Get Published Weekly Roundup: February 5, 2018

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Well, the year is off to a cold, rainy, busy start here at GSF. While we're sick of the atmospheric aspects, we're grateful for the briskness of business. This week we highlight some agent news, cool contests (romance, anyone?), agent wishlists, and then consider the revolutionary potential of self-publishing at the end (well, not really, but kind of, a teensy bit).

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

Irene Goodman Agency loses one agent and gains another, and a YA enthusiast finds a new home

Whitney Ross has has joined Irene Goodman Literary Agency as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle grade, YA, and adult fiction of all genres.

Nonfiction: Design, cooking, and fashion.

"Whitney loves to read novels set in unusual time periods and locations, whether that involves a fantastical element or not. She is rarely able to resist the trickster king motif, and has a weakness for read-between-the-lines subtle romances. Yet she's constantly surprised by books not on her "wish list," and is always open to stories with compelling characters and emotionally involving plotlines."

Whitney is accepting queries via email at whitney.queries@irenegoodman.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Rachel Ekstrom has joined Folio Literary Management as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Thrillers; upmarket/bookclub fiction; Middle Grade; YA

Nonfiction: Psychology/mental health; social issues; parenting; nature/animals

"I’m eagerly looking for new voices and projects, particularly commercial and upmarket adult fiction with an immediate, commercially appealing voice, in the areas of thrillers and suspense, bookclub and women’s fiction, historical, crime and the occasional exceptional work of Young Adult and Middle Grade."

Rachel is accepting queries via email at rekstrom@foliolitmanagement.com. More information about submissions may be found on her Publisher's Marketplace page, here.

Jennie Kendrick has joined Lupine Grove Creative as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: General Fiction, especially YA and Middle Grades.

Nonfiction: History; Law; Food/Beverage; Pop culture

"You change so much as a young adult, because you're finding your own identity and launching yourself out into the world. Whether you're doing it against the backdrop of WWII, high school, or a dystopian universe, you come out the other side irrevocably changed. I think we all can point to that moment (or moments) in our lives where Shit Got Real, and as a result, how we ended up a completely different person. When an author can harness the electricity and immediacy of those moments, it speaks to all of us." Source

Jennie is accepting submissions via email at submissions@lupinegrove.com. More information may be found on her agency's website, here.

Submission Deadlines

Help Harlequin do what Harlequin does best, plus two great opportunities for emerging LGBTQ and immigrant writers

So You Think You Can Write's Harlequin Romance Blitz—Submissions due by February 14th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Fiction contest—Editorial feedback + consideration for publication)

What:  A cover letter introducing yourself and your Romance novel (which may be a work in progress), including any previous publishing credits, plus the first chapter and a complete synopsis. Winners will receive editorial feedback by February 21st and consideration for publication. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Complete contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here.

Lambda Literary's Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers—Submissions due by February 20th, 2018 ($$$ prize)

Who: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identified authors who have written and published 1-2 books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and are actively engaged with LGBTQ literary communities.

What: This award is for an emergent author, not a specific work. Applicants may nominate themselves or others and will be judged on a core writing sample, supplemental materials, and evidence of contributions to the LGBTQ literary field. Two winners will be awarded a $1000 cash prize. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (Fiction contest, BIG $$$ prize + publication)

Who: First-generation residents of their country, which can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere. Candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction with a US publishing house.

What: Submissions must be a minimum of 45,000 words and can take the form of a complete novel or a book-length collection of short stories. All submissions must be in English though translations are welcome. Winner receives a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Train hopping, unlikable heroes, and "nerdstalgia"

Alyssa Jennette, Agent at Stonesong Literary Agency
Alyssa feels like there's an overemphasis on the creation of alternate worlds/realities/universes in YA fiction, and suggests: "Why not pull from real life and give me a book about riding the rails/hobo culture? I'm fascinated." Source Tweet

Alyssa is actively seeking:

Fiction: Graphic Novels; Picture Books; Middle Grade & Young Adult; Adult Fiction; Suspense/Mystery/Horror; Historical Fantasy 

Non-fiction: Humor; Pop Culture

"She values diversity, ensemble casts with distinct voices, and formats that are specific to the story and give it its own context."

