New hires at D4EO Literary Agency!
Kelly Van Sant, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency
Kelly is actively building her list. She is seeking:
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."
Writers, you have more time than usual:
Blue Earth Review 2017 Flash Fiction Contest—Submissions due Tuesday, August 15th (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)
What: Up to two flash fiction pieces (fewer than 750 words each). Winner receives $500 and publication. Additional finalists may receive publication, as well.
Entry Fee: $5
Red Hen Press 2017 Fiction Award—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st (Annual Contest, $$ award and publication)
What: Novels of at least 150 pages. Winner receives $1000 and publication of manuscript.
Entry Fee: $25
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What: Unpublished novels of 80,000+ words that address issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.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by Barbara Kingsolver in 2000 and funded entirely by her, it is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles."
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
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"
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.
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 (@printrunpodcast) is 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
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/