Get Published Weekly Roundup: January 22, 2018

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Happy New Year! Although we were off-line a bit longer than we planned, GSF is back in the full swing of things. This week we showcase two agent promotions, some great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a very cool directory 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 Stephanies are Promoted to Senior Agent!

Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. Will consider literary thriller and suspense, and YA crossover. No historical or romance fiction will be considered.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, investigative journalism, and true crime

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Stephanie Delman has been promoted to Senior Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, genre-bending suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years)

Nonfiction: Select range of non-fiction by authors with established, engaging, and unique perspectives, as well as a few comic illustrators

“While Stephanie does not work with strict genre writers, she is drawn toward literary narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi (think STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel or HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado). She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic/international family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.”

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at sdelman@sjga.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Submission Deadlines

Within the next two weeks: Big $$$ for a nonfiction manuscript in progress, a cool residency for a poet, and a fellowship with Sesame Street!

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize—Submissions due January 31st, 2018 (Nonfiction—$$$ Advance + Publication)

Who: Any writer who is not yet established in the genre and resides in the United States is eligible.

What: A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript, a cover letter, and a project description. Winner receives a $12,000 advance and publication with Graywolf Press

Entry Fee: $0

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

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing—Submissions due February 1st, 2018 (Poetry Residency—$$$ Stipend + up to 4 months of lodging)

Who: Poets writing a first or second book!

What: Up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000.

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

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room 2018 Fellowship Program—Submissions due February 4th, 2018 (Fellowship)

Who: Fresh writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

What: 8 weekly sessions with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives at the Sesame Street NYC offices on creating children’s educational media content.

Cost: Travel and lodging expenses only.

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

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Lots of fiction for all ages, and nonfiction about awesome women for Middle Grade!

Lynnette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is asking for more submissions! Her twitter bio states that she is currently being mentored by Nicole Resciniti, president of the agency. Please send her more "Adult: fantasy, contemporary romance, thriller, & sci-fi YA: sci-fi, contemporary, thriller, & mystery." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: What she said in the tweet!

Nonfiction: Nope

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. Send query and first five pages pasted in an email.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Lynnette_Novak.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali is connecting with her Native American heritage. "As a person of Cherokee descent, I would love to see a Young Adult (maybe Middle Grade) work centered on the Trail of Tears. Any stories built from oral tradition?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade (esp. sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction  

Nonfiction: Seems like a no!

"She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark."

How to Submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manger (click here). More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Stacey Graham, Agent at Red Sofa Literary [PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2108]
Stacey WILL BE (after 1/31/18) seeking more Middle Grade Nonfiction projects about women with moxie. She says: "Last year, I received a ton of queries about fantastic female scientists and mathematicians. This year, I'd love to see female entrepreneurs, historical athletes, authors (Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter bios), and politicians (Shirley Chisholm, Victoria Woodhull)." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Romance, Mystery 

Nonfiction: YES! Specifically: "Nonfiction that walks on the weird side — all age groups."

Special Requests:

Spiritualism: Middle Grade or adult, nonfiction or fiction

Ouija: Adult, nonfiction

Witches: Middle Grade or adult, fiction with a new twist

Old West: Middle Grade, nonfiction or fiction. Think Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, women of the Wild West, African-American cowboys.

Romance with heart…but that doesn’t take itself too seriously

Middle Grade nonfiction series on women with moxie: Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Shelley, Ida Lupino

How to Submit: Stacey will be accepting queries on February 1, 2018 via email at stacey@redsofaliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her personal website here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @staceyigraham.

Ejusdem Generis

While surfing(?) the Twittersphere, I happened on to Penny Moore @precociouspenny, who introduced us to a directory being compiled on The Literary Agents of Color website. "Created by literary agents of color, this directory will serve as a guide as we seek to accomplish two goals: To advocate for and protect the interests of creatives. To support and promote the careers of POC agents." Entries in the directory include an agent bio, what the agent is currently seeking, and a link to their submission guidelines. If you know someone who isn't on the list, but should be, you can contact them here. You can find their ever growing list of literary agents of color 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 10, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a couple of helpful articles 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

Erin Young, Agent at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret

Erin Young has been promoted to Agent at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret. She is seeking: 

Fiction:

Young Adult and Middle Grade: particularly fantasy, action adventure, and magical realism

Adult Fiction: weird literature (think Haruki Murakami or Kurt Vonnegut), mysteries and commercial thrillers 

Nonfiction: 

memoirs, biographies, sport & science narratives, and just about anything unusual

To Submit: Erin is accepting queries via email at eyoung@dystel.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Query + 5 Page Critique Giveaway! — Submissions due by Saturday, July 15th (Free feedback on submissions material; random selection)

What: Justin Wells, Jr. Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, has a raffle open using the Rafflecopter random generator until July 15th. The prize? Critiques of a query and first 5 pages of a manuscript for 2 randomly selected winners. He prefers for everyone entering to have a finished manuscript, but if you are in the process of final edits and prepping for queries, that is fine too. 

