Get Published Weekly Roundup: May 7th, 2018

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It's absolutely beautiful here in Charlottesville. Spring is fully upon us; it's like a weight has lifted from our collective shoulders and we all have found out that we live right outside The Great British Bake Off's tent. Concomitantly, however, the pollen has affected me to the degree that I regularly get asked if I have swine flu. It's worth it, though. This week we feature one agency move, an intern, two contests that will net you a grand or more, #MSWL entries, and a bit of depressed cynicism at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One agent moves, and a fresh face likely to be not yet jaded by the crush of the slush

Kelly Van Sant has moved from D4EO to Red Sofa Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; Women's (very limited)

Nonfiction: Nope

"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family."

Kelly is accepting submissions via email at kelly@redsofaliterary.com. See the submission guidelines as well as a more detailed explanation of what she's looking for here.

Kat Enright has joined the Seymour Agency as an intern.

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: Select

Kat is accepting submissions via email at kat@theseymouragency.com. For agency guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Picture books and murder most foul (or, you know, crime in general)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award—Submissions due May 15th, 2018 (Picture Book contest, $$$, possible publication)

What: A picture book that reflects and resonates with the diverse population of the United States, plus a portfolio of other work. Winner receives a $1,500 gift card, a trip to NYC, a day at Little, Brown meeting with various folks, and the opportunity to submit the book for review.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission via online form here. For more extensive guidelines and rules, click here.

The Wolfe Pack 2018 Black Orchid Novella Contest—Submissions must be postmarked by May 31st, 2018 ($1,000 and publication)

What: Mystery novella. Winner receives a $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission via post: Jane K. Cleland, Chair, BONA, P.O. 3233, New York, NY 10163. For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Do you watch a lot of daytime cable TV? Then you may have what they're looking for.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali wants some Lifetime stories (but apparently not the comically tragic ones): "Hey did I mention I am looking for inspirational and mainstream category romance? Would love to see things that fit Love Inspired, Hallmark, Harlequin Heartwarming, etc. More sweet than salty." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Romance; Southern women’s fiction; Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Negatory

How to submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manager, here, or via email at submission@spencerhillassociates.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Hannah Fergesen, Agent at kt literary
Hannah has been playing her old LPs backwards: "Is there any YA hist fic about the Satanic Panic? Cause if not, I am obsessed and I want" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Speculative

Nonfiction: Nope

"Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue."

How to submit: Hannay is accepting queries via email at hannahquery@ktliterary.com. See guidelines here, and follow her on Twitter @HannahFergesen.

Ejusdem Generis

What a surprise. Oh, wait, what's the opposite of surprise? Yeah, that's 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 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: December 18, 2017

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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.  

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: August 28, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of our weekly round up. 54 years ago today Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, something to remember in the midst of our continued division and strife. Click here to see a full-length video of this speech. In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent hiring and promotion news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more #StraightFromAnAgent tidbits at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

New Agency: Cullen Stanley International

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

Cullen Stanley is seeking:

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

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

Stephanie Koven is seeking:

Fiction: Narrative-driven fiction 

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

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

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have between four and ten days:

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We welcome new and hybrid forms."

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

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

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

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

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

What Agents Want

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

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

Seeking: 

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

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

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

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

Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenAbramo.

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

Seeking:

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

Select Nonfiction

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

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

Follow Alexandra on Twitter @amachinist

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

Beginning in September Alyssa is seeking:

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

Non-fiction: Humor, Pop Culture

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

"She values diversity, ensemble casts with distinct voices, and formats that are specific to the story and give it its own context."

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

Ejusdem Generis - #StraightFromAnAgent

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


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: August 21, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent hiring and promotion news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end about comparative titles and public domain photos. We also discuss strategies for dealing with the imminent zombie apocalypse heralded by today's total solar eclipse. Oh, wait, that's on our other blog.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

Dorian Maffei, Junior Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Dorian has been promoted to Junior Agent. She is seeking:

Fiction: Magical Realism, Fabulism, reimagined Fairy Tales, Speculative Fiction, literary Science fiction, upmarket Women’s Fiction

"She values work that provokes a deep-rooted connection after the last page, and explores the peculiar within the mundane."

Dorian is only open to submissions that are requested through Twitter pitch parties, conferences, or #MSWL. Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines. Follow her on Twitter @DorianMaffei.

Sarah Bolling, Agent at the Gernert Company

Sarah jumped from editorial (at Norton) to representation. She is seeking:

Fiction: fiction blending literary ambition with genre sensibility, especially featuring diverse characters, far-flung locales, or inventive narrative structure

Nonfiction: Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Sociology, and Style

Sarah is accepting queries at info@thegernertco.com. Check here for submission guidelines on her company's site.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have, like, ten days? Two weeks, I guess, in one case:

Pitch América Pitch Contest—Submissions due 11:59 pm Sunday, September 3rd (Blog Contest—Agent review, possible representation)

Who: Latinx writers 

What: 35 word pitch and first 500 words of a manuscript, any genre, from any age group, as long as it is written in English. Winners will be posted for agent review and request.

