Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 4, 2017

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Happy Labor Day! As we celebrate the American Labor Movement today, we also remember that it was only 60 years ago today, by orders of Governor Orval Faubus, 289 soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard prevented 9 African-American students, Elizabeth Eckford, Minnijean Brown, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattillo, Gloria Ray, Terrance Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls, from entering Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It took almost three weeks before the students were protected by federal troops and could enter the school. For these heroes, high school was not a safe place, but a hostile environment where they took a stand and did what was right not just for their own advancement but for the betterment of our society. We give thanks for their sacrifice today.
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news (specifically agents that recently opened up to submissions), notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits 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

Open again, Open again, jiggety jig.

Jessica Watterson, Agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, is back open to queries.

Jessica is seeking:

Fiction: Romance (all genres); Women's Fiction; YA

Nonfiction: Nope.

"Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse voices."

Jessica is accepting queries via online form,  here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, is open to queries.

Kelly is seeking:

Fiction: Fantasy for MG, YA, NA, and Adult; add Romance for YA, NA, and Adult; and Science Fiction for MG and YA

Nonfiction: Nah.

"With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place."

Kelly is accepting queries via email at query@corvisieroagency.com. See submission guidelines here.

Courtney Miller-Callihan, Founder and Agent at Handspun Literary Agency, is open again to queries (well, to be fair, she has been since July, but we just picked up on it now).

Courtney is seeking:

Fiction: General; Historical; Women's; Romance; Mystery

Nonfiction: Most everything except Religion and Spirituality

Courtney is accepting queries via email at query@handspunlit.com. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have between six and ten days:

World in Focus In Focus Art & Essay Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 10th (Art and Writing Contest—$$ Prize)

Who: Ages 10-18

What: Art or essay. 1,000-word maximum. $100 CAD Prize

"To promote awareness of the vision problems individuals in third-world countries may face on a daily basis, due to their difficulty in accessing resources and care; To promote outreach in the youth community by allowing them to reflect on the topic of sight and its importance; To encourage youth to express their creativity, individuality and talents on a global stage" 

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

Operation Awesome Pass or Pages Contest—Submission Window: September 11th-13th (Query Contest—Agent Evaluation)

What: Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy, query and first 250 words. Five randomly selected entries will be evaluated by an agent, with feedback given about why they're passing, or why they're requesting pages.

"Querying authors get a peek into agents' minds as they go through their slush piles."

To Submit: Submission online (once the submission window is open), here or here. For guidelines, prompts, and other information, click here.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award—Submissions due Thursday, September 14th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: Authors with a first novel, published between January and June 2017

What: Must be a first novel, published originally in the US, no YA/Middle Grade. Winner receives $5,000.

"The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award honors an outstanding debut novel published in the preceding calendar year. Symbolized by a three-dimensional compass, the award is a tribute to writers who have navigated their way through the maze of imagination and delivered a great read, taking the reader someplace new."

To Submit: For complete submission details, click here. For more information and other guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Highlights from this week's #MSWL tweets...

Meg LaTorre-Snyder, Agent Apprentice at the Corivisiero Literary Agency
Meg wants some Disney by way of Burning Man: "I'd love a steampunk Beauty & the Beast retelling. (Bonus points for M/M or F/F romance.)"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Fantasy; Historical fiction; Romance (with magical elements); Space opera; Steam punk; Thrillers (with magical elements)

Nonfiction: Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full.

"She loves books written in third-person with multiple POVs, quirky, realistic characters, rich descriptions, and a unique inclusion of mythologies. (However, Meg does love first-person stories with a single POV as well, or any combination thereof!)"

How to submit: Meg is accepting submissions via email at query@corvisieroagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on her profile at the company website.

Follow Meg on Twitter @MegLaTorre.

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren is looking for The Slammin' Salmon cum Le Morte d'Arthur: "funny YA set in a Medieval Times-like restaurant. Give me performer hierarchy drama, kitchen secrets, and a love story to swoon over." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select 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

Leon Husock, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency
No, Leon, I'm sorry, I don't: "You know that Shanghai/Hong Kong/British Raj aesthetic that's a mash-up of Asian/South-Asian and Western culture? I love that." Source Tweet  Oh, good, I must not be alone: "For reference, see (among many other things) The Age of Shadows, a Korean spy drama set during the Japanese occupation of Korea." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction; Fantasy; YA; Upper Middle Grade; Genre Mashups

Non-fiction: No, nah, man, this is not a good idea!

"...especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures."

How to submit: Leon is accepting queries via email at leon@lperkinsagency.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Leon on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

So writers, here's the thing. The first line of your manuscript is super important. Check out this insight #StraightFromAnAgent in Literary Agent Mary C. Moore's post, "Do Literary Agents Reject Your Submission After Reading One Line?"

Yes, I have rejected a submission based on the first sentence and yes, it happens more often than I’d like. But how could you possibly know from the first line? you ask.

Because it’s our job to know.

Sounds arrogant, sure. Believe me, I’ve been there on the other side, thinking it wasn’t fair that agents claimed they rejected a sub based on that first line. But after years of reading the slushpile, editing manuscripts, shopping clients, etc., I’ve been trained to see the level of prose based off that first line. Other agents will tell you the same.