How to Enter: Click here for more information and to enter the contest via the Rafflecopter widget (desktop access only). You will need to provide your email do one of the following to enter 1) tweet about the giveaway; 2) follow Justin on Twitter; or 3) subscribe to Justin's blog.

Natural Wonders Anthology: Time in Nature Can Change Your Life — Submissions due Saturday, July 15th (essay in an anthology)

What: Short stories (~1,200 and 2,000 words) dealing with finding peace about an issue, learning about yourself and others, connecting with your family, etc—while in nature or watching nature, etc. If you’ve had an epiphany while in the wilds or relating to the natural world, share your eye-opener or conclusion reached while in nature by writing an essay for this anthology. Your experiences can help others gain insight too. The book will provide a tranquil escape. Readers can enter the serenity of nature even on a lunch break, and feel a kinship with fellow nature lovers who also do their best thinking in the great outdoors.

To Submit: Submit by email to info@sowingcreekpress.com. For submission guidelines and more information on what they are looking for, click here.

“Of the essays received, the best so far are accessible in terms of feelings. They relate to family and relationships, jobs or illness. They hit universal human themes people can identify with or enjoy."

Third Flatiron Anthology: "Strange Beasties" — Submissions due by Saturday, July 15th (Payment: 6 cents per word, essay in an anthology)

What: Short Stories (1,500 and 3,000 words). Description: "Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures?  Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don't necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange. We'd fancy some ghostbusters and monster hunters too."

To Submit: Submit by email to flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Stacey Graham, Literary Agent at Red Sofa Literary
Stacey tweeted "There's a book in this!" in reference to an article entitled: "Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles." Click here to read the full article. Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Nonfiction humor with a strong platform (no dating memoirs)
Humorous fiction
Middle-grade with a great voice–especially funny and/or spooky
History (fiction or nonfiction) with a commercial hook. No 20th century pitches, please
Nonfiction that walks on the weird side (PB/MG/YA/Adult)
Romance

"I’m looking for books that entertain, educate, and engage readers — plus any other “e” verb that fits."

How to submit: Stacey is accepting queries via email to stacey@redsofaliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Stacey Graham on Twitter @staceyigraham.
Sara Megibow, Literary Agent at kt literary
Sara tweeted that she'd love a "query for a contemporary romance that thoughtfully includes infertility." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade
Young Adult
Romance
Erotica
Sci-Fi/Fantasy

"Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country."

How to submit: Sara is accepting queries via email to saraquery@ktliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Sara Megibow on Twitter@SaraMegibow.
Kate McKean, Literary Agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate tweeted that she wants a book about the NBA in the '10s: "If you're a business writer with a strong platform and knows the NBA, email me." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Adult Fiction: contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, high fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction

Middle Grade and Young Adult: thriller, horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction.

Nonfiction (adults or children/teens): she represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of he represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop-culture, memoir, sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft.

She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, screenplays or children's picture books. If your manuscript features dragons, vampires, angels/demons, werewolves, FBI agents or amateur sleuths, she is not likely the best agent for your work.

How to submit: Kate is accepting queries via email to kmckean@morhaimliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Kate McKean on Twitter @kate_mckean.

Ejusdem Generis

  • Genre matters! When querying agents or publishers, how you define (or not define) your genre can be a red flag for agents reading through your material. Click here for a helpful breakdown of genres and subgenres from Writer's Digest. Also, if you think you're book may qualify as a cross-over, check out this post by Literary Agent Mary C. Moore (click here).
  • Curious about what hashtags you should be following on Twitter? Click here for some recommended hashtags to follow if you are seeking a literary agent (and instructions on how to follow hashtags using Tweetdeck). Not enough? Here is a list of 102 hashtags that may be of interest to writers (click here)
  • Click hereBig Five Publishers to see a great graphic linking "The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers" to their many imprints.

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.