Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end (including a kitty for every genre!).
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Growth at The Rights Factory!
Cassandra Rodgers, Agent at The Rights Factory
Cassandra Rodgers has been promoted to Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:
Fiction: Adult Literary, Commercial Women’s, and Historical Fiction
Nonfiction: Politics, History, Popular Science, Finance, and Memoir
"Actively building her list..."
To Submit: Cassandra is accepting queries through an online form here.
Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory
Lindsay Leggett is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory.
Lindsay’s focus is on Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s books, particularly Magical Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and LGBQTTQIA+
To Submit: Lindsay is accepting queries through an online form here.
Anna Trader, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory
Anna Trader is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:
Fiction: Women’s, Thriller, Historical, Middle Grade, General, and Commercial
Nonfiction: Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, and Memoir
"Like her life, she has an eclectic approach to literature, moving easily between general fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction, including health, mind & body and children’s books.
To Submit: Anna is accepting queries through an online form here.
Writers, you have until July 31st:
Virginia Quarterly Review — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Payment varies with form: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction all sought)
What: Poetry (all types and length), Fiction (2,000–8,000 words: no genre fiction), and Nonfiction (3,500–9,000 words: literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts!— Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication)
What: Short short fiction contest. 1–3 entries of up to 500 words each
Entry fee: $15 (includes one-year subscription)
The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication, agency review by established literary agents)
Who: New and emerging writers only
What: Previously unpublished short stories (under 7,000 words) only. Winner receives $3,000, publication, and agency review. Second and third place receive $200/$100, publication, and agency review.
Entry fee: $20
"It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one."
Thrice Publishing Call for Novel Submissions — Submissions due Monday, July 31st
What: Novel-length fiction starting at 70,000 words. Everything from traditional to alternative work. “We are looking for the shock of the new whenever we can find it. We will look at everything and consider ourselves unafraid to take a chance.”
"Thrice Publishing reaches outside the mainstream to publish the work of selected writers whose efforts, we feel, need to be seen."
This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...
Amanda Jain, Literary Agent at the Inklings Literary Agency, LLC *closed to queries EXCEPT for #MSWL related inquiries!!*
Amanda tweeted, "I am closed to general queries, but special exceptions for those in response to #MSWL tweets. Send away!" Source Tweet
Here are some of her recent #MSWL requests:
"A fun, sports-centered contemporary romance where the heroine, not the hero, is the elite athlete." Source Tweet
A book project about a female SEAL (romance or suspense). Source Tweet
"I'd love to see a #romance or #WomensFiction set during the Great Depression, or against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl." Source Tweet
Elana Roth Parker, Literary Agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency Inc.
Elana tweeted, "Can I anti #mswl? I decidedly do NOT want any more books that open around the death of the MC’s mom, dad, brother, sister, or best friend..." Source Tweet
Seeking: Commercial Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (all genres; though Horror, Thriller, Christmas, or talking animal books are not for her); Narrative Nonfiction for children and teens; Picture Books from author/illustrators only.
Finally another #MSWLbeautycontest!
Cate Hart, Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency & Saritza Hernandez, Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency (source twitter thread), and Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary Agent at The Deborah Harris Agency (source tweet) are looking for book projects inspired by the young women who held a protest Quinceañera at the capitol building in Texas (articles here and here).
Seeking in the following genres/categories:
Cate: Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction, select Commercial Adult Fiction, Contemporary and Historical Romance, and Nonfiction in the areas of History and Pop Culture
Saritza: Romance titles in Adult and Young Adult Fiction, as well as Feminist Erotica with or without a romantic element
Rena: Literary and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in all genres, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books
- Here are a few articles that come straight from literary agents giving advice about the publishing process:
- "What Happens in the Agency After I Send my Proposal? by Steve Laube (click here)
- "Want #QueryTip from a Literary Agent? #MSWL" - Interview with Kirsty McLachlan (click here)
- "Successful Query: Margaret Rogerson & An Enchantment of Ravens" by Sara Megibow (includes the text of the query and Sara's comments on it) (click here)
- "How to Trim Your Query to 250 Words (or Fewer): Advice from Agent Janet Reid" (click here)
- So many good things on Jane Friedman's blog this week:
- "Self-Publishing a Debut Literary Novel: The Actions, The Costs, The Results" guest post by click here) (
- "The Marketing Rule You Can’t Forget" guest post by Ryan Holiday (click here)
- "So You’re an Author Without a Social Media Presence: Now What?" by Jane Friedman (click here)
- "How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference" by Jane Friedman (and technically from a little over a week ago) (click here)
- Finally, GSF Associates Kelly & Kayla had a great time cat sitting Zelda this week:
This inspired Kayla to find for you (drum roll please): A kitty for almost every genre!! Action/Adventure; Sci-Fi, Superhero, Action/Adventure (take 2), Crime/Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Western, Crime/Thriller