Get Published Weekly Roundup: February 5, 2018

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Well, the year is off to a cold, rainy, busy start here at GSF. While we're sick of the atmospheric aspects, we're grateful for the briskness of business. This week we highlight some agent news, cool contests (romance, anyone?), agent wishlists, and then consider the revolutionary potential of self-publishing at the end (well, not really, but kind of, a teensy bit).

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

Irene Goodman Agency loses one agent and gains another, and a YA enthusiast finds a new home

Whitney Ross has has joined Irene Goodman Literary Agency as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle grade, YA, and adult fiction of all genres.

Nonfiction: Design, cooking, and fashion.

"Whitney loves to read novels set in unusual time periods and locations, whether that involves a fantastical element or not. She is rarely able to resist the trickster king motif, and has a weakness for read-between-the-lines subtle romances. Yet she's constantly surprised by books not on her "wish list," and is always open to stories with compelling characters and emotionally involving plotlines."

Whitney is accepting queries via email at whitney.queries@irenegoodman.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Rachel Ekstrom has joined Folio Literary Management as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Thrillers; upmarket/bookclub fiction; Middle Grade; YA

Nonfiction: Psychology/mental health; social issues; parenting; nature/animals

"I’m eagerly looking for new voices and projects, particularly commercial and upmarket adult fiction with an immediate, commercially appealing voice, in the areas of thrillers and suspense, bookclub and women’s fiction, historical, crime and the occasional exceptional work of Young Adult and Middle Grade."

Rachel is accepting queries via email at rekstrom@foliolitmanagement.com. More information about submissions may be found on her Publisher's Marketplace page, here.

Jennie Kendrick has joined Lupine Grove Creative as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: General Fiction, especially YA and Middle Grades.

Nonfiction: History; Law; Food/Beverage; Pop culture

"You change so much as a young adult, because you're finding your own identity and launching yourself out into the world. Whether you're doing it against the backdrop of WWII, high school, or a dystopian universe, you come out the other side irrevocably changed. I think we all can point to that moment (or moments) in our lives where Shit Got Real, and as a result, how we ended up a completely different person. When an author can harness the electricity and immediacy of those moments, it speaks to all of us." Source

Jennie is accepting submissions via email at submissions@lupinegrove.com. More information may be found on her agency's website, here.

Submission Deadlines

Help Harlequin do what Harlequin does best, plus two great opportunities for emerging LGBTQ and immigrant writers

So You Think You Can Write's Harlequin Romance Blitz—Submissions due by February 14th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Fiction contest—Editorial feedback + consideration for publication)

What:  A cover letter introducing yourself and your Romance novel (which may be a work in progress), including any previous publishing credits, plus the first chapter and a complete synopsis. Winners will receive editorial feedback by February 21st and consideration for publication. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Complete contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here.

Lambda Literary's Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers—Submissions due by February 20th, 2018 ($$$ prize)

Who: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identified authors who have written and published 1-2 books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and are actively engaged with LGBTQ literary communities.

What: This award is for an emergent author, not a specific work. Applicants may nominate themselves or others and will be judged on a core writing sample, supplemental materials, and evidence of contributions to the LGBTQ literary field. Two winners will be awarded a $1000 cash prize. 

Cost: Free

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

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (Fiction contest, BIG $$$ prize + publication)

Who: First-generation residents of their country, which can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere. Candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction with a US publishing house.

What: Submissions must be a minimum of 45,000 words and can take the form of a complete novel or a book-length collection of short stories. All submissions must be in English though translations are welcome. Winner receives a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books. 

Cost: Free

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

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Train hopping, unlikable heroes, and "nerdstalgia"

Alyssa Jennette, Agent at Stonesong Literary Agency
Alyssa feels like there's an overemphasis on the creation of alternate worlds/realities/universes in YA fiction, and suggests: "Why not pull from real life and give me a book about riding the rails/hobo culture? I'm fascinated." Source Tweet

Alyssa is actively seeking:

Fiction: Graphic Novels; Picture Books; Middle Grade & Young Adult; Adult Fiction; Suspense/Mystery/Horror; Historical Fantasy 

Non-fiction: Humor; Pop Culture

"She values diversity, ensemble casts with distinct voices, and formats that are specific to the story and give it its own context."

How to submit: Alyssa is accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Alyssa on Twitter @AlyssaJennette.
Lindsay Mealing, Junior Agent at Emerald City Literary Agency
Lindsay loves her some unlikable heroes. Send yours! Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Romance; YA all genres

Nonfiction: Nope

"Above all, I’m looking for a narrative voice that resonates with me and characters I can fall for. I want diverse characters and settings that make stories feel real. I don’t always know what I’ll fall in love with, so definitely reach out and query!"

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.

Leon Hustock, Literary Agent at L. Perkins Agency 
 In a turn of events, Leon wants us to know that he is definitely not interested in seeing his own "nerd nostalgia (nerdstalgia?) projected onto fiction." If you want to know what he is interested in, we've got you covered.  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Sci-Fi; Fantasy; YA; Middle Grades

Non-Fiction: Non

"He has a particular interest in science-fiction and fantasy, especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures (e.g. Leigh Bardugo’s Russian-inspired fantasy).  He also loves young adult and upper middle-grade of all stripes, as well as genre mashups (e.g. fantasy westerns, noir + almost anything else, etc).  Strong characters are, of course, a must."