How to submit: Alyssa is accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Alyssa on Twitter @AlyssaJennette.
Lindsay Mealing, Junior Agent at Emerald City Literary Agency
Lindsay loves her some unlikable heroes. Send yours! Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Romance; YA all genres

Nonfiction: Nope

"Above all, I’m looking for a narrative voice that resonates with me and characters I can fall for. I want diverse characters and settings that make stories feel real. I don’t always know what I’ll fall in love with, so definitely reach out and query!"

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting submissions at via email at querylindsay@emeraldcityliterary.comClick here for her full submission guidelines.

Follow Lindsay on Twitter @lindsaymealing.

Leon Hustock, Literary Agent at L. Perkins Agency 
 In a turn of events, Leon wants us to know that he is definitely not interested in seeing his own "nerd nostalgia (nerdstalgia?) projected onto fiction." If you want to know what he is interested in, we've got you covered.  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Sci-Fi; Fantasy; YA; Middle Grades

Non-Fiction: Non

"He has a particular interest in science-fiction and fantasy, especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures (e.g. Leigh Bardugo’s Russian-inspired fantasy).  He also loves young adult and upper middle-grade of all stripes, as well as genre mashups (e.g. fantasy westerns, noir + almost anything else, etc).  Strong characters are, of course, a must."

How to Submit: Leon is accepting queries via email at leon@lperkinsagency.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on the agency webpage, here.

Follow Leon on Twitter @LeonHusock.

Ejusdem Generis

This week over at Buzzfeed, Jaime Green discusses the reading/writing of romance novels as a political act. This illuminating essay describes the continuing evolution of the oft-maligned genre, particularly the way in which once-taboo relationships and people—which is to say anything involving non-cis, non-white, non-straight folks—are now populating the romance landscape in ever-greater numbers. The authors Green interviews describe how simply writing the stories they want to tell is inherently political when the characters those stories are about are members of groups who are politically marginalized IRL. The whole thing is worth a read, but my favorite bit comes from Green herself, who wraps the piece up by describing the endeavor of romance as a “kind of literary whisper network” that discusses a host of highly political issues, largely free of male critique because men generally ignore the genre due to “taboo or misguided derision.” Check it out here.

As self-publishing becomes an ever-larger piece of the literary pie, it may be that evolutions like the one Green describes can happen more quickly, maybe much more. Suzanne Brockmann, an award-winning romance novelist, told Green how in 1992 she wasn’t allowed to have even one minor character be gay, and as late as 2007 had to fight to get out her book about a gay Navy SEAL. When following traditional publishing routes, an author is always subject to an array of forces whose interests do not necessarily include keeping intact her artistic vision. The self-published author is beholden to none of these, though, and so is free to include material that may not be in sync with the particular mores of the publishing guild.

Speaking of resisting the forces aligned against the author, this week the San Francisco Chronicle profiled an Oakland nonprofit press that focuses on international literature—works that are being overlooked by the big houses. Transit Books is interested in literature that deserves distribution but for one reason or another has been ignored. The founders, a married couple originally from New York, formed the press as a nonprofit so that they could make decisions in line with their mission rather than on sales potential. The works they have put out so far have been well received, and they plan to expand their portfolio to include American works that “push literary boundaries.” 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: December 4, 2017

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING CHRISTMAS IS COMING CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Okay, I get a little bit excited about the upcoming holiday. For four weeks at the end of each year my shameless embrace of nostalgia (and eggnog) knows no bounds. We'd like to give our loyal readers a heads-up that activity at GSF will be slowing to almost nothing from the 15th of December until just after New Year's Day. As for this week, we've got a big-money contest if you're British or Irish, some agent news and what they are looking for, and a cautionary tale 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

An agent moves, and an editor agents.