"The contest is aimed at pushing forward the effort to diversify publishing and have more #ownvoices and diversity projects out there. Visibility is extremely important, and Latinx kids deserve to see these stories, as well as being able to write their own someday."

To Submit: Submit entries to pitchamericasubmissions@gmail.com. For guidelines and formatting, click here.

Dappled Things 2017 Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st  (Annual Contest, $$ prize, publication)

What: Nonfiction essays of any type, excluding reviews or interviews, that would fit in the context of a Catholic cultural and literary journal. Winner receives $500 (all essays accepted by the journal are eligible for the prize; 2nd and 3rd place receive $$ awards as well).

"Maritain was an influential 20th century Thomist philosopher and Catholic convert whose work covered a wide range of topics, including metaphysics and epistemology, ethics and politics, and—significantly for us—literature and art. His book Art and Scholasticism has been a major influence on Dappled Things’ own approach to aesthetics."

To Submit: For guidelines and submission online via Submittable, click here. For more information about the prize and journal, click here.

Poets and Patrons Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest—Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, September 1st, (Annual poetry contest, $$ prize)

What: Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnets. Winners receive $$ awards.

"Poets & Patrons was founded in 1954. It is dedicated to supporting poetry development in the Chicagoland area. Poets & Patrons is an excellent vehicle for defining your work, meeting with other fine poets for unique critiques, and exploring with others the power of well-crafted verse." 

To Submit: Send two copies of one poem to Barbara L. Eaton, 416 Gierz Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Kortney Price, Literary Assistant at Holloway Literary
Among other #MSWL tweets this past week, Kortney specified setting in one of her requests, tweeting: "early 1900's New York as a setting in any genre."  Source Tweet

Seeking Fiction: 

Middle Grade: Adventure or survival stories; Mysteries; Science Fiction; Contemporary; Horror

Young Adult: “Geeky” or “Artsy” YA Romance; psychological Thriller; Magical Realism; Dark Historical Fantasy; Science Fiction and steampunk

Adult: Science Fiction; Fantasy; Paranormal

"Old buildings, antiques with ghosts, time travel, ancient curses and did we mention time travel?"

How to submit: Kortney is accepting submissions via email at submissions@hollowayliteraryagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on her agent page on the company website.

Follow Kortney on Twitter @kortney_price.

Meredith Bernstein, Agent at Meredith Bernstein Literary Services
Meredith is seeking a book that will rescue her from these crazy times. She tweeted that she is: "seeking books with a quirky voice like Eileen or Eleanor Oliphant or Goodbye Vitamin. In a crazy world, I need a fun read. Save me!!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary Fiction (women’s and men’s); Young Adult Fiction; Mysteries and Thrillers (series and stand-alone); All Genres of Romance; Nonfiction

Nonfiction: Memoir; Women’s Issues and Health/Medicine; Parenting; Psychology; Business; Spirituality and Inspirational Works; Science; Travel

How to submit: Meredith is accepting submissions via an online form, click hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

 
Follow Meredith on Twitter @mgoodbern.
Rachel Crawford, Agent at Wolf Literary Services LLC
Rachel, however, seems to want a little more horror in her life. She tweeted: "a super dark literary novel about girl stalking on social media." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Upmarket Fiction and Young Adult.

Non-fiction: Tech; Futurism; Psychology; the Environment; and Pop Science.

"She’s interested in stories that defy genre conventions and play with reader expectations, and particularly enjoys eco-fiction and near future narratives, as well as anything with a scientist protagonist. She’s looking for international fiction, stories that explore big ideas through compelling narrative, and manuscripts from traditionally underrepresented voices. She loves stories about women by women."

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

Ejusdem Generis - Comparative Titles! Public Domain Photos!

Comparative Titles -- showing that you know your market & audience
  • "How to Write a Competitive Title Analysis" by Nina Amir (click here)
  • "Prep for Publishing: Know Your Comparable Titles" by Kristi Tuck Austin (click here) -- this article includes a free, useful google sheet where  you can collect all your research (click here, then click "File," then click "Make a Copy," name it and save it to your own Google Drive)
  • But what about in a query?? Here's one agent's perspective: "How To Use Comp Titles Effectively In Your Query Letter" by Maria Vicente (click here
#NoPermissionsRequired!! Check out this great resource from the New York Public Library:
  • An incredible visualization that allows you to browse all the public domain images by century created, genre (menus,maps, prints, engravings, photographs, postcards, watercolors, and more), collection, and even by color (red, green, blue, orange, yellow, brown, white, black, and gray). See it here: http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/
  • If you want to search the public domain content found in the New York Public Library's Digital Collections by keyword, click here, type in a keyword in the search box and enter, then on the left check off "Show Only Public Domain." Then all content that is free for you to download and use will appear for the keyword you entered. There are also a number of filters in the left-hand menu, like topic, genre, and place among others, that you can use to narrow your search.
  • REMEMBER: Even if no permission is required for you to use content, most of the time you must attribute it to its source! When you find the photo you want to use in the New York Public Library's Digital Collections, click on the "Cite This Item" tab to find the correct attribution information. If you put your cursor on the photo above, you'll see that this photo of a work by Salvador Dalí is cited this way: "The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Portrait of Emilio Terry (detail)." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1935. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-0f6b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99."

