Get Published Weekly Roundup: June 4th, 2018

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I've smoked over forty pounds of pork shoulder in the past three weeks. That isn't germane to anything at all, I was just thinking about it as I began to write this. Sometimes there is so much going on that the only way to move forward is to focus on the inconsequential. If that's too opaque, I'm sure I'll have something more accessible next week. This week we feature agent news, just one contest, #MSWL entries, and some true crime 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

A (possibly) new agent, and another reopens to queries (we love it when that happens!)

Emma Sector (seems to have recently) joined Prospect Agency (but maybe has been there for a while, it's hard to say).

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: MG only

"I'm open to middle-grade and YA of all types, but I'm especially drawn to fantasy adventure, magical realism, and historical fiction. I love picture books with big ideas and few words and chapter books with quirky, vibrant characters."

Emma is accepting submissions via online form, here.

Natalie Lakosil, of Bradford Literary, has reopened to queries.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Chapter Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Cozy Mystery/Crime; female-protagonist Thriller; Upmarket Women's

Nonfiction: Juvenile

"In novels, she likes historical (primarily 1900s-1920s), multi-cultural, ownvoices, magical realism, LGBTQ, strong female leads, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and horror. She is not typically the best fit for a light beach read."

Natalie is accepting submissions via email at queries@bradfordlit.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

You've got about ten days

Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award—Submissions due June 15th, 2018 (Annual Grant—$$$)

Who: Unpublished writers of color

What: Unpublished short story or first chapter of a work in progress, 2,500-5,000 words. Winner receives $1,500.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Send resume/biography, cover letter, and manuscript to bethwasson@gmail.com, or possibly to admin@sistersincrime.org (there's two different instructions). Find all info and instructions here.

What Agents Want

Spooky children's lit: bring it!

Danielle Burby, Agent at Nelson Literary Agency
In conversation this would come across as logorrhea, but in a #MSWL tweet, it's just thorough: "Things I'm looking for right now: Creepy atmospheric forests, queer love stories, YA and MG fantasy, sister stories, boarding schools, complicated family and friendship dynamics, seaside novels, literary writing with commercial plot, interesting magic, feminism"  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Young Adult, select Women's

Nonfiction: I guess not.

How to submit: Danielle is accepting queries via email at querydanielle@nelsonagency.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Danielle on Twitter @DanielleBurby.

Kortney Price, Junior Agent at Corvisiero Literary
Kortney sneers at your love of the spring sunshine: "Absolutely DYING to see a super atmospheric ghost story, for YA or adult in my inbox. Murder mysteries, gothic settings/themes, haunted mansions, gardens, rain, fog... all the things! With a dash of romance" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; select Fantasy and Paranormal

Nonfiction: Nope

"She loves reading about the things she loves so stories featuring an awesome sense of humor, art and artists, antiques and old buildings, and strong and quirky families are always welcome. Because of her 15+ years working in the special needs community, Kortney is always looking for stories featuring characters with special needs."

How to submit: Kortney is accepting queries via online form, here. See submission guidelines here.

Follow her on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

As some of y'all may have heard, author Chuck Palahniuk was the most prominent victim of a $3.4 million embezzlement scheme perpetrated by the accountant at his literary agency, Donadio & Olson. After ranting about piracy and his publishers in the past, Palahniuk realized that the real bad guy was the fellow in charge of his agency's purse strings and apologized for his previous accusations. He is apparently in rather dire financial straits but happy to know what was really happening. I don't think that there is anything particularly profound to think about here, but it does serve as a sobering reminder that even after finally landing an agent, that agent making a deal for your book, and that book being well received and made into a movie, it's not all Cheez-Its and beer. What I really want to know is how the accountant thought he would hide the theft of someone's $200,000 advance (which is what led to the discovery of the crime; the unnamed author understandably wondered where his two hundred large was). I mean, I never took more than a dollar or two from my pop's change jug (actually a small metal Coke machine coin bank), cuz I knew it would get noticed. Also, in 1988 two dollars bought a lot of candy bars, so there was no need to get greedy. Check it out here and 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: May 21st, 2018

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Our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, Kelly Figueroa-Ray, graduated this weekend, receiving her doctorate! So if you write to us, please address her as Dr. Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations Kelly Figueroa-Ray, PhD. Congrats, Kelly! This week we feature a rather new agency, two contests for big money, #MSWL entries, and some poetry 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

A new agent, and a new-ish one-woman agency now open to queries

Sarah Gerton has joined Curtis Brown, Ltd as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Narrative

"While fantasy is her first love, she’s eager to read YA and MG fiction of all genres, gravitating toward character-driven stories with unforgettable settings. On the nonfiction side, her interests include beautifully written history, reportage, and/or memoir for a young audience."

Sarah is accepting submissions via email at sg@cbltd.com. See the submission guidelines and her bio here.

Samantha Bagood started her own agency, Samantha B. Literary, in 2017, and is now actively building her list.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Chapter Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Juvenile

"Samantha B. Literary is thrilled to be eagerly seeking new clients. Every submission is carefully considered, but as a one-woman agency, I am by nature highly selective. In addition to thinking about whether I can sell the project, I also ask myself questions like, 'Do I love the project? Will the author and I work strongly together? How passionate am I about his or her potential?'"

Samantha is accepting submissions via online form, here. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Big $$$ for published authors: one for a US citizen under 39 and an even bigger one for a Canadian novel or collection of short stories

Bard Fiction Prize—Submissions due June 15th, 2018 (USA; $30,000, writer-in-residence position)

Who: Published fiction writers 39 years and younger, who are U.S. citizens

What: A $30,000 cash award and an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students. To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a CV, along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted.

Cost: Free

To Submit: For information about the Bard Fiction Prize, call 845-758-7087,  send an e-mail to bfp@bard.edu, or request information by writing to: Bard Fiction Prize, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Submission information available here.

