Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 2nd, 2018

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In a few days we embark on our first camping trip of the year. I've sharpened and polished my hatchet, checked the bear spray, downloaded some topo maps, and purchased a new water filtration system. None of which we'll need, because we're staying in a cabin. It will be my first time cabin camping, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not having to bear-proof your campsite at the end of the night is going to be great. Also, toilets. This week we feature two new agents, a couple of killer residencies, and the great JF 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!

Agent and Agency News

New agents! Hit 'em up!

Leah Middleton has joined Marjacq Scripts. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical; high-concept YA; edgy comedy

Nonfiction: Investigative journalism; Polemic; topical Memoir; Popular Science; Popular History

Leah is accepting submissions via email at leah@marjacq.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Jessie Stover has joined the Seymour Agency (well, in the winter; we're just catching up now).

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; New Adult; Romance (contemporary, suspense, comedy); Military; brain twisters (make of that what you will)

Nonfiction: Apparently not

"Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking." 

Jessie is accepting queries via email, at jessiemstover@yahoo.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Two residencies, one of which you really gotta get a move on. But it pays twenty large!

Boston Public Library Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program—Submissions due by April 5th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency to provide a writer with resources to complete a work for children or young adults. Winner receives use of a private office, access to special collections at the BPL—oh, and $20,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email or by post. Entries must be postmarked by April 5th. Rules and submission information may be found here

The Kerouac Project 2018-2019 Residencies—Submissions due by April 16th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency for writers of any age or genre. Four winners receive three-month stays in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums, and a $1,000 stipend.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here, and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishpeople

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at the Rights Factory

Lindsay has maybe been watching Forged in Fire (but is sick of all the beards): "I'd love to see a YA fantasy about a girl blacksmith." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Children's 

"Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory."

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayleggett.

Jessie Devine, Agent at D4EO Literary 

Jessie is looking for some romance at sea. I mean in the sea. Like really in it: "Still looking for my m/m or f/f mermaid book." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Jessie is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. You can follow him on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Ejusdem Generis

A couple of months ago we mentioned that our good friend, publishing guru Jane Friedman, had a book coming out. Well, it's out, and if you haven't picked it up, you should. Today she wrote a guest column about author platform in the digital age for Writer Unboxed. I'm not going to summarize it because she already writes with economy, and I would just end up reproducing the whole thing. Also Writer Unboxed would probably get mad. Check it out here.

 


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: October 23, 2017

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Stranger Things Season 2 goes up in four days, y'all. We have our doubts about the creators being able to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but we're excited anyway. Anyway, in this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and engage in a little Pooh bashing at the end.
 
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Agent and Agency News

Two promotions (according to PublishersLunch - they're not reflected on the agency websites. Hopefully we're not ruining any surprises!)

Saba Sulaiman has been promoted to Associate Agent at Talcott Notch Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; Literary; Commercial; Romance; Thriller; Cozy Mystery

Nonfiction: Humor; Memoir

"And it finally hit me—working closely with writers to hone their craft; seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication; and advocating for what I believed was stellar prose worthy of recognition—this was my calling."

Saba is accepting queries via email, at SSulaiman@talcottnotch.net. For submission guidelines, click here.

Sarah Bedingfield has been promoted to Agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; upmarket Commercial

Nonfiction: Naught

"A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train, cry in public, or desperately unable to sleep."

Sarah is accepting queries via online form, here, or by email at submit@levinegreenberg.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or four...

Prose Challenges: Sponsored by Trident Media Group—Submissions due in roughly a month (Sponsored writing challenge)

What: 1,000-5,000 word sample of your work. Winners will be approached by Trident (a heavy-hitter among literary agencies). 

To Submit: Submission online, here. For details and to see other entries click here,

Reed Magazine John Steinbeck Award for Fiction—Submissions due November 1st (Annual Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Short fiction of up to 5,000 words. The theme is "California." Winner receives $1,000. Non-winners may still receive publication.

Reading Fee: $15 (includes one issue of magazine)

To Submit: Submission via Submittable. For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

Cheerleaders, ancient Egypt, and what not to send

Jessie Devine, Associate Agent at D4EO Literary
Jessie feels like iconoclasm in kids' books is not so iconoclastic anymore: "I want MG where the MC is a girl who *is* interested in makeup and fashion and puberty and dances and significant others." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; Contemporary; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Doesn't seem like it 

How to submit: Jessie is accepting submissions via QueryManager, here

Follow Jessie @Jessie_Devine.

