Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 30, 2018

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Hello, Writers and Friends of GSF! I'm taking the reins this week, but don't worry, Christopher, the usual compiler of the Roundup, will be back next week. This week we've got two newish agents, two chances for publication of that finished manuscript, #MSWL entries from a couple of hungry agents, and a reflection on #TenQueries at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Newish Agents: One wants fiction, the other non

Jaidree Braddix is an associate agent at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Seeking:

Fiction: Nope

Nonfiction: Current Affairs/Politics; Food/Lifestyle; General Non-Fiction; Health/Fitness

"Jaidree is interested in both serious non-fiction and buzz-worthy topics that can make a big media splash. Formerly a publicist at an independent press, Jaidree is always on the lookout for projects with a “newsy” hook."

Jaidree is accepting submissions via online form, here. She is also accepting queries via post. Find all submission information here.

Madison Smartt Bell is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Crime/Police; General Fiction; Literary Fiction

Nonfiction: Nah

"He is interested in literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, work from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas, and anything genuinely original and fresh." 

Madison is accepting submissions via online form, here.

Submission Deadlines

#OwnVoices & Southern voices: two publication contests

Sourcebooks 2018 Spring Diversity Pitchfest—Open from May 8th at 9 a.m. EDT until May 10th 11:59 p.m. EDT (Pitch contest, publication)

What: A pitchfest for completed, polished #OwnVoices manuscripts. Post a three-line pitch as a comment on the SaavyAuthors.com blog for a chance at publication.

Cost: Free

Submittion: Submission window opens May 8th. For more information, click here. For pitch contest rules, click here.

Southern Fried Karma's 2018 Novel Contest—Submissions due by May 31st, 2018 ($1500 advance + book publishing contract)

What: Book-length fiction. Winner receives a $1500 advance on a book publishing contract with SFK Press. All finalists will be eligible for contracts as well.

Cost: Free

"We focus on cultivating the artistic voices of the new millennium—with a Southern accent. The successful manuscript will go beyond stereotypical depictions and illuminate the multiplicity of the Southern experience: past, present, or future; the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected."

Southern Fried Karma is a relatively new publisher, check out this review from Woven Tale Press published in March 2017.

To Submit: Online submission form and instructions, here.

What Agents Want

They are building their lists, people!

Léonicka Valcius, Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency
Léonicka is "looking for books with a reliable narrator and no murder!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade

"In Adult and Young Adult fiction, I like fun commercial fiction, romance that ranges from sweet to steamy, otherworldly fantasy, and sweeping historical fiction. I do not represent mysteries or thrillers. For Middle Grade and younger, I love humour, adventure, and make believe. I also enjoy stories about children navigating their changing relationships with family and friends. I strongly prefer books with at least 1 human character."

Nonfiction: Narrative; Self-help/Lifestyle; Self-help/Business

How to submit: Léonicka is accepting queries email at leonicka@transatlanticagency.com. See guidelines here, and follow her on Twitter @leonicka.

Peter Knapp, Agent at Park Literary & Media
Peter is a consistent contributor to #tenqueries (more on this below); from the Friday before last he had these takeaways: "1) I'm getting a lot of YA fantasy, but I still like it. 2) though these particular thrillers weren't right for me, I'm interested in character driven adult and YA suspense/thrillers and would be eager to find a big, irresistible one. " Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: General fiction; Suspense/thriller; Juvenile fiction; Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Zero

"He is seeking middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction with fast-paced plots and complex characters. Find him re-watching Studio Ghibli movies, playing board games with his friends, or right here to submit a middle grade, young adult or adult fiction query—he’s ready to add more authors to his growing client list!"

How to submit: Peter is accepting queries via email at queries@parkliterary.com. See guidelines here, and follow him on Twitter @petejknapp.

Ejusdem Generis

When hunting around for great #MSWL content for y'all today, I came across #tenqueries, and thought I'd look into it a bit. For those of you who do not know, if you follow this hashtag on Twitter, you will have the pleasure or horror (depending on which side of the fence you are about this) of reading through reasons why agents passed on ten queries from their slush pile. From what I could find, the first #tenqueries tweet was sent out by Eric Ruben, Esq. on September 28, 2012 (if you have any earlier evidence of this, please comment below):


It seems that people either love or hate #tenqueries. In 2014, J.H. Moncrieff characterized this practice as agents publicly trashing writers: "It bothers me when a well-meaning query is publicly torn apart for everyone’s entertainment. Everyone except the author, and every other writer who is thinking, 'My god, is that MY submission they’re talking about?'" There are others, though, who find value in such public displays of critique. On a Reddit thread from three years ago, xaviira said, "I'm not really uncomfortable with the idea of agents publicly dismissing queries. There's nothing in a tweet like 'YA Fantasy, not a new premise, word count way too high for genre. Pass.' that's going to single out an individual author. Plus, since rejection is such a huge part of this industry, especially in the early days, we might as well acknowledge it. Maybe if everyone went into this industry knowing just how much rejection there is, and how subjective a pass can be, we wouldn't beat ourselves up over it so much."

How do you all feel about #tenqueries? The originator (or at least one of the earliest #tenqueries users) just recently left the industry this past week, and at least some will miss him and his posts on query passes:

 


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: January 29, 2018

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Hey, y'all. This week we've got our usual array of agent news, great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end a note about authors living and recently passed.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two agents join new agencies, one agent comes back on the scene

Joseph Parsons has has joined Holloway Literary as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Contemporary (post-1945) American literary fiction.

Nonfiction: Literary and creative nonfiction, travel and nature writing, current events, history, biography, long-form journalism and scholarly work written for a general audience

"Joseph is especially seeking new voices including the work of women, people of color, and others who may have been underrepresented in past years, in particular LGBTQ and immigrant authors."

Joseph is accepting queries via email at submissions@hollowayliteraryagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on his profile page, here.

Linda Camacho has joined Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, all genres; select graphic novels; select picture book writer-illustrators; adult fiction (namely, upmarket/book club fiction, women's fiction/romance, and literary horror)

Nonfiction: nope.

In a recent #MSWL twee Linda said she would like a book project inspired by Ballerina Aesha Ash who was spotted "wandering around inner city Rochester in a tutu to change stereotypes about women of color and inspire young kids" Source Tweet

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at QueryLinda@galltzacker.com. More information about submissions may be found on her agency's website, here.

Lindsay Davis Auld has re-joined Writers House as a junior agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's Picture Books; Middle Grade and Young Adult General Fiction

Nonfiction: nope. nope.

"I'm actively building my own list and I'm seeking picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. I've always been passionate about children's and young adult literature, and, as an agent, I'm eager to help bring fresh voices, characters and stories to a new generation of readers. I'm particularly drawn to mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, adventure, and books with humor--light or dark or both."