2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize—Submissions due by June 15, 2018 (CANADA; novel/short story collection, $100,000 CAD and $10,000 CAD to each finalist)

What: First edition adult fiction publication (novel or short story collection) published between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 in Canada by Canadian citizens or residents (for books published between July 1, 2018 and Sept 30, 2018 submissions must be received on or before August 15, 2018). Winner receives $100,000 CAD and each finalist receives $10,000 CAD.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Publishers should submit seven hard copies of the book via post to The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Michelle Kadarusman, 543 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3B6 (***Please authorize couriers to leave boxes with ‘no signature required’ at front gate***). Each entry must be accompanied by the signed submission form (click here), a current author biography, a jpeg of the author and the book cover sent by e-mail (michelle@scotiabankgillerprize.ca) that can be reproduced for use in print and online. For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Agents looking for women in STEM, among other (stranger?) things

Kurestin Armada, Associate Literary Agent at P.S. Literary Agency
Kurestin is super consistant, folks! Last July she put out the same #MSWL call that we highlighed here in our Roundup. Could you all please send her more projects (fiction and non) with "young girls interested in STEM fields"? Thx!  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, select Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), illustrated Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, and Romance

Nonfiction: Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Narrative, Photography, Nature, and Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Kurestin's #MSWL on Twitter via her agency's account @PSLiterary.

Tess Callero, Agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd
Tess has just updated her new #MSWL page where she informs us that she watched the entire first season of Stranger Things in one day. On her list we also find "women in STEM"! Take the hint people. Find out all the things she wants hereSource Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Commercial and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Mysteries; Thrillers; and Romance

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Business; Cookbooks; Humor, Biography; Self-Help; and Food Narrative Projects

"She has a soft spot for anything involving food, sports, or Hollywood."

How to submit: Tess is accepting queries via email at tc@cbltd.com. See guidelines here.

Follow her on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

Here at GSF, our raison d’être is to help authors overcome the variegated and myriad barriers to publication, which can seem insurmountable; when writing is a second, unpaid full-time job, something as time intensive as finding and researching literary agents can be overwhelming, even if it is entirely necessary.* I thought of this as I read Rabih Alameddine’s essay on who gets to write (and be read) over at Harper’s this week. Alameddine notes that only writers who are not a threat to dominant culture are allowed to write, and he suggests that the economics of publishing is used to keep out threatening work: “Today’s imperial censorship is usually masked as the publisher’s bottom line. ‘This won’t sell’ is the widest moat in the castle’s defenses.” But his wider inquiry regards the way that successful writers are, in Chinua Achebe’s words, “purveyor(s) of comforting myths.” Even the work of authors who question or challenge aspects of the ascendant culture is co-opted by that culture: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness critiques the project of colonialism, all the while reinforcing racist and colonialist ideas about Africa. As culture changes, though, so do the types of voices that are allowed to be heard; world literature is now widespread and critically lauded. Yet culture’s co-opting of those voices continues, and Alameddine does not except himself from this process. What can this tell us as writers in our own genres, categories, and identities, whatever they may be? Maybe the takeaway is that obeisance to the dictates of our culture is what’s missing from our work. Maybe my novel doesn’t have enough firefighters, pickup trucks, and sturdy-but-feminine women in jean shorts, or on the other hand, uptight intellectuals roaming the Upper East Side questioning their life’s work. Or maybe the takeaway is that writing (and reading) at its best is an act that requires an intense ability to observe and scrutinize both ourselves and our neighbors, to leave to others the assumptions we operate on in our daily lives and to resist our own first impressions and impulses, and that that is all we can do. I’ll let y’all come to your own conclusions about what I think. The whole thing is well worth a read. Check it out here.

Speaking of barriers to entry, not ever leaving your house is a big one. I thought of this as I read through LitHub’s collection of writers talking about their favorite poems. Jesse Ball talks about “Jabberwocky,” one of my favorites, and one of the first I memorized. The very first poem I memorized, however, is Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” When I was a child, if I was too ill to go to school, I would be forced to stay with my grandmother. Grandmother’s apartment was not a place any six-year-old would voluntarily stay for any period of time, and on top of the non-kid-friendly environment, Grandmother was apt to make you memorize poetry. And she loved Emily Dickinson.

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us—don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

The magic of this poem was entirely lost on my sullen, fever-ridden, six-year-old self. By adolescence, though, I had grown to love it, and still do. I think that in a way it speaks to what Alameddine is talking about in his essay. The poet enrolls the reader in her own sense of alienation and feelings of being an outsider. It is this quality that allows the poem to speak to so many, regardless of whether they would be recognizable as an outsider to most of us. Tom Brady, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Warren Buffett may all feel that this poem speaks to them. As a corollary to that, this illustrates that way in which culture co-opts voices that may critique that culture: not to get all Intentional Fallacy on y’all, but this poem is not about famous and powerful people. Yet they may embrace it as their own. At any rate, read about more favorite poems here.

*Okay, so our RDE is to help y’all overcome like three or four of the barriers, but you know what I mean.


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: April 16th, 2018

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A dissertation defense, and the advent of the in-law. These things have conspired to make the Roundup this week a non-entity. Next week we'll be back with a vengeance!

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

Agents seeking in-laws

Nobody has recently been promoted. 

Seeking: Dissertations and in-laws

Nobody is accepting submissions via email at nobody@yomama.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

 

Submission Deadlines

Finish your PhD, stat!

The In-Law Dissertation  Short Story Competition—Submissions due by April 27th, 2018 (Annual Competition, $$$ and Publication)

What: Actually, nothing

Cost: Free

To Submit: Entry via online form, here. Rules and submission information may be found here.

What Agents Want

Seeking a degree, and a mother-in-law

Nobody, Agent at Nunya Literary

Nobody wants anything this week (well, somebody does, but Nobody doesn't . . . wait, that doesn't work) Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Nuthin'

How to submit: Don't

 

Ejusdem Generis

I obviously fibbed last week when I promised this week would be better. I'm not fibbing this time. It will be better, pinky swear.


