Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 9, 2017

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We're getting close to Halloween, y'all. That's apropos of nothing, I'm just thinking about it. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and some #smh 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 agent and one established agent who has joined another agency

Formerly at Waxman Literary,  Molly O'Neill has moved to Root Literary.

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult 

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction

"If I can visualize exactly how to form a web of connections around a book and its creator while I’m reading an early draft, then it’s a fantastic signal that I also know how to help that author or artist build their way into a meaningful, and potentially lucrative, career."

Molly is temporarily closed to queries, but states on her Publishers Marketplace member page: "I will be re-opening soon!" Watch her profile for updates, here. For submission guidelines at Root, click here.

Philippa Brewster, formerly an editor, has joined Georgina Capel Associates as an agent.

Based on her editorial work, it looks like Phillipa is seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Upmarket

Nonfiction: Your guess is as good as mine.

Philippa is accepting queries via email at philippabrewster@gmail.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got about a week...

Miami University Press 2018 Novella Prize—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Award, publication)

What: Novella-length manuscript of original fiction: 18,000-40,000 words. Winner receives $750, a contract with publication, and 10 copies of the book.

Reading Fee: $25

To Submit: Submission via Submittable here. For rules and submission instructions click here .

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

What: 150-400 page manuscripts of literary nonfiction. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.

Reading Fee: $27 (comes with a one-year subscription to River Teeth)

To Submit: Submission via Submittable or by post to: River Teeth Book Prize, Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. For rules and other information, click here.

What Agents Want

Crime and kids' books

Curtis Russell, Agent and President at P.S. Literary
Curtis is looking for some wicked-smaht detective reads: "Crime fiction like Dennis Lehane." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Commercial; Mystery; Thriller; Suspense; Romance; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books

Nonfiction: Business; History; Politics; Current Affairs; Memoir; Health; Wellness; Sports; Humor; Pop Culture; Pop Science; Pop Psychology

How to submit: Curtis is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.
Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Curtis @CurtisPSLA.

Hannah Mann, Junior Agent at Writers House
Hannah is looking for Saved by the Bell by way of High Fidelity: "I think the timing is ripe for an early-mid 90s quirky, literary, stand-out YA romance." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

"I majored in Narrative Studies at USC and am passionate about stories in every sense. I've always loved the critical and editorial processes and consider myself a hands-on agent, from brainstorming concepts to revising late drafts."

How to submit: Hannah is accepting queries via email at hmann@WritersHouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahhmann.

Ejusdem Generis

Near and dear to our hearts here at Grad Student Freelancers are the various murky and confusing concepts that undergird copyright law. Not unrelated are the (one would think) less-disputed ethical guidelines regarding plagiarism (which, as educators, we've unfortunately had to deal with, as well). In the latest case of professional negligence (at the least), highly-lauded author and poet Jill Bialosky has been accused of just that. The New York Times reported this week that a critical review of her new book claims to have found strong evidence that Ms. Bialosky copied language from a number of websites for her own biographical descriptions of poets. In response, a number of high-powered authors and critics have come to her defense, suggesting that what she did doesn't count as plagiarism, or that hers is a sort of venial literary sin that should not detract from the book or her legacy. Some have even suggested that the accusation itself is sexist. 

While making claims about what constitutes ethical literary behavior for an Executive Editor and Vice President at W.W. Norton may be above our pay grade, we will say that this sort of thing would result in any first-year/freshman receiving an F on a paper of any sort. 

Check out the NYT's report, here (possible paywall).

For a response to Bialosky's defenders, click here (possible paywall).

Finally, can anyone tell us why agents post #MSWL tweets when they are closed to queries? It's like putting up Block Party! BBQ! Food! Music! signs in your neighborhood, and then telling people when they show up, "Sorry, it's for family members only."


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 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.