Lindsay is accepting queries via email at lauld@writershouse.com. More information about submissions may be found on her Publishers Marketplace member page, here.

Submission Deadlines

In February: Big $$$ and a fellowship in Paris!

Chicago Tribune's 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards—Submissions due February 7th, at 11:59 p.m. CT (Fiction short Story—10 $$ Prizes + consideration for publication)

Who: US legal residents, 18+ years old

What: Fiction story, 8,000 words max. in English, and not previously published. Top prize of $3,500, four prizes of $1,000, and five runner-up prizes of $500, plus possible publication in the Chicago Tribune's weekly literary supplement.

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Complete contest guidelines are here and the submission form may be found here.

Creative Capital Awards—Submissions begin Thursday, February 1st and are due by Wednesday, February 28th (Project in 34 artistic disciplines (including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, etc.)—$$$ + advisory and professional services)

Who: Artists with projects in any of the 34 disciplines Creative Capital funds, including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, etc. (click here for a full list)

What: 46 projects at initial levels of $10,000 each. Including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support during the life cycle of the award, with the average amount closer to $35,000. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of $45,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $95,000. US citizens or permanent residents, aged 25+, with 5+ years' professional writing experience, and not be full-time students.

To Submit: Contest guidelines (and starting Feb 1 the application form) may be found here.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship—Submissions due February 15th (Fellowship, $5000 stipend)

Who: The Fellowship is open to all nationalities, though the proposed project (a book project, fiction or non-fiction, or a feature-length documentary film, that contributes to cross-cultural discourse) must be in English.

What: The Visiting Fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library.

Cost: The $5000 will be paid one month ahead of the fellowship and is to be spent at the discretion of the Fellow, is designed to cover travel to Paris, accommodation, and expenses associated with the month in Paris.

To Submit: Submission information and guidelines may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: magic, imagination, and strong women

Alice Speilburg, Literary Agent and Founder of Speilburg Literary Agency [Please Note: Will opens to submission on Feb 1st]
Alice will be coming back from "a long haitus" on February 1st and hopes "to see lots of stories that sidestep into magic, mystery, horror, or adventure in my inbox next month!" See her newly updated #MSWL page here. Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical Fiction, Mainstream Fiction with elements of Fantasy/Mystery/Horror, Fairytale/Folklore Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult

Nonfiction: History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Science, Travel

How to Submit: Beginning February 1st, Alice will be accepting submissions via email at speilburgliterary@gmail.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Alice on Twitter @alicespeilburg.

Kent D. Wolf, Literary Agent at The Friedrich Agency
Kent is not looking for Young Adult book projects but wants to bring some of imagination into the Adult Fiction world. He says "...if your writing and imagination in the adult space are anything like Sara Porter () you have me at hello."  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary Fiction; Young Adult (but not really in the market for this at the moment)

Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture

How to Submit: Kent is accepting queries via email at kwolf@friedrichagency.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Kent on Twitter @kentdwolf.

Stacy Testa, Literary Agent at Writers House
Stacy would love a book project about Caroline Still Wiley Anderson, born in 1848. Graduated from Oberlin, the only black woman in class. She later taught at Howard University and in 1878 became Philadelphia's first black doctor. She states " Oooh would love to see a historical novel or narrative biography about this badass broad." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary Fiction and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, particularly stories with international settings, unique subcultures, historical hooks, magical realism, unusual narrators, and/or strong, empowered women

Nonfiction: Memoir, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, History, Investigative Journalism, True Crime, essay collections and prescriptive titles with strong platforms

"As a young agent with space on my list and decades of agenting ahead of me, I am looking to develop long-term partnerships with new authors."

How to Submit: Stacy is accepting queries via email at testa@writershouse.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her Publishers Marketplace member page, here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @stacy_testa.

Ejusdem Generis

As all of you know, the literary world lost one of its greats last week. The work of Ursula K. Le Guin was an entry point to a more literary corpus of texts for many sci-fi fans, and a door to science fiction for many who had previously considered anything with that label to be mere genre twaddle. There have been many moving and thoughtful tributes to her over the last seven days, and I have no pretensions that this humble Ejusdem be numbered among them, so I will simply direct your attention to a lovely interview Le Guin did with the Paris Review. Most of it is behind a paywall, but there is some lovely conversation available to anybody, and hey, if you're going to pay for something on the internet, why not this? Check it out here

Our good friend Jane Friedman has a book coming out soon: The Business of Being a Writer. While in our experience everything she writes is worth checking out, the people at Publishers Weekly have decided that her newest isn't just worth reading, it's indispensable for those interested in trying to make a living writing. Check it out here.  

Just a short one this week, as we get back in the swing of things. See you next Monday!


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: January 22, 2018

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Happy New Year! Although we were off-line a bit longer than we planned, GSF is back in the full swing of things. This week we showcase two agent promotions, some great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a very cool directory at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two Stephanies are Promoted to Senior Agent!

Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. Will consider literary thriller and suspense, and YA crossover. No historical or romance fiction will be considered.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, investigative journalism, and true crime

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Stephanie Delman has been promoted to Senior Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, genre-bending suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years)

Nonfiction: Select range of non-fiction by authors with established, engaging, and unique perspectives, as well as a few comic illustrators

“While Stephanie does not work with strict genre writers, she is drawn toward literary narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi (think STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel or HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado). She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic/international family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.”

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at sdelman@sjga.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Submission Deadlines

Within the next two weeks: Big $$$ for a nonfiction manuscript in progress, a cool residency for a poet, and a fellowship with Sesame Street!

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize—Submissions due January 31st, 2018 (Nonfiction—$$$ Advance + Publication)

Who: Any writer who is not yet established in the genre and resides in the United States is eligible.

What: A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript, a cover letter, and a project description. Winner receives a $12,000 advance and publication with Graywolf Press

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing—Submissions due February 1st, 2018 (Poetry Residency—$$$ Stipend + up to 4 months of lodging)

Who: Poets writing a first or second book!

What: Up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room 2018 Fellowship Program—Submissions due February 4th, 2018 (Fellowship)

Who: Fresh writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

What: 8 weekly sessions with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives at the Sesame Street NYC offices on creating children’s educational media content.

Cost: Travel and lodging expenses only.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Lots of fiction for all ages, and nonfiction about awesome women for Middle Grade!

Lynnette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is asking for more submissions! Her twitter bio states that she is currently being mentored by Nicole Resciniti, president of the agency. Please send her more "Adult: fantasy, contemporary romance, thriller, & sci-fi YA: sci-fi, contemporary, thriller, & mystery." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: What she said in the tweet!

