Get Published Weekly Roundup: December 4, 2017

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING CHRISTMAS IS COMING CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Okay, I get a little bit excited about the upcoming holiday. For four weeks at the end of each year my shameless embrace of nostalgia (and eggnog) knows no bounds. We'd like to give our loyal readers a heads-up that activity at GSF will be slowing to almost nothing from the 15th of December until just after New Year's Day. As for this week, we've got a big-money contest if you're British or Irish, some agent news and what they are looking for, and a cautionary tale 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

An agent moves, and an editor agents.

Deborah Hofmann, formerly Editor of the NYT Best Seller Lists, has joined the David Black Literary Agency as an Agent and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary 

Nonfiction: Narrative; Autobiography and Memoir; Culture and the Arts; Humor; How-To; Artisanal Arts and Crafts

“Deborah welcomes first-time book authors with open arms, vision and verve.”

Deborah is accepting queries via email at dhofmann@dblackagency.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Jennifer Goloboy, formerly of Red Sofa Literary, has joined Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Nonfiction: Popular History

“She thinks that one of the most important jobs of science fiction is to imagine a future we want to live in.”

Jennifer is accepting queries via email at query.jgoloboy@maassagency.com. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Submission Deadlines

Flash fiction, and big money for flash writing. See what I did there? Cuz it's for British folks? Flash? Slang for... Just ignore me.

The NY Literary Magazine Best Short Fiction Story Contest—Submissions due December 10th (Flash Fiction Contest—Publication)

What: Up to three stories of fiction, any genre, of no more than 2,000 words. Winners receive award seals and publication.

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

Deborah Rogers Foundation 2018 Writer’s Award—Submissions due December 13th (Work-in-progress Writing Contest—Big $$$ Award, well, £££)

Who: Writers with a work in progress living in the British Commonwealth and Ireland

What: A work in progress of 20-30,000 words, fiction or nonfiction. Winner will receive £10,000. 

“An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work.”

To Submit: Submission via online form, here. Contest guidelines and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Another week for fantasy

Julie Fergusson, Agent at The North Agency 
Julie wants a little bit of escapism: “Looking for dark, twisty psychological thrillers, YA fantasy and speculative lit fiction.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary, particularly Women’s; Book Club; Dystopian; Psychological Thrillers; YA Fantasy

Nonfiction: Meh.

“She loves a detailed and fast-paced plot, centred around interesting and well-developed characters.

How to Submit: Julie is accepting submissions at julie@thenorthlitagency.com. Submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Julie on Twitter @Julie_Fergusson.

Ben Grange, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency
Ben's looking for the next Chosen One fantasy based on Western European mythology. Wait, that's not right: “Diverse (MG/YA) fantasy based on diverse mythology written by diverse authors.” Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult (especially Fantasy and Science Fiction)

Nonfiction: Pop Culture 

“Thanks to his time at JABberwocky, he loves epic fantasy and science fiction, and although his focus is on middle grade and young adult, he won't say no to a great fantasy or sci-fi.”

How to Submit: Ben is accepting submissions at ben@lperkinsagency.com. See the agency's submission policies here. 

Follow Ben on Twitter @BLGrange.

Ejusdem Generis

This week, the Ahwatukee Foothills News reported about a local woman who had a terrible experience trying to publish her book with the Christian-based Tate Publishing. Judy Lokits had written a book about the biblical Song of Songs and was working with the hybrid publisher Tate, a family-owned company from Oklahoma that had been in business for over a decade. After a frustrating and repetitive process in which little progress was made and thousands of her dollars were spent, Lokits found out that the company was being sued by many other authors. She gave up on Tate, and thankfully was able to find a better relationship with a different publisher. As for Tate, in May of this year founder Richard and his son and CEO Ryan were arrested and charged with embezzlement, extortion, and racketeering. Read more on the saga here.

While the rise of self publishing has been fantastic for authors who want to get their work out regardless of any agent's or editor's opinion, the fact is that it's not always easy to know which companies are respectable and which aren't. There are more than one Manutius Press out there (read pages 238-243 if you haven't before, and read them again if you have already, give yourself a treat - I just love Eco). Fortunately, our publishing biz superhero Jane Friedman has some advice about how to evaluate a press before you commit. 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: 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.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 20, 2017

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It's Thanksgiving week, and we're looking forward to family and food. In this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and confront our age-related limitations.

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

One Promotion, Two New Hires

At P.S. Literary Agency, Maria Vicente has been promoted to Agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult (contemporary; horror; magical realism; mystery; light science fiction; light fantasy), Middle Grade (any genre), and illustrated Picture Books

Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle

Maria specializes in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. She is actively looking for young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and nonfiction projects in the following categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle. She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.”

Maria is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here. 

