Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 25, 2017

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While the whole country has been profoundly affected by the events that occurred here in Charlottesville several weeks ago, this weekend a group of musicians brought people here in town together for a fantastic series of performances, in order to promote healing and community. And an unannounced Stevie Wonder showed up at the end! Thank you, Stevie (everybody else, too, but c'mon, it's Stevie)!
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, some Manuscript Wishlist Tweets, and a bit of this and that 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 agent changed agencies, one editor changed careers

Agent Adrienne Rosado joined Stonesong Literary in September

Adrienne is seeking:

Fiction: For both Adult and Children's: Contemporary; Mystery; Historical; Thriller; Fantasy

Nonfiction: Pop Science; Business; quirky History

"Anything with a wickedly dark sense of humor.  She’s especially drawn to multicultural fiction as well as lgbtq+ works. She is keen to work on projects that focus on marginalized people and people from atypical walks of life. She loves a story that makes her think differently."

Adrienne is accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Ann Leslie Tuttle, former editor at Harlequin, joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as an Agent

Fiction: Romance, Romance, Romance! (you weren't expecting Middle Grade Dystopian, were you?)

Nonfiction: Isn't European History kind of a Romance? On the real, though, no. No Nonfiction.

"At the heart of every good romance is the sense of finding family, that identity and connection that gives purpose, hope and love to someone’s life. To me, the best romances have well developed protagonists who’ve truly been to hell and back and now must overcome their greatest fear, which usually involves an issue of trust or willingness to put their heart on the line again after a gut-wrenching loss."

Ann is accepting queries via email at atuttle@dystel.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got about a week:

The University of Iowa Press The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award (yes, that Iowa)—Submissions must be postmarked by Saturday, September 30th (Short Story Contest—Publication)

Who: Writers who have not published a volume of prose fiction

What: 150+ page collection of short stories. Publication under their standard contract

To Submit: Submission by post only: Iowa Short Fiction Award/Iowa Writers' Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000. For rules and more information, click here.

Pigeon Pages Fledgling Prose Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 1st (Prose Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Unpublished prose of up to 4,000 words, any genre. Winner receives $250, runners up receive $50.

"We love writing with a strong sense of narrative and invite you to tell us a true story, be in based in the real or fictional world. We believe that a story about dragons can be just as true as a piece of memoir, and are less concerned with traditional genre definitions than we are with resonant, evocative writing."

To Submit: Submission via email at pigeonpagesnyc@gmail.com. For rules and other information, click here.

The African Poetry Book Fund Luschei Prize for African Poetry—Submissions due Sunday, October 1st (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: African writers

What: Any book of original poetry published in the past year, in English or translation. Winner receives $1,000.

"The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is named for poet, publisher, editor, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Glenna Luschei, who has also endowed in perpetuity the literary quarterly Prairie Schooner. Her generous contribution established this annual award.  In recognition of their invaluable support of our work, Glenna Luschei has welcomed the use of her name for the Prize for African Poetry."

To Submit: Download the entry form, then mail entries to The Glenna Luschei Poetry Prize: The African Poetry Book Fund/Prairie Schooner, 110 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0334. (Shout out Andrews Hall, y'all!) For more information and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

Looking for friendship, love, and revolution. Not necessarily in that order.

Michael Bourret, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret 
Michael's Tweet leaves ambiguous whether or not his MSWL manifests his personal hopes: "Smash the patriarchy, deconstruct toxic masculinity, destroy white supremacy, question capitalism/heteronormativity/EVERYTHING"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Everything from Children's to Thrillers to Women's

Nonfiction: Science/Technology; Memoir; Leftist Politics

How to submit: Michael is accepting queries at mbourret@dystel.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelBourret.

Jaida Temperly, Agent at New Leaf Literary Agency
Jaida wants all the feels: "A #MG contemporary sister or female friendship story along the lines of TRAVELING PANTS or PENDERWICKS <3."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Children's and Adult: Literary; Magical Realism; Historical; Upmarket; Horror (not Children's, c'mon, now); Speculative

Nonfiction: Select Prescriptive and Narrative

How to submit: Jaida is accepting submissions via email at query@newleafliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Jaida on Twitter @JaidaTemperly.

Taylor Haggerty, Agent at Root Literary
Taylor wants to eat, drink, laugh, love: "I'm in the mood to fall in love. Send me your high concept women's fiction, contemporary romance & romcoms."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: YA; MG; Women's; Romance

Nonfiction: Nada; Zip; Zilch; Zero

How to submit: Taylor is accepting submissions via email at submissions@rootliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Taylor on Twitter @tayhaggerty.