Nonfiction: Nope

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. Send query and first five pages pasted in an email.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Lynnette_Novak.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali is connecting with her Native American heritage. "As a person of Cherokee descent, I would love to see a Young Adult (maybe Middle Grade) work centered on the Trail of Tears. Any stories built from oral tradition?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade (esp. sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction  

Nonfiction: Seems like a no!

"She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark."

How to Submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manger (click here). More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Stacey Graham, Agent at Red Sofa Literary [PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2108]
Stacey WILL BE (after 1/31/18) seeking more Middle Grade Nonfiction projects about women with moxie. She says: "Last year, I received a ton of queries about fantastic female scientists and mathematicians. This year, I'd love to see female entrepreneurs, historical athletes, authors (Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter bios), and politicians (Shirley Chisholm, Victoria Woodhull)." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Romance, Mystery 

Nonfiction: YES! Specifically: "Nonfiction that walks on the weird side — all age groups."

Special Requests:

Spiritualism: Middle Grade or adult, nonfiction or fiction

Ouija: Adult, nonfiction

Witches: Middle Grade or adult, fiction with a new twist

Old West: Middle Grade, nonfiction or fiction. Think Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, women of the Wild West, African-American cowboys.

Romance with heart…but that doesn’t take itself too seriously

Middle Grade nonfiction series on women with moxie: Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Shelley, Ida Lupino

How to Submit: Stacey will be accepting queries on February 1, 2018 via email at stacey@redsofaliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her personal website here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @staceyigraham.

Ejusdem Generis

While surfing(?) the Twittersphere, I happened on to Penny Moore @precociouspenny, who introduced us to a directory being compiled on The Literary Agents of Color website. "Created by literary agents of color, this directory will serve as a guide as we seek to accomplish two goals: To advocate for and protect the interests of creatives. To support and promote the careers of POC agents." Entries in the directory include an agent bio, what the agent is currently seeking, and a link to their submission guidelines. If you know someone who isn't on the list, but should be, you can contact them here. You can find their ever growing list of literary agents of color here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 27, 2017

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After all the tryptophan we can barely wake up enough to get out a Roundup this week (yes, we know that it doesn't really make you sleepy, we don't care). We managed it, nonetheless. This week we've got a big-money contest, some stuff agents are looking for, and then a bit about good and bad proposals at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two new agents

Taylor Curtin has joined Union Literary as an Agent and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Literary Fiction, Young and New-Adult Fiction (especially Science-Fiction and Fantasy)

Nonfiction: True Crime

“For true crime she is looking for compelling stories that bring the drama and incorporate aspects of psychology, forensics, and/or the litigation process. Regarding fiction, she is a sucker for snappy, sarcastic characters with stories that ring (painfully) true while making the reader laugh, or even cry. Taylor is passionate about narratives that are diverse, culturally conscious, and socially aware (particularly for younger readers). She has an appetite for high-quality and evocative writing that transports the reader to unfamiliar places, or lends fresh eyes to a familiar place. She’s not afraid of edgier, grittier, or darker voices and stories and prefers the kid-gloves are off when handling young readers.”

Taylor is accepting queries via email at taylor@unionliterary.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Jennifer Haskin has joined Corvisiero Agency as a Literary Agent Apprentice.

Seeking:

Fiction: Young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and romance

Nonfiction: Not interested

“She is drawn to faulty heroines with strong voices, real friendships, and super skills with a weapon. As well as a hunky love interest with a tangled plot of his own.”

To query Jennifer, use the online form on the agency website, which can be found here. You can email her at jenn@corvisieroagency.com with any questions.

Submission Deadlines

This week, a great opportunity for young writers and a chance for recently published authors who focus on race, culture, and diversity to shine

Anisfield-Wolf 82nd Annual Book Awards—Submissions due December 31st (Published fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—BIG $$ Prize)

What: Works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published and copyrighted in 2017. $10,000 will be awarded to two winners—one for a work of fiction or poetry and one for a work of nonfiction, biography, or scholarly research.

“The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book prizes in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for issues of social justice. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Past winners have presented the extraordinary art and culture of peoples around the world, explored human-rights violations, exposed the effects of racism on children, reflected on growing up biracial, and illuminated the dignity of people as they search for justice.”

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

BookLogix Young Writer’s Competition—Submissions due December 31st (Youth Contest—Publication)

Who: Writers aged 10-18

What: Book-length prose fiction (up to 200 8.5” x 11” pages) by previously unpublished authors. Two winners will be awarded full publication of their book.

“The Young Writers Contest seeks to encourage young people to express themselves and their thoughts through writing and literacy skills. The contest encourages entrants, age 10-18, to consider the ability to become a published author at any age, and to learn about the process of publishing their work. Winners will be selected based on originality, creativity, and writing skill.”

To Submit: Entries are accepted by mail or online form. Detailed instructions may be found here. Questions should be directed to contest@BookLogix.com.

What Agents Want

#MSWL highlights: fantasy, space camp, and hauntings, oh my! Also, fantasy.

Laura Crockett, Associate Literary Agent at TriadaUS 
Even the holidays can’t slow down intrepid Associate Literary Agents like Laura, who is on the hunt for “contemporary, fantasy, & historical in YA/Adult, select MG mystery & fantasy.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA realistic fiction featuring diverse characters and narratives, and fairytale/mythology-inspired fantasy for the 21st century that focuses on inventive worlds and characters with depth. In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women’s fiction featuring juicy moral dilemmas, millennial-driven “chick-lit,” and more fantasy.

Nonfiction: is getting dusty on Laura’s shelf.

“In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women's fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it's millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy).

How to Submit: Email your query, including the first ten pages of your manuscript, to laura@triadaus.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at Corvisiero Agency and noted freelance Zombie/Apocalypse Survival Specialist 
Kelly knows exactly what she wants, we’re just here to pass it on: 1) A story of two dancers and the friendship that sustains them in the world of competitive ballet, 2) fiction and non-fiction from Native American authors, 3) a work of Middle Grade fiction with a female protagonist attending space camp (because she wants to be an astronaut and her idol is Sally Ride, obvs... she “learns to read the stars, understand horoscopes, and uses it all to navigate friendships”), 4) works of realistic fiction featuring diverse characters, 5) YA historical fiction—picture “Ruby from Cold Mountain with a shotgun in her hand” 6) fictional tales of online dating gone horribly awry, 7) and finally… well, we think it’s best if she explains it to you: “A hilarious haunting! A ghost with a sense of humor, waking people up, making weird sculptures with random objects around the house, telling the living people that they should GET IT, etc. Make me die laughing.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grades Fantasy, Paranormal, and Sci-fi; Young Adult Fantasy (“all sub genres of fantasy accepted”), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (“19th century and earlier with strong heroines”), Dystopian (“hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please”), Sword and Sorcery, and select Contemporary Romance or any combination of the above with strong female main characters; New Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (“Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?”), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above; Adult Fantasy, Romance.