Elianna Kan has joined Regal Hoffman Associates as a Literary Agent. 

         Seeking: Fiction and non-fiction works by Spanish-language writers.

She has a passion for interdisciplinary cultural programming and teaches creative writing and literary translation at Columbia University. Elianna is actively building a list of Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction writers and is interested in literature in translation in general.”

Elianna is accepting queries via e-mail at submissions@rhaliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Michelle S. Lazurek has joined WordWise Media Services as an Associate Literary Agent. 

Seeking:

            Fiction: Children’s picture books

            Non-fiction: Christian non-fiction books for adults

Michelle is accepting queries via email at get.wisewords@gmail.com. Check out the company website for extensive guidelines and a required query form here

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until the end of November to submit your work for these contests, so if you feel inspired now is the time to jump on it!

Publishizer “Nether Ether” Speculative Book Proposal Contest—Submissions due November 29th (Final Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Book proposal of up to 1000 words for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and everything in between. Winner receives $1000.

"What one can experience in the nebulous cloud of “speculative fiction” spans the entire dimension of human imagination. As long as we feel disillusionment and the unease of existential angst, these improbable and impossible worlds will continue to delight mankind with their own histories, laws and cultures. In providing a framework to explore the challenges of life, our deepest fears of the unknown can be domesticated; our flights of fancy, indulged."

To Submit: Submit a proposal here. For rules and guidelines, click here.

Backbone Press The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest—Submissions due November 30th (Poetry Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

Who: First-generation immigrants born outside the United States or children of (two) parents born outside of the United States

What: Chapbook-length poetry collections (18-30 pages). Winner is awarded $250 and publication in Backbone Press.

To Submit: Submit via online form, here. For rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL highlights: one agent that wants all sorts of fiction and two agents looking for nonfiction

Lynette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is making the most of her 140 characters: "I'm looking for: Adult: fantasy, thriller, contemporary romance, rom. com., mystery, & sci-fi. YA: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, contemporary, thriller, & mystery. I love dark & twisty, light & funny, & stories with or without romance. querylynnette (at) http://theseymouragency.com." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Didn't you read the tweet?

Nonfiction: Not interested.

How to submit: Lynette is accepting submissions via email at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. More info on submissions may be found here

Follow Lynette on Twitter @Lynette_Novak.

Amanda Annis, Literary Agent at Trident Media Group
Amanda, a self-declared lover of toast, wants to hear from the new generation of feminist homemakers: "Who wants to write a rad millennial, feminist home ec book celebrating DIY sewing & cooking, caring for your home & being smart about finances?" Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction

Nonfiction: Self-help, Biography, Food & Wine, Health & Fitness

How to submit: Amanda is accepting submissions via online form, here

Follow Amanda on Twitter @diaryofaneditor.

Deidre Knight, Senior Agent and President of the Knight Agency
Deidre is apparently getting enough fiction already: "I have one #MSWL wishlist--bring me your nonfiction." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Personal Development, Business, Financial, Net Culture

How to submit: Deidre is accepting submissions via email at submissions@knightagency.net. For submission guidelines, click here

Follow Deidre on Twitter @DeidreKnight.

Ejusdem Generis

Trying to keep up with an ever-changing publishing industry can be difficult, and sometimes we're confronted with things that we simply do not have the background to understand, in spite of our constant analysis of the intersection of publishing and pop culture.

This week I discovered that a self-published book had rocketed to the top of Amazon's Best Sellers list and thought to myself, "Our readers would be interested in this." I investigated further, and found out that the book, Milk and Vine, is a parody of the NYT bestseller Milk and Honey. Poetry selling well is always interesting, but a parody of poetry? 

The Tab, a website that caters to college kids, interviewed the authors, who are undergraduates at Temple University. The authors intended the book to be read by their friends, but found that the combination of Vine-style poetry with the reference to an already-famous book of real poetry proved immensely popular. 

Here's where this takes me: I've never used Vine, the now-defunct video application, and my use of Twitter is largely limited to the publishing world. So a book that was recently number one on Amazon, and self published at that, is completely beyond my ken. I feel old.

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: November 13, 2017

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Hey there, loyal readers! In this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and nothing at the end because our website erased it.
 
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

One Promotion and One Move

Kim-Mei Kirtland has been promoted to Literary Agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Speculative; Literary; Hard Science Fiction; Second World Fantasy; Space Opera; Magical Realism; Fabulism; Urban Fantasy; Young Adult; select Middle Grade

Nonfiction: History; Biography; Pop Science; Food and Travel writing

Kim-Mei is accepting queries via email at kimmei@morhaimliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Alia Hanna Habib has joined the Gernert Company as a Literary Agent

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary

Nonfiction: Narrative; Culinary

Alia is accepting queries via email at info@thegernertco.com.  Click here for submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got until Wednesday, next Thursday, and next Saturday...