Mary offers 10 things she determines about an author's manuscript from its first line. Read the full article by clicking here.

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We just stumbled upon J.P. Beaubien's YouTube Channel Terrible Writing Advice. The writing and the publication process is a tough one and sometimes we just need a good laugh. Check it out... but, please, please don't follow his advice, especially on marketing your book:


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: August 28, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of our weekly round up. 54 years ago today Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, something to remember in the midst of our continued division and strife. Click here to see a full-length video of this speech. In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent hiring and promotion news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more #StraightFromAnAgent tidbits 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

New Agency: Cullen Stanley International

Cullen Stanley and Stephanie Koven (both formerly from Janklow & Nesbit Associates) founded their own agency in 2017. 

Cullen Stanley is seeking:

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction, historical Memoir, Biography, Mind-Body-Spirit, and books on art and design.

Fiction: "she likes novels with strong plot lines, inspirational stories and memorable characters."

Stephanie Koven is seeking:

Fiction: Narrative-driven fiction 

Nonfiction: Lifestyle & Health, Memoir, History, Popular Science, and Outdoor/Nature/Adventure titles.  

Cullen and Stephanie are accepting queries via email to submissions@cullenstanleyinternational.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have between four and ten days:

Litro Magazine After Dark. After Hours.—Submissions due Friday, September 1st (Print magazine, publication)

What: Flash/micro fiction, short fiction, and nonfiction. 4,000-word maximum.

"An issue about what people get up to after dark, when they think no one’s watching, or what goes on after everything’s shut. Secrets and shady stuff, or things more magical: the store mannequins come to life, elves appear to do the shoemaker’s work…? You show us." 

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

consīs 2017 Pith of Prose & Poem Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 3rd (Poetry and Prose Contest—$$ Prize and Publication)

What: Poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose. No more than 250 words for prose, or 25 lines for poetry. Four cash prizes, all winners receive publication.

"We welcome new and hybrid forms."

To Submit: Submit via Submittable, here. For guidelines and other information, click here.

Brenda Drake #PitMad Twitter Pitch Contest—Submissions due Thursday, September 7th (Quarterly Event, Invitation to Submit to an Agent)

What: 140 character Twitter pitch of a completed manuscript. If an agent favorites your tweet, that's an invitation to submit!

"Please keep in mind, we never know what agents or publishers will be on the hashtag, so make sure you research each requesting agent or publisher."

To Submit: Get a Twitter account, yo. For more information and extensive guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Highlights from this week's #MSWL tweets...

Lauren Abramo, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Lauren is looking for some underrepresented voices: "Very eager for submissions from Native writers in Middle Grade & Young Adult fiction and adult fiction & non."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Humorous MG & contemporary YA; Upmarket Commercial & well-paced Literary

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Psychology; Pop Science; Reportage; Media; Contemporary Culture; with a strong focus on books about social justice

"In nonfiction she has a strong preference for interdisciplinary approaches, and in all categories she’s especially interested in underrepresented voices. "

How to submit: Lauren is accepting submissions via email at labramo@dystel.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenAbramo.

Alexandra Machinist, Agent at ICM Partners
Alexandra is soooooo meta. She tweeted "I always love and yearn for books about books." (source tweet) Her "favorite books about books are The Shadow of the Wind, 13th Tale, AJ Fikry, Weight of Ink and more! (source tweet) SO... "please, if you have a #BooksAboutBooks query me!" (source tweet)

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial, Literary, Upmarket Women's, and Historical fiction, Suspense, Fantasy, Young adult, Middle grade

Select Nonfiction

"I am avidly looking for new talent, particularly in the areas of commercial women's fiction, suspense, high-concept young adult fiction, and anything and everything that keeps me up all night reading." 

How to submit: Alexandra is accepting submissions via email at amachinist@icmpartners.comClick here and scroll to the bottom of her Publisher's Marketplace membership page to read the full submissions guidelines.

Follow Alexandra on Twitter @amachinist

Alyssa Jennette, Agent at Stonesong
In anticipation of being open to queries in a couple of days (she is closed for queries during the month of August), Alyssa tweeted that she's interested in a solar-eclipse themed book project: "Someone gets blinded by the eclipse but now they have superpowers/visions/etc." Source Tweet 

Beginning in September Alyssa is seeking:

Fiction: Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Middle Grade & Young Adult (especially magical realism or urban fantasy, secret societies, and unreliable narrators), and Adult Fiction (literary fiction full of wit and wordplay that may border on the absurd/surreal (bonus if it includes footnotes), smart psychological or supernatural Suspense/Mystery/Horror, or beautifully crafted historical fantasy in the vein of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL.)

Non-fiction: Humor, Pop Culture

Not looking for: Historical Fiction, Romance, or Women’s Fiction

"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: Beginning in September, Alyssa will be accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Alyssa on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis - #StraightFromAnAgent

Here is a great Query Check list video by Agent Meg LaTorre-Snyder. Make sure to check out the links she included below the video on YouTube. You can subscribe to her iWriterly videos on YouTube by clicking 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.