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: March 19th, 2018

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Another St. Patrick's day has come and gone, but I really want some more corned beef. I think I'm going to go eat some leftovers right now. This week we feature some newly minted agents, a humorous poem contest (a contest for humorous poems, not a poetry contest that is humorous; I feel like all poetry contests are probably humorous on some level), and just a touch of news 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

This week, we're spotlighting two young agents working their way up at Donald Maass Literary and The Seymour Agency

Kiana Nguyen has been promoted from Agent's Assistant to Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA fiction across genres; Adult Romance and Thrillers

"Give me the girls with skinned knees and boys weak with jealousy and queer kids who couldn't be good if they tried. All the gray morality and friendships they would kill to keep. Nothing cookie-cutter for me!"

Kiana is accepting submissions via email at query.knguyen@maassagency.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Lesley Sabga has been promoted from Intern to Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action/Suspense/Thriller; Romance

Nonfiction: Memoir; How-To; "Gift"/Coffee Table books; Lifestyle; Travel; Cookbooks

"Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots." 

Lesley is accepting queries via email at lesley@theseymouragency.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

A great opportunity for international community-building in the writing world and a call for the next Jabberwocky

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Seminars Scholarships—Submissions due by March 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, residency + travel expenses)

Who: Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. English speakers need not be fluent in Bulgarian, or vice versa. 

What: Application materials include a professional biography, statement of purpose, and a 10-20 page fiction writing sample. A total number of ten applicants (five writing in English and five in Bulgarian) will be admitted to the seminar as participants and appointed fellows of the program. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation will cover their room, board, and in-country transportation. The five English-language fellows traveling to Bulgaria will be reimbursed for 50% of their international travel expenses.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prizes + online publication)

What: One humorous poem up to 250 lines in length. Work may be published or unpublished, and may contain "inspired gibberish." First prize is $1,000, second prize is $250, and ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

This week's #MSWL highlights: Platonic love and fossil forests

 Jess Dallow, Associate Agent at Brower Literary
Jess retweets herself: "This thread is still my #MSWL. Platonic, loving, weird relationships." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA Contemporary; Adult Commercial Fiction

"She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (serial killers; child psychopaths; and the things that keep you up at night), mysteries, and strong women’s fiction that delves into the complexities of our world today as well as supportive female friendships. She loves original voices and stories that are impossible to put down."

How to submit: Jess is accepting queries via email at jess@browerliterary.com. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @jldallow.

Chris Kepner, Agent at The Kepner Agency 
Chris is looking for this National Geographic headline in book form: "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Any genre

Nonfiction: Any genre

How to submit: Chris is accepting queries via email at chris@kepneragency.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @chriskepner.

Ejusdem Generis

A few weeks ago we linked to a piece that explored the idea that writing romance can be a political act. Well, the struggle continues, as the Guardian reports today about the publisher Riptide, which has come under fire for its, well, racist perspectives and actions. Last week, romance author Cole McCade detailed an exchange he had with one of Riptide's editors in which he was told that they were unwilling to put a person of color on a book cover because it would hurt sales. The Guardian ties this to the larger issue of the lack of support for authors of color on the part of romance publishers generally. 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: March 12th, 2018

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It's both rained and snowed today, pretty much par for the course in early spring in Charlottesville. I have no doubt it will probably be sunny and eighty degrees tomorrow, with snow again on Saturday. Speaking of Saturday, an early Éirinn go Brách to all y'all. We hope you're all able to enjoy a stout or two in a quiet pub somewhere. Or get beer spilled on your shoes by overenthusiastic twentysomethings, which is much more likely, if that's your thing. This week we've got some agency news, a great submission possibility if you're into arid places, some MSWL highlights, and an organizational ethnographer (that's a thing? I didn't know that was a thing) 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

Looking for an agent who specializes in nonfiction? Here are two new hires seeking clients like you

Leslie Meredith has joined Mary Evans, Inc. as an agent.

Seeking:

Nonfiction: Memoir; Science; Psychology; Health; Nature/Animals; Spirituality/New Age

Leslie is accepting queries via email at info@maryevansinc.com, or by post at 242 East Fifth Street, New York, NY 10003. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Allison Janice has joined Serendipity Literary Agency as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; Mystery; Select Women’s Fiction 

Nonfiction: Cooking/Nutrition; Health and Wellness; Self-Help; Memoir; Humor; Psychology; History; Science

"In her new role as an agent at Serendipity, she aims to work with a range of nonfiction clients on the topics of cooking, nutrition, health and wellness, self-help, memoir, humor, psychology, history, and science, particularly in the areas of body-positivity, veganism, and environmentalism. She is also open to fiction in the area of romance and mystery, as well as the odd women’s fiction title. Push the boundaries of your genre and use your voice for good!"

Allison is accepting submissions via email at info@serendipitylit.com. For more information on the agency's submission guidelines, see here for fiction and here for non-fiction.

Submission Deadlines

More nonfiction and some non-nonfiction: A $$$ prize and residency for desert nonfiction, and a grant for spec. lit. writers aged 50+

Writing Ranch Waterston Desert Writing Prize—Submission window: January 1st to April 1st, 2018 (non-fiction proposal contest, $$$ prize + residency)

What: Nonfiction proposals about deserts and their importance (that's deserts, not desserts, y'all). Submission material includes a biographical statement, project proposal, and writing sample. Writers in all career stages are invited to apply. Winner receives $2000 cash, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.

Cost: Free

"Now starting its fourth year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy - with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston's love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative."

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as rules and guidelines may be found here. If you are ready to apply, an online submission form is available here.

Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant—Submissions due by March 31st, 2018 (grant application contest)

Who: Authors aged 50+ at the time of application who are just beginning work at a professional level in the area of speculative literature (think fantasy/sci-fi and more—a definition is provided below).

What: A short autobiographical statement, a writing sample (up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction), and a bibliography of previously-published work by the author if available (applicants do not need to have previous publications to apply). Two winners will receive $500 grants each, to be used at their discretion.

Cost: Free

"Speculative literature is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making — and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under our aegis, and would potentially be work that we would be interested in supporting."