Nonfiction: Non-Fiction, along with Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, or Children's Picture Books might be your thing, but they sure aren’t Kelly’s.

“With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.”

How to Submit: Fill out the online form found here. More information on the agency's submission policies here. Please note that all agents at Corvisiero Agency will be taking a well-deserved holiday break from December 1st,  2017 until January 2nd,  2018 and will be closed to queries during this time.

Follow Kelly on Twitter @YAFantasyFan.

Ejusdem Generis

This week, Business Insider reported that former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci had been unsuccessfully trying to pitch a book about his days in the Trump administration. Represented by the formidable Trident Media Group, Scaramucci's proposed book failed to elicit the interest of publishers, and he told Business Insider that he no longer wanted to publish a book. The news site obtained a copy of one of the versions of his proposal (apparently not the final version), and it is not pretty. Imagine a three-page hagiography whose intended audience is people who think tough-talking financiers are the real modern-day saints (take that, Mother Teresa!). In spite of his fame, and our never-ending fascination with all things Trump, Scaramucci follows Sean Spicer into the ranks of would-be authors thwarted by an industry that is intensely interested in what will sell, and what won't. And TPTB have determined that a memoir written by a mouthy blowhard who literally claims that his book may save the country won't.

Fantastic proposals aren't always enough, though, either. About six months ago, author Michael Hingston wrote a piece for Medium which offers his non-fiction proposal for a book on teeth as an example for other authors preparing to write their own proposals. An agent at a top agency signed him immediately after reading his unsolicited pitch, telling him that it was one of the best she'd ever seen. As we know already, though, the publishing gods are fickle (or maybe just good at their jobs), and the excellent proposal for Quite a Mouthful: A Cultural History of Teeth was not enough to coax the book into print. Check it out here.

For other concrete information on how to craft a proposal we recommend (as always) Jane Friedman's blog and services. If anyone knows the Mooch, send him the link. She might be able to help. Check it out here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 20, 2017

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It's Thanksgiving week, and we're looking forward to family and food. In this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and confront our age-related limitations.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One Promotion, Two New Hires

At P.S. Literary Agency, Maria Vicente has been promoted to Agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult (contemporary; horror; magical realism; mystery; light science fiction; light fantasy), Middle Grade (any genre), and illustrated Picture Books

Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle

Maria specializes in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. She is actively looking for young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and nonfiction projects in the following categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle. She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.”

Maria is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here. 

Elianna Kan has joined Regal Hoffman Associates as a Literary Agent. 

         Seeking: Fiction and non-fiction works by Spanish-language writers.

She has a passion for interdisciplinary cultural programming and teaches creative writing and literary translation at Columbia University. Elianna is actively building a list of Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction writers and is interested in literature in translation in general.”

Elianna is accepting queries via e-mail at submissions@rhaliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Michelle S. Lazurek has joined WordWise Media Services as an Associate Literary Agent. 

Seeking:

            Fiction: Children’s picture books

            Non-fiction: Christian non-fiction books for adults

Michelle is accepting queries via email at get.wisewords@gmail.com. Check out the company website for extensive guidelines and a required query form here

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until the end of November to submit your work for these contests, so if you feel inspired now is the time to jump on it!

Publishizer “Nether Ether” Speculative Book Proposal Contest—Submissions due November 29th (Final Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Book proposal of up to 1000 words for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and everything in between. Winner receives $1000.

"What one can experience in the nebulous cloud of “speculative fiction” spans the entire dimension of human imagination. As long as we feel disillusionment and the unease of existential angst, these improbable and impossible worlds will continue to delight mankind with their own histories, laws and cultures. In providing a framework to explore the challenges of life, our deepest fears of the unknown can be domesticated; our flights of fancy, indulged."

To Submit: Submit a proposal here. For rules and guidelines, click here.

Backbone Press The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest—Submissions due November 30th (Poetry Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

Who: First-generation immigrants born outside the United States or children of (two) parents born outside of the United States

What: Chapbook-length poetry collections (18-30 pages). Winner is awarded $250 and publication in Backbone Press.

To Submit: Submit via online form, here. For rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL highlights: one agent that wants all sorts of fiction and two agents looking for nonfiction

Lynette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is making the most of her 140 characters: "I'm looking for: Adult: fantasy, thriller, contemporary romance, rom. com., mystery, & sci-fi. YA: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, contemporary, thriller, & mystery. I love dark & twisty, light & funny, & stories with or without romance. querylynnette (at) http://theseymouragency.com." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Didn't you read the tweet?

Nonfiction: Not interested.

How to submit: Lynette is accepting submissions via email at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. More info on submissions may be found here

Follow Lynette on Twitter @Lynette_Novak.

Amanda Annis, Literary Agent at Trident Media Group
Amanda, a self-declared lover of toast, wants to hear from the new generation of feminist homemakers: "Who wants to write a rad millennial, feminist home ec book celebrating DIY sewing & cooking, caring for your home & being smart about finances?" Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction

Nonfiction: Self-help, Biography, Food & Wine, Health & Fitness

How to submit: Amanda is accepting submissions via online form, here

Follow Amanda on Twitter @diaryofaneditor.

Deidre Knight, Senior Agent and President of the Knight Agency
Deidre is apparently getting enough fiction already: "I have one #MSWL wishlist--bring me your nonfiction." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Personal Development, Business, Financial, Net Culture

How to submit: Deidre is accepting submissions via email at submissions@knightagency.net. For submission guidelines, click here

Follow Deidre on Twitter @DeidreKnight.

Ejusdem Generis

Trying to keep up with an ever-changing publishing industry can be difficult, and sometimes we're confronted with things that we simply do not have the background to understand, in spite of our constant analysis of the intersection of publishing and pop culture.

This week I discovered that a self-published book had rocketed to the top of Amazon's Best Sellers list and thought to myself, "Our readers would be interested in this." I investigated further, and found out that the book, Milk and Vine, is a parody of the NYT bestseller Milk and Honey. Poetry selling well is always interesting, but a parody of poetry? 

The Tab, a website that caters to college kids, interviewed the authors, who are undergraduates at Temple University. The authors intended the book to be read by their friends, but found that the combination of Vine-style poetry with the reference to an already-famous book of real poetry proved immensely popular. 

Here's where this takes me: I've never used Vine, the now-defunct video application, and my use of Twitter is largely limited to the publishing world. So a book that was recently number one on Amazon, and self published at that, is completely beyond my ken. I feel old.

Check it out here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 6, 2017

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Thank you for being patient with us! During our week off we binged on four episodes of Stranger Things Season 2. It. Is. So. Good. Anyway, in this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a few of our favorite curators of #pubtip resources at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two New Hires & A New Children's Book Freelance Business (run by a former agent!!)

