Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 2nd, 2018

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In a few days we embark on our first camping trip of the year. I've sharpened and polished my hatchet, checked the bear spray, downloaded some topo maps, and purchased a new water filtration system. None of which we'll need, because we're staying in a cabin. It will be my first time cabin camping, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not having to bear-proof your campsite at the end of the night is going to be great. Also, toilets. This week we feature two new agents, a couple of killer residencies, and the great JF 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

New agents! Hit 'em up!

Leah Middleton has joined Marjacq Scripts. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical; high-concept YA; edgy comedy

Nonfiction: Investigative journalism; Polemic; topical Memoir; Popular Science; Popular History

Leah is accepting submissions via email at leah@marjacq.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Jessie Stover has joined the Seymour Agency (well, in the winter; we're just catching up now).

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; New Adult; Romance (contemporary, suspense, comedy); Military; brain twisters (make of that what you will)

Nonfiction: Apparently not

"Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking." 

Jessie is accepting queries via email, at jessiemstover@yahoo.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Two residencies, one of which you really gotta get a move on. But it pays twenty large!

Boston Public Library Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program—Submissions due by April 5th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency to provide a writer with resources to complete a work for children or young adults. Winner receives use of a private office, access to special collections at the BPL—oh, and $20,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email or by post. Entries must be postmarked by April 5th. Rules and submission information may be found here

The Kerouac Project 2018-2019 Residencies—Submissions due by April 16th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency for writers of any age or genre. Four winners receive three-month stays in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums, and a $1,000 stipend.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here, and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishpeople

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at the Rights Factory

Lindsay has maybe been watching Forged in Fire (but is sick of all the beards): "I'd love to see a YA fantasy about a girl blacksmith." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Children's 

"Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory."

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayleggett.

Jessie Devine, Agent at D4EO Literary 

Jessie is looking for some romance at sea. I mean in the sea. Like really in it: "Still looking for my m/m or f/f mermaid book." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Jessie is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. You can follow him on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Ejusdem Generis

A couple of months ago we mentioned that our good friend, publishing guru Jane Friedman, had a book coming out. Well, it's out, and if you haven't picked it up, you should. Today she wrote a guest column about author platform in the digital age for Writer Unboxed. I'm not going to summarize it because she already writes with economy, and I would just end up reproducing the whole thing. Also Writer Unboxed would probably get mad. 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 26th, 2018

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We apologize for y'all who subscribe getting sent this twice (or some version of it sent twice): we've been having site problems, and the friendly fellow trying to fix them published a test version, which y'all probably got. So, sorry about that.

My wife turned in her dissertation last week. We have just started to recover from the process of finishing it (I was her editor). It has really freed up some time for us, which is great. But we both feel a little lost, now, and I imagine that this is a feeling common to authors of all stripes when a work is finished. So we salute you, authors of large manuscripts everywhere, published or un. Keep fighting the good fight. This week we feature two new agents and one established agent changing agencies, poetry and essay contests, and some self-examination 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 heavy hitters making moves, and a newbie on the come up

Tina Pohlman has joined Union Literary. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Yup.

Nonfiction: Also yes.

"Tina loves discovering distinctive new voices in fiction and memoir and is always on the lookout for academics in the fields of animal behavior and neuroscience who can write for a popular audience. She has often been described as a purist, and while she’s not exactly sure what people mean by that, she doesn’t particularly mind the label."

Tina is accepting submissions via email at tp@unionliterary.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Stacey Kondla has been promoted to Associate Agent at the Rights Factory.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Middle Grade

Nonfiction: also YA and Middle Grade

"Living and breathing the book business for the past 15 years has made Stacey Kondla very happy." 

Stacey is accepting queries via online form, here

Chris Clemans, late of the Clegg Agency, has joined Janklow & Nesbit.

Seeking:

Fiction: Yup.

Nonfiction: Double yup.

"His taste in fiction tends toward the literary, and on the nonfiction side he’s interested in narrative journalism, cultural criticism, and voice-driven memoir and essays."

Chris is accepting queries via email or post. For the former, click your keyboard toward this: submissions@janklow.com, and for the latter, address this thing called an envelope to: Janklow & Nesbit Associates, 285 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017. See their submissions guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Got a poem? Just win this contest and they'll give you a thousand dollars! Also, Minnesota!

America: The Jesuit Review Foley Poetry Contest—Submissions due by March 31st, 2018 (Annual Contest, Publication, $$$)

What: One poem, thirty lines or fewer. Winner receives $1000 and publication of the poem.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center Great American Think-Off—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (Annual Contest, $$$ + travel)

What: Essay of fewer than 750 words, answering the question, "Which plays a larger role in shaping one's life: success or failure?" Four winners will receive $500 and travel expenses to debate the question in New York Mills, Minnesota. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here. You may also submit by post to: Think-Off, c/o Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567. Because they're easy like Sunday morning, you can also submit via email to info@think-off.org.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishbone

Rena Rossner, Agent at the Deborah Harris Agency

Rena is looking for some escapism: "Wishing for some stunning epic diverse Fantasy and SciFi to appear in my inbox. Bring me retold fairy tales like we’ve never seen them, and ALL the futurisms. Anyone got any?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

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

"She is a writer of both fiction and poetry as well as the author of the cookbook EATING THE BIBLE, which has been translated into five languages."

How to submit: Rena is accepting queries via email at rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Click here for submission guidelines on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @renarossner.

Eric Smith, Agent at P.S. Literary 

Eric is feeling punny about the third wave: "I would love to read a YA novel set in the 90's about a teen in a ska band. I would totally pick it up pick it up pick it up- I'm sorry. But really I want to read that." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Sci-fi; Fantasy; Thriller; Mystery; Young Adult (particularly Sci-fi/Fantasy); New Adult

Nonfiction:  Cookbooks; Pop Culture; Humor; Essay Collections; Blog to Book Ideas

How to submit: Eric is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @ericsmithrocks.

Ejusdem Generis

Not to be total Guardian stans and direct you there for the second week in a row (even though we are, on both accounts), but on Friday they published a nice little interview between the celebrated authors David Mitchell and David Peace. It's worth a read, particularly if you enjoy their work, but one matter they discuss was of particular interest to me. Mitchell begins the conversation with the claim that every author works in a limited number of archetypal themes, and suggests that "mental breakdown" is one of Peace's consistent themes. Peace agrees with the idea and suggests "labyrinth and thread" as Mitchell's own such theme. I have long thought about what ideas run through the oeuvres of my favorite authors (Eco: how following seemingly correct reasoning can lead to exactly the wrong conclusion), but I hadn't considered this as a sort of rule, that an author only has so many. Mitchell suggests that the number can be as few as one. How many do I have? Can I get more? The theme that I return to again and again is (re)interpretation. My academic work was almost entirely concerned with the way the interpretation of authoritative texts in antiquity generated new authoritative texts that then required interpretation themselves. I also am fascinated with the way ideas and art are interpreted and recycled in popular culture; hip hop in particular utilizes previous art in the creation of new art. Is that it for me, though? Where do I go get another archetypal theme? Is Amazon doing that yet? How about y'all? What runs through your works? Check out the interview 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:

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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.