Get Published Weekly Roundup: December 11, 2017

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We had snow here in Charlottesville! Whether it is due to climate change, mere local weather patterns, or a sinister plot to make me unhappy, there is never snow before Christmas, and even the dusting we got is giving me a warm feeling in spite of it chilling my toes. In this week's Roundup, we'll warm your heart with another big-money contest, this one open to everybody, our usual agent info, and some pub industry musings 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 promotion and a new hire this week!

Adria Goetz has been promoted to Literary Manager at Martin Literary Management. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Christian topics in all age groups

Nonfiction: Christian nonfiction including Memoir; Lifestyle

In fiction, she seeks work "featuring diverse characters, nontraditional family structures, and character-driven narratives."

In nonfiction, she is looking for "lifestyle books that feature accessible recipes, craft tutorials, gardening basics, with quirky lists or other interactive elements."

Adria is accepting queries via email at Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Eva Scalzo has joined Speilburg Literary Agency as a Literary Agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; YA

Nonfiction: Not interested

"Multicultural romance [is] something I want to see more of. I support the #OwnVoices campaign to increase the diversity in Romance not just of the characters but also of its authors. As a Latina I love seeing my culture represented in the books I read, I want others to feel that way too."

Eva is accepting queries via email at speilburgliterary@gmail.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Do you have a short story about a sympathetic villain? A friendship forged over a good meal? A friendship with a sympathetic villain forged over a good meal? If so...

Fairytalez Best Villain Fairy Tale Competition—Submissions due January 3rd, 2018 (Short Story Contest—Gift Card, Promotion)

What: Up to three original or adapted fairy- or folk-tales, 300-5000 words each. Winner receives a $200 Amazon gift card, digital badges for use on a blog or website, and promotion across Fairytalez's social networks.

"Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! After all, as they say, even the villain is the hero in their own story."

To Submit: More information and contest guidelines may be found here.

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing—Submissions due January 3rd, 2018 (Short Story Contest—Big £££ Prize)

Who: Writers of any nationality over the age of 18

What: New works of short fiction up to 2,500 words, with food or drink at the heart of the story. £10 entry fee. Winner will receive £10,000. 

“The short story (no poems) could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink."

To Submit: To pay the entry fee and submit your work, click here. More information on contest terms and conditions here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: boys who dance & fireside reads!

Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary and Foreign Rights Agent at The Deborah Harris Literary Agency
Rena wants a work of MG or YA fiction with boys who dance: “I just went to my daughter's dance performance. There was a hip hop group of like 20 girls on stage and ONE boy, and he was killing it. I want this in a novel." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Historical; Thrillers; Upmarket Women's; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books 

Nonfiction: Science Writing; Literary Non-fiction

“I'm a poet, and I think the best novelists were poets first, so novels in verse, novels with poetic language and writing, are totally things I am always looking for."

"I am always looking for Israeli and Middle Eastern Science Fiction and Fantasy, and also SciFi/Fantasy with Jewish content and themes. I would love to find a New Adult or Adult novel written about the Israeli army (LGBQT also!)I would love to represent historical fiction set in Ancient Israel, or historical fiction with Israeli/Jewish content and themes... I love all types of historical fiction, in all genres. I'd love to see literary novels set in the Middle East - historical fiction, fantasy, and especially multicultural romances."

How to Submit: Rena is accepting submissions at  rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Query info and submission guidelines here.

Follow Rena on Twitter @renarossner.

Dawn Dowdle, Agent at the Blue Ridge Literary Agency
Dawn is looking for some good fireside reading... "Amish Romance!" for example. "Also Cozy Mysteries!" Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; Mystery 

Nonfiction: Non interested. 

How to Submit: Dawn is accepting submissions via online form here. Submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Dawn on Twitter @blueridgeagency.

Ejusdem Generis

Last week we wrote about how important it is for self-publishing authors to be working with reputable businesses. Sometimes writing can feel like an exercise in lighting money and time on fire and then choking on the ashes as they blow into your glass of box wine (I know it should be boxed wine, but I prefer the noun for its potential to be read as an appositive to the clearly adjectival participle), and being ripped off by an unscrupulous or incompetent press just adds injury to insult. But even a contract with a lauded publisher may not be protection enough. This week, the Guardian reported that the day after award-winning Scottish publisher Freight began liquidation a recently-departed former director/partner launched the first book with his new imprint. Freight authors who are reportedly still owed royalties and are faced with having the remainder of their books pulped if they can’t buy the back stock (shout out again to Manutius Press and Umberto Eco!) are understandably less than pleased. The idea that writing is about taking risks is a cliché (as well as totalizing and therefore untrue), but the reality is that it is always risky, just for reasons that have little to do with content, voice, or form. Check it out here.

