A Day in the Life of a Literary Assistant…GIF Style

Sooz here! Today I have Jaida Temperly, a literary assistant at New Leaf Literary & Media with an awesome guest post!

Hi all! My name is Jaida Temperly and I’m a Literary Assistant at New Leaf Literary & Media. This is my very first post on Pub Crawl (cue confetti), so I thought it fitting that I post about what it’s like to be a Literary Assistant. But in GIF style, of course.


A Day in the Life of a Literary Assistant…GIF Style

Every day begins with a modest cup of coffee…


…followed by checking and sending email.


(And there is a lot of email.)


There will undoubtedly be questions from clients, editors, and tv/film reps that I’m not entirely sure how to answer…


…but I’m determined to learn and find answers/solutions…


…so I go to the other agents at New Leaf Literary for advice. And ask a lot of questions.


(A lot of questions.)


After a leisurely lunch with the other New Leaf assistants (Danielle, Jackie, and Jess)…


…I read queries. Sometimes, there are queries that make me feel like this:


But every once in awhile, I find an amazing query that makes me feel like this:


…which of course is accompanied by another modest cup of coffee for that all-nighter I’ll be pulling to finish reading…


…so I can take the manuscript to my boss (Joanna Volpe) the next morning and be like:


Additional duties as a Literary Assistant include: coordinating client events, appearances, and book signings…


…running the occasional errand…


…attending publishing and networking events like a boss…


…reading client manuscripts…


…and answering more email.


There’s also New Leaf’s regular Wednesday meeting, where I catch up on all the amazing things that my coworkers are working on…


…which is not to be confused with my Friday meeting with my boss, Joanna Volpe. (She’s pretty cool. Like Dumbledore.)


Which is not to be confused with the uber-serious assistant F.A.R.T. meetings (Fabulous Assistants of the Round Table) with Danielle, Jackie, and Jess. (Acronyms are the best.)


Now, there are some days when I go home feeling like this:


But most of the time I feel like this:

39bee4f33728e1f54402d858540d373c-weekend-update-high-five< Because every day is a guaranteed adventure. (Yes, just like Bilbo.) gifbilboimgoingonanadventure_zpsec9cc099

Jaida Website picJaida currently assists Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. Prior to joining New Leaf, Jaida Temperly moved from Wisconsin to NYC to intern at Writers House. Before that, she had a brief stint in medical school and milked cows on her family’s dairy farm. In her down time, you can find her practicing yoga, downing modest cups of coffee, and searching for the city’s secret bars and cemeteries. You can also find her on Twitter.


10 Responses to A Day in the Life of a Literary Assistant…GIF Style

  1. Sandy Dec 16 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Thank-you for sharing ^_^. I enjoyed learning about your day. I can see there is never a dull moment to be had.

  2. Dianne Warner Dec 16 2014 at 10:59 am #

    This entire saga is a gigantic hoot. Thank you Jaida, for lettinge me in on the demands, frustrations and tiny glimpses of ecstasy, a la Bilbo field bounding.
    Jim Carey at the typewriter- I’m sorry, but that’s an iconic image I just can’t remove from my brain. Demonic.

  3. Kristin Russo Dec 16 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I loved this post! Love the gifs, especially Jim Carey. The email monster gets the best of everyone. Thanks for posting.

  4. Ameriie Dec 16 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Love this, Jaida! ^_^ A bookish life = a whole lotta awesome.

  5. wendy mcleod macknig Dec 16 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    too funny! That is quite a job!

  6. Lori Dec 17 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Hilarious!!!! I loved everything about this post. Especially the F.A.R.T. meetings, that I was unaware of happening at New Leaf.!

  7. Elizabeth Rose Stant Dec 17 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I love this!

  8. Alexia Chantel Dec 17 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    It sounds like you and the Gilmore girls share a need for coffee! I love a story told in GIF format!!

  9. Jean Feiwel Dec 19 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    You go girl! Loved this!

  10. Kevin Dowling Jan 19 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    Well, that was an unexpected laugh! 🙂

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