Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 2, 2017

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It seems like ever since the violent demonstrations here in Charlottesville, there has been just one national tragedy after another. Our thoughts are with everybody affected, from Houston to Puerto Rico to Florida to Las Vegas. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end we showcase industry folks donating their time, skills, and money to help alleviate the crisis in Puerto Rico.
 
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

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

Lexi is accepting queries via email at lexi@mmqlit.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

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.

Rachel is accepting queries via email at mail@dclagency.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

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.'"

Jennifer is accepting queries via email at jen@bradfordlit.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

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.

To Submit: Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. For rules and other information, click here.

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.

Important Dates: 

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

To Submit: Send all your submission to nightmareonquerystreet@yahoo.com. Only one submission per email address AND person is allowed. For detailed email submission instructions and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

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

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

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."

How to submit: Alec is accepting queries via email to ashane@writershouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Alec on Twitter @alecdshane.

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

Nonfiction: Nope.

"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."

How to submit: Ali is accepting queries here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.
Follow Ali on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

We hope you will take some of the time you normally would spend reading our witty and amusing final thoughts to donate or volunteer to help alleviate someone's suffering. We've even found an avenue related to writing and publishing! "The #PubforPR has come together to create an auction to benefit Puerto Rico’s relief efforts after hurricane María. All funds raised will go directly to Unidos por Puerto Rico and ConPRmetidos, two carefully vetted local charity organizations. Hundreds of talented authors, editors, illustrators, and literary agents have joined together in offering their time, talent, and treasure to support Puerto Rico. Through this auction, you can bid on signed book bundles, personalized artwork, one-on-one conversations with editors or agents, and hundreds of other prizes. The premise is simple: bid early and often, win and donate, claim your prize."

 


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: June 26, 2017

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Welcome to our third Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight a couple of agents answering your questions on Twitter, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a couple of helpful articles at the end.

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!

New Agents Hired

We found no more new hires for June... but we did find some agents answering questions on Twitter

Check out our first two Weekly Roundups from June 12 (click here) and June 19 (click here) for our lists of agents who were hired in June.

Instead, here are a couple of agents who offer spontaneous #askagent sessions on Twitter:

Dr. Uwe Stender is founder and president of Triada Literary. We have noticed that he is open to questions on Twitter on Fridays. In June he could be found answering questions on Friday, June 7th (3-7pm EDT), Friday, June 14th (5-6pm EDT), Thursday, June 20 (2-6pm EDT) - this he called an "impromptu session," and Friday, June 21 (7-8pm EDT). This seems to be a spontaneous, generous offering so take advantage of it while he is still inclined to do it. Check out Triada Literary's list of agents here, and how to submit to them here.

Follow Dr. Uwe Stender on Twitter @UweStenderPhD to get in on his next #askagent session (probably this Friday).

Justin Wells is an apprentice literary agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency and he is currently open to queries in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Historical Fiction, from Middle Grade through Adult. We've noticed that Justin has been on Twitter answering questions almost every day since June 20. He's also just written an article in Writer's Digest about the benefits of attending writing conferences (click here).

Follow Justin Wells on Twitter  to get in on his next #askagent session (from a tweet he sent today, he says he'll be doing this the rest of the week).

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers — Submissions due Friday, June 30 (Annual contest — $$ Award, possibility of publication, short story)

Who: Writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.

What: Short story of up to 12,000 words, although most entries are in the 1,000—5,000-word range

Reading Fee: $18

To Submit: Online submission (click here) 

Richard J. Margolis Award — Submissions due Saturday, July 1st (Annual contest — $$ Award, one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center)

Who: New journalists or essayists whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and a concern with social justice

What: Two examples of your work, published or unpublished, at least one example should be non-memoir material. A brief biographical note including current and future work interest, and what you would work on during residency at Blue Mountain Center

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Submission via email or hard copy. For guidelines and addresses, click here.

Mentees Helping Mentees Submission Package (query + 1st 10 pages) Critique Giveaway – Submissions due Sunday, July 2nd, 12 a.m. EDT. (Raffle – 7 categories, a separate raffle for each)

Who: Writers looking for help with their submissions material

What: Genre of your manuscript, and Twitter handle (Twitter account not necessary to enter or win)

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Entry using Facebook or email (click here)

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Jennifer Chen Tran, Associate Agent at Fuse Literary
Jennifer tweeted that she is looking for "graphic memoirs that touch on medicine and healing," in the vein of Pedro and Me and Mom's CancerSource Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Jennifer is only accepting unsolicited queries from online events such as #PitMad and #MSWL. So query her if you have a project that matches what she requested in her #MSWL tweet above.

