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Literary Agent

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A literary agent promotes an author’s work to publishers and media producers as well as handling their business dealings, allowing the author to concentrate on their work. Often agents will specialise in a particular non-fiction subject, such as history, or in a type of fiction, such as crime.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The income of a literary agent varies widely depending on location and also on whether you are working freelance. The figures below are only a guide.

For literary agents who are employees, starting salary is usually from around £15,000 a year upwards. With experience, this can rise to between £20,000 and £30,000 a year.

Commission is usually between 10% - 15% of the book sales in the UK and 20% of overseas sales and for sales of film and TV rights.

The income of freelance literary agents varies from month to month.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1548
1 %
RISE
2023
1564
  United Kingdom
2018
31308
0.9 %
RISE
2023
31605

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Periodical Publishers Association (PPA)
Tel: 020 7404 4166
E-mail: info@ppa.co.uk
Website: http://www.ppa.co.uk/
Twitter: @PPACareers

Publishers' Association
Tel: 020 7378 0504
E-mail: mail@publishers.org.uk
Website: http://www.publishers.org.uk/
Twitter: @PublishersAssoc

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