Get Published Weekly Roundup: March 26th, 2018

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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: November 27, 2017

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After all the tryptophan we can barely wake up enough to get out a Roundup this week (yes, we know that it doesn't really make you sleepy, we don't care). We managed it, nonetheless. This week we've got a big-money contest, some stuff agents are looking for, and then a bit about good and bad proposals 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 new agents

Taylor Curtin has joined Union Literary as an Agent and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Literary Fiction, Young and New-Adult Fiction (especially Science-Fiction and Fantasy)

Nonfiction: True Crime

“For true crime she is looking for compelling stories that bring the drama and incorporate aspects of psychology, forensics, and/or the litigation process. Regarding fiction, she is a sucker for snappy, sarcastic characters with stories that ring (painfully) true while making the reader laugh, or even cry. Taylor is passionate about narratives that are diverse, culturally conscious, and socially aware (particularly for younger readers). She has an appetite for high-quality and evocative writing that transports the reader to unfamiliar places, or lends fresh eyes to a familiar place. She’s not afraid of edgier, grittier, or darker voices and stories and prefers the kid-gloves are off when handling young readers.”

Taylor is accepting queries via email at taylor@unionliterary.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Jennifer Haskin has joined Corvisiero Agency as a Literary Agent Apprentice.

Seeking:

Fiction: Young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and romance

Nonfiction: Not interested

“She is drawn to faulty heroines with strong voices, real friendships, and super skills with a weapon. As well as a hunky love interest with a tangled plot of his own.”

To query Jennifer, use the online form on the agency website, which can be found here. You can email her at jenn@corvisieroagency.com with any questions.

Submission Deadlines

This week, a great opportunity for young writers and a chance for recently published authors who focus on race, culture, and diversity to shine

Anisfield-Wolf 82nd Annual Book Awards—Submissions due December 31st (Published fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—BIG $$ Prize)

What: Works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published and copyrighted in 2017. $10,000 will be awarded to two winners—one for a work of fiction or poetry and one for a work of nonfiction, biography, or scholarly research.

“The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book prizes in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for issues of social justice. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Past winners have presented the extraordinary art and culture of peoples around the world, explored human-rights violations, exposed the effects of racism on children, reflected on growing up biracial, and illuminated the dignity of people as they search for justice.”

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

BookLogix Young Writer’s Competition—Submissions due December 31st (Youth Contest—Publication)

Who: Writers aged 10-18

What: Book-length prose fiction (up to 200 8.5” x 11” pages) by previously unpublished authors. Two winners will be awarded full publication of their book.

“The Young Writers Contest seeks to encourage young people to express themselves and their thoughts through writing and literacy skills. The contest encourages entrants, age 10-18, to consider the ability to become a published author at any age, and to learn about the process of publishing their work. Winners will be selected based on originality, creativity, and writing skill.”

To Submit: Entries are accepted by mail or online form. Detailed instructions may be found here. Questions should be directed to contest@BookLogix.com.

What Agents Want

#MSWL highlights: fantasy, space camp, and hauntings, oh my! Also, fantasy.

Laura Crockett, Associate Literary Agent at TriadaUS 
Even the holidays can’t slow down intrepid Associate Literary Agents like Laura, who is on the hunt for “contemporary, fantasy, & historical in YA/Adult, select MG mystery & fantasy.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA realistic fiction featuring diverse characters and narratives, and fairytale/mythology-inspired fantasy for the 21st century that focuses on inventive worlds and characters with depth. In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women’s fiction featuring juicy moral dilemmas, millennial-driven “chick-lit,” and more fantasy.

Nonfiction: is getting dusty on Laura’s shelf.

“In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy). In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women's fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it's millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures' mythology, and historical fantasy).

How to Submit: Email your query, including the first ten pages of your manuscript, to laura@triadaus.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at Corvisiero Agency and noted freelance Zombie/Apocalypse Survival Specialist 
Kelly knows exactly what she wants, we’re just here to pass it on: 1) A story of two dancers and the friendship that sustains them in the world of competitive ballet, 2) fiction and non-fiction from Native American authors, 3) a work of Middle Grade fiction with a female protagonist attending space camp (because she wants to be an astronaut and her idol is Sally Ride, obvs... she “learns to read the stars, understand horoscopes, and uses it all to navigate friendships”), 4) works of realistic fiction featuring diverse characters, 5) YA historical fiction—picture “Ruby from Cold Mountain with a shotgun in her hand” 6) fictional tales of online dating gone horribly awry, 7) and finally… well, we think it’s best if she explains it to you: “A hilarious haunting! A ghost with a sense of humor, waking people up, making weird sculptures with random objects around the house, telling the living people that they should GET IT, etc. Make me die laughing.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grades Fantasy, Paranormal, and Sci-fi; Young Adult Fantasy (“all sub genres of fantasy accepted”), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (“19th century and earlier with strong heroines”), Dystopian (“hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please”), Sword and Sorcery, and select Contemporary Romance or any combination of the above with strong female main characters; New Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (“Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?”), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above; Adult Fantasy, Romance.

Nonfiction: Non-Fiction, along with Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, or Children's Picture Books might be your thing, but they sure aren’t Kelly’s.

“With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.”

How to Submit: Fill out the online form found here. More information on the agency's submission policies here. Please note that all agents at Corvisiero Agency will be taking a well-deserved holiday break from December 1st,  2017 until January 2nd,  2018 and will be closed to queries during this time.

Follow Kelly on Twitter @YAFantasyFan.

Ejusdem Generis

This week, Business Insider reported that former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci had been unsuccessfully trying to pitch a book about his days in the Trump administration. Represented by the formidable Trident Media Group, Scaramucci's proposed book failed to elicit the interest of publishers, and he told Business Insider that he no longer wanted to publish a book. The news site obtained a copy of one of the versions of his proposal (apparently not the final version), and it is not pretty. Imagine a three-page hagiography whose intended audience is people who think tough-talking financiers are the real modern-day saints (take that, Mother Teresa!). In spite of his fame, and our never-ending fascination with all things Trump, Scaramucci follows Sean Spicer into the ranks of would-be authors thwarted by an industry that is intensely interested in what will sell, and what won't. And TPTB have determined that a memoir written by a mouthy blowhard who literally claims that his book may save the country won't.

Fantastic proposals aren't always enough, though, either. About six months ago, author Michael Hingston wrote a piece for Medium which offers his non-fiction proposal for a book on teeth as an example for other authors preparing to write their own proposals. An agent at a top agency signed him immediately after reading his unsolicited pitch, telling him that it was one of the best she'd ever seen. As we know already, though, the publishing gods are fickle (or maybe just good at their jobs), and the excellent proposal for Quite a Mouthful: A Cultural History of Teeth was not enough to coax the book into print. Check it out here.

For other concrete information on how to craft a proposal we recommend (as always) Jane Friedman's blog and services. If anyone knows the Mooch, send him the link. She might be able to help. 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.