While you’re over at the Guardian, check out their piece on the lack of diversity in British publishing and the efforts that are being made to remedy this problem. While the attempts may be being made with the best of intentions, some British authors remain skeptical. One author and professor spoke of a “black brain drain” to the United States, where opportunities are perceived to be more numerous. So those of us on this side of the Atlantic can be happy that for once we’re at least thought to be less white-male-centric than somewhere else.

Speaking of diversity in literature, take a few minutes out of your day to read Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel acceptance speech from last week. Ishiguro describes various snippets of his life that helped develop and define his writing, and ends with the argument that only by embracing more diversity in literature, both human and formal, will we be able to experience the best that writing has to offer. 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: November 27, 2017

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After all the tryptophan we can barely wake up enough to get out a Roundup this week (yes, we know that it doesn't really make you sleepy, we don't care). We managed it, nonetheless. This week we've got a big-money contest, some stuff agents are looking for, and then a bit about good and bad proposals 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 new agents

Taylor Curtin has joined Union Literary as an Agent and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Literary Fiction, Young and New-Adult Fiction (especially Science-Fiction and Fantasy)

Nonfiction: True Crime

“For true crime she is looking for compelling stories that bring the drama and incorporate aspects of psychology, forensics, and/or the litigation process. Regarding fiction, she is a sucker for snappy, sarcastic characters with stories that ring (painfully) true while making the reader laugh, or even cry. Taylor is passionate about narratives that are diverse, culturally conscious, and socially aware (particularly for younger readers). She has an appetite for high-quality and evocative writing that transports the reader to unfamiliar places, or lends fresh eyes to a familiar place. She’s not afraid of edgier, grittier, or darker voices and stories and prefers the kid-gloves are off when handling young readers.”

Taylor is accepting queries via email at taylor@unionliterary.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Jennifer Haskin has joined Corvisiero Agency as a Literary Agent Apprentice.

Seeking:

Fiction: Young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and romance

Nonfiction: Not interested

“She is drawn to faulty heroines with strong voices, real friendships, and super skills with a weapon. As well as a hunky love interest with a tangled plot of his own.”

To query Jennifer, use the online form on the agency website, which can be found here. You can email her at jenn@corvisieroagency.com with any questions.

Submission Deadlines

This week, a great opportunity for young writers and a chance for recently published authors who focus on race, culture, and diversity to shine

Anisfield-Wolf 82nd Annual Book Awards—Submissions due December 31st (Published fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—BIG $$ Prize)

What: Works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published and copyrighted in 2017. $10,000 will be awarded to two winners—one for a work of fiction or poetry and one for a work of nonfiction, biography, or scholarly research.

“The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book prizes in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for issues of social justice. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Past winners have presented the extraordinary art and culture of peoples around the world, explored human-rights violations, exposed the effects of racism on children, reflected on growing up biracial, and illuminated the dignity of people as they search for justice.”

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

BookLogix Young Writer’s Competition—Submissions due December 31st (Youth Contest—Publication)

Who: Writers aged 10-18

What: Book-length prose fiction (up to 200 8.5” x 11” pages) by previously unpublished authors. Two winners will be awarded full publication of their book.

“The Young Writers Contest seeks to encourage young people to express themselves and their thoughts through writing and literacy skills. The contest encourages entrants, age 10-18, to consider the ability to become a published author at any age, and to learn about the process of publishing their work. Winners will be selected based on originality, creativity, and writing skill.”

To Submit: Entries are accepted by mail or online form. Detailed instructions may be found here. Questions should be directed to contest@BookLogix.com.

What Agents Want

#MSWL highlights: fantasy, space camp, and hauntings, oh my! Also, fantasy.