"A distinct narrative voice is a must. A big plus for any stories that deal with 'otherness' and for authors who are not afraid to take emotional risks in their work."

How to submit: Jennifer is accepting queries limited to online events such as #PitMad and #MSWL via email to queryjennifer@fuseliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jenchentran.

Eric Smith, Associate Agent at the P.S. Literary Agency
Eric tweeted that he is seeking "diverse, geeky Young Adult love stories." Perhaps, "brown kids smitten at Comic Con?"  Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Cookbooks, Blog to Book Ideas, Prescriptive Nonfiction, and Literary & Commerical Fiction (click here to see his manuscript wishlist page detailed descriptions of what he is looking for in each category)

Not looking for: Middle Grade or Picture Books, angel & demon love stories, Heaven/Hell stories, epics that are far over 100k+, non-fiction about sports or politics, thrillers about terrorism, commercial fiction about sports (exceptions made for sports in Young Adult)

"I’m fiercely passionate about YA books. You can also find me blogging about it on BookRiotBarnes & Noble’s Teen Reads, and Paste Magazine. If I talk about something on there, it means I love it."

How to submit: Eric is accepting queries via email to query@psliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Eric on Twitter @ericsmithrocks & click here to check out his website. 

Whitley Abell, Agent at the Inklings Literary Agency *actively building her list*
Whitley tweeted that she is looking for "a book that warps mind blowing physics theories (ex, string theory, parallel universe) into wickedly smart story." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade: Contemporary, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Sci-Fi/Speculative, Adventure, and Historical

Young Adult: Commerical/Literary Contemporary, Historical, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi/Speculative, Thrillers, Mystery, and Horror

Select Commerical Fiction: Women's Fiction and Fantasy

Not looking for: genre romance, crime, mysteries, or epic fantasy for adult audiences, picture books, poetry, non-fiction, new adult

How to submit: Whitley is accepting queries via email to query@inklingsliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Whitley on Twitter  & click here to check out her website. 

Brent Taylor, Agent at TriadaUS
Brent tweeted that he is looking for "a beautiful author-illustrated Picture Book with a fresh & unique art style," in the vein of Moe Bonneau's: Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Children's: Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels for kids and teens

How to submit: Brent is accepting queries via email to brent@triadaus.com. When querying Brent, he requests that you include the first ten pages in the body of the email and put "query" in the subject line. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Brent on Twitter .

Nicole Payne, Agent at Golden Wheat Literary
Nicole tweeted that she is "practically drooling for a sci-fi romance with a compelling story," in the vein of Sense8 and In Your Eyes Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Romance, Mysteries, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Speculative Fiction and Science fiction and fantasy (depending on the story).

How to submit: Nicole is accepting queries via email to submissions@GoldenWheatLiterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Nicole on Twitter @tnicolepayne & click here to check out her website. 

Samantha Wekstein, Agent at Writer's House
In response to @broodingYAhero who tweeted "It's a well-known fact that the more kickass a Young Adult (YA) heroine is, the fewer female friends she has. Other girls distract from her awesomeness," Nicole tweeted "the opposite of this. I'd love a kickass girl group. Female friendships are so important in YA, give them to me!" Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Romance, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, New Adult

How to submit: Samantha is accepting queries via email to swekstein@writershouse.com. Send a query letter in the body of your email and the first chapter as an attachment.

Follow Samantha on Twitter @SWekstein & click here to check out her Publisher's Marketplace member page.

Ejusdem Generis

  • Agents on Twitter (see here) have mentioned that word count can be a serious red flag for them when reading through submission materials. To check out this Writer's Digest guide on word count for novels and children's books, click here.
  • Are you writing a Middle Grade novel? Maria Vicente, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary Agency, will be offering a webinar Thursday, July 6th EDT called "Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching your Middle Grade Manuscript." The cost is $89.99 and includes a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript if you sign up for the live webinar. 

Webinar Description: Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Manuscript covers the most important topics to keep in mind while writing and revising middle grade novels, as well as the process of writing a query letter that will effectively pitch your manuscript and entice literary agents. This webinar includes a live presentation, a Q&A session, a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript, and downloadable worksheets that will help you write, revise, and pitch your manuscript long after the webinar is over. Even if you can't attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique. 

For more information and to purchase, click here.

  • Do you ever wonder if the photo you want to use in your blog or book is protected by copyright? Click here to check out a helpful post that includes an easy to use infographic to help you discern if you need to secure permissions for the images you'd like to use. 

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.