To Submit: Contest details may be found here. Submissions should be emailed to olderwriters@speclit.org.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Mumps, black women in WWII, and Michael Bourret wants you to question EVERYTHING

Sharon Pelletier, Agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Sharon wants to see this CNN headline in book form: "More than 25,000 people who were at a national cheerleading competition in Texas are being warned to check for symptoms of mumps." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Mostly Upmarket/Bookclub

               Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction; Society/Pop Culture; Women's Issues; Religion

"While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction; smart, complex women’s fiction; and hearty, unforgettable book club fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists and experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, feminism, sports, social justice, and/or religion."

How to submit: Sharon is accepting submissions via email at spelletier@dystel.com Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies.

You can follow her on Twitter @sharongracepjs.

Natascha Morris, Agent at BookEnds Literary Agency
Natascha retweets @KiraJW with #MSWL: "Dear Hollywood: If you insist on making 13 movies about World War II every year, you need to make a movie about black women's role in the war. Thanks." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books (including illustrators); Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction across genres

Nonfiction:  None

"Stories about first generation immigrants are especially welcome, since she is a first generation . . . Natascha would love to see more fantasies (a major love), more thrillers in the vein of Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species and This Darkness Mine, and more historical fiction that spotlight hidden figures and time periods. For middle grade, she is looking for historical fiction, fantasy, and quirky books (as in The Mortification of Fovea Munson).  Natascha is also open to illustrators. With illustrators, she is mostly drawn to bright colors, and lush settings."

How to submit: Natascha is accepting queries via online form, here. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website.

Follow Natascha on Twitter @SoCalledYALife.

Michael Bourret, Agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Last but not least, "for the millionth time" Michael's #MSWL request is: "Smash the patriarchy, deconstruct toxic masculinity, destroy white supremacy, question capitalism/heteronormativity/EVERYTHING." Got it? Ready, go! Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's; Middle Grades; YA; Thrillers; Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: Memoir; Science/Technology; Politics

"My tastes are quite broad . . . Really, I just want to read something that moves me, that I connect with on an intellectual, emotional or spiritual level—anything that makes me feel the way I did reading with my mom as a child."

How to submit: Michael is accepting queries via email at mbourret@dystel.com Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelBourret.

Ejusdem Generis

While self-publishing and ebooks have become incredibly important for authors as ways to both reach readers and generate income, we shouldn't forget where many of us fell in love with all things written: the independent bookstore. Over at LitHub this week you can find an interview with a Harvard organizational ethnographer who has been studying independent bookstores. His fascination with them began when he read that the membership in the American Booksellers Association actually increased beginning in 2009, in spite of all the talk about the death of print. Check it out here, especially if there is or was a special store in your life (shout-out to A Novel Idea!).


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: March 5th, 2018

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A fire truck just pulled up in front of our house. Hopefully it isn't because this post is straight FIRE. Or maybe SMOKIN' HOT. I don't know. Which works better? I like the former for its contemporary feel, but the latter doesn't repeat fire. Either way, nothing seems to be burning, so that's good. This week we highlight a bucketful of new agents (well, two, but we point to more), some great places to which you might submit, a desire for some Miyazaki-like fiction, and ebooks and Indiana 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

Today, we're spotlighting two of Aevitas's many new agents!

Nick Chiles has joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: 

Nonfiction: 

"Based in Atlanta, Chiles is deeply interested in nonfiction and fiction stories of individuals taking on entrenched institutions, writing that fearlessly pushes us to look at each other in fresh ways, voices that shine a light on the darkest corners of our society. He is on the lookout for original takes on American heroes—or crowning new ones—in areas like sports, music and the arts." 

Nick is accepting submissions via online form on the agency's website. Click here to view his profile, then click "Contact Nick" at the bottom to open his submission form.

Erica Bauman has joined Aevitas Creative Management as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grades; Young Adult; Women's; Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action and Adventure; Mystery; Horror; Comics/Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Select Narrative Nonfiction

"She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity."

Erica is accepting submissions via online form on the agency's website. Click here to view her profile, then click "Contact Erica" at the bottom to open her submission form.

Aevitas appears to have hired a whole slew of new agents recently, so visit their agents page at http://aevitascreative.com/agents/ for more. 

Submission Deadlines

An opportunity for YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers to dust off their query letters, and a fellowship for US Immigrant or Indigenous Montana writers

Operation Awesome Pass or Pages YA SFF Contest—Submission window: March 12th-14th, 2018 (query contest, agent evaluation)

What: Query letter and first 250 words of an original YA Science-Fiction or Fantasy novel. Five randomly selected entries will be evaluated by an agent, with feedback given about why they're passing, or why they're requesting pages.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest rules and guidelines may be found here and here. Once the submission window is open, a form for entries can be found here.

2018 Eliza So Finish-Your-Novel Fellowship —Submissions due by March 25th, 2018 (Immigrant or Indigenous Montana writer's contest, room and board + stipends for travel and food)

Who: US immigrants (documented or undocumented) OR Indigenous writers with significant ties to Montana (from Montana, live in Montana currently, or have another significant affiliation with Montana).

What: A novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, nonfiction or hybrid) in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum). One awarded fellowship in each category will include a month of room and board between September and December at The Writer's Block in Las Vegas, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Diversity in witch stories and queer women writing about queer women

Quressa Robinson, Bi-lingual Agent at Nelson Literary Agency (English, Parseltongue)
Quressa is on the hunt for a "MG witch story ala Kiki's Delivery Service, black girl main with intergenerational elements."  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; Adult

               Nonfiction: Select nonfiction

" I have very eclectic tastes and represent a wide range of genres. I am most drawn to literary voices in commercial packages, wonderfully realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches/plots. Also, I am most drawn to character-driven stories and love strong voice as well. I am a huge romantic and don’t mind romance subplots outside of the romance genre." 

How to submit: Quressa is accepting submissions via email at queryquressa@nelsonagency.com. Click here for more info.

