So You Want to Be An Agent by Carly Watters

Sep 8, 2023 12:00 PM EST

Are you interested in becoming a literary agent? Come listen to a senior literary agent at P.S. Literary talk about what it takes to get your foot in the door and what it takes to succeed at the job. From education to internships, to actually doing the job, you’ll hear from someone who has been doing it successfully for over ten years.

This webinar is for anyone who is in college or university, a recent grad, or someone looking to pivot from a publisher to a literary agency.

Your host Carly Watters will talk for 40 minutes and answer questions for 20 minutes.

More about Carly Watters: Carly Watters is a SVP and Senior Literary Agent at P.S. Literary and the sitting VP of PACLA, the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.

Carly Watters has a BA in English Literature from Queen’s University and a MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Her masters thesis was on the social, political, and economic impact of literary prizes on trade publishing. She began her publishing career in London as an assistant at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. Carly joined Toronto-based P.S. Literary Agency in 2010 and has sold over 100 books during her career.

She is known for her long-term vision for her authors and being an excellent collaborator with a nose for commercial success. She has close ties to publishers in the major markets, is a member of the AALA, and works directly with film agents to option film and TV rights to leading networks and production companies. Her clients’ books have been translated into 40 languages, optioned for TV and film, adapted into podcasts, and have been on every bestseller list from coast to coast, including the New York Times, USA Today, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. The popular writing podcast The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, for which Carly is the co-host, has over 2 million downloads.


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