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
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.
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.'”
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.
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.
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
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
Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult
“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.”
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.”
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
“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.”
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