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/

 

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 31, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight two agents who are now open to queries, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including our second week of gathering advice #StraightFromAnAgent (maybe a new weekly section of the Roundup??).
 
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

**Now Accepting Queries**

Lauren Bieker, Intern at FinePrint Literary Management

Lauren Bieker has been serving as an intern and is now open to queries. She is seeking:

 
Fiction: Commercial and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, select Dystopian Sci-Fi and high concept Literary Fiction
 
Nonfiction: Proposals related to the world of fashion
 
NOT looking for: Religious Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, or Political/Military Fiction
 
"She appreciates great storytelling and is a 'sucker' for outstanding writing and convincing characters.” She recently tweeted: "#MSWL badass female only western a la The Good Time Girls short film." Source Tweet
 
Lauren is accepting queries via email at lauren@fineprintlit.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Ginger Harris-Dontzin, Literary Agent at Lisa Royce Agency
Ginger Harris-Dontzin is now open to queries. She is seeking:
 
Fiction: Children's, Contemporary, General Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, and Women's Fiction
 
Nonfiction: General Nonfiction
 
Ginger is accepting queries via email at submissions@lizaroyce.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have from 33-147 hours:

Milwaukee Irish Fest  Poetry Contests—Submissions due August 1st, (Annual poetry contests, $$ prizes)

What: Poetry reflecting Irish or Irish-American themes. The Donn Goodwin Prize is open to all, while the Joseph Gahagan Prize is open to Wisconsin residents only. The winner of each award will receive $100.

To Submit: Submission by post only (USPS Priority Mail Express is your friend, here!). For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Brenda Drake Contests Pitch Wars—Submissions due Sunday, August 6th, 10pm EDT (Annual Contest)

What: Win mentoring by an industry professional. Must submit a completed manuscript and query letter (synopsis and pitch recommended as well).

"Over the past six years, Pitch Wars has changed many lives. Countless authors have been matched with agents and even gone on to book deals and successful careers. We’re approaching 250 successes this year!"

To Submit: Submit online beginning August 2nd, 12:01 am EDT. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Winter Tangerine 2017 Winter Tangerine Awards—Submissions due Tuesday, August 1st (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)

Who: New and emerging writers—must not have published a novel or collection of any type.

What: Up to 4 poems (no more than 8 pages total) or 2 prose pieces (no more than 12 pages total). Winners receive a box of books, a jar of jam, $250, and publication in Winter Tangerine. Finalists receive $20 and publication.

"Send me stories that feel true. Emotionally, on a visceral level, true. I love characters. I want to laugh and I want quirks and I want my heart to break."

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

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Jessica Mileo, agent at InkWell Management  
Jessica tweeted a reminder: "I'm always looking for more WoC/#OwnVoices writers in my inbox!" Source Tweet

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

Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaMileo.

Zoe Sandler, agent at ICM Partners 
Family history is eliciting some specificity in Zoe: "I just found out my grandfather was a post-WWII cemetery architect in England. Now I want a novel about a cemetery architect." Source Tweet 

Seeking: Crime, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Journalism, Science, True Crime

How to submit: Zoe is accepting queries via email to zsandler@icmpartners.com. Click here for submission guidelines on her MSWL profile page.
 
Follow Zoe on Twitter @zosandler.
Jessica Alvarez, Senior Agent at BookEnds Literary
Shark Week and Astronaut Mike Dexter making their way onto the literary scene: "From an editor's lips to my #MSWL: a contemp shark-themed romance. Sharks can't be bad in it! Also, a believable astronaut romance." Source Tweet 

Seeking:  Romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She's looking for books that celebrate diversity in all its forms. In no particular order, she'd especially love to see more books featuring Asian characters, adoption issues, the Amish, coroners and morticians, physically and emotionally tortured heroes, and women who kick ass.

How to submit: Jessica is accepting queries via online form, here. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Jessica on Twitter @AgentJessicaA.

Ejusdem Generis

I. Advice #StraightFromAnAgent
  • Check out Literaticast, a new podcast by Jennifer Laughran, Literary Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, in which “a literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults." To listen to the first three episodes online, click here, or for the link to subscribe on iTunes, click here. For a podcast that covers a wider range of categories and genres that has been broadcasting since last November, check out Manuscript Academy. Click here for more information and to subscribe through iTunes.
  • Here are a few #querytip Tweets from this past week:
    • "One of the biggest reasons I reject: not knowing your audience! If it's a MG story, it better be written for the MG audience." - @inthesestones, BookEnds. Source Tweet
    • "In your query, you don't need to tell the agent what their website and submission guidelines say. They already know. :)” - @RachelleGardner, Books and Such Literary Agency. Source Tweet
    • "I see many resubmissions with same opening pages and few changes. Instead, try reworking the scene. Use a fresh start to hook me." -@marchsoloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Source Tweet
    • "No! No! NO! Don't ever tell me the twist or ending in the query. Save it for the synopsis. Your query is your cover copy." - @BookEndsJessica, BookEnds. Source Tweet
II. Free, Open Source, formatted eBooks in the Public Domain! Click here to start reading for free!
"Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art eReader and browser technology."
 
III. "Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters."
By Original works: Vegas Bleeds Neon Derivative work: FRacco [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsFinally, a little data for you (I promise the charts are pretty cool!): You'll learn the differences Amanda Shendruk found in male and female superpowers, the percentage of females that make up teams of superheroes, and a comparison of gendered, diminutive names (like girl v. boy). Click here to see the full analysis.

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:

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    Just Zelda & me. 😎

    A post shared by Kelly West Figueroa-Ray (@siemprechipil) on

    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.