TravelFave Travel Misadventure Madness—Submissions due Wednesday, November 15 (Contest - Gift Card)

What: A travel misadventure story—must be true—in fewer than 500 words. Winner receives a $75 Visa or Amazon card, plus publication on the site.

To Submit: Submit via online form and find rules and guidelines here.

We know that we posted it last week, but this one is worth a reminder:
V International Flash Fiction Competition: Sponsored by César Egido Serrano Foundation—Submissions due Thursday, November 23 (Flash Fiction, $$BIG$$)

What: 100 words micro-fiction, original and unpublished in Spanish, English, Arabic, or Hebrew from any country. No restrictions on subject or genre.

Entry Fee: $0

Prizes: Winner: $20,000 (USD), 3 runners-up and each one gets $1000

"Keeping in mind the Foundation´s ethos, which is that the word is the tool of coexistence between different cultures, religions and ideologies, the V Edition of competition is open, under the motto: The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions.”

To Submit: Submission online, here. For details, see here and here.

Hopewell Publications Gover Story Prize—Submissions due Saturday, November 25 (Triannual Fiction Contest-Publication)

What: Unpublished fiction of fewer than 10,000 words. Finalists and winner receive publication in Best New Writing.

"Former BNW Editor Robert Gover grew up in an endowed orphanage (Girard College in Philadelphia), worked as a journalist, and became a best-selling novelist at age 30. His first novel, One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding, a satire on American racism, remains a cult classic and was among the prime books exposuring the sexual, racial, and linguistic hypocrisy which governed the USA in the mid-20th century."

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

What Agents Want

Agents who #MSWL, AND are actually open to queries!

Pam Victorio, agent at D4EO Literary Agency
Pam wants some fiction from the Eastern Hemisphere: "Gimme all your books that read like a Korean drama in any genre please. Any and all Asian lit especially Filipino." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Kinda looks like all sorts

Nonfiction: ?

"She has a passion for genre fiction as well as children's lit."

How to submit: Pam is accepting submissions via QueryManager here

Follow Pam on Twitter @NerdyPam.

Alec Shane, Junior Agent at Writers House
Alec is looking for The Things They Carried, or Carrier, or any of the myriad experiences veterans might want to share: "All the thanks I could ever give to the men and women who serve and have served. If you have a story to tell, please keep me in mind for all things military." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Mystery; Thriller; Adventure; Horror; Historical; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: History; Military History; Humor; Biography; Sports

How to submit: Alec is accepting queries via email at ashane@writershouse.comClick here to read his submission guidelines.

Follow Alec on Twitter @alecdshane.

Samantha Wekstein, also a Writers House
Samantha's getting apophatic (I feel like this is an inevitable development for agents): "Story elements I DON'T want: Drug addiction, hard-boiled cops/detectives, divorce, adult thrillers, business tycoons, historical nonfiction, memoir, angels, devils, heaven, hell, biblical retellings, adult literary anything, picture books without illustrations." Source Tweet  

Seeking:

Adult Fiction: Historical; Romance; Women's; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books (they better have pictures. She's pretty insistent on that point.)

Nonfiction: Humor; Pop Culture

"My passion is YA fiction. I love creative and epic fantasies in the vein of Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo. But I am also drawn to contemporary YA with multi-dimensional female characters like those of Rainbow Rowell, Julie Murphy and Melina Marchetta."

How to submit: Samantha is accepting submissions at via email at swekstein@writershouse.comClick here for her submission guidelines.

Follow Samantha on Twitter @SWekstein.

Ejusdem Generis

This week, we're not presenting anything at all, because our website keeps erasing it. Maybe next week.


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 6, 2017

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Thank you for being patient with us! During our week off we binged on four episodes of Stranger Things Season 2. It. Is. So. Good. Anyway, in this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a few of our favorite curators of #pubtip resources 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 Hires & A New Children's Book Freelance Business (run by a former agent!!)

Rachel Horowitz has joined The Bent Agency as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and accessible Literary Children’s Fiction; Select Commercial Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: YA Memoir

"I’m looking for well-crafted middle-grade stories that have heart, humor and adventure, and for YA, romance with an authentic voice, and stories that reflect what teens are grappling with today--girl power, body image, family dynamics, race relations. I’m also looking for memoirs and fiction that feature a teen protagonist and can even be read by adults...I love to laugh out loud--if your story can mix pathos with humor, if it’s beautifully told and cinematic, and if I can think of five people that should read it right now--we could be a great team."