Rachel Horowitz has joined The Bent Agency as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and accessible Literary Children’s Fiction; Select Commercial Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: YA Memoir

"I’m looking for well-crafted middle-grade stories that have heart, humor and adventure, and for YA, romance with an authentic voice, and stories that reflect what teens are grappling with today--girl power, body image, family dynamics, race relations. I’m also looking for memoirs and fiction that feature a teen protagonist and can even be read by adults...I love to laugh out loud--if your story can mix pathos with humor, if it’s beautifully told and cinematic, and if I can think of five people that should read it right now--we could be a great team."

Rachel is accepting queries via email at horowitzqueries@thebentagency.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Cassie Hanjian has joined DeFiore and Company as a literary agent

Seeking:

Fiction: select projects in Commercial Fiction and Romance

Nonfiction: Prescriptive Nonfiction, particular focus on Mind/Body/Spirit, Health and Wellness, Self-Help, Inspiration, and Christian interest titles

Cassie is accepting queries via email at querycassie@defliterary.com.  Click here for her submission guidelines.

In other agent news... former literary agent Alli Brydon now has a business called Alli Brydon Creative

Alli Brydon Creative is an independent children's book editing and writing business. Among others, you'll find the following services:

All levels of editing

Critique of submission materials

Coaching in the writing of picture books

"Services For Publishers, Authors, Illustrators, and Other Professionals"

Contact Alli via email at allibrydoncreative@gmail.com to discuss your project and ask about rates.

Submission Deadlines

Drop everything and submit to this ONE thing...

V International Flash Fiction Competition: Sponsored by César Egido Serrano Foundation—Submissions due Thursday, November 23 (Flash Fiction, $$BIG$$)

What: 100 words micro-fiction, original and unpublished in Spanish, English, Arabic, or Hebrew from any country. No restrictions on subject or genre.

Entry Fee: $0

Prizes: Winner: $20,000 (USD), 3 runners-up and each one gets $1000

"Keeping in mind the Foundation´s ethos, which is that the word is the tool of coexistence between different cultures, religions and ideologies, the V Edition of competition is open, under the motto: The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions.”

To Submit: Submission online, here. For details, see here and here.

What Agents Want

some Adult Fiction, some NONFICTION (yay!), and some YA

Danielle Bukowski, Rights & Reader at Sterling Lord Literistic
Danielle feels all caught up and she is down for something "uplifting and charming." However, please no "Young Adult, historical, or white savior narratives." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket Women’s Fiction, smart Commercial Fiction, and Literary Fiction

Nonfiction: Nope

"She is particularly interested in stories from marginalized voices and narratives that balance plot and voice."

How to submit: Danielle is accepting submissions via email at danielle@sll.com. Read her submission guidelines on her Manuscript Wishlist page, here.

Follow Danielle @dani_bukie.

Curtis Russell, President and Principal Agent at P.S. Literary
Curtis is looking for some good Nonfiction (FINALLY, folks!) in"History, Business, Politics, Current Affairs, & Memoir." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary, Commercial, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books

Nonfiction: Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humor, Pop Culture, Pop Science, and Pop Psychology.

How to submit: Curtis is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.

Lindsay Mealing, Junior Agent at Emerald City Literary Agency
Lindsay's going back in time: "Gilded Age! Adult fantasy or any genre YA. I adore this age and would love to see Gilded Age stories." Source Tweet  ALSO: Lindsay is closed to queries from DEC 1, 2017-JAN 31, 2018, so get those queries in now!

Seeking:

Adult Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Romance

Young Adult Fiction: (note: NO Middle Grade) all genres – Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, Romance – anything!

Nonfiction: Nope

"I am on the hunt for fantastic YA romance right now! I would particularly love a f/f romance, but am definitely open to anything. Send me your romance!"

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting submissions at via email at querylindsay@emeraldcityliterary.comClick here for her full submission guidelines.

Follow Lindsay on Twitter @lindsaymealing.

Ejusdem Generis

This past week we featured some of our favorite curators of #pubtip content on our Twitterfeed @freelancingrads. A few more we love to visit include:

  • Aerogramme Writers’ Studio: "publishes news and resources for both emerging and established writers." We found the awesome contest for this week through an announcement on their website: https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/
  • The News Pages: "news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more." Scroll through current calls for submissions here: https://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls-for-submissions
  • And just because we all love to dream... here is Susan Shain's new post on Write Life entitled: "37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2018." If any of you get to go on one of these, please let us know how awesome it was!!

Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 2, 2017

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It seems like ever since the violent demonstrations here in Charlottesville, there has been just one national tragedy after another. Our thoughts are with everybody affected, from Houston to Puerto Rico to Florida to Las Vegas. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end we showcase industry folks donating their time, skills, and money to help alleviate the crisis in Puerto Rico.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One new junior agent and two agents who have changed agencies

 Lexi Wangler has been promoted to Junior Agent & Foreign Rights Associate at Massie & McQuilkin

Fiction: Literary fiction; Upmarket Commercial fiction; Young Adult 

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction; Memoir

Lexi is accepting queries via email at lexi@mmqlit.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Agent Rachel Vogel, formerly an agent at Waxman Literary Agency, has joined Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

Rachel is seeking:

Fiction: She's not picky about genre, but she does want "novels that pay equal attention to voice and plot."

Nonfiction: Everything. Bring it on.

Rachel is accepting queries via email at mail@dclagency.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Agent Jennifer Chen Tran joined Bradford Literary in September. She had been an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary Agency.

Jennifer is seeking:

Fiction: Women’s (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary); Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice); Select Middle Grade; Graphic Novels and visually-driven projects

Nonfiction: Narrative non-fiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel); Cookbooks & culinary projects; Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion); Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation); Select Memoir; Parenting; Relationships and Psychology; Mind, Body, Spirit

Jennifer is NOT seeking: Children’s picture books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Westerns, Erotica, Poetry, Screenplays

"Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her worldview or shed new light on 'big ideas.'"

Jennifer is accepting queries via email at jen@bradfordlit.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a little less than two weeks...

2018-2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship—Completed applications must be RECEIVED by Sunday, October 15th. (Scholarship, Poetry —Travel Grant $$ BIG $$)

Who: Any poet of American birth who is able and willing to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.

What: A sample of your poetry, consisting of either (1) up to 40 typed pages (two copies) or (2) two copies of a printed volume of your poetry and two copies of no more than 20 additional typed pages. Scholarship award of approximately $58,000 (if there are two poets chosen, each will receive the full amount). Winners must travel outside the continent of North America for the duration of one year beginning in the summer of 2018.

