Our mentorship program was developed to increase promotion and retention of historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, in the agenting profession. This year-long program — co-administered with the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA) — matches mentees, literary agents currently building their lists at literary agencies, with two mentor-agents who each provide at least one hour of mentoring monthly.
Our mentee-driven approach allows for mentees to ask questions and guide discussion, resulting in specific, one-on-one mentorship that focuses on subjects unique to each mentee's career level, goals, and challenges. Topics will vary but might include: industry overview, client management, strategy, technique, and leadership development in the business. Participants are matched based on shared interests and also with the intention to provide exposure to other agency cultures, models, and business approaches.
Our first mentorship cycle began in 2021 with twenty-eight mentors and fourteen mentees. Our second cycle, with the same number of participants, began in January 2022 and concluded in December 2022. The 2023 Mentorship Program is taking place from March 2023 — March 2024. Applications for both mentees and mentors are currently closed.