.

The other characters tend to be similarly portrayed with a single dominating personality trait.  Despite how much page time many of them get, some still fall flat.  I would have particularly liked to see more backstory for the cruel ones.  In contemporary literature, it isn’t enough to imply someone is evil incarnate and leave it like that; readers expect villains to have become evil somehow.  If villains appear to have little motivation beyond irrational hatred and meanness, it makes less them interesting.

I would also have liked to see more in the way of world-building.  On one hand, Tahir does include a lot of details—and many readers have actually praised what they see as the very rich world-building.  Personally, I felt things were missing.  Blackcliff ostensibly has thousands of students and we essentially only meet four.  Similarly, we meet exactly two servants, in a place that should have dozens.  Mythical creatures are introduced only to disappear, and the history of all of the cultures in the Empire are a bit hazy.  I’m giving An Ember in the Ashes a pass because it’s part of a series and it’s possible a lot of this information will be revealed as the story progress.  If this were a standalone, though, I would feel as though half the book were missing.

I enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes.  It is imaginative, at times sweeping in scope.  I do think, however, it was a little over-hyped.  I never really connected with most of the characters, and I can’t figure out what anyone’s endgame is supposed to be.  If crazy things happen in a book for no apparent reason, it makes it harder to buy into the plot.

Commonplace Book Entries

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In October, we posted an event asking other bloggers to join us in creating virtual commonplace books and recording their reading.  The end event post was supposed to go live yesterday, but unfortunately a few things came up and I’m a day late.  My apologies to everyone waiting to see the end results!  Below is the commonplace book page I created.  If you also created a page, please let us know in comments, so we can stop by!

Briana's Commonplace book

Explanation: There are a lot of different ways to create commonplace books. You can record quotes on a specific topic or theme, quotes that seem useful, or just any quotes that catch your attention. I chose the final method and simply recorded passages that I found interesting from all the things I’ve read in the past month. The left column has some quotes from the novels I read, while the right column includes passages from some of the reading I’ve been doing for coursework.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeInformation

Goodreads: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1
Source: Library
Published: January 1, 2014

Official Summary

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a cute contemporary novel that asks the question: “What would happen if all the boys you’ve ever crushed on found out about your feelings…in excruciating detail?” Luckily for protagonist Lara Jean, the answer isn’t all that bad. (I could definitely imagine things going really, really bad.) The result is a quick read that’s a dash of comedy with a healthy dose of romance, seasoned tastefully with tough questions about balancing love, school, and family.

I do wish the letters and the fallout were more center-stage. Reading the official summary, one would expect this novel to be really high drama as crushes Lara Jean forgot about ages ago came crawling in droves out of the woodwork, some flattered and some irritated. One also might have images of cliche high school movies where some of these leaked letters get published and virally shared. In reality, the book focuses on just a couple of boys that Lara Jean’s letter reached. This approach probably does give the book more focus than it would have otherwise, and it allows readers to really get to know the characters involved, but it’s certainly not high-impact in terms of drama.

Just a few boys also means the book has space to focus on Lara Jean’s family, which may be the best part. (To be honest, I didn’t find that boys that interesting or convincingly attractive.) Lara Jean is very close with both of her sisters, and the book opens with the family coping with the oldest daughter’s moving away to college. Her absence is ultimately makes her really present in the novel, as Lara Jean constantly struggles with missing her and wanting to contact her and wanting to leave her alone to enjoy the college experience. When this sister comes back into the book at the end, it’s actually somewhat of a letdown as Han introduces a new character arc for her that never gets resolved.

The novel’s prose is also remarkable; it’s clearly the author’s attempt to write in an authentic teenager’s voice. On the whole, I think Jenny Han does achieve this effect with a grace and accuracy many authors do not. The writing is convincingly casual and young, without the ridiculous amount of slang and references to “trendy” things like social media that many authors employ. However, while I admire Han’s ability to write like a teenager, I can’t say I really enjoy it. There’s a reason teenagers don’t get a lot of book deals and the general public typically doesn’t want to read their prose. (Hint: It’s usually not that good.)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a fun read for me, but I didn’t fall in love with it. I’m also not really interested in the sequel (P.S. I Still Love You), even though I think that a sequel is highly necessary to make the plot feel as if it is actually going somewhere.