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: July 24, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end (including a kitty for every genre!).

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

Growth at The Rights Factory!

Cassandra Rodgers, Agent at The Rights Factory

Cassandra Rodgers has been promoted to Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Adult Literary, Commercial Women’s, and Historical Fiction

Nonfiction: Politics, History, Popular Science, Finance, and Memoir

"Actively building her list..."

To Submit: Cassandra is accepting queries through an online form here.

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory

Lindsay Leggett is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory.

Lindsay’s focus is on Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s books, particularly Magical Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and LGBQTTQIA+

To Submit: Lindsay is accepting queries through an online form here.

Anna Trader, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory

Anna Trader is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Women’s, Thriller, Historical, Middle Grade, General, and Commercial

Nonfiction: Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, and Memoir

"Like her life, she has an eclectic approach to literature, moving easily between general fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction, including health, mind & body and children’s books.

To Submit: Anna is accepting queries through an online form here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until July 31st:

Virginia Quarterly Review — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Payment varies with form: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction all sought)

What: Poetry (all types and length), Fiction (2,000–8,000 words: no genre fiction), and Nonfiction (3,500–9,000 words: literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays)

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

Crazyhorse Crazyshorts!— Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication)

What: Short short fiction contest. 1–3 entries of up to 500 words each

Entry fee: $15 (includes one-year subscription) 

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

The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication, agency review by established literary agents)

Who: New and emerging writers only

What: Previously unpublished short stories (under 7,000 words) only. Winner receives $3,000, publication, and agency review. Second and third place receive $200/$100, publication, and agency review.

Entry fee: $20

 "It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one."

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

Thrice Publishing Call for Novel Submissions — Submissions due Monday, July 31st

What: Novel-length fiction starting at 70,000 words. Everything from traditional to alternative work. “We are looking for the shock of the new whenever we can find it. We will look at everything and consider ourselves unafraid to take a chance.”

"Thrice Publishing reaches outside the mainstream to publish the work of selected writers whose efforts, we feel, need to be seen."

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

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Amanda Jain, Literary Agent at the Inklings Literary Agency, LLC *closed to queries EXCEPT for #MSWL related inquiries!!*
Amanda tweeted, "I am closed to general queries, but special exceptions for those in response to #MSWL tweets. Send away!" Source Tweet

Here are some of her recent #MSWL requests:

"A fun, sports-centered contemporary romance where the heroine, not the hero, is the elite athlete." Source Tweet

"I would #MSWL that girl's expression" See the expression in question by clicking here. Source Tweet

A book project about a female SEAL (romance or suspense). Source Tweet

"I'd love to see a #romance or #WomensFiction set during the Great Depression, or against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl." Source Tweet

How to submit: Amanda is only accepting queries related to her #MSWL tweets via email **with #MSWL in the email subject line** to amanda@inklingsliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website (Note: Amanda's profile and the Inklings Literary Agency submission page indicate that they are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time. So query Amanda only if your project matches her #MSWL requests).
 
Follow Amanda on Twitter @wensday95.
Elana Roth Parker, Literary Agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency Inc. 
Elana tweeted, "Can I anti #mswl? I decidedly do NOT want any more books that open around the death of the MC’s mom, dad, brother, sister, or best friend..." Source Tweet

Seeking: Commercial Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (all genres; though Horror, Thriller, Christmas, or talking animal books are not for her); Narrative Nonfiction for children and teens; Picture Books from author/illustrators only. 

How to submit: Elana is accepting queries via email to queries@ldlainc.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines the company website.
Follow Elana on Twitter @ElanaRoth.
Finally another #MSWLbeautycontest!
Cate Hart, Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency & Saritza Hernandez, Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency (source twitter thread), and Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary Agent at The Deborah Harris Agency (source tweet) are looking for book projects inspired by the young women who held a protest Quinceañera at the capitol building in Texas (articles here and here).

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Cate: Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction, select Commercial Adult Fiction, Contemporary and Historical Romance, and Nonfiction in the areas of History and Pop Culture

Saritza: Romance titles in Adult and Young Adult Fiction, as well as Feminist Erotica with or without a romantic element

Rena: Literary and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in all genres, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books

How to submit:
Cate and Saritza are accepting queries via email to query@corvisieroagency.com. Cate requests that you send a query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 5 pages included the body of your email with the subject line formatted as follows - Attn: Cate [Your Title]. Saritza prefers that you paste the 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages to the body of your query e-mail. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Rena is accepting queries via email to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow them on Twitter:
Cate Hart: @CateHart
Saritza Hernandez: @epubagent
Rena Bunder Rossner: @renarossner

Ejusdem Generis

  • Here are a few articles that come straight from literary agents giving advice about the publishing process:
    • "What Happens in the Agency After I Send my Proposal? by Steve Laube (click here)
    • "Want #QueryTip from a Literary Agent? #MSWL" - Interview with Kirsty McLachlan (click here)
    • "Successful Query: Margaret Rogerson & An Enchantment of Ravens" by Sara Megibow (includes the text of the query and Sara's comments on it)  (click here)
    • "How to Trim Your Query to 250 Words (or Fewer): Advice from Agent Janet Reid" (click here)
  • So many good things on Jane Friedman's blog this week:
    • "Self-Publishing a Debut Literary Novel: The Actions, The Costs, The Results" guest post by  (click here)
    • "The Marketing Rule You Can’t Forget" guest post by Ryan Holiday (click here)
    • "So You’re an Author Without a Social Media Presence: Now What?" by Jane Friedman (click here)
    • "How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference" by Jane Friedman (and technically from a little over a week ago) (click here)
  • Finally, GSF Associates Kelly & Kayla had a great time cat sitting Zelda this week:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BW0fdHGAf6N/?taken-by=siemprechipil

    This inspired Kayla to find for you (drum roll please): A kitty for almost every genre!! Action/Adventure; Sci-FiSuperheroAction/Adventure (take 2)Crime/DramaSci-Fi/FantasyHorrorWestern, Crime/Thriller


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.