Rachel is accepting queries via email at horowitzqueries@thebentagency.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Cassie Hanjian has joined DeFiore and Company as a literary agent

Seeking:

Fiction: select projects in Commercial Fiction and Romance

Nonfiction: Prescriptive Nonfiction, particular focus on Mind/Body/Spirit, Health and Wellness, Self-Help, Inspiration, and Christian interest titles

Cassie is accepting queries via email at querycassie@defliterary.com.  Click here for her submission guidelines.

In other agent news... former literary agent Alli Brydon now has a business called Alli Brydon Creative

Alli Brydon Creative is an independent children's book editing and writing business. Among others, you'll find the following services:

All levels of editing

Critique of submission materials

Coaching in the writing of picture books

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Contact Alli via email at allibrydoncreative@gmail.com to discuss your project and ask about rates.

Submission Deadlines

Drop everything and submit to this ONE thing...

V International Flash Fiction Competition: Sponsored by César Egido Serrano Foundation—Submissions due Thursday, November 23 (Flash Fiction, $$BIG$$)

What: 100 words micro-fiction, original and unpublished in Spanish, English, Arabic, or Hebrew from any country. No restrictions on subject or genre.

Entry Fee: $0

Prizes: Winner: $20,000 (USD), 3 runners-up and each one gets $1000

"Keeping in mind the Foundation´s ethos, which is that the word is the tool of coexistence between different cultures, religions and ideologies, the V Edition of competition is open, under the motto: The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions.”

To Submit: Submission online, here. For details, see here and here.

What Agents Want

some Adult Fiction, some NONFICTION (yay!), and some YA

Danielle Bukowski, Rights & Reader at Sterling Lord Literistic
Danielle feels all caught up and she is down for something "uplifting and charming." However, please no "Young Adult, historical, or white savior narratives." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket Women’s Fiction, smart Commercial Fiction, and Literary Fiction

Nonfiction: Nope

"She is particularly interested in stories from marginalized voices and narratives that balance plot and voice."

How to submit: Danielle is accepting submissions via email at danielle@sll.com. Read her submission guidelines on her Manuscript Wishlist page, here.

Follow Danielle @dani_bukie.

Curtis Russell, President and Principal Agent at P.S. Literary
Curtis is looking for some good Nonfiction (FINALLY, folks!) in"History, Business, Politics, Current Affairs, & Memoir." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary, Commercial, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books

Nonfiction: Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humor, Pop Culture, Pop Science, and Pop Psychology.

How to submit: Curtis is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.

Lindsay Mealing, Junior Agent at Emerald City Literary Agency
Lindsay's going back in time: "Gilded Age! Adult fantasy or any genre YA. I adore this age and would love to see Gilded Age stories." Source Tweet  ALSO: Lindsay is closed to queries from DEC 1, 2017-JAN 31, 2018, so get those queries in now!

Seeking:

Adult Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Romance

Young Adult Fiction: (note: NO Middle Grade) all genres – Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, Romance – anything!

Nonfiction: Nope

"I am on the hunt for fantastic YA romance right now! I would particularly love a f/f romance, but am definitely open to anything. Send me your romance!"

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting submissions at via email at querylindsay@emeraldcityliterary.comClick here for her full submission guidelines.

Follow Lindsay on Twitter @lindsaymealing.

Ejusdem Generis

This past week we featured some of our favorite curators of #pubtip content on our Twitterfeed @freelancingrads. A few more we love to visit include:

  • Aerogramme Writers’ Studio: "publishes news and resources for both emerging and established writers." We found the awesome contest for this week through an announcement on their website: https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/
  • The News Pages: "news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more." Scroll through current calls for submissions here: https://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls-for-submissions
  • And just because we all love to dream... here is Susan Shain's new post on Write Life entitled: "37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2018." If any of you get to go on one of these, please let us know how awesome it was!!

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.  

No Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 30, 2017

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Stranger Things Season 2 went up last week, y'all, and we still haven't watched a single episode. Trying to have a great work/life balance is crazy tough, and in trying to have it all, Liz Lemon style, we're swamped. So no new roundup this week, but we'll have a great one for you next week, pinky swear. Anyway, in last week's roundup we covered agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and engaged in a little Pooh bashing 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!

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: October 23, 2017

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Stranger Things Season 2 goes up in four days, y'all. We have our doubts about the creators being able to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but we're excited anyway. Anyway, in this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and engage in a little Pooh bashing 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 promotions (according to PublishersLunch - they're not reflected on the agency websites. Hopefully we're not ruining any surprises!)

Saba Sulaiman has been promoted to Associate Agent at Talcott Notch Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; Literary; Commercial; Romance; Thriller; Cozy Mystery

Nonfiction: Humor; Memoir

"And it finally hit me—working closely with writers to hone their craft; seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication; and advocating for what I believed was stellar prose worthy of recognition—this was my calling."

Saba is accepting queries via email, at SSulaiman@talcottnotch.net. For submission guidelines, click here.