Laura Crockett, Associate Literary Agent at TriadaUS 
Even the holidays can’t slow down intrepid Associate Literary Agents like Laura, who is on the hunt for “contemporary, fantasy, & historical in YA/Adult, select MG mystery & fantasy.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA realistic fiction featuring diverse characters and narratives, and fairytale/mythology-inspired fantasy for the 21st century that focuses on inventive worlds and characters with depth. In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women’s fiction featuring juicy moral dilemmas, millennial-driven “chick-lit,” and more fantasy.

Nonfiction: is getting dusty on Laura’s shelf.

“In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women's fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it's millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy).

How to Submit: Email your query, including the first ten pages of your manuscript, to laura@triadaus.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at Corvisiero Agency and noted freelance Zombie/Apocalypse Survival Specialist 
Kelly knows exactly what she wants, we’re just here to pass it on: 1) A story of two dancers and the friendship that sustains them in the world of competitive ballet, 2) fiction and non-fiction from Native American authors, 3) a work of Middle Grade fiction with a female protagonist attending space camp (because she wants to be an astronaut and her idol is Sally Ride, obvs... she “learns to read the stars, understand horoscopes, and uses it all to navigate friendships”), 4) works of realistic fiction featuring diverse characters, 5) YA historical fiction—picture “Ruby from Cold Mountain with a shotgun in her hand” 6) fictional tales of online dating gone horribly awry, 7) and finally… well, we think it’s best if she explains it to you: “A hilarious haunting! A ghost with a sense of humor, waking people up, making weird sculptures with random objects around the house, telling the living people that they should GET IT, etc. Make me die laughing.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grades Fantasy, Paranormal, and Sci-fi; Young Adult Fantasy (“all sub genres of fantasy accepted”), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (“19th century and earlier with strong heroines”), Dystopian (“hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please”), Sword and Sorcery, and select Contemporary Romance or any combination of the above with strong female main characters; New Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (“Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?”), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above; Adult Fantasy, Romance.

Nonfiction: Non-Fiction, along with Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, or Children's Picture Books might be your thing, but they sure aren’t Kelly’s.

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

How to Submit: Fill out the online form found here. More information on the agency's submission policies here. Please note that all agents at Corvisiero Agency will be taking a well-deserved holiday break from December 1st,  2017 until January 2nd,  2018 and will be closed to queries during this time.

Follow Kelly on Twitter @YAFantasyFan.

Ejusdem Generis

This week, Business Insider reported that former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci had been unsuccessfully trying to pitch a book about his days in the Trump administration. Represented by the formidable Trident Media Group, Scaramucci's proposed book failed to elicit the interest of publishers, and he told Business Insider that he no longer wanted to publish a book. The news site obtained a copy of one of the versions of his proposal (apparently not the final version), and it is not pretty. Imagine a three-page hagiography whose intended audience is people who think tough-talking financiers are the real modern-day saints (take that, Mother Teresa!). In spite of his fame, and our never-ending fascination with all things Trump, Scaramucci follows Sean Spicer into the ranks of would-be authors thwarted by an industry that is intensely interested in what will sell, and what won't. And TPTB have determined that a memoir written by a mouthy blowhard who literally claims that his book may save the country won't.

Fantastic proposals aren't always enough, though, either. About six months ago, author Michael Hingston wrote a piece for Medium which offers his non-fiction proposal for a book on teeth as an example for other authors preparing to write their own proposals. An agent at a top agency signed him immediately after reading his unsolicited pitch, telling him that it was one of the best she'd ever seen. As we know already, though, the publishing gods are fickle (or maybe just good at their jobs), and the excellent proposal for Quite a Mouthful: A Cultural History of Teeth was not enough to coax the book into print. Check it out here.

For other concrete information on how to craft a proposal we recommend (as always) Jane Friedman's blog and services. If anyone knows the Mooch, send him the link. She might be able to help. 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: June 19, 2017

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Happy Juneteenth and welcome to our second Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight new agent hires, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist (including a #MSWL beauty contest), and a couple more tidbits tagged on 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!

New Agents Hired

Carolyn Savarese, Affiliated Agent at Kneerim & Williams

Carolyn Savarese  joined Kneerim & Williams as an Affiliated Agent in June 2017. She is seeking:

NonFiction: "She's looking for writers who can tell a great story on subjects that matter, whether personal or political, historical or scientific, cultural or culinary. She is also keen to develop branded content in health, food, arts, culture, lifestyle and design."