You can follow her on Twitter @qnrisawesome.

Caitlin McDonald, Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency
Caitlin tweets: "I hope this was clear in my earlier thread but hey I REALLY want to see more stories about queer women by queer women!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult, YA, and MG Science Fiction/Fantasy

Nonfiction:  All types, with specific interest in women's issues, fandom culture, food, fashion, travel, and "absolutely anything geeky."

"I represent adult and YA fiction, particularly fantasy, science-fiction, horror, and related subgenres, both commercial and literary...I especially love diverse fantasy worlds, tropes and genre-bending, LGBTQ characters, heists, and complex, well-written female leads.  I also like contemporary realistic fiction about geeky characters." 

"For nonfiction, I am interested in women’s and LGBTQ issues, anthropology and psychology, popular science, food and cooking, travel, fashion, art, and of course fandom, geek, and pop culture.  I will look at all types of nonfiction: narrative, prescriptive, gift book, memoir, etc." 

How to submit: To query Caitlin, email her at query.cmcdonald@maassagency.com. Click here for more information on what she's looking for and her submission guidelines. NOTE: Caitlin will be closed to unsolicited queries between April 1st and July 1st, 2018.

Follow Caitlin on Twitter @literallycait.

Ejusdem Generis

A headline in the Guardian this week quoted Arnaud Nourry, the head of Hachette Livre, as saying “The ebook is a stupid product” in an interview with an Indian news site. A minor firestorm of social media and internet frothing followed, with people both agreeing and disagreeing with his sentiment wholeheartedly. Many commenters missed or ignored the fact that he largely blamed his own industry for this, and that he what he meant was that the product is not living up to what he sees as its potential, remaining instead simply a book that isn’t paper. Some claimed that it in fact performs important tasks that paper books can’t, while yet others made clear that they aren’t interested in any extra bells and whistles (the latter likely a reaction to Nourry’s statement that HL has purchased three video game companies to help the publisher realize the potential of digital media, including ebooks). Whatever your perspective, ebooks are here to stay (at least until the zombie apocalypse), and it is up to us as readers to determine the direction they go in—what we buy is what they’ll produce more of (and as authors, what we offer is what they can work with). Personally, I crave the sensory experience reading a traditional book brings, the feel of the paper, the smell, blah, blah, blah. Others have written about it better than I (and many more just as cliché-ridden, but seemingly unaware of it). At the same time, an ebook that allows the types of annotation (and sharing) one can imagine are possible when a book is tethered to the internet is something that I would be very interested in, indeed. Check out the Guardian here, an academic discussing the issue in light of her own research here, and the original interview here.

Finally, if you’re in northern Indiana next week, give a shout-out to our own Kayla Kauffman by visiting her alma mater for a free lecture by science fiction writer and founder of Rosarium Publishing Bill Campbell, entitled “Social Justice and Publishing.” Campbell started Rosarium four years ago to help increase diversity in publishing, focusing particularly on speculative fiction and comics. Swing by Goshen College around 7:30 p.m. on the 13th, if you’re interested (it’s free). Get the details here, and check out the publisher’s site 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: February 26th, 2018

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It's a typical February here in Charlottesville: one day it's eighty degrees, the next we have freezing rain. Which leads to a very fractured existence. Do you open the windows or get the fireplace going (well, Netflix fireplace for us)? Do you read Wodehouse or War and Peace? Get going on another edition of the Roundup or just start in on the box wine? At least for the last question I had an answer. This week we have agents on the move, great contests, wishlist highlights, and some perspectives on the usefulness of critique 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

Two established agents in new literary homes

Carrie Pestritto has left Prospect Agency and joined Laura Dail Literary as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Upmarket Women's; select Historical; Diverse YA and upper MG including select Fantasy; select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Narrative; Biography/Memoir

"As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients.  Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises."

You can contact Carrie at queries@ldlainc.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines and a link to Carrie's Manuscript Wish List. You can also find her on Twitter @literarycarrie.

Colleen Oefelein, formerly of Inklings Literary Agency, has joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture books; Middle Grades; Young Adult; Adult 

Nonfiction: Not at this time.

"I love plot-driven, commercial stories with unforgettable characters and gritty character dynamics. I adore writing that has a great cadence and natural rhythm, which like a dance, flows and stutters in a gorgeous motion that worms into my brain and reverberates there for days. I love a fresh premise (or a fresh twist on a familiar story line) coupled with a strong, genuine voice. Just plain weird is right up my alley, and dark, quirky characters make me sit forward. Clean writing with plenty of white space and story-telling full of subtle nuances that give my brain room to imagine will pique my interest. I like a strong hook. Make me laugh, gasp, sigh, smile, sit forward, hold my stomach, or read through my fingers on page one please. Cliffy chapter endings are perfect for me and I prefer characters who take a book by the balls and yank it forward. An antagonistic protagonist, an unreliably evil villain, flawed characters, and antiheroes are definitely my favorite, as is a high-adrenaline plot. I love anything unexpected, dark, edgy, weird, funny, or so wrong it’s right."

You can email Colleen at colleen@adventurewrite.com with questions, or query her using this online form. More information may be found on the agency website, here.

Submission Deadlines

A haiku contest for US undergrads with a nice cash prize (plus bonus poetry contests!) and an upcoming award for picture book authors with a May deadline, so you still have time to procrastinate!

West Chester University Poetry Center's Myong Cha Son Haiku Award—Submissions due by March 15th, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize)

Who: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university 

What: Up to two original, unpublished haiku. First prize is $1,500, runner-up receives $500.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and submission info may be found here. Also check out the University's other upcoming contests on the same page. Submissions may be a combination of poems submitted to the Iris N. Spencer Award, the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, and the Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award, all with $$$ prizes!

Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award for Picture Books —Submissions due by May 15th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize + travel + consideration for publication)

Who: US residents at least 18 years of age as of January 15, 2018. Professional children’s book illustrators or authors, individuals represented by book publishing agents, or individuals whose works have been previously published by any book publisher are NOT eligible to enter, though self-published authors are.

