Get Published Weekly Roundup: February 19th, 2018

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For everybody who was just dying to know whether or not I took my wife out to dinner for Valentine's day: I prevailed! Dinner was at home. Of course that meant flowers, and some incredibly expensive meat exquisitely prepared by yours truly, but it was here, and not out at some overwhelmed and understaffed restaurant on Angry Amateur Night. Next up is our first anniversary. I'll keep y'all informed. This week we have agency additions, a couple of great contests, sci-fi and fantasy on some wishlists, and a federal judge's Valentine to everybody who wants the internet to keep its hands off their stuff (or her misinterpretation of important precedents which could result in the further restriction of internet freedom—it all depends on your perspective).

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 over at Bookends Literary this week

Naomi Davis has joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, YA, and Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Romance; Select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Not at this time

"LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus, and Naomi will consider picture books featuring those elements. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds."

You can contact Naomi at ndavis@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Naomi's online query form.

Amanda Jain has also joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Romance, Mystery, Women’s, and Upmarket, with a special emphasis on Historical fiction in all genres.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history.

"She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience."

Email Amanda at AJain@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Amanda's online query form.

Submission Deadlines

A contest of note for African American poets, and an opportunity for sci-fi/fantasy leaning flash-fictionists to put their skills to the test. Cash prizes!

YSCI-FI Flash Fiction Competition—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize)

What: A 750-1000 word piece of flash fiction in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Winner receives $250.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here

Broadside Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award—Submissions due by March 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize + publication)

Who: African American poets who have not previously had a book published by Lotus Press or Broadside Press. Winner will receive $500 in cash and publication of the manuscript by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2019, as well as free copies and discounts.

What: A book-length poetry collection (approximately 60-90 pages). 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a mailing address for submissions may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Non-Western fantasy, magical diaspora, and women in metal

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren wants to see a Middle Grade fantasy/adventure novel set somewhere other than the United States or Europe.  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

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin is looking for a fantasy novel that deals with the diaspora of a magical community. "How does the magic change/thrive?” Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial; Magic Realism; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; LGBTQ (any genre); Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Graphic Novels; Romance

Nonfiction: Design; Cooking; Pop Psychology; Narrative; Photography; Nature; Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.

Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Kurestin @kurestinarmada

Kira Watson, agent/foreign rights manager at Emma Sweeny Agency
Kira wants you to tell her a story of a young female musician in the 90's owning the metal scene, not just surviving it.  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade realistic fiction, speculative fiction, magic realism, thriller/mystery, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. 

"Stories with folklore elements, complex villains, morally enigmatic (and very flawed) protagonists, medieval literature influences, and taboo subjects are bound to catch Kira's attention."

How to submit: Kira is accepting queries via email to queries@emmasweeneyagency.comClick here to read the full submission guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kira on Twitter @KiraWatsonESA

Ejusdem Generis

On Thursday of last week, District Judge Katherine Forrest gave a late Valentine's Day gift to lovers of strong intellectual property law and a big middle finger to those whose affections lie instead with the free use and exchange of information on the internet. As you know, here at GSF we harbor a keen interest in all matters copyright related, and so the federal judge's ruling that embedding a tweet containing an image on one's webpage may be a copyright violation drew our attention. Photographer Justin Goldman and Getty Images sued a number of media sites over their use of his photograph of Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Patriots QB Tom Brady. Goldman had posted the photo to Snapchat, after which INTERNET, and soon major news organizations, including the Boston Globe, had posted stories with embedded tweets that displayed the image. The photograph was newsworthy because it showed the lengths to which the Celtics appeared to be going in their wooing of superstar Kevin Durant. The judge ruled against the defendants' motion for a summary judgment against Goldman, which leaves the door open for the lawsuit to proceed. There are a number of legal and technological issues at play here, none of which will I bore you with, but the important takeaway for all of you writers with your own websites is this: you can reproduce and embed tweets that are text-only with impunity, but if you embed a tweet that has an image attached, you may be in danger of violating copyright law. Kelly Figueroa-Ray, our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, was way ahead of the courts on this one, forbidding the embedding of images in our Roundups from the beginning. If you're interested in more of the ins and outs of this case, check out Wired's coverage here, and the Verge's here. For those of you really into this kind of thing, you can find the court's ruling here. Bonus points to anyone who can get through the judge's description of how people embed things like it's some sort of supergenius dark web hacker move without giggling.


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 17, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup and Happy World Emoji Day! Click here to vote on your favorite new emoji that was released in 2016. Results will be posted sometime today. 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 couple of helpful articles at the end focusing on copyright issues.

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

Hannah Mann, Junior Agent at Writers House

Hannah Mann is now a Junior Agent at Writers House. She is seeking: 

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Juvenile Fiction

Nonfiction: Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, and Lifestyle

Children's Books

To Submit: Hannah is accepting queries via email at hmann@writershouse.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Jeff Shreve, Literary Agent at The Science Factory

Jeff Shreve joined The Science Factory as an Agent. He is interested in: 

Nonfiction: Science, Technology, Business, Health, and Self-Improvement

To Submit: The Science Factory is open to queries via email at info@sciencefactory.co.ukClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @flotsamjeffsam.