Deborah Hofmann, formerly Editor of the NYT Best Seller Lists, has joined the David Black Literary Agency as an Agent and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary 

Nonfiction: Narrative; Autobiography and Memoir; Culture and the Arts; Humor; How-To; Artisanal Arts and Crafts

“Deborah welcomes first-time book authors with open arms, vision and verve.”

Deborah is accepting queries via email at dhofmann@dblackagency.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Jennifer Goloboy, formerly of Red Sofa Literary, has joined Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Nonfiction: Popular History

“She thinks that one of the most important jobs of science fiction is to imagine a future we want to live in.”

Jennifer is accepting queries via email at query.jgoloboy@maassagency.com. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Submission Deadlines

Flash fiction, and big money for flash writing. See what I did there? Cuz it's for British folks? Flash? Slang for... Just ignore me.

The NY Literary Magazine Best Short Fiction Story Contest—Submissions due December 10th (Flash Fiction Contest—Publication)

What: Up to three stories of fiction, any genre, of no more than 2,000 words. Winners receive award seals and publication.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

Deborah Rogers Foundation 2018 Writer’s Award—Submissions due December 13th (Work-in-progress Writing Contest—Big $$$ Award, well, £££)

Who: Writers with a work in progress living in the British Commonwealth and Ireland

What: A work in progress of 20-30,000 words, fiction or nonfiction. Winner will receive £10,000. 

“An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work.”

To Submit: Submission via online form, here. Contest guidelines and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Another week for fantasy

Julie Fergusson, Agent at The North Agency 
Julie wants a little bit of escapism: “Looking for dark, twisty psychological thrillers, YA fantasy and speculative lit fiction.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary, particularly Women’s; Book Club; Dystopian; Psychological Thrillers; YA Fantasy

Nonfiction: Meh.

“She loves a detailed and fast-paced plot, centred around interesting and well-developed characters.

How to Submit: Julie is accepting submissions at julie@thenorthlitagency.com. Submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Julie on Twitter @Julie_Fergusson.

Ben Grange, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency
Ben's looking for the next Chosen One fantasy based on Western European mythology. Wait, that's not right: “Diverse (MG/YA) fantasy based on diverse mythology written by diverse authors.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult (especially Fantasy and Science Fiction)

Nonfiction: Pop Culture 

“Thanks to his time at JABberwocky, he loves epic fantasy and science fiction, and although his focus is on middle grade and young adult, he won't say no to a great fantasy or sci-fi.”

How to Submit: Ben is accepting submissions at ben@lperkinsagency.com. See the agency's submission policies here. 

Follow Ben on Twitter @BLGrange.

Ejusdem Generis

This week, the Ahwatukee Foothills News reported about a local woman who had a terrible experience trying to publish her book with the Christian-based Tate Publishing. Judy Lokits had written a book about the biblical Song of Songs and was working with the hybrid publisher Tate, a family-owned company from Oklahoma that had been in business for over a decade. After a frustrating and repetitive process in which little progress was made and thousands of her dollars were spent, Lokits found out that the company was being sued by many other authors. She gave up on Tate, and thankfully was able to find a better relationship with a different publisher. As for Tate, in May of this year founder Richard and his son and CEO Ryan were arrested and charged with embezzlement, extortion, and racketeering. Read more on the saga here.

While the rise of self publishing has been fantastic for authors who want to get their work out regardless of any agent's or editor's opinion, the fact is that it's not always easy to know which companies are respectable and which aren't. There are more than one Manutius Press out there (read pages 238-243 if you haven't before, and read them again if you have already, give yourself a treat - I just love Eco). Fortunately, our publishing biz superhero Jane Friedman has some advice about how to evaluate a press before you commit. 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.