Sarah Bedingfield has been promoted to Agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; upmarket Commercial

Nonfiction: Naught

"A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train, cry in public, or desperately unable to sleep."

Sarah is accepting queries via online form, here, or by email at submit@levinegreenberg.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or four...

Prose Challenges: Sponsored by Trident Media Group—Submissions due in roughly a month (Sponsored writing challenge)

What: 1,000-5,000 word sample of your work. Winners will be approached by Trident (a heavy-hitter among literary agencies). 

To Submit: Submission online, here. For details and to see other entries click here,

Reed Magazine John Steinbeck Award for Fiction—Submissions due November 1st (Annual Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Short fiction of up to 5,000 words. The theme is "California." Winner receives $1,000. Non-winners may still receive publication.

Reading Fee: $15 (includes one issue of magazine)

To Submit: Submission via Submittable. For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

Cheerleaders, ancient Egypt, and what not to send

Jessie Devine, Associate Agent at D4EO Literary
Jessie feels like iconoclasm in kids' books is not so iconoclastic anymore: "I want MG where the MC is a girl who *is* interested in makeup and fashion and puberty and dances and significant others." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; Contemporary; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Doesn't seem like it 

How to submit: Jessie is accepting submissions via QueryManager, here

Follow Jessie @Jessie_Devine.

Kaitlyn Johnson, Agent Apprentice at Corvisiero Literary
Kaitlyn is looking for an updated classic (but probably not the Tom Cruise one): "In treasure hunting mood - also want a modern Mummy-esque story!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; New Adult; Fantasy; Romance; Historical; Contemporary; LGBT

Nonfiction: noooope

"Her favorite tv shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly, basically the nerdier the fandom the better."  (I'm with her on Buffy and Firefly.)

How to submit:  Kaitlyn is accepting queries hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kaitlyn on Twitter @kaitylynne13.

Jennie Goloboy, Agent at Red Sofa Literary
Jennie's going apophatic with her MSWL: "Tough sells for me right now: lone-wolf vigilante heroes. Dystopias in general."

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: History

How to submit: Jennie is accepting submissions at jennie@redsofaliterary.com. Click here for full submission guidelines. 

Follow Jennie on Twitter @JennieGoloboy.

Ejusdem Generis

Last week we linked to an essay written by Chris Jackson, in which he talked about the importance of diversity in the publishing industry. The diversity he refers to is entirely socioeconomic and ethnic: he doesn't mention gender at all. Maybe that's because the industry is already overwhelmingly female (estimates put it at almost 80%): to get more diverse, there would need to be an increase in the number of men

But as a piece in Publisher's Weekly points out, in spite of women's dominant numbers, the power in publishing is largely concentrated with men. The fallout over the allegations against Harvey Weinstein has included soul-searching (or at least the appearance of said searching) in industries outside Hollywood, and publishing is no different. The article reports that sexual harassment is widespread in the industry, and that women consistently find that management and HR departments are indifferent to it. Just because 4 out of 5 faces on every agency and publishing house website belong to women doesn't mean those faces are running the show. Or that they're being treated fairly. Check it out here.

On a lighter note: how about that Winnie-the-Pooh? I loved Pooh growing up (well, Tigger, mostly. T-i-double guh-er!), but as the words mawkish and twee entered my vocabulary, my affections faded. A new biopic about Pooh's creator, A.A. Milne, is out this week, and it apparently explores the family dysfunction and burden of fame that led to a never-resolved falling out between parents and son, the IRL model for Pooh's Christopher Robin. Goodbye Christopher Robin has been receiving mostly meh reviews, so I feel no need to see it, which pleases me. On top of disliking things egregiously sentimental, I also dislike Milne for his treatment of one of my literary heroes, P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse had been captured when the Germans overran France in WWII, and had (foolishly, one must admit) agreed to a series of broadcasts on German radio, which he titled How to be an Internee Without Previous Training. Mostly comprised of humorous reflections on life as a prisoner, the broadcasts contained no pro-German or Nazi material, or any anti-Allied material, either. Nevertheless, this seeming collaboration with those orchestrating the Blitz enraged the British populace. Wodehouse's old friend Alan Milne was one of a chorus of voices who condemned him publicly, which ultimately led to Wodehouse's exile in the United States. But Wodehouse took his revenge, subtler and sweeter, if less tangibly damaging, when he wrote of Rodney Spelvin (a character in his series of golf-centered stories) turning to syrupy children's fare when inspired by his son: "Timothy Bobbin goes Happily hoppity hoppity hop.” (There is considerably more material, and funnier, which I encourage you to read yourself in "Rodney Has a Relapse." Here at GSF we have an intense aversion to infringing on copyright, so I will not quote more.) And while Disney has certainly made far more money off of Pooh than Wodehouse ever made in his ridiculously prolific career, it his P.G.'s work that has continued to enjoy the approval of his peers - other writers. For more on the scorn of writers for other writers, check out this piece over at LitHub. It includes Dorothy Parker's famous takedown of Milne in The New Yorker.