Ejusdem Generis

Speaking of the Iowa Writers Workshop, here's an interview with author John McNally from 2011, shortly after he published his novel, After the Workshop. He speaks about his experiences at the Workshop, his feelings about living as a writer and academic, and his take on the ins and outs of getting a book published. It's both depressing and encouraging. Check it out.

While it comes from roughly eight months ago, John Irving's (one of Iowa's most famous alumni) call for Oscar winners to become more overtly political in their acceptance speeches seems pretty germane to this week. The Hollywood Reporter has his essay. I really liked A Prayer for Owen Meany. If I could have written any book, that would be one of my top ten choices. 

Finally, the pacifism of John Wheelwright in A Prayer for Owen Meany made me think about war and its effects on literature. Atlas Obscura describes the rise of the paperback as the result of a nation at war (I mean, yeah, I agree, generally it's good for nothing, but paperbacks are pretty great). The dimensions of the books were determined by the size of the presses - they were intended for magazines, and so the printers had to print two books at a time, and cut the pages in half. How cool is that? Definitely check it out.


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: September 18, 2017

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An early שנה תובה to everyone celebrating the High Holy Days later this week! 
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent and agency news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, a couple of highlights from Manuscript Wishlist Day, and some tidbits from the literary world 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(ish) agent, one new(ish)er agency

Cyle Young, Agent at Hartline Literary Agency

Cyle is seeking:

Fiction: Children's of all sorts; Genre Fiction, especially romance

Nonfiction: Parenting; Leadership; Ministry; Self-help

"Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful non-fiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry."

Cyle is accepting queries via email at submissions@cyleyoung.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines, and here for Cyle's wishlist and FAQ.

Lupine Grove Creative, Agency representing Children's Literature

Lupine Grove opened in January of this year, but we just found it now! Danielle Smith is looking for a variety of Children's lit, including:

Picture books; Early Readers; Chapter books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Danielle is accepting queries via email at submissions@lupinegrove.com. For guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a coupla days, coupla weeks, or a month:

Sexy with Food Monthly Contest—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Flash Writing Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Non-explicit sexy story about food. 500-word maximum. $50 Prize

Theme: Getting Away! Dinner out! NO KIDS!

"Sometimes it's fun to get creatively naughty with food.
Life is too short to not enjoy and savor every morsel." 

To Submit: Post your entry to at least two social media sites, then provide links here. For rules and more information, click here.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Writers Contest—Submissions due Saturday, September 30th (Quarterly Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Science fiction short stories or novelettes up to 17,000 words in length.  $1,000, $750, and $500 awards.

"The Writers of the Future Program, established in the finest tradition of the professional giving a helping hand to the novice, has become the largest, the most well-known and the best established discovery vehicle in the field."

To Submit: Submission online here, or by post to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, 7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. For rules and other information, click here.

Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop Writing Competition—Submissions due Friday, October 13th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: Non-professional writers only (see rules for their definition)

What: Short fiction (no more than 8,000 words) on this year's theme: Blue Sky Cities. Winner receives $2,000, with five runners-up receiving $500.

"We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow."

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

What Agents Want

A couple of highlights from last week's #MSWL Day

Dorian Maffei, Junior Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Dorian is hoping for some speculative stuff without white dude heroes: "Want to see more speculative fiction from diverse writers in my inbox & literary science fiction with non-white MC"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Magical Realism; Fabulism; reimagined Fairy Tales; Speculative Fiction; literary Science Fiction; upmarket Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: Negatory.

How to submit: Dorian is only open to submissions that are requested through Twitter pitch parties, conferences, or #MSWL (lucky for you, dear reader). If your manuscript fits her #MSWL request, send her a query and the first 50 pages to dorian@kimberleycameron.com

Follow Dorian on Twitter @DorianMaffei.

Kate McKean, Vice President at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate's feeling about books the way you feel about food when you're hungry in an airport food court: "I honestly don't know what YA I want these days, so if you're working on something that feels weird and new, send it to me."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Romance; Women's; Literary; Historical Fiction set in the 20th Century; High Fantasy; Magical Realism; Science Fiction; Middle Grade and YA: Thriller, Horror, Romance, LGBTQ issues, Contemporary Fiction, Sports, Magical Realism, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Memoir; Sports; Food Writing; Humor; Design; Creativity; Craft

How to submit: Kate is accepting submissions via email at kmckean@morhaimliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Kate on Twitter @kate_mckean.