To Submit: Submission by post only: Thomas H.P. Whitney, Jr. and William A. Lowell, Trustees under the Will of Amy Lowell, Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, 2 International Place, Boston, MA 02110. For submission instructions, click here and for FAQs, click here. For the 2018-2019 application form (two copies required with your submission), click here.

A Public Space, three 2018 Fellowships—Submissions due Sunday, October 15st 11:59pm Eastern Time (Fellowships, Prose—$$ Prize + Publication)

Who: Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book. International applicants welcome, but submissions will only be accepted in English.

What: Submit: (1) A cover letter with the following: a one-paragraph biographical statement, one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you've read, be it recently or long ago, and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you;  (2) One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement. Fellowship includes: editorial support, publication in A Public Space, $1000 honorarium, opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, and to participate in a public reading in New York City.

To Submit: Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. For rules and other information, click here.

Nightmare on Query Street —Submission window open on Friday, October 13th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm  (or until they receive 250 submissions, whichever comes first) EASTERN TIME (Contest, Chance at mentoring and agent consideration of your manuscript)

Who: Writers who are querying agents for book projects with completed manuscripts. All age categories and genres, excluding picture books and erotica. When their agent list goes live, check to see if they represent your book's genre, or if you've queried them already. We ask that if you find that you've already queried a majority of participating agents for your potential submission, please refrain from participating in the contest.

What: (1) SHORT paragraph (no more than 100 words) about your main character. This is the question you must answer: Your protagonist and antagonist bump into each other at a Halloween Party, only to discover their costumes are similarly themed. What/who are they dressed as? (2) Query (minus the bio and comparative titles paragraphs) (3) first 250 words (note: 251 words will disqualify you) of your manuscript. The organizers will make thirteen picks each from the 250 submissions, and those picks will go up on their blogs from October 30th through the 31st. Before the agent round, there will be a mentor round to  polish up the query entries. To see the list of mentors, click click here.

Important Dates: 

Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
Mentors Go to Work: October 21th - 26th
Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
Agent round: October 30th - 31th

To Submit: Send all your submission to nightmareonquerystreet@yahoo.com. Only one submission per email address AND person is allowed. For detailed email submission instructions and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

A shout out to Roller Derby, Race Car-Drivin' Ladies, and Monsters in Movies...

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
It may be evident from this #MSWL entry that Kelly (a.k.a Bible ThumpHER -- GO DAMES!!) has taken over the Roundup for the week. Lauren tweeted "Welp. I’m gonna need a roller derby book." Although Kelly never made it past Level 1, Roller Derby will always have a special place in her heart. Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any and all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy, magical realism, and space operas; contemporary stories with a hook; and anything with a feminist bent. In Nonfiction, she's particularly hungry for counter culture books, cocktail books with a twist/theme, or narrative nonfiction with a unique hook." 

How to submit: Lauren is accepting submissions via email at lauren@triadaus.comClick here for submission guidelines and more info on what she's looking for.
Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenspieller

Alec Shane, Agent at Writers House
Alec Shane tweeted, "Happy October! In light of the season, I'm putting out a #MSWL for a book about the history of the all-time great movie monsters." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Mystery; Thrillers; Historical Fiction (The Vietnam War, the Maccabees, and The American Revolution fascinate me in particular); Adventure; Horror; Middle Grade: adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers

Nonfiction: History (odd/quirky, military); Biography (of unknown, but important people); "Guy" Reads; Humor; Narrative Nonfiction (under-the-radar events and lifestyles); Sports; Supernatural

"I haven't been scared to turn off the light in far too long and something needs to be done about it... I'm also currently up in the air as to whether or not I believe in ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural, so if you have something that can convince me one way or the other, I'd love to see it."

How to submit: Alec is accepting queries via email to ashane@writershouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Alec on Twitter @alecdshane.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali "would love a contemporary romance with a woman in a traditionally male role - race car driver or a pilot, etc. +equally alpha male." Source Tweet

Ali is seeking:

Fiction: commercial YA and MG (esp. Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adventure); Romance; Southern Women’s fiction; and Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Nope.

"She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark."

How to submit: Ali is accepting queries here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.
Follow Ali on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

We hope you will take some of the time you normally would spend reading our witty and amusing final thoughts to donate or volunteer to help alleviate someone's suffering. We've even found an avenue related to writing and publishing! "The #PubforPR has come together to create an auction to benefit Puerto Rico’s relief efforts after hurricane María. All funds raised will go directly to Unidos por Puerto Rico and ConPRmetidos, two carefully vetted local charity organizations. Hundreds of talented authors, editors, illustrators, and literary agents have joined together in offering their time, talent, and treasure to support Puerto Rico. Through this auction, you can bid on signed book bundles, personalized artwork, one-on-one conversations with editors or agents, and hundreds of other prizes. The premise is simple: bid early and often, win and donate, claim your prize."

 


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: August 14, 2017

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Hi, writers. GSF’s home base is in Charlottesville, Virginia. As you have probably heard, it has been a heartbreaking and infuriating weekend here. In the face of hate, it is easy to point to our enemies (in this case murderous, Nazi terrorists) and place all the blame for the evils of our current situation on them. The truth is that there is a lot of work that needs to be done to root out the more banal, insidious forms of evil that are built into our societal structures. In that vein, and in addition to all the information we normally provide you (agent hires & promotions, submission deadlines, and Manuscript Wishlist highlights), our last section includes a syllabus compiled by the University of Virginia (U.Va.) Graduate Student Coalition, that offers resources for understanding the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week.

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

Julie Dinneen, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Julie has just joined D4EO. She is seeking:

Fiction: Literary Fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing; Upmarket General, Women’s and Historical Fiction; a new twist on Chick Lit; Romance (contemporary and historical); epic, genre-bending Romance; high-concept Young Adult with blockbuster potential; psychologically complex Horror; and female-centric Thrillers

"Across the board, I’m looking for books that hook me from the very first page, whether it’s the writing, the voice or some unquantifiable draw that demands my time. I’m drawn to stories that are exceptionally well-written, that star dynamic, unforgettable characters and that appeal to a wide, commercial audience."

Julie is accepting queries via email at jdinneen.submissions@gmail.comClick here for submissions guidelines on her company profile page. Follow her on Twitter @juliedinneen.

Nicola Barr, Agent at the Bent Agency

Nicola wants it all (well, most of it). She is seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Commercial Fiction for adults and children

Nonfiction: Sports, Popular Science, Popular Culture, and social and cultural History.

She doesn't want:

Science Fiction, Picture Books, Romance

"In recent years my taste has widened and I adore well-told commercial fiction, whether it be historical worlds my own Katherine Webb creates, dark twisted clever contemporary psychological thrillers or the modern-day police procedural in either rainy Manchester or exotic lands."