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: October 16, 2017

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It finally feels like fall here in Charlottesville. Chilly night air, a glass of something bracing, and a good book are exactly what the doctor ordered. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and food for thought 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 (congrats!), and a new hire

Riddhi Kamal Parekh has joined Laura Dail as International Rights Manager and Agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books, Middle Grade; Young Adult; open to considering adult Commercial 

Nonfiction: Children's

"Riddhi enjoys universal, coming-of-age stories that tackle issues of identity as well as high-stakes fiction with unexpected twists. She is always on the lookout for a good pun and is particularly drawn to whimsical middle-grade fiction, picture books, and chapter books."

Riddhi is accepting queries via email, at queries@ldlainc.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Sarah Younger has been promoted to Senior Agent at Nancy Yost Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance (like, all of it, yo); Women's 

Nonfiction: Select

"Sarah cherishes her rural southern roots and particularly enjoys stories with a supporting cast of animal characters: horses, dogs, cats; essentially all pets furry and friendly."

Sarah is accepting queries via QueryManager here.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or two...

Author Mentor Match Round 3—Submission window open October 19th-24th (Semiannual—opportunity to be mentored)

What: Unagented, aspiring YA writers receive mentoring by those further along in the game. Applicants should have a complete manuscript and be willing to take feedback.

To Submit: Submission via email at authormentormatch@gmail.com. For rules and submission instructions click here.

Adventure Cyclist Nonfiction bicycling stories—Submissions due October 31st (Magazine—Payment, Publication)

What: Both feature-length stories and 1,200-1,500 word excursions. Proposals first. $.30-$.50/word.

To Submit: Submission via Submittable. For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

Crime and kids' books, Part II

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin wants The Italian Job, maybe for kids: "Heist/con story, YA or adult! Preferably with an interesting ensemble cast & friendship focus." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial; Magic Realism; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; LGBTQ (any genre); Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Graphic Novels; Romance

Nonfiction: Design; Cooking; Pop Psychology; Narrative; Photography; Nature; Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.

Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Kurestin @kurestinarmada.

Adria Goetz, Assistant Literary Manager at Martin Literary
Adria is looking for Shel Silverstein's classic by way of Portlandia: "I'd love a PB set in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps a lyrical ode to our trees?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; anything Christian

Nonfiction: Lifestyle; Christian Living

"Adria looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings."

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

Follow Adria on Twitter @adriamgoetz.

Ejusdem Generis

In our previous edition of the Roundup, we asked why agents who are closed to queries still tweet their #MSWLs as if someone who saw those Tweets would have a chance to run their work by said agents. At the heart of why this is frustrating is the issue of accessibility. Agents are the barriers (or keys, depending on how lucky you are) to entry for editors at publishing houses, who are the barriers to entry for your work to be seen by tired people in airports throughout the world looking for something to take their mind off the five-hour layover they're 17 minutes into. (If you're fortunate enough to be at O'Hare, however, ignore the pulp in the Hudson News and get thee to a Tortas Fronterathose tortas are riquísimas!) We all want the golden ticket, the backstage pass, the VIP seating, especially when that ticket means a chance to show our life's work to someone who, just maybe, will understand it and champion it.

But the thing is, while getting access in the literary world is difficult for anyone, for some people there are barriers to entry that are unseen. Last week, LitHub published an essay written by Chris Jackson, the publisher and editor-in-chief at One World. He discusses diversity in publishing, or the lack thereof, by recounting his own entry into the publishing world, his experience teaching publishing courses at CCNY and Columbia, and his relationships with Eddie Huang and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Particularly with Coates, Jackson wonders whether someone else (someone who didn't share TNC's background) would have been able to build the kind of trust needed to shepherd a work like the National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me into being. Check it out here.

This is where the metaphor of the backstage pass doesn't work. When the barrier to entry is too homogeneous, sometimes it's the rock stars who don't get in.


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: October 9, 2017

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We're getting close to Halloween, y'all. That's apropos of nothing, I'm just thinking about it. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and some #smh 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

One new agent and one established agent who has joined another agency

Formerly at Waxman Literary,  Molly O'Neill has moved to Root Literary.

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult 

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction

"If I can visualize exactly how to form a web of connections around a book and its creator while I’m reading an early draft, then it’s a fantastic signal that I also know how to help that author or artist build their way into a meaningful, and potentially lucrative, career."