What: Up to 1200 words of text and at least 6 pages of finished art for an original story idea, new take on a classic story, or nonfiction incorporating the award’s mission statement, reproduced below. Winner receives gift cards totaling $1,500, round-trip travel to New York City, a day at Little, Brown Young Readers' offices in New York, and an opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team for possible future publication. 

Cost: Free

"To encourage the development of high-quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, that in some manner draw from the rich cultural experiences of this country—whether they manifest in character, theme, setting, plot, or are derived simply from the artist’s own experience of identity. Diversity includes literal or metaphorical inclusion of characters of underrepresented ethnicity, religious background, gender identity, class, mental or physical disability, or any other nondominant populations."

To Submit: Contest guidelines and an online submission form may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Manga and Murder

Penny Moore, Agent at Empire Literary
Penny says: "One of my favorite Korean style manga series is Bride of the Water God, though the K-drama is terrible. If anyone is familiar with this series, I WANT THIS IN MANUSCRIPT FOR IN MY INBOX ASAP. THANK YOU."   Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: General; Fantasy/Science-Fiction; Middle Grade; YA

               Nonfiction: Biography; Travel; Lifestyle; Children's books; Pop Culture

"...while she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time." 

How to submit: Penny is accepting submissions via email at Penny@empireliterary.com. Click here for more info.

You can follow her on Twitter @precociouspenny. Penny is also the founder of Literary Agents of Color, "a directory devoted to listing and supporting literary agents of color in the publishing industry." We've spotlighted this project once before, but it's worth repeating. They're doing important work, check it out!

Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Amy tweets: "A lovely e-mail from @stephlystein got me thinking & so I'll share here for my #MSWL: 'Teen girls hunting down killers: mood of 2018.' (**women hunting down killers also works.)" This sounds like a great project for any Murderinos out there... just sayin'... Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket Women’s; Select Historical; Non-Western Fantasy; Diverse fiction across genres

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction; Feminist perspectives on contemporary issues; select Historical; Pop Science; Journalism

How to submit: Contact Amy at abishop@dystel.comClick here for more info and submission guidelines.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amylizbishop.

Ejusdem Generis

Get your reading glasses ready and your cash card handy, because next month SP Books, an English publisher, is releasing a facsimile of the original notebooks that contain Mary Shelley’s romantic horror classic Frankenstein to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the book’s publication. Besides enjoying the illusion of having a handwritten copy of such an enormously important work in your greedy little paws, you can also see the changes that were made by the author and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. In the Guardian’s piece on the facsimile’s publication, they quote both Jessica Nelson, an employee of SP Books, and Anne K. Mellor, a professor at UCLA, on the famous poet’s contribution to the novel (the handwritings of the married couple are discernible in the manuscript, so you can see where a change was suggested by Percy and where Mary made her own changes). Nelson reads Percy quite charitably, describing him as a sort of benign editorial influence on the debut novelist, while Mellor feels that his notes reveal his paternalistic perspective on his wife. You can come to your own conclusions about whether he’s Patronizing Percy or the Poet with the Heart of Gold if you have a couple of hundred dollars (or euros) to plunk down on a book that’s entirely in the public domain. Check it out here.           

What’s not up for debate is that whatever their attitude toward us, other people’s criticism can help us grow as writers. Over at LitHub, Kaethe Schwehn, graduate of two MFA programs, writes about her writing group and the slow crumbling of her belief in the so-called “solitary genius.” Schwehn describes the unconscious pretensions present in graduate programs dedicated to poetry and literary fiction and the accompanying shared illusion of the artist as an independent genius, both of which made her hesitant to join a writing group, especially one with members devoted to writing (gasp!) genre fiction. What she found when she did, of course, were people devoted to honing their craft, people who liked talking about the power of words. And she benefited from it. It’s well worth a read. 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: February 19th, 2018

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For everybody who was just dying to know whether or not I took my wife out to dinner for Valentine's day: I prevailed! Dinner was at home. Of course that meant flowers, and some incredibly expensive meat exquisitely prepared by yours truly, but it was here, and not out at some overwhelmed and understaffed restaurant on Angry Amateur Night. Next up is our first anniversary. I'll keep y'all informed. This week we have agency additions, a couple of great contests, sci-fi and fantasy on some wishlists, and a federal judge's Valentine to everybody who wants the internet to keep its hands off their stuff (or her misinterpretation of important precedents which could result in the further restriction of internet freedom—it all depends on your perspective).

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

Two new agents over at Bookends Literary this week

Naomi Davis has joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, YA, and Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Romance; Select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Not at this time

"LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus, and Naomi will consider picture books featuring those elements. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds."

You can contact Naomi at ndavis@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Naomi's online query form.

Amanda Jain has also joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Romance, Mystery, Women’s, and Upmarket, with a special emphasis on Historical fiction in all genres.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history.

"She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience."

Email Amanda at AJain@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Amanda's online query form.

Submission Deadlines

A contest of note for African American poets, and an opportunity for sci-fi/fantasy leaning flash-fictionists to put their skills to the test. Cash prizes!

YSCI-FI Flash Fiction Competition—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize)

What: A 750-1000 word piece of flash fiction in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Winner receives $250.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here

Broadside Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award—Submissions due by March 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize + publication)

Who: African American poets who have not previously had a book published by Lotus Press or Broadside Press. Winner will receive $500 in cash and publication of the manuscript by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2019, as well as free copies and discounts.

What: A book-length poetry collection (approximately 60-90 pages). 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a mailing address for submissions may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Non-Western fantasy, magical diaspora, and women in metal

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren wants to see a Middle Grade fantasy/adventure novel set somewhere other than the United States or Europe.  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any and all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy, magical realism, and space operas; contemporary stories with a hook; and anything with a feminist bent. In 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

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin is looking for a fantasy novel that deals with the diaspora of a magical community. "How does the magic change/thrive?” Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial; Magic Realism; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; LGBTQ (any genre); Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Graphic Novels; Romance

Nonfiction: Design; Cooking; Pop Psychology; Narrative; Photography; Nature; Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.

Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Kurestin @kurestinarmada

Kira Watson, agent/foreign rights manager at Emma Sweeny Agency
Kira wants you to tell her a story of a young female musician in the 90's owning the metal scene, not just surviving it.  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade realistic fiction, speculative fiction, magic realism, thriller/mystery, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. 

"Stories with folklore elements, complex villains, morally enigmatic (and very flawed) protagonists, medieval literature influences, and taboo subjects are bound to catch Kira's attention."

How to submit: Kira is accepting queries via email to queries@emmasweeneyagency.comClick here to read the full submission guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kira on Twitter @KiraWatsonESA

Ejusdem Generis

On Thursday of last week, District Judge Katherine Forrest gave a late Valentine's Day gift to lovers of strong intellectual property law and a big middle finger to those whose affections lie instead with the free use and exchange of information on the internet. As you know, here at GSF we harbor a keen interest in all matters copyright related, and so the federal judge's ruling that embedding a tweet containing an image on one's webpage may be a copyright violation drew our attention. Photographer Justin Goldman and Getty Images sued a number of media sites over their use of his photograph of Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Patriots QB Tom Brady. Goldman had posted the photo to Snapchat, after which INTERNET, and soon major news organizations, including the Boston Globe, had posted stories with embedded tweets that displayed the image. The photograph was newsworthy because it showed the lengths to which the Celtics appeared to be going in their wooing of superstar Kevin Durant. The judge ruled against the defendants' motion for a summary judgment against Goldman, which leaves the door open for the lawsuit to proceed. There are a number of legal and technological issues at play here, none of which will I bore you with, but the important takeaway for all of you writers with your own websites is this: you can reproduce and embed tweets that are text-only with impunity, but if you embed a tweet that has an image attached, you may be in danger of violating copyright law. Kelly Figueroa-Ray, our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, was way ahead of the courts on this one, forbidding the embedding of images in our Roundups from the beginning. If you're interested in more of the ins and outs of this case, check out Wired's coverage here, and the Verge's here. For those of you really into this kind of thing, you can find the court's ruling here. Bonus points to anyone who can get through the judge's description of how people embed things like it's some sort of supergenius dark web hacker move without giggling.


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: February 12th, 2018

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Well, another Valentine's Day is upon us. I'm desperately trying to convince my wife that it is the absolute worst night of the year to go out to dinner (years in the service industry teaches you a thing or two). So far, it's not working. Luckily, I have other things to distract me from the consequent anxiety that has befallen me: this week we highlight some new agency peeps, big money for a Buddhist children's book, a residency opportunity, agent wishlists, and then fail to follow through on a planned philosophical discussion 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

A new agent, a new agency (sorta), and another new agent (maybe)

Léonicka Valcius has has joined the Transatlantic Agency as Assistant Literary Agent. [update: Léonicka Valcius will reopen to submissions on April 2, 2018.]

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial, especially Fantasy, Romance, and Historical; YA/children's

Nonfiction: General

"As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the Chair of the Board of the Festival of Literary Diversity, serving readers and writers of colour has been the core of Léonicka’s career. She brings this same mandate to her work at Transatlantic."

Léonicka will be coagenting clients with Samantha Haywood, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Tompkins. You can find their submission guidelines here.

MacKenzie Wolf has formed from the merger of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency and Wolf Literary Services. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Varies from agent to agent

Nonfiction: Ditto (do people say that anymore?)

"Core to MacKenzie Wolf’s business is the recognition that offering our clients legal and strategic services in addition to traditional book representation is vital in the face of a changing publishing landscape. Our team is creative, nimble, and highly engaged; we don’t just sign up projects, we sign up creators, and we believe that good representation is integral to an enduring career."

You can read about their agents here. Information about submissions may be found here.

Elizabeth Rudnick is a literary agent at MacKenzie Wolf who may or may not have been recently hired there (we think so, though). 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Middle Grade

Nonfiction: It appears not.

"In addition to building her client list, she is focusing on packaging efforts, pairing high-concept ideas and story-lines with strong writers."

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

Submission Deadlines

A Fellowship and a Big Cash Prize if you have your s*%@ together, cuz the deadline Is Wednesday

Shambhala Publications Bala Kids & The Khyentse Foundation Children's Book Prize—Submissions due by February 15th, 2018 ($$$ prize, contract)

What: Children's book (ages 0-8) expressing Buddhist values, themes, and traditions, with or without illustrations. Winner will receive $5000 and a contract with Bala Kids.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines may be found here. Submissions are via email at balakids@shambhala.com.

The Vermont Studio Center VSC Fellowships—Submissions due by February 15th, 2018 (Semi-Annual Writing Fellowship: Residency)

Who: All artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world.

What: Applications are judged based on portfolio or manuscript. Winners receive residencies of 2-12 weeks at the Vermont Studio Center.

Cost: $25 application fee

"Every VSC residency opportunity includes private room, private
studio space, all meals, and full access to our schedule of evening
programs and events."

To Submit: Guidelines may be found here. To begin an application, click here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Grease, bad girls, and the history of writing

Maria Vicente, Agent at P.S. Literary Agency
Maria is looking for some updated Olivia Newton and Johnny T: "Contemporary #YA that involves a modern-day version of the T-Birds or Pink Ladies." Source Tweet

Maria is seeking:

Fiction: Children's 

Non-fiction: Yup. For grown-ups, too.

"She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky."

How to submit: Maria is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Maria on Twitter @msmariavicente.
Melissa Edwards, Agent at Stonesong Literary Agency
Melissa is looking for lady sociopaths: "I'd love to see some "women behaving badly" fiction. Give me your Miranda Priestly, your Cersei Lannister, your Bellatrix Lestrange." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's and Adult Commercial, particularly Women's and International Thrillers

Nonfiction: Select Pop Culture 

"She enjoys children’s books that kids will self-select and return to time after time. For young adults, she is interested in seeing fun, commercial fiction in all genres, particularly romance, thriller, and fantasy."

