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Internship with Lippincott Massie McQuilkin
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Sabrina Evans

Major: English, Print Journalism
Hometown: Binghamton, NY

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found my experience with LMQ Literary Agents after researching several different agencies and applying via email to their general info inbox.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

LMQ is a mid-sized literary agency representing literary fiction and non-fiction writers. My main responsibility during my time there was to go through the queries inbox and write up reader reports detailing why I would or would not recommend a query for representation. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to work closely with one of the agents to edit and evaluate work from existing clients. We were also welcomed to participate in agent lunches, where the agents would tell us about their work and how they got to their current position. Although a lot of the work felt mundane after a certain point, I felt like I learned a lot about how the publishing industry works and identified my particular strengths as a future member of the publishing community.

I learned a lot about how the publishing industry works and identified my particular strengths as a future member of the publishing community.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a double major in English as well as Print Journalism, I thought my skills and experience as an editor and writer would make me an ideal candidate for a publishing job. Although these things definitely helped me, it was what I learned as an English major and reader that helped me most. Rather than focusing on line-editing, I was forced to look at the big picture and really dig into why I do or don't like something I've read. I think this experience has given me a new take on what makes for a good piece of literature and will help me evaluate what I'm reading differently.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Before this summer, I planned on going into a career as a journalist. However, after this summer, I want to become a part of the publishing community. The biggest qualification is whether you love to read, and as a result of this summer, I've regained a love of reading I lost after years of slugging through the classics. Not only did I discover that I want to be in publishing instead of journalism, but I also learned that there is more to publishing than being an editor at a large house like Penguin or Simon and Schuster. I learned enough about the industry to know that there are numerous different positions that are equally important in producing a published work, and I would be interested in experimenting with any of them, even becoming an agent, which I never planned on pursuing full-time until this summer.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students. I can't say that literary agenting is for everyone -- it's very specific and time-intensive -- but for those that love to read, write and work with incredibly intelligent and savvy people, this is the experience for them. LMQ is a highly regarded agency with a well-respected list of clients, and the opportunities afforded during and after the internship are invaluable.

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