Nicola is accepting queries at barrqueries@thebentagency.com. Check here for submission guidelines on her company's site.

Hilary Harwell, Associate Agent at kt literary

Hilary has been promoted to Associate Agent! She is seeking:

Fiction: Middle grade and Young Adult

Hilary is accepting queries at hilaryquery@ktliterary.com. Follow her on Twitter @HilaryHarwell.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have about two weeks:

Briarpatch January/February 2017 Issue—Submissions due Tuesday, August 29th (Periodical—$$ payment and publication)

What: They publish feature articles on any number of topics and in a range of styles, including non-fiction articles, in-depth news stories, investigative journalism, personal essays, interviews, op-eds, and photo essays, on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance. Payment: $75-$225

To Submit: Submit queries to pitch@briarpatchmagazine.com. For extensive guidelines and suggestions, click here.

Gotham Writers 2017 A Very Short Story Contest—Submissions due Monday, August 28th  (Annual Contest)

What: Short stories of ten or fewer words. Winner receives a free Gotham Writers class of her choice.

"It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words."

To Submit: To submit online and to see rules and guidelines click here. (You must have or start an account and log in)

Lunch Ticket Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st, (Biennial fiction contest, $$ prize and publication)

What: An essay of up to 5,000 words on the nonfiction subject of your choice. Winner receives $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket.

"Author Diana Woods exuded unwavering intellectual curiosity, pursuing and receiving secondary degrees in law, social work, political science, and most recently, creative writing. She received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2011 at the age of 70." 

To Submit: Submission online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Clelia Gore, Agent at Martin Literary & Media Management  
Clelia is "loving all of the new YA narrative nonfiction I'm reading + seeing in deals. I'm super interested in repping writers in this genre!" Source Tweet

Seeking: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction. "She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele." 

How to submit: Clelia is accepting submissions via email at Clelia@MartinLiteraryManagement.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Clelia on Twitter @MadmoiselleClel.

Erica Bauman, Associate Agent at Aevitas Creative Managment
Erica has her sister's Ali Bauman's news story on her #MSWL: "1 wedding, 1 first date and an unforgettable story" (click here to read the full report "N.J. Wedding Crashers Were On Their First Date") Source Tweet
Seeking: Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction, as well as some select Narrative Nonfiction projects. "She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity."
 
How to submit: Erica is accepting submissions via an online form, click here and choose Erica Bauman from the dropdown list of agents.
 
Follow Erica on Twitter @Erica_Bauman.
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc.
Jennifer tweets that she is "fascinated with the struggling/questioning/doubting that comes with faith, especially if the character is raised with faith" Source Tweet 

Seeking: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction (both literary and commercial) particularly Crime, Suspense and Horror projects. "YA is Jennifer’s sweet spot. She is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative. Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature."

How to submit: Jennifer is accepting queries via email at soloway@andreabrownlit.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Jennifer on Twitter @marchsoloway.

Ejusdem Generis - #StandWithCharlottesville

Do you condemn white supremacists, the neo-Nazis, the neo-Fascists, the anti-Semites? Us too. 

  • Here are some educational materials that provide background on the history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia in particular: U.Va. Graduate Student Coalition’s The Charlottesville Syllabus (click here). You can also click on this search of #CharlottesvilleSyllabus for additional resources on a broader range of issues.
  • Need to talk to your kids about what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend? Go to Charlottesville City School Resources for talking about this with your kids (click here).
  • Check out this post from Indivisible Charlottesville that shows over 680 #standwithCharlottesville events that were held in response to the white supremacist actions last Friday and Saturday. It gives us hope that so many were able to organize so quickly in solidarity with our city.

Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: August 7, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight the D4EO Agency's newest hires, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including more advice #StraightFromAnAgent.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

New hires at D4EO Literary Agency!

Kelly Van Sant, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Kelly is actively building her list. She is seeking:

Middle Grade, Young Adult, women's fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary.
 
"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices and inclusive narratives."
 
Kelly is accepting queries via email at kvs.submissions@gmail.comClick here for submissions guidelines on her company profile page. Click here for her blog with MSWL, and follow her on Twitter @bookishchick.
 
Jessie Devine, Assistant Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Jessie is actively building his list. He is seeking:

Science fiction, fantasy, historical, contemporary, and YA.

"I want books by marginalized creators. I’m interested in stories with characters who are queer, disabled, POC, and/or any combination thereof. Ownvoices is great, but most importantly, I want to represent a diverse group of authors."

Jessie is accepting queries here. Check out his profile page for an extensive description of what he's looking for. Follow Jessie on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have more time than usual:

Blue Earth Review 2017 Flash Fiction Contest—Submissions due Tuesday, August 15th (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)

What: Up to two flash fiction pieces (fewer than 750 words each). Winner receives $500 and publication. Additional finalists may receive publication, as well.

Entry Fee: $5

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Red Hen Press 2017 Fiction Award—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st (Annual Contest, $$ award and publication)

What: Novels of at least 150 pages. Winner receives $1000 and publication of manuscript.

Entry Fee: $25

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

PEN America PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction—Submissions due October 26th, (Biennial fiction contest, $$ prize and contract)

Who: Writers who have at least four publications (including short stories and essays), and if they have published a novel, it must have sold fewer than 10,000 copies

What: Unpublished novels of 80,000+ words that address issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Winner receives $25,000 (makin' that paper!), and a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.

Entry Fee: $25

"Established by Barbara Kingsolver in 2000 and funded entirely by her, it is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles." 

To Submit: Submission online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Molly O'Neill, agent at Waxman Leavell Literary  
Molly hit the cinema for inspiration: "Saw @TheBigSickMovie tonight. More funny/painful/honest/true stories like this one, that feel specific + universal all at once, pls!" Source Tweet

How to submit: Molly is accepting submissions via email at mollysubmit@waxmanleavell.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Molly on Twitter @molly_oneill.

The Bent Agency
The Bent Agency's monthly Wishlist can be found on their blog. Click here to see what their agents just gotta have. Caution: Spoilers Ahead!

"Feeling something contemporary YA right now, that’s a bit involved and complex (that will of course make me sob) like a sibling story, or family story..."

"Some upmarket women’s fiction with a dark, speculative twist, written by and featuring a woman of color"

How to submit: Check out their submission guidelines here.
Dr. Uwe Stender, President of Triada US Literary Agency
Dr. Stender's looking for an author, not an idea: "Books written by immigrants or 1st generation immigrants." Source Tweet 

Seeking:  all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from Memoir, Pop Culture, and Health to How-to, Gardening, History and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children's fiction, he is looking for YA, MG and PBs. In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards Women's Fiction, Psychological Suspense, and Mysteries.  As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world.

