This mentorship program was founded to serve historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, in the agenting community and seeks to increase retention and promotion.
The approach we take provides a rich opportunity for both established agents and rising agents to learn from each other and co-create the future of the business. Mentors draw on years of experience to offer their expertise, insight, and inspiration to up-and-coming agent mentees, who, in turn, offer fresh concepts, approaches, and perspective on the present challenges facing aspiring and new agents from diverse backgrounds, and ideas for change in the business.
This rigorous year-long program matches mentees from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are currently employed at a literary agency with two agent mentors, each of whom provide at least one hour each month of mentoring. Topics will be determined by the participants but might include: industry overview and guidance on client management, strategy and technique, and leadership development in the business. Participants are matched based on shared interests when possible (such as adult / children’s / YA and fiction / nonfiction), but also to provide exposure to other agency cultures and 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 will conclude in December 2022.
The 2023 Mentorship Program will run from March 2023-March 2024. Applications for both mentees and mentors will be accepted starting in January 2023.
Support agents to support authors
BIPOC and marginalized voices enrich the publishing industry
Mentorship is grassroots change, impacting the culture of the publishing industry at large through one-on-one relationships
Kurestin Armada * Root Literary
Cecile Barendsma * Cecile B Literary Agency
Tamara Kawar * DeFiore & Company
Maeve MacLysaght * Copps Literary Services
Kelly Sonnack * Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Sarah Khalil * Kneerim & Williams
Samantha Fabien * Root Literary
Help us start and sustain publishing careers.
Since we are a completely volunteer-run organization, your gift will directly go to our programming.
Literary Agents of Change, Inc. is a registered 501 (c) (3) Charity. Donations made to Literary Agents of Change are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.