How to submit: Melissa is accepting submissions at via email at submissions@stonesong.comClick here for full submission guidelines.

Follow Melissa on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE.

Moe Ferrara, Literary Agent at BookEnds Literary 
Moe wants to ponder some orthographies: "If anyone has a book about emoji use and the evolution/devolution of language back to cuneiform/hieroglyphs — I’d be interested in a proposal!"  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Most genres, particularly Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, and light Horror, in Middle Grade, YA, and Adult

Non-Fiction: Generally no, but it looks like she'll make an exception for emojis.

"A Pennsylvania native, she is mum of a rambunctious corgi who is a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed release."

How to Submit: Moe is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. More detailed MSWL information may be found here.

Follow Moe on Twitter @inthesestones.

Ejusdem Generis

In awesome news you may have missed, this week a dairy in Maine settled a lawsuit brought against it by truck drivers who were suing for overtime pay they claimed the dairy owed. The dairy lost the suit and agreed to pay the drivers $5 million. We here at GSF have no particular affinity for either dairies or truck drivers; we have only a desire that justice, whatever that may mean, is done. What we do have an affinity for is grammar, and grammar is what this case hinged on. Maine law provides exemptions from the requirement to pay extra for overtime work, and those exemptions were presented in a list: The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods. Those of you who pay attention to punctuation will note that it is unclear whether the Maine legislators meant that packing for shipment or packing for distribution of the three categories is exempt or that packing is exempt and distribution is exempt. The legislators’ apparent disdain for the serial comma allowed the drivers to come to the reasonable conclusion that distribution (which is to say driving a truck) is not exempt—packing for distribution is. The circuit court judge agreed with them, and I like to think that quite a few truckers in Maine are raising their glasses to the memory of Roger Casement, who was not so lucky. Check it out here.

I had planned to segue into the ways in which the seemingly abstract and trivial can have serious consequences or exemplars in real life (like the lack of a comma costing a company $5 million) using the capture of an escaped convict in Las Vegas as the real-life exemplar of one of Edmund Gettier’s famous (and oft-maligned) counterexamples to the conception of knowledge as justified true belief. I was unable to find a record of this escape and capture to link to, however, and the necessity of explaining the epistemological arguments involved seemed too taxing (I have a feeling the reader would have felt the same way). But epistemology finds its expression in unexpected places (as my planned excursus would have demonstrated), and over at LitHub this week Emily Temple has collected various authors’ responses to the maxim Write what you know. Unsurprisingly, the discussions often hinge on what is meant by know. My favorite bit is Nathan Englander recounting his suburban childhood and concluding that what he should do is “write a book called Little House on the Prairie is on at 5 o’clock.” 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 18, 2017

Book Barcode By Thepwnco [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Change made: from color to black and white.

Any and all debates about climate science aside, I for one am sick of it being 50 degrees and sunny at Christmas. When I was a child, there was always snow at Christmas (and school was uphill both ways, blah blah blah, GET OFF MY LAWN!), and the spate of seasonal songs that describe the proliferation of frozen precipitate were simple descriptions of reality rather than the series of cruel jokes they seem to be now (apologies for the egregious alliteration). All the same, it's my favorite time of year, and we here at GSF are taking a break over the next two weeks to enjoy family and holiday cheer, so you won't see another Roundup until early January. This week, though, we have the usual suspects, plus a radio play about writing at the end. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, see you in the New Year!

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

Just one this week, but she's a good one ("actively working" is always a good sign)...

Jordan Hamessley has joined New Leaf Literary & Media as a Literary Agent after a decade working as an editor and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; YA; select adult Horror and Science Fiction 

Nonfiction: STEM-related Picture Books

“She is always looking to find stories that bring the queer experience to the children’s space across all age ranges."

Jordan is accepting queries via email at query@newleafliterary.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

This Week: Short Fiction and Writing About Writing (So meta! Much wow!)

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers—Submissions due December 31st, 2017 (Short Fiction Contest—$$$ Award, Consideration for Publication)

Who: Writers who have never published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press

What: Work of short fiction up to 8,000 words. Winner receives $1,500 and publication in Boulevard. 

Entry Fee: $16

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

The Writer Your Writing Life Contest—Submissions due January 1st, 2018 (Essay Contest—$$$ Award, Publication)

What: A personal essay no longer than 2,000 words about the life of a writer. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Writer. 

“Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.”

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

What Agents Want

Mysterious Space Phenomena! Government Secrets! Philosophies of Manual Labor!

Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer has an idea for a book she'd like to see and it sounds fascinating: "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program--aka 'Space phenomena'." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's Picture Books; Middle Grade; YA; select Literary and Commercial Adult Fiction

Nonfiction: Meh.

Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature . . . She is open to any good story that is well written with a strong, authentic voice. Surprise her!"

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at soloway@andreabrownlit.com. Submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @marchsoloway.

Curtis Russell, President and Principal Agent at P.S. Literary 
Curtis wants to sink his teeth into a good non-fiction book on the value of work--something in the vein of Matthew Crawford's Shop Class at Soulcraft. 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, Science, and Psychology 

How to Submit: Curtis is accepting queries at query@psliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.

Ejusdem Generis

The number of Christmas movies and television shows that suddenly appears on Netflix and in the cable listings toward the end of November is truly mind boggling. Of course, for the majority of the twentieth century this flourishing of holiday narratives would have taken place in the medium of the printed word: magazines, newspapers, even novellas. This holiday, take a break from lamenting the slow demise of print media, our collective loss of "an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age," and listen to another disappearing medium. Twenty-two years ago, This American Life (at the time known as Your Radio Playhouse) produced a Christmas special in which the not-yet-totally-famous David Sedaris and friends wrote and performed a radio play about a group of writers taking a writing class aimed at creating and selling Christmas stories. It's hilarious and all too familiar. Check it out here, and have a wonderful holiday.


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.