To Submit: Carolyn accepts queries via email to carolyn@kwlit.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Rachel Brooks, Agent at BookEnds Literary

Rachel Brooks was hired this month at BookEnds Literary. See Jessica Faust's write up about her hiring, here. She is seeking:

Fiction: adult romance, young adult, select women's fiction, and cozy mysteries (for more specifics, read under her name on the submissions page, here)

To Submit: Check here for Rachel's online Query Manager form.

Kathy Schneider, Agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency

Kathy Schneider was hired this month at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. Kathy is seeking:

Fiction: "upmarket adult fiction that entertains and inspires, thrillers, and creative psychological suspense"

Nonfiction: "projects covering relationships, wellness, humor, business, and memoir"

To Submit: Kathy accepts queries via email to KSchneider@janerotrosen.com. Click here to read the full submission guidelines on the company website.

Nick Chiles, Agent at Aevitas

Nick Chiles joined Aevitas this month.

"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."

To Submit: 1) Click here; 2) Click on Nick Chiles' photo; 3) Click on the "Contact Nick" link at the bottom left of his bio to reach his online submission form.

Rica Allannic, Agent at the David Black Agency

Rica Allannic will join the David Black Agency in September and is now open to queries in:

Nonfiction: She's "interested in cooking, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, history, and memoir projects, as well as in helping authors from diverse backgrounds tell stories that are important to them."

To Submit: Rica is accepting queries via email to torallannic@dblackagency.com. Rica specifically requests that you "summarize your book idea and include in the body of your email your proposal and, if appropriate, a sample chapter (no attachments, please)." Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Write the World Monthly Contest: Writing for Children Competition: STORY - A first tale  - Final Submissions due TODAY, June 19th (Monthly Contest - $$ Award, children's)

Who: Young writers ages 13-18

What: A story for children under the age of 10. Length: 1 to 1000 words, illustrations optional. For extensive guidelines and prize information, click here.   

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Click the "Start Writing" button on the contest's website (click here).

Utah Original Writing Competition - Submissions due Friday, June 23th (Annual Contest - $$ Award, 5 first-book categories, poetry, short story)

Who: Utah residents ages 18 years and older

What: Poetry, Short Story, and First-book categories: Novel, Creative Nonfiction, Book-length Collection of Stories, and Young Adult Book. For extensive guidelines and prize information, click here.

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Online submission through Dropbox or Google Docs, (click here), open to Utah Residents only

The A3 Review Contest #40: Dates & Dating - Submissions due Saturday, June 24th (Monthly Contest - $$ Award, 150-word limit: short stories, poetry, graphic stories, etc.)

Who: All genres, writers, and artists welcome

What: 150-word limit, should fit well into an A6 panel (short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above)

The Prompt: "The prompt for this month's Contest is: Dates & Dating. This month is all about the dates. Those sweet fleshy things. The sugar you find in most raw food diets. And yes, about dating, too. Sweet fleshy moments of love, potential love, and times when the sugar's just not there!" For extensive guidelines and prize information, click here.   

Entry Fee: $5

To Submit: Online submission, sign up/in at the bottom of the contest guidelines page (click here). For full submission guidelines, click here.

The Puritan, 2017 Summer Issue - Submissions due Sunday, June 25th (Online Literary Magazine, $$ for published work, fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, and reviews)

Guidelines: must be previously unpublished work, check here for specific guidelines for each of the five accepted categories: fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, and reviews

To Submit: Online submission, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Lauren Spieller, Literary Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren has updated her #MSWL profile, see it here. She also tweeted that she is seeking Middle Grade that features homeschooling and/or hoarding, which prompted Natascha Morris, Agent at Bookends Literary to call dibs on Middle Grade projects featuring hoarding. Source Tweet #MSWLbeautycontest

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction

Select Adult fiction and nonfiction 

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices."

How to submit: Lauren is accepting queries via email to lauren@triadaus.com. Lauren specifically requests that you send your query letter and your first ten pages, and include "QUERY" in the email’s subject line, along with the age category and genre (ex: QUERY YA Fantasy). Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Leon Husock, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency - *actively building his list*
Leon tweeted that he is looking for a kind of fantasy "where magic/magic users are a known/accepted part of life but not so common as to be ordinary." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Science-fiction and fantasy, especially fantasy with non-Western European-inspired settings and cultures; Young Adult and Upper Middle Grade of all stripes; and genre mashups (e.g. fantasy westerns, noir + almost anything else, etc). "Strong characters are, of course, a must."