Molly is temporarily closed to queries, but states on her Publishers Marketplace member page: "I will be re-opening soon!" Watch her profile for updates, here. For submission guidelines at Root, click here.

Philippa Brewster, formerly an editor, has joined Georgina Capel Associates as an agent.

Based on her editorial work, it looks like Phillipa is seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Upmarket

Nonfiction: Your guess is as good as mine.

Philippa is accepting queries via email at philippabrewster@gmail.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got about a week...

Miami University Press 2018 Novella Prize—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Award, publication)

What: Novella-length manuscript of original fiction: 18,000-40,000 words. Winner receives $750, a contract with publication, and 10 copies of the book.

Reading Fee: $25

To Submit: Submission via Submittable here. For rules and submission instructions click here .

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

What: 150-400 page manuscripts of literary nonfiction. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.

Reading Fee: $27 (comes with a one-year subscription to River Teeth)

To Submit: Submission via Submittable or by post to: River Teeth Book Prize, Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. For rules and other information, click here.

What Agents Want

Crime and kids' books

Curtis Russell, Agent and President at P.S. Literary
Curtis is looking for some wicked-smaht detective reads: "Crime fiction like Dennis Lehane." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Commercial; Mystery; Thriller; Suspense; Romance; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books

Nonfiction: Business; History; Politics; Current Affairs; Memoir; Health; Wellness; Sports; Humor; Pop Culture; Pop Science; Pop Psychology

How to submit: Curtis is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.
Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Curtis @CurtisPSLA.

Hannah Mann, Junior Agent at Writers House
Hannah is looking for Saved by the Bell by way of High Fidelity: "I think the timing is ripe for an early-mid 90s quirky, literary, stand-out YA romance." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

"I majored in Narrative Studies at USC and am passionate about stories in every sense. I've always loved the critical and editorial processes and consider myself a hands-on agent, from brainstorming concepts to revising late drafts."

How to submit: Hannah is accepting queries via email at hmann@WritersHouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahhmann.

Ejusdem Generis

Near and dear to our hearts here at Grad Student Freelancers are the various murky and confusing concepts that undergird copyright law. Not unrelated are the (one would think) less-disputed ethical guidelines regarding plagiarism (which, as educators, we've unfortunately had to deal with, as well). In the latest case of professional negligence (at the least), highly-lauded author and poet Jill Bialosky has been accused of just that. The New York Times reported this week that a critical review of her new book claims to have found strong evidence that Ms. Bialosky copied language from a number of websites for her own biographical descriptions of poets. In response, a number of high-powered authors and critics have come to her defense, suggesting that what she did doesn't count as plagiarism, or that hers is a sort of venial literary sin that should not detract from the book or her legacy. Some have even suggested that the accusation itself is sexist. 

While making claims about what constitutes ethical literary behavior for an Executive Editor and Vice President at W.W. Norton may be above our pay grade, we will say that this sort of thing would result in any first-year/freshman receiving an F on a paper of any sort. 

Check out the NYT's report, here (possible paywall).

For a response to Bialosky's defenders, click here (possible paywall).

Finally, can anyone tell us why agents post #MSWL tweets when they are closed to queries? It's like putting up Block Party! BBQ! Food! Music! signs in your neighborhood, and then telling people when they show up, "Sorry, it's for family members only."


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: October 2, 2017

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It seems like ever since the violent demonstrations here in Charlottesville, there has been just one national tragedy after another. Our thoughts are with everybody affected, from Houston to Puerto Rico to Florida to Las Vegas. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end we showcase industry folks donating their time, skills, and money to help alleviate the crisis in Puerto Rico.
 
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

One new junior agent and two agents who have changed agencies

 Lexi Wangler has been promoted to Junior Agent & Foreign Rights Associate at Massie & McQuilkin

Fiction: Literary fiction; Upmarket Commercial fiction; Young Adult 

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction; Memoir

Lexi is accepting queries via email at lexi@mmqlit.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Agent Rachel Vogel, formerly an agent at Waxman Literary Agency, has joined Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

Rachel is seeking:

Fiction: She's not picky about genre, but she does want "novels that pay equal attention to voice and plot."

Nonfiction: Everything. Bring it on.

Rachel is accepting queries via email at mail@dclagency.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Agent Jennifer Chen Tran joined Bradford Literary in September. She had been an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary Agency.

Jennifer is seeking:

Fiction: Women’s (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary); Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice); Select Middle Grade; Graphic Novels and visually-driven projects

Nonfiction: Narrative non-fiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel); Cookbooks & culinary projects; Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion); Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation); Select Memoir; Parenting; Relationships and Psychology; Mind, Body, Spirit

Jennifer is NOT seeking: Children’s picture books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Westerns, Erotica, Poetry, Screenplays

"Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her worldview or shed new light on 'big ideas.'"

