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: 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. 


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.