Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 18, 2017

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An early שנה תובה to everyone celebrating the High Holy Days later this week! 
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent and agency news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, a couple of highlights from Manuscript Wishlist Day, and some tidbits from the literary world 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

One new(ish) agent, one new(ish)er agency

Cyle Young, Agent at Hartline Literary Agency

Cyle is seeking:

Fiction: Children's of all sorts; Genre Fiction, especially romance

Nonfiction: Parenting; Leadership; Ministry; Self-help

"Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful non-fiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry."

Cyle is accepting queries via email at submissions@cyleyoung.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines, and here for Cyle's wishlist and FAQ.

Lupine Grove Creative, Agency representing Children's Literature

Lupine Grove opened in January of this year, but we just found it now! Danielle Smith is looking for a variety of Children's lit, including:

Picture books; Early Readers; Chapter books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Danielle is accepting queries via email at submissions@lupinegrove.com. For guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a coupla days, coupla weeks, or a month:

Sexy with Food Monthly Contest—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Flash Writing Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Non-explicit sexy story about food. 500-word maximum. $50 Prize

Theme: Getting Away! Dinner out! NO KIDS!

"Sometimes it's fun to get creatively naughty with food.
Life is too short to not enjoy and savor every morsel." 

To Submit: Post your entry to at least two social media sites, then provide links here. For rules and more information, click here.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Writers Contest—Submissions due Saturday, September 30th (Quarterly Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Science fiction short stories or novelettes up to 17,000 words in length.  $1,000, $750, and $500 awards.

"The Writers of the Future Program, established in the finest tradition of the professional giving a helping hand to the novice, has become the largest, the most well-known and the best established discovery vehicle in the field."

To Submit: Submission online here, or by post to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, 7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. For rules and other information, click here.

Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop Writing Competition—Submissions due Friday, October 13th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: Non-professional writers only (see rules for their definition)

What: Short fiction (no more than 8,000 words) on this year's theme: Blue Sky Cities. Winner receives $2,000, with five runners-up receiving $500.

"We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow."

To Submit: Submit via online form, here. For more information and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

A couple of highlights from last week's #MSWL Day

Dorian Maffei, Junior Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Dorian is hoping for some speculative stuff without white dude heroes: "Want to see more speculative fiction from diverse writers in my inbox & literary science fiction with non-white MC"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Magical Realism; Fabulism; reimagined Fairy Tales; Speculative Fiction; literary Science Fiction; upmarket Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: Negatory.

How to submit: Dorian is only open to submissions that are requested through Twitter pitch parties, conferences, or #MSWL (lucky for you, dear reader). If your manuscript fits her #MSWL request, send her a query and the first 50 pages to dorian@kimberleycameron.com

Follow Dorian on Twitter @DorianMaffei.

Kate McKean, Vice President at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate's feeling about books the way you feel about food when you're hungry in an airport food court: "I honestly don't know what YA I want these days, so if you're working on something that feels weird and new, send it to me."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Romance; Women's; Literary; Historical Fiction set in the 20th Century; High Fantasy; Magical Realism; Science Fiction; Middle Grade and YA: Thriller, Horror, Romance, LGBTQ issues, Contemporary Fiction, Sports, Magical Realism, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Memoir; Sports; Food Writing; Humor; Design; Creativity; Craft

How to submit: Kate is accepting submissions via email at kmckean@morhaimliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Kate on Twitter @kate_mckean.

Ejusdem Generis

As we all know, the literary world does not begin and end with the major publishing companies (in spite of their best efforts). Fanfiction is one of the strange, beautiful corners of literature, gifted us by postmodernity and hated, beloved, mistrusted, and sometimes grudgingly accepted by both publishers and established authors. This week, Vox.com has an interesting piece on what is likely the most famous work of fanfic ever (if you're not counting 50 Shades of Grey), My Immortal. The author's identity, long unknown, yet diligently sought for, has been revealed through the concomitance of seemingly unrelated events: the attempted gaming of the NYT Best Seller List, and the no-longer-anonymous author getting a book deal. Take 5 minutes out of your day and check it out.

Speaking of the Big Five, The New Republic explores the increasing homogenization of the Booker Prize list and winners ever since the competition was opened up to Americans, and notes that this is bad for everybody, especially Americans. Check it out, and think about whether your imminent inclusion on the Short List is indicative of your betrayal of the avant-garde.

Finally, what else have you considered regarding that Booker Prize short-listed novel, anyway? Besides hopefully gaining the ability to pay off student loans and buy a meat grinder attachment for your stand mixer, I mean (maybe that's just me)? The helpful folks at Authors Publish are thinking for you, thankfully. Check out their recent essay on some of the long-term things that authors should be planning for with respect to the future life of their work. 


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 10, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week 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.

