Dear Miss Snark,
I have been captivated by your snarkiness and would enjoy learning how to spread it. (Miss Snark does think of herself as contagion...how clever of you to notice).
Actually, I am just graduated with a theater degree and am very interested in a career as a Literary agent. I'm currently working towards an internship, and am familiarizing myself with Publisher's Market place, the top ten Agent Blogs, and as much general knowledge about publishing that I can.
What are the elements that make a prospective intern stick out from other applicants?
I appreciate your time and any advice you would be willing to give.
1. Knows my client list.
2. Has read more than one book on my list.
3. Has been to a reading in the last week and can discuss the book with a degree of insight.
4. Knows the vocabulary.
5. Likes DailyCandy.com
6. Likes dogs
You didn't ask but here's the list of what makes an intern someone I'd recommend for a paying position:
1. Shows up on time and on schedule. No mysterious illnesses, dead grandmothers, or "tests".
2. Turns her cell phone off in the office. Particularly when her ring tones are Ride of the Valkyries or Three 6 Mafia warbling It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp.
3. Understands that she's first up for every single scut job in the office; we all did it, now it's her turn.
4. Does not discuss her personal life with me, or in my hearing.
5. Understands that the unspoken part of her job is to show us new and very hip things without rolling her eyes at how old, stuffy and soooo out of touch we all are.
6. Understands that no matter how enticing, she cannot have sexual congress with clients.
7. Understands that just because I am sitting at my desk, staring into space, not talking, I am not available for chat.
8. Wears shoes. Wears underwear. Wears clothes that cover the stomach. All at the same time.
9. Understands that the clients write the stuff that makes the money and so we're nice to them. Always.
10. Understands that this is a small small industry and everyone she meets now is in a position to help her out or stand by and let her sink on her own.