Jennifer is accepting queries via email at jen@bradfordlit.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a little less than two weeks...

2018-2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship—Completed applications must be RECEIVED by Sunday, October 15th. (Scholarship, Poetry —Travel Grant $$ BIG $$)

Who: Any poet of American birth who is able and willing to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.

What: A sample of your poetry, consisting of either (1) up to 40 typed pages (two copies) or (2) two copies of a printed volume of your poetry and two copies of no more than 20 additional typed pages. Scholarship award of approximately $58,000 (if there are two poets chosen, each will receive the full amount). Winners must travel outside the continent of North America for the duration of one year beginning in the summer of 2018.

To Submit: Submission by post only: Thomas H.P. Whitney, Jr. and William A. Lowell, Trustees under the Will of Amy Lowell, Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, 2 International Place, Boston, MA 02110. For submission instructions, click here and for FAQs, click here. For the 2018-2019 application form (two copies required with your submission), click here.

A Public Space, three 2018 Fellowships—Submissions due Sunday, October 15st 11:59pm Eastern Time (Fellowships, Prose—$$ Prize + Publication)

Who: Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book. International applicants welcome, but submissions will only be accepted in English.

What: Submit: (1) A cover letter with the following: a one-paragraph biographical statement, one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you've read, be it recently or long ago, and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you;  (2) One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement. Fellowship includes: editorial support, publication in A Public Space, $1000 honorarium, opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, and to participate in a public reading in New York City.

To Submit: Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. For rules and other information, click here.

Nightmare on Query Street —Submission window open on Friday, October 13th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm  (or until they receive 250 submissions, whichever comes first) EASTERN TIME (Contest, Chance at mentoring and agent consideration of your manuscript)

Who: Writers who are querying agents for book projects with completed manuscripts. All age categories and genres, excluding picture books and erotica. When their agent list goes live, check to see if they represent your book's genre, or if you've queried them already. We ask that if you find that you've already queried a majority of participating agents for your potential submission, please refrain from participating in the contest.

What: (1) SHORT paragraph (no more than 100 words) about your main character. This is the question you must answer: Your protagonist and antagonist bump into each other at a Halloween Party, only to discover their costumes are similarly themed. What/who are they dressed as? (2) Query (minus the bio and comparative titles paragraphs) (3) first 250 words (note: 251 words will disqualify you) of your manuscript. The organizers will make thirteen picks each from the 250 submissions, and those picks will go up on their blogs from October 30th through the 31st. Before the agent round, there will be a mentor round to  polish up the query entries. To see the list of mentors, click click here.

Important Dates: 

Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
Mentors Go to Work: October 21th - 26th
Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
Agent round: October 30th - 31th

To Submit: Send all your submission to nightmareonquerystreet@yahoo.com. Only one submission per email address AND person is allowed. For detailed email submission instructions and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

A shout out to Roller Derby, Race Car-Drivin' Ladies, and Monsters in Movies...

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
It may be evident from this #MSWL entry that Kelly (a.k.a Bible ThumpHER -- GO DAMES!!) has taken over the Roundup for the week. Lauren tweeted "Welp. I’m gonna need a roller derby book." Although Kelly never made it past Level 1, Roller Derby will always have a special place in her heart. Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any and all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy, magical realism, and space operas; contemporary stories with a hook; and anything with a feminist bent. In Nonfiction, she's particularly hungry for counter culture books, cocktail books with a twist/theme, or narrative nonfiction with a unique hook." 

How to submit: Lauren is accepting submissions via email at lauren@triadaus.comClick here for submission guidelines and more info on what she's looking for.
Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenspieller

Alec Shane, Agent at Writers House
Alec Shane tweeted, "Happy October! In light of the season, I'm putting out a #MSWL for a book about the history of the all-time great movie monsters." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Mystery; Thrillers; Historical Fiction (The Vietnam War, the Maccabees, and The American Revolution fascinate me in particular); Adventure; Horror; Middle Grade: adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers

Nonfiction: History (odd/quirky, military); Biography (of unknown, but important people); "Guy" Reads; Humor; Narrative Nonfiction (under-the-radar events and lifestyles); Sports; Supernatural

"I haven't been scared to turn off the light in far too long and something needs to be done about it... I'm also currently up in the air as to whether or not I believe in ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural, so if you have something that can convince me one way or the other, I'd love to see it."

How to submit: Alec is accepting queries via email to ashane@writershouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Alec on Twitter @alecdshane.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali "would love a contemporary romance with a woman in a traditionally male role - race car driver or a pilot, etc. +equally alpha male." Source Tweet

Ali is seeking:

Fiction: commercial YA and MG (esp. Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adventure); Romance; Southern Women’s fiction; and Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Nope.

"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 here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.
Follow Ali on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

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