Kaitlyn Johnson, Agent Apprentice at Corvisiero Literary
Kaitlyn is looking for an updated classic (but probably not the Tom Cruise one): "In treasure hunting mood - also want a modern Mummy-esque story!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; New Adult; Fantasy; Romance; Historical; Contemporary; LGBT

Nonfiction: noooope

"Her favorite tv shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly, basically the nerdier the fandom the better."  (I'm with her on Buffy and Firefly.)

How to submit:  Kaitlyn is accepting queries hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kaitlyn on Twitter @kaitylynne13.

Jennie Goloboy, Agent at Red Sofa Literary
Jennie's going apophatic with her MSWL: "Tough sells for me right now: lone-wolf vigilante heroes. Dystopias in general."

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: History

How to submit: Jennie is accepting submissions at jennie@redsofaliterary.com. Click here for full submission guidelines. 

Follow Jennie on Twitter @JennieGoloboy.

Ejusdem Generis

Last week we linked to an essay written by Chris Jackson, in which he talked about the importance of diversity in the publishing industry. The diversity he refers to is entirely socioeconomic and ethnic: he doesn't mention gender at all. Maybe that's because the industry is already overwhelmingly female (estimates put it at almost 80%): to get more diverse, there would need to be an increase in the number of men

But as a piece in Publisher's Weekly points out, in spite of women's dominant numbers, the power in publishing is largely concentrated with men. The fallout over the allegations against Harvey Weinstein has included soul-searching (or at least the appearance of said searching) in industries outside Hollywood, and publishing is no different. The article reports that sexual harassment is widespread in the industry, and that women consistently find that management and HR departments are indifferent to it. Just because 4 out of 5 faces on every agency and publishing house website belong to women doesn't mean those faces are running the show. Or that they're being treated fairly. Check it out here.

On a lighter note: how about that Winnie-the-Pooh? I loved Pooh growing up (well, Tigger, mostly. T-i-double guh-er!), but as the words mawkish and twee entered my vocabulary, my affections faded. A new biopic about Pooh's creator, A.A. Milne, is out this week, and it apparently explores the family dysfunction and burden of fame that led to a never-resolved falling out between parents and son, the IRL model for Pooh's Christopher Robin. Goodbye Christopher Robin has been receiving mostly meh reviews, so I feel no need to see it, which pleases me. On top of disliking things egregiously sentimental, I also dislike Milne for his treatment of one of my literary heroes, P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse had been captured when the Germans overran France in WWII, and had (foolishly, one must admit) agreed to a series of broadcasts on German radio, which he titled How to be an Internee Without Previous Training. Mostly comprised of humorous reflections on life as a prisoner, the broadcasts contained no pro-German or Nazi material, or any anti-Allied material, either. Nevertheless, this seeming collaboration with those orchestrating the Blitz enraged the British populace. Wodehouse's old friend Alan Milne was one of a chorus of voices who condemned him publicly, which ultimately led to Wodehouse's exile in the United States. But Wodehouse took his revenge, subtler and sweeter, if less tangibly damaging, when he wrote of Rodney Spelvin (a character in his series of golf-centered stories) turning to syrupy children's fare when inspired by his son: "Timothy Bobbin goes Happily hoppity hoppity hop.” (There is considerably more material, and funnier, which I encourage you to read yourself in "Rodney Has a Relapse." Here at GSF we have an intense aversion to infringing on copyright, so I will not quote more.) And while Disney has certainly made far more money off of Pooh than Wodehouse ever made in his ridiculously prolific career, it his P.G.'s work that has continued to enjoy the approval of his peers - other writers. For more on the scorn of writers for other writers, check out this piece over at LitHub. It includes Dorothy Parker's famous takedown of Milne in The New Yorker.


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: August 7, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight the D4EO Agency's newest hires, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including more advice #StraightFromAnAgent.
 
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

New hires at D4EO Literary Agency!

Kelly Van Sant, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Kelly is actively building her list. She is seeking:

Middle Grade, Young Adult, women's fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary.
 
"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices and inclusive narratives."
 
Kelly is accepting queries via email at kvs.submissions@gmail.comClick here for submissions guidelines on her company profile page. Click here for her blog with MSWL, and follow her on Twitter @bookishchick.
 
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."

Jessie is accepting queries here. Check out his profile page for an extensive description of what he's looking for. Follow Jessie on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Submission Deadlines

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

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

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

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

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." 

To Submit: Submission online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

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

How to submit: Molly is accepting submissions via email at mollysubmit@waxmanleavell.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

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"

How to submit: Check out their submission guidelines here.
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.

How to submit: Dr. Stender is accepting queries via email at uwe@triadaus.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Dr. S on Twitter @UweStenderPhD.

Ejusdem Generis

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 (@printrunpodcastis 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

Amazon Best Seller List on August 7, 2007

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/

 

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.