How to Submit: Leon is accepting queries via email at leon@lperkinsagency.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on the agency webpage, here.

Follow Leon on Twitter @LeonHusock.

Ejusdem Generis

This week over at Buzzfeed, Jaime Green discusses the reading/writing of romance novels as a political act. This illuminating essay describes the continuing evolution of the oft-maligned genre, particularly the way in which once-taboo relationships and people—which is to say anything involving non-cis, non-white, non-straight folks—are now populating the romance landscape in ever-greater numbers. The authors Green interviews describe how simply writing the stories they want to tell is inherently political when the characters those stories are about are members of groups who are politically marginalized IRL. The whole thing is worth a read, but my favorite bit comes from Green herself, who wraps the piece up by describing the endeavor of romance as a “kind of literary whisper network” that discusses a host of highly political issues, largely free of male critique because men generally ignore the genre due to “taboo or misguided derision.” Check it out here.

As self-publishing becomes an ever-larger piece of the literary pie, it may be that evolutions like the one Green describes can happen more quickly, maybe much more. Suzanne Brockmann, an award-winning romance novelist, told Green how in 1992 she wasn’t allowed to have even one minor character be gay, and as late as 2007 had to fight to get out her book about a gay Navy SEAL. When following traditional publishing routes, an author is always subject to an array of forces whose interests do not necessarily include keeping intact her artistic vision. The self-published author is beholden to none of these, though, and so is free to include material that may not be in sync with the particular mores of the publishing guild.

Speaking of resisting the forces aligned against the author, this week the San Francisco Chronicle profiled an Oakland nonprofit press that focuses on international literature—works that are being overlooked by the big houses. Transit Books is interested in literature that deserves distribution but for one reason or another has been ignored. The founders, a married couple originally from New York, formed the press as a nonprofit so that they could make decisions in line with their mission rather than on sales potential. The works they have put out so far have been well received, and they plan to expand their portfolio to include American works that “push literary boundaries.” 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: December 18, 2017

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Any and all debates about climate science aside, I for one am sick of it being 50 degrees and sunny at Christmas. When I was a child, there was always snow at Christmas (and school was uphill both ways, blah blah blah, GET OFF MY LAWN!), and the spate of seasonal songs that describe the proliferation of frozen precipitate were simple descriptions of reality rather than the series of cruel jokes they seem to be now (apologies for the egregious alliteration). All the same, it's my favorite time of year, and we here at GSF are taking a break over the next two weeks to enjoy family and holiday cheer, so you won't see another Roundup until early January. This week, though, we have the usual suspects, plus a radio play about writing at the end. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, see you in the New Year!

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

Just one this week, but she's a good one ("actively working" is always a good sign)...

Jordan Hamessley has joined New Leaf Literary & Media as a Literary Agent after a decade working as an editor and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; YA; select adult Horror and Science Fiction 

Nonfiction: STEM-related Picture Books

“She is always looking to find stories that bring the queer experience to the children’s space across all age ranges."

Jordan is accepting queries via email at query@newleafliterary.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

This Week: Short Fiction and Writing About Writing (So meta! Much wow!)

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers—Submissions due December 31st, 2017 (Short Fiction Contest—$$$ Award, Consideration for Publication)

Who: Writers who have never published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press

What: Work of short fiction up to 8,000 words. Winner receives $1,500 and publication in Boulevard. 

Entry Fee: $16

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

The Writer Your Writing Life Contest—Submissions due January 1st, 2018 (Essay Contest—$$$ Award, Publication)

What: A personal essay no longer than 2,000 words about the life of a writer. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Writer. 

“Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.”

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

What Agents Want

Mysterious Space Phenomena! Government Secrets! Philosophies of Manual Labor!

Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer has an idea for a book she'd like to see and it sounds fascinating: "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program--aka 'Space phenomena'." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's Picture Books; Middle Grade; YA; select Literary and Commercial Adult Fiction

Nonfiction: Meh.

Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature . . . She is open to any good story that is well written with a strong, authentic voice. Surprise her!"

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at soloway@andreabrownlit.com. Submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @marchsoloway.

Curtis Russell, President and Principal Agent at P.S. Literary 
Curtis wants to sink his teeth into a good non-fiction book on the value of work--something in the vein of Matthew Crawford's Shop Class at Soulcraft. Source Tweet

Seeking:

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

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

How to Submit: Curtis is accepting queries at query@psliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.

Ejusdem Generis

The number of Christmas movies and television shows that suddenly appears on Netflix and in the cable listings toward the end of November is truly mind boggling. Of course, for the majority of the twentieth century this flourishing of holiday narratives would have taken place in the medium of the printed word: magazines, newspapers, even novellas. This holiday, take a break from lamenting the slow demise of print media, our collective loss of "an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age," and listen to another disappearing medium. Twenty-two years ago, This American Life (at the time known as Your Radio Playhouse) produced a Christmas special in which the not-yet-totally-famous David Sedaris and friends wrote and performed a radio play about a group of writers taking a writing class aimed at creating and selling Christmas stories. It's hilarious and all too familiar. Check it out here, and have a wonderful holiday.


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.