Does not Represent: picture books, women’s fiction, novellas, or nonfiction

How to submit: Leon is actively building his list and is accepting queries via email to leon@lperkinsagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Kira Watson, agent/foreign rights manager at the Emma Sweeney Agency
Kira tweeted that she is looking for a "dark (& lyrical) contemporary" Young Adult book project "that explores ideas of love (& love gone wrong) from a different perspective." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

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 submissions guidelines on the company website.

Ejusdem Generis

  • Chelsea Lindman left her job as an Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She can now be found working at the Northern California's Writers' Retreat that she formed along with her friend Heather Lazare. "Our goal is to build a community of writers who will help lift each other up and take the retreat with them beyond our five days together." Check out what they are up to, here.
  • The July/Aug issue of Poets & Writers is all about agents who want to read your work! They will have special selections online from this issue each Monday for the next two months (see the first one here on Julie Barer from the Book Group). However, if you want to read them all now, you'll need to purchase the issue for $10 (click 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: June 12, 2017

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Welcome to our first Get Published Weekly Roundup! 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. You can expect such things as listings of new agents who are building their lists, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and more. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

New Agents Hired

Caroline Eisenmann, Associate Agent at Frances Goldin Literary Agency

Caroline Eisenmann joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency as associate agent this week. She is building her list in:

Fiction: "novels that engage with social issues, stories about obsession, and work that centers around intimacy and its discontents"

Nonfiction: "reported narratives, literary memoir, cultural criticism, essay collections, and history and biography with a surprising point of view"

To Submit: Caroline accepts queries via email to ce@goldinlit.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Melissa Danaczko, Agent at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency

Melissa Danaczko has been hired as an agent at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency as an agent. She will represent literary and commercial fiction and select non-fiction.

To Submit: Check here to check for updates to the agency's submission information for Melissa.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Norton Writer’s Prize - Submissions due Thursday, June 15th (Annual Essay Award)

Who: Undergraduate Students

What: An essay that was written for an undergraduate class. (Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, etc.)

Submit by email with the subject line "Writer's Prize Nomination" to NortonWritersPrize@wwnorton.com, or by post; click here for more details.

Fiction - Reading period ends Thursday, June 15th (Literary Magazine, fiction)

Recommendations: Stay under 5,000 words (although they will read longer submissions).

Looking for: Experimental works that appeal to a broad audience, new and seasoned writers, no poetry.

Submit online or by post, click here for details. 

"Starting Over" issue of Creative Nonfiction - Submissions due Monday, June 19th (Literary Magazine, nonfiction)

Guidelines: must be an unpublished true story, 4000 words or less. 

Focus: a true story about someone starting over, it can be personal or a story about someone else--"Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme."

Submit online or by post, click here for details.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Hannah Bowman, Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates 
Hannah tweeted that she is looking for a "near-future strike-in-space book" in the vein of The Martian, "but with collective nonviolent resistance." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: science fiction and fantasy and young adult novels

Nonfiction: mathematics and science, religious studies, women’s studies, and criminal justice policy

How to submit: Email only. Send a query letter pasted in the body of the email (no attachments) to queryhannah@lizadawsonassociates.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Abby Saul, founder of The Lark Group
Abby tweeted that she is looking for an "enthralling, immersive, and surprising historical fiction project." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Adult literary fiction and adult commercial fiction (including historical fiction, women's fiction, mysteries, and thrillers)

Nonfiction: N/A

How to submit: Email only. Send a query letter pasted in the body of the email (no attachments) and "Query: [Title]" in the subject line to abby@larkwords.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Alex Slater, literary agent at Trident Media Group
Alex tweeted that he is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade projects dealing with immigrant experience. It can be set in a real or imaginary world, his one request: "make it authentic" Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Adult literary fiction and adult commercial fiction (including historical fiction, women's fiction, mysteries, and thrillers)

Nonfiction: N/A

How to submit: Online form only, click hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Signing off with a smile...

After a month of being in business, Jane Friedman and her partner Mark stopped by with this amazing cake featuring the Grad Student Freelancer's logo stenciled on it in powdered sugar! It tasted as good as it looked. Thanks, Jane and Mark!