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.
Writers, you've got about a week...
Miami University Press 2018 Novella Prize—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Award, publication)
What: Novella-length manuscript of original fiction: 18,000-40,000 words. Winner receives $750, a contract with publication, and 10 copies of the book.
Reading Fee: $25
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ 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)
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
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
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
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."
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."