We believe that advancing the publishing industry must include attracting and cultivating a truly diverse workforce while also enhancing fair and equitable treatment, access, and advancement within the industry.
Literary Agents of Change, the nonprofit born out of AALA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, was formed to help dismantle the barriers to entry into a career as a literary agent for members of historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color while recognizing the systems of overlapping oppressions in regard to race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender expression, class, and ability.
Literary Agents of Change offers a fellowship program to encourage recruitment into the profession, and a mentorship program focused on retention and promotion of agents from these communities. From time to time, we also facilitate educational programing for AALA members, such as workshops on antiracism and overcoming bias, and we hope to expand these offerings in the coming years.
Our summer fellowship program thoughtfully matches college students from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups with a literary agency and AALA member, and Literary Agents of Change provides a grant directly to the student for their participation. Over ten weeks, from June through August, these fellows learn the inner workings of the industry and receive direct support from a supervisor to understand the role a literary agent plays in the publishing process and develop the skills that will help them succeed. Literary Agents of Change hosts a slate of programming over the course of the summer to further fellows’ access to networking, mentorship, and educational panels that will cover the publishing industry as a whole.
AALA members are encouraged to sign up to sponsor our fellows. This cycle is closed for 2022.
The Mentorship Program seeks to increase retention and promotion of people in the business from historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color.
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.
Click here to learn more about this exciting program.
Support Literary Agents of Change and the diversification of the publishing industry with a donation today. Since we are a completely volunteer-run organization, your gift will directly go to our programming.
Literary Agents of Change, Inc. is the charitable arm of AALA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is a registered 501(c)(3) charity. Donations made to Literary Agents of Change are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Board of Directors
Monica Odom, President
Odom Literary Management
Katie Kotchman, Vice President
Don Congdon Associates
Farley Chase, Treasurer
Serendipity Literary Agency
Ayesha Pande Literary