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

Erin Young, Agent at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret

Erin Young has been promoted to Agent at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret. She is seeking: 

Fiction:

Young Adult and Middle Grade: particularly fantasy, action adventure, and magical realism

Adult Fiction: weird literature (think Haruki Murakami or Kurt Vonnegut), mysteries and commercial thrillers 

Nonfiction: 

memoirs, biographies, sport & science narratives, and just about anything unusual

To Submit: Erin is accepting queries via email at eyoung@dystel.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Query + 5 Page Critique Giveaway! — Submissions due by Saturday, July 15th (Free feedback on submissions material; random selection)

What: Justin Wells, Jr. Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, has a raffle open using the Rafflecopter random generator until July 15th. The prize? Critiques of a query and first 5 pages of a manuscript for 2 randomly selected winners. He prefers for everyone entering to have a finished manuscript, but if you are in the process of final edits and prepping for queries, that is fine too. 

How to Enter: Click here for more information and to enter the contest via the Rafflecopter widget (desktop access only). You will need to provide your email do one of the following to enter 1) tweet about the giveaway; 2) follow Justin on Twitter; or 3) subscribe to Justin's blog.

Natural Wonders Anthology: Time in Nature Can Change Your Life — Submissions due Saturday, July 15th (essay in an anthology)

What: Short stories (~1,200 and 2,000 words) dealing with finding peace about an issue, learning about yourself and others, connecting with your family, etc—while in nature or watching nature, etc. If you’ve had an epiphany while in the wilds or relating to the natural world, share your eye-opener or conclusion reached while in nature by writing an essay for this anthology. Your experiences can help others gain insight too. The book will provide a tranquil escape. Readers can enter the serenity of nature even on a lunch break, and feel a kinship with fellow nature lovers who also do their best thinking in the great outdoors.

To Submit: Submit by email to info@sowingcreekpress.com. For submission guidelines and more information on what they are looking for, click here.

“Of the essays received, the best so far are accessible in terms of feelings. They relate to family and relationships, jobs or illness. They hit universal human themes people can identify with or enjoy."

Third Flatiron Anthology: "Strange Beasties" — Submissions due by Saturday, July 15th (Payment: 6 cents per word, essay in an anthology)

What: Short Stories (1,500 and 3,000 words). Description: "Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures?  Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don't necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange. We'd fancy some ghostbusters and monster hunters too."

To Submit: Submit by email to flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Stacey Graham, Literary Agent at Red Sofa Literary
Stacey tweeted "There's a book in this!" in reference to an article entitled: "Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles." Click here to read the full article. Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Nonfiction humor with a strong platform (no dating memoirs)
Humorous fiction
Middle-grade with a great voice–especially funny and/or spooky
History (fiction or nonfiction) with a commercial hook. No 20th century pitches, please
Nonfiction that walks on the weird side (PB/MG/YA/Adult)
Romance

"I’m looking for books that entertain, educate, and engage readers — plus any other “e” verb that fits."

How to submit: Stacey is accepting queries via email to stacey@redsofaliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Stacey Graham on Twitter @staceyigraham.
Sara Megibow, Literary Agent at kt literary
Sara tweeted that she'd love a "query for a contemporary romance that thoughtfully includes infertility." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade
Young Adult
Romance
Erotica
Sci-Fi/Fantasy

"Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country."

How to submit: Sara is accepting queries via email to saraquery@ktliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Sara Megibow on Twitter@SaraMegibow.
Kate McKean, Literary Agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate tweeted that she wants a book about the NBA in the '10s: "If you're a business writer with a strong platform and knows the NBA, email me." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Adult Fiction: contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, high fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction

Middle Grade and Young Adult: thriller, horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction.

Nonfiction (adults or children/teens): she represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of he represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop-culture, memoir, sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft.

She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, screenplays or children's picture books. If your manuscript features dragons, vampires, angels/demons, werewolves, FBI agents or amateur sleuths, she is not likely the best agent for your work.

How to submit: Kate is accepting queries via email to kmckean@morhaimliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Kate McKean on Twitter @kate_mckean.

Ejusdem Generis

  • Genre matters! When querying agents or publishers, how you define (or not define) your genre can be a red flag for agents reading through your material. Click here for a helpful breakdown of genres and subgenres from Writer's Digest. Also, if you think you're book may qualify as a cross-over, check out this post by Literary Agent Mary C. Moore (click here).
  • Curious about what hashtags you should be following on Twitter? Click here for some recommended hashtags to follow if you are seeking a literary agent (and instructions on how to follow hashtags using Tweetdeck). Not enough? Here is a list of 102 hashtags that may be of interest to writers (click here)
  • Click hereBig Five Publishers to see a great graphic linking "The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers" to their many imprints.

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.