Erin L. Cox, Literary Agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management

Erin L. Cox, Literary Agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, joined House of SpeakEasy the Executive Producer. She is interested in: 

Nonfiction: Memoir, Adventure/True Story

To Submit: Rob Weisbach Creative Management is open to queries via email at representation@robweisbach.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Erin on Twitter @erinlcox.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have a day or two (or four):

Frieze Writer's Prize 2017 — Submissions due by TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 18th ($$ writing contest for art critics)

What: Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze magazine and will be awarded GBP£2,000.

How to Enter: Entries should be emailed as a Word attachment to writersprize@frieze.comClick here for more information and contest rules.

2017 SFWP AWARDS PROGRAM — Submissions due Thursday, July 20th ($$ writing contest, all genres & lengths of fiction/creative nonfiction)

Who: Open to everyone over the age of 18. International entries welcome. You and your entry do not need to be associated with New Mexico, they publish a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction globally.

What: All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. They will take full-length manuscripts, works-in-progress, collections short or long, and essays. The grand prize is $1,500, and two runner-ups will receive $1,000 each. Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.

Cost to Enter: $30

To Submit: Submit online through Submittable (click here). For submission guidelines and more information on this contest, click here.

"We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Past winners have ranged from flash fiction to memoir to magical realism to literary fiction to cultural essays."

FRANKLIN/KERR Horror Anthology — Submissions due by Friday, July 21th (Payment: $5 per 1000 words, short story in an anthology)

What: Short Stories (~2,000 and 8,000 words). "Franklin/Kerr Press is looking for exceptional horror short stories with post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes or settings for our upcoming horror anthology Down with the Fallen. Stories can cover a wide variety of horror sub-genres such as sci-fi, splatter, psychological, suspense and the weird as long as they have a substantial dystopian or post-apocalyptic element. We will not accept works with erotic or extreme sexually explicit elements. We will choose eight to ten stories to include in the anthology from author submissions to be published in both print and e-book formats."

To Submit: Submit by email to submissions@franklinkerr.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Sam Morgan, Literary Agent at Foundry Literary + Media
Sam tweeted that he wants a "high fantasy novel starring someone like Amarillo Slim and their prop bets getting away from them." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "with an emphasis on unique, challenging, and diverse voices showcasing unforgettable characters and plots. He will also consider commercial fiction with a fresh approach to a classic idea or an appeal to humor."

How to submit: Sam is accepting queries via email to smsubmissions@foundrymedia.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website (Note: Sam only accepts submissions via email).
 
Follow Sam on Twitter @samroebuck.
Brianne Johnson, Senior Literary Agent at Writers House
Brianne tweeted out an "interview abt my true book loves" that includes her desire for "a witchy book in ALL genres.  I’ll go for beach witch, goth witch, earth-loving nature witch, cut-a-witch-in-high-school witch, elbow witch (okay, I made that one up)." Click here to read the full interview. Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: General fiction, Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Historical fiction, Smart women's fiction, Magical realism

"Right now I am probably most excited about literary debut middle grade that is unafraid to tackle enormous life-or-death themes in a modern and original way.  I especially love a unique execution, such as an epistolary novel, a story told out of order, or some other unique perspective or framing device."

How to submit: Brianne is accepting queries via email to bjohnsonsubmissions@writershouse.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on her Publisher's Marketplace member page.
 
Follow Brianne on Twitter @SecretAgentBri.
Caitie Flum, Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates
Caitie tweeted "Give me all of your 'unlikeable' heroines." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Commercial and upmarket fiction: especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, romance, and book club fiction. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that crosses over to a young adult market.

Middle Grade and Young Adult: particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, and contemporary books with diverse characters.

Nonfiction: narrative nonfiction, especially history that’s impossible to put down, books on pop culture, theater, current events, women’s issues, and humor.

How to submit: Caitie is accepting queries via email to querycaitie@lizadawsonassociates.com. Send only a query letter in the body of the email.
 
Follow Caitie on Twitter @caitief.

Ejusdem Generis - ALL ABOUT COPYRIGHT & PERMISSIONS

  • Writing a commercial trade publication? Do you quote other people in your book? It's possible you may need to secure permission to do so. To help you figure this out Jane Friedman and GSF's Kelly Figueroa-Ray developed a great flowchart to help you evaluate what you might need to ask permission for:

**Two important caveats about this chart: 1) Nothing can stop someone from suing you if you use their copyrighted work in your published work. 2) The only way your use of copyright is tested is by way of a lawsuit. That is, there is no general policing of copyright. Therefore, how you handle copyrighted content depends on how risk-averse you are. If you decide not to seek permission because you plan to use a fair use argument, be prepared with the best-possible case to defend your use of the copyrighted content in the event that you are sued.

Read Jane's post: "A Basic Guide to Getting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter" for more about this chart and a sample permissions letter (click here). If you really want to use lyrics, check out this post by Attorney Helen Sedwick entitled "How to Use Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer." She also has a list of sites where you can find music that is in the public domain, and therefore free to use without securing permissions (click here).

  • Have a copyright or other intellectual property question that you'd like answered for free? Click here to submit a question to Dear Rich, and it might be answered for free in one of their blog posts. Attorney Richard Stim also wrote a comprehensive book on seeking permissions. It includes all the forms you need to seek permissions for any sort of content (click here to purchase).
  • Worried about protecting your own material from copyright infringement? Read this post on copyright myths and this post on your options if you are a victim of digital piracy or illegal downloads.

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.