Ejusdem Generis

As we all know, the literary world does not begin and end with the major publishing companies (in spite of their best efforts). Fanfiction is one of the strange, beautiful corners of literature, gifted us by postmodernity and hated, beloved, mistrusted, and sometimes grudgingly accepted by both publishers and established authors. This week, Vox.com has an interesting piece on what is likely the most famous work of fanfic ever (if you're not counting 50 Shades of Grey), My Immortal. The author's identity, long unknown, yet diligently sought for, has been revealed through the concomitance of seemingly unrelated events: the attempted gaming of the NYT Best Seller List, and the no-longer-anonymous author getting a book deal. Take 5 minutes out of your day and check it out.

Speaking of the Big Five, The New Republic explores the increasing homogenization of the Booker Prize list and winners ever since the competition was opened up to Americans, and notes that this is bad for everybody, especially Americans. Check it out, and think about whether your imminent inclusion on the Short List is indicative of your betrayal of the avant-garde.

Finally, what else have you considered regarding that Booker Prize short-listed novel, anyway? Besides hopefully gaining the ability to pay off student loans and buy a meat grinder attachment for your stand mixer, I mean (maybe that's just me)? The helpful folks at Authors Publish are thinking for you, thankfully. Check out their recent essay on some of the long-term things that authors should be planning for with respect to the future life of their work. 


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: September 11, 2017

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Sixteen years ago today, a tragedy was inflicted on New York City, the United States, and the entire world. Read something beautiful this evening to remember that humanity is also capable of great works of love and wonder.
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, one highlight from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist (tomorrow's a big day, y'all, get ready), and a bit of levity 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, and an established agent reopened to queries. Get moving!

Ali Herring, Agent at Spencerhill Associates

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."

Ali is accepting queries here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Luba Ostashevsky, Agent at Ayesha Pande Literary

Luba is seeking:

Fiction: Give it a miss.

Nonfiction: Science; Current Events; History

"She is interested in nonfiction projects that can instill in readers a sense of wonder or transport them to a different time, or place or make the familiar new."

Luba is accepting queries via online form, here

Patricia Nelson, Agent at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, is open again to queries.

Patricia is seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and commercial Women's; 20th century Historical; Romance; YA; MG

Nonfiction: Not so much.

"She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents."

Patricia is accepting queries via email at Patricia@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or so:

Our Past Loves Past Loves Day Story Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 17th (Very Short Story Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Short story about past love. 700-word maximum. $100 Prize

"What feelings arise if you allow yourself to be fully open to remembering that person?
What is it about that special someone that you still cherish?
IN PARTICULAR, how did that person's presence in your life change you and how you experience the world?" 

To Submit: Submit via email at contest@ourpastloves.com. For guidelines and more information, click here.

Real Simple Good Read Essay Contest—Submissions due Monday, September 18th (Annual Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

What: 1,500 word essay. Theme: What was the happiest moment of your life? Winner receives $3,000 and publication.

To Submit: Submission online here, or by post to Essay Contest, Real Simple, 225 Liberty Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10281. For guidelines and other information, click here.

SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Annual Award, $$ Prize, Publication)

Who: Authors who have published neither a chapbook nor any book-length work, and who have not been published in SmokeLong

What: Four samples of sub-1,000 word flash fiction (at least one unpublished). Winner receives $500, publication, and a year-long residency at SmokeLong.

"The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers."

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

What Agents Want

Tuesday is #MSWL day, so in deference we're only highlighting one request this week...

Laura Crockett, Associate Literary Agent at the TriadaUS Literary Agency
Laura's been watching PBS (or cable BBC, I guess. Or Netflix. TV is really easy to watch these days, huh?): "I'd love a YA/WF ms akin to BBC's Bletchley Circle -- intense, intelligent women coding, solving crimes, ending wars, and taking names."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: YA; Women's; Chick-lit; Fantasy

Nonfiction: Not at the mo.

How to submit: Laura is accepting submissions via email at laura@triadaus.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines at the company website.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

Ejusdem Generis

For all of you devoted Grad Student Freelancers Blog readers who are worried about whether your book is getting a fair shake on the NYT best sellers lists, the conservative publishing house Regnery has announced that they are no longer promoting or tracking their books with the venerable list.

NPR found out that the opacity of the Times' methodology has been frustrating to the publishing industry for a long time: click here.

Analysis by the Washington Post sticks up for the NYT, suggesting that Regnery's protest is little more than a "stunt": click here.