 


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: August 7, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight the D4EO Agency's newest hires, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including more advice #StraightFromAnAgent.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

New hires at D4EO Literary Agency!

Kelly Van Sant, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Kelly is actively building her list. She is seeking:

Middle Grade, Young Adult, women's fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary.
 
"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices and inclusive narratives."
 
Kelly is accepting queries via email at kvs.submissions@gmail.comClick here for submissions guidelines on her company profile page. Click here for her blog with MSWL, and follow her on Twitter @bookishchick.
 
Jessie Devine, Assistant Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Jessie is actively building his list. He is seeking:

Science fiction, fantasy, historical, contemporary, and YA.

"I want books by marginalized creators. I’m interested in stories with characters who are queer, disabled, POC, and/or any combination thereof. Ownvoices is great, but most importantly, I want to represent a diverse group of authors."

Jessie is accepting queries here. Check out his profile page for an extensive description of what he's looking for. Follow Jessie on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have more time than usual:

Blue Earth Review 2017 Flash Fiction Contest—Submissions due Tuesday, August 15th (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)

What: Up to two flash fiction pieces (fewer than 750 words each). Winner receives $500 and publication. Additional finalists may receive publication, as well.

Entry Fee: $5

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Red Hen Press 2017 Fiction Award—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st (Annual Contest, $$ award and publication)

What: Novels of at least 150 pages. Winner receives $1000 and publication of manuscript.

Entry Fee: $25

To Submit: Submit online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

PEN America PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction—Submissions due October 26th, (Biennial fiction contest, $$ prize and contract)

Who: Writers who have at least four publications (including short stories and essays), and if they have published a novel, it must have sold fewer than 10,000 copies

What: Unpublished novels of 80,000+ words that address issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Winner receives $25,000 (makin' that paper!), and a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.

Entry Fee: $25

"Established by Barbara Kingsolver in 2000 and funded entirely by her, it is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles." 

To Submit: Submission online via Submittable (click here). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Molly O'Neill, agent at Waxman Leavell Literary  
Molly hit the cinema for inspiration: "Saw @TheBigSickMovie tonight. More funny/painful/honest/true stories like this one, that feel specific + universal all at once, pls!" Source Tweet

How to submit: Molly is accepting submissions via email at mollysubmit@waxmanleavell.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Molly on Twitter @molly_oneill.

The Bent Agency
The Bent Agency's monthly Wishlist can be found on their blog. Click here to see what their agents just gotta have. Caution: Spoilers Ahead!

"Feeling something contemporary YA right now, that’s a bit involved and complex (that will of course make me sob) like a sibling story, or family story..."

"Some upmarket women’s fiction with a dark, speculative twist, written by and featuring a woman of color"

How to submit: Check out their submission guidelines here.
Dr. Uwe Stender, President of Triada US Literary Agency
Dr. Stender's looking for an author, not an idea: "Books written by immigrants or 1st generation immigrants." Source Tweet 

Seeking:  all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from Memoir, Pop Culture, and Health to How-to, Gardening, History and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children's fiction, he is looking for YA, MG and PBs. In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards Women's Fiction, Psychological Suspense, and Mysteries.  As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world.

How to submit: Dr. Stender is accepting queries via email at uwe@triadaus.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Dr. S on Twitter @UweStenderPhD.

Ejusdem Generis

I. Advice & Resources #StraightFromAnAgent:

  • "The Elements of a Revise and Resubmit Request from an Agent"Click here to read the full article by Kaitlyn Johnson (@kaitylynne13), Apprentice Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency.
  • Another cool podcast: Print Run (@printrunpodcastis created and hosted by Laura Zats (@LZats) and Erik Hane (@erikhane).

"Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness. We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy? We’re for writers, for publishers, for anyone who’s opened a book and wanted to know—really know—what goes into getting the damn thing made."

II. "She reads a lot of query letters." Read Angie Hodapp's advice and reflections on reading through the slush pile on The Tighten Your Query blog (click here). Angie(@angiehodapp) is the Director of Literary Development at the Nelson Literary Agency in Denver, Colorado.

III. Time Warp Web-style

Amazon Best Seller List on August 7, 2007

Neal Agarwal (@nealagarwal), whose Twitter bio says, "Making many websites. Sometimes I accidentally make something useful," has come up with a fun website that will let you see how various websites (like Amazon, YouTube, Reddit and more) looked exactly 10 years ago. Check it out here: http://tenyearsago.io/

 

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