How to submit: Dr. Stender is accepting queries via email at uwe@triadaus.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Dr. S on Twitter @UweStenderPhD.

Ejusdem Generis

I. Advice & Resources #StraightFromAnAgent:

  • "The Elements of a Revise and Resubmit Request from an Agent"Click here to read the full article by Kaitlyn Johnson (@kaitylynne13), Apprentice Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency.
  • Another cool podcast: Print Run (@printrunpodcastis created and hosted by Laura Zats (@LZats) and Erik Hane (@erikhane).

"Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness. We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy? We’re for writers, for publishers, for anyone who’s opened a book and wanted to know—really know—what goes into getting the damn thing made."

II. "She reads a lot of query letters." Read Angie Hodapp's advice and reflections on reading through the slush pile on The Tighten Your Query blog (click here). Angie(@angiehodapp) is the Director of Literary Development at the Nelson Literary Agency in Denver, Colorado.

III. Time Warp Web-style

Amazon Best Seller List on August 7, 2007

Neal Agarwal (@nealagarwal), whose Twitter bio says, "Making many websites. Sometimes I accidentally make something useful," has come up with a fun website that will let you see how various websites (like Amazon, YouTube, Reddit and more) looked exactly 10 years ago. Check it out here: http://tenyearsago.io/

 

Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 31, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight two agents who are now open to queries, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including our second week of gathering advice #StraightFromAnAgent (maybe a new weekly section of the Roundup??).
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

**Now Accepting Queries**

Lauren Bieker, Intern at FinePrint Literary Management

Lauren Bieker has been serving as an intern and is now open to queries. She is seeking:

 
Fiction: Commercial and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, select Dystopian Sci-Fi and high concept Literary Fiction
 
Nonfiction: Proposals related to the world of fashion
 
NOT looking for: Religious Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, or Political/Military Fiction
 
"She appreciates great storytelling and is a 'sucker' for outstanding writing and convincing characters.” She recently tweeted: "#MSWL badass female only western a la The Good Time Girls short film." Source Tweet
 
Lauren is accepting queries via email at lauren@fineprintlit.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Ginger Harris-Dontzin, Literary Agent at Lisa Royce Agency
Ginger Harris-Dontzin is now open to queries. She is seeking:
 
Fiction: Children's, Contemporary, General Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, and Women's Fiction
 
Nonfiction: General Nonfiction
 
Ginger is accepting queries via email at submissions@lizaroyce.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have from 33-147 hours:

Milwaukee Irish Fest  Poetry Contests—Submissions due August 1st, (Annual poetry contests, $$ prizes)

What: Poetry reflecting Irish or Irish-American themes. The Donn Goodwin Prize is open to all, while the Joseph Gahagan Prize is open to Wisconsin residents only. The winner of each award will receive $100.

To Submit: Submission by post only (USPS Priority Mail Express is your friend, here!). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Brenda Drake Contests Pitch Wars—Submissions due Sunday, August 6th, 10pm EDT (Annual Contest)

What: Win mentoring by an industry professional. Must submit a completed manuscript and query letter (synopsis and pitch recommended as well).

"Over the past six years, Pitch Wars has changed many lives. Countless authors have been matched with agents and even gone on to book deals and successful careers. We’re approaching 250 successes this year!"

To Submit: Submit online beginning August 2nd, 12:01 am EDT. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Winter Tangerine 2017 Winter Tangerine Awards—Submissions due Tuesday, August 1st (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)

Who: New and emerging writers—must not have published a novel or collection of any type.

What: Up to 4 poems (no more than 8 pages total) or 2 prose pieces (no more than 12 pages total). Winners receive a box of books, a jar of jam, $250, and publication in Winter Tangerine. Finalists receive $20 and publication.

"Send me stories that feel true. Emotionally, on a visceral level, true. I love characters. I want to laugh and I want quirks and I want my heart to break."

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Jessica Mileo, agent at InkWell Management  
Jessica tweeted a reminder: "I'm always looking for more WoC/#OwnVoices writers in my inbox!" Source Tweet

How to submit: Jessica is accepting submissions via email at submissions@inkwellmanagement.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaMileo.

Zoe Sandler, agent at ICM Partners 
Family history is eliciting some specificity in Zoe: "I just found out my grandfather was a post-WWII cemetery architect in England. Now I want a novel about a cemetery architect." Source Tweet 

Seeking: Crime, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Journalism, Science, True Crime

How to submit: Zoe is accepting queries via email to zsandler@icmpartners.com. Click here for submission guidelines on her MSWL profile page.
 
Follow Zoe on Twitter @zosandler.
Jessica Alvarez, Senior Agent at BookEnds Literary
Shark Week and Astronaut Mike Dexter making their way onto the literary scene: "From an editor's lips to my #MSWL: a contemp shark-themed romance. Sharks can't be bad in it! Also, a believable astronaut romance." Source Tweet 

Seeking:  Romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She's looking for books that celebrate diversity in all its forms. In no particular order, she'd especially love to see more books featuring Asian characters, adoption issues, the Amish, coroners and morticians, physically and emotionally tortured heroes, and women who kick ass.

How to submit: Jessica is accepting queries via online form, here. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Jessica on Twitter @AgentJessicaA.

Ejusdem Generis

I. Advice #StraightFromAnAgent
  • Check out Literaticast, a new podcast by Jennifer Laughran, Literary Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, in which “a literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults." To listen to the first three episodes online, click here, or for the link to subscribe on iTunes, click here. For a podcast that covers a wider range of categories and genres that has been broadcasting since last November, check out Manuscript Academy. Click here for more information and to subscribe through iTunes.
  • Here are a few #querytip Tweets from this past week:
    • "One of the biggest reasons I reject: not knowing your audience! If it's a MG story, it better be written for the MG audience." - @inthesestones, BookEnds. Source Tweet
    • "In your query, you don't need to tell the agent what their website and submission guidelines say. They already know. :)” - @RachelleGardner, Books and Such Literary Agency. Source Tweet
    • "I see many resubmissions with same opening pages and few changes. Instead, try reworking the scene. Use a fresh start to hook me." -@marchsoloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Source Tweet
    • "No! No! NO! Don't ever tell me the twist or ending in the query. Save it for the synopsis. Your query is your cover copy." - @BookEndsJessica, BookEnds. Source Tweet
II. Free, Open Source, formatted eBooks in the Public Domain! Click here to start reading for free!
"Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art eReader and browser technology."
 
III. "Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters."
By Original works: Vegas Bleeds Neon Derivative work: FRacco [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsFinally, a little data for you (I promise the charts are pretty cool!): You'll learn the differences Amanda Shendruk found in male and female superpowers, the percentage of females that make up teams of superheroes, and a comparison of gendered, diminutive names (like girl v. boy). Click here to see the full analysis.

Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.