I'm about to write the Great American Novel, and so personally I'm very interested in how the NYT makes its decisions because I'll be on that list very soon (I know y'all probably have seen this, but it's a classic):


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: September 4, 2017

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Happy Labor Day! As we celebrate the American Labor Movement today, we also remember that it was only 60 years ago today, by orders of Governor Orval Faubus, 289 soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard prevented 9 African-American students, Elizabeth Eckford, Minnijean Brown, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattillo, Gloria Ray, Terrance Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls, from entering Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It took almost three weeks before the students were protected by federal troops and could enter the school. For these heroes, high school was not a safe place, but a hostile environment where they took a stand and did what was right not just for their own advancement but for the betterment of our society. We give thanks for their sacrifice today.
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news (specifically agents that recently opened up to submissions), notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits 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

Open again, Open again, jiggety jig.

Jessica Watterson, Agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, is back open to queries.

Jessica is seeking:

Fiction: Romance (all genres); Women's Fiction; YA

Nonfiction: Nope.

"Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse voices."

Jessica is accepting queries via online form,  here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, is open to queries.

Kelly is seeking:

Fiction: Fantasy for MG, YA, NA, and Adult; add Romance for YA, NA, and Adult; and Science Fiction for MG and YA

Nonfiction: Nah.

"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."

Kelly is accepting queries via email at query@corvisieroagency.com. See submission guidelines here.

Courtney Miller-Callihan, Founder and Agent at Handspun Literary Agency, is open again to queries (well, to be fair, she has been since July, but we just picked up on it now).

Courtney is seeking:

Fiction: General; Historical; Women's; Romance; Mystery

Nonfiction: Most everything except Religion and Spirituality

Courtney is accepting queries via email at query@handspunlit.com. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have between six and ten days:

World in Focus In Focus Art & Essay Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 10th (Art and Writing Contest—$$ Prize)

Who: Ages 10-18

What: Art or essay. 1,000-word maximum. $100 CAD Prize

"To promote awareness of the vision problems individuals in third-world countries may face on a daily basis, due to their difficulty in accessing resources and care; To promote outreach in the youth community by allowing them to reflect on the topic of sight and its importance; To encourage youth to express their creativity, individuality and talents on a global stage" 

To Submit: Submit via the online form, here. For guidelines and more information, click here.

Operation Awesome Pass or Pages Contest—Submission Window: September 11th-13th (Query Contest—Agent Evaluation)

What: Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy, query and first 250 words. Five randomly selected entries will be evaluated by an agent, with feedback given about why they're passing, or why they're requesting pages.

"Querying authors get a peek into agents' minds as they go through their slush piles."

To Submit: Submission online (once the submission window is open), here or here. For guidelines, prompts, and other information, click here.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award—Submissions due Thursday, September 14th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: Authors with a first novel, published between January and June 2017

What: Must be a first novel, published originally in the US, no YA/Middle Grade. Winner receives $5,000.

"The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award honors an outstanding debut novel published in the preceding calendar year. Symbolized by a three-dimensional compass, the award is a tribute to writers who have navigated their way through the maze of imagination and delivered a great read, taking the reader someplace new."

To Submit: For complete submission details, click here. For more information and other guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Highlights from this week's #MSWL tweets...

Meg LaTorre-Snyder, Agent Apprentice at the Corivisiero Literary Agency
Meg wants some Disney by way of Burning Man: "I'd love a steampunk Beauty & the Beast retelling. (Bonus points for M/M or F/F romance.)"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Fantasy; Historical fiction; Romance (with magical elements); Space opera; Steam punk; Thrillers (with magical elements)

Nonfiction: Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full.

"She loves books written in third-person with multiple POVs, quirky, realistic characters, rich descriptions, and a unique inclusion of mythologies. (However, Meg does love first-person stories with a single POV as well, or any combination thereof!)"

How to submit: Meg is accepting submissions via email at query@corvisieroagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on her profile at the company website.

Follow Meg on Twitter @MegLaTorre.

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren is looking for The Slammin' Salmon cum Le Morte d'Arthur: "funny YA set in a Medieval Times-like restaurant. Give me performer hierarchy drama, kitchen secrets, and a love story to swoon over." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select 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

Leon Husock, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency
No, Leon, I'm sorry, I don't: "You know that Shanghai/Hong Kong/British Raj aesthetic that's a mash-up of Asian/South-Asian and Western culture? I love that." Source Tweet  Oh, good, I must not be alone: "For reference, see (among many other things) The Age of Shadows, a Korean spy drama set during the Japanese occupation of Korea." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction; Fantasy; YA; Upper Middle Grade; Genre Mashups

Non-fiction: No, nah, man, this is not a good idea!

"...especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures."

How to submit: Leon is accepting queries via email at leon@lperkinsagency.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Leon on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

So writers, here's the thing. The first line of your manuscript is super important. Check out this insight #StraightFromAnAgent in Literary Agent Mary C. Moore's post, "Do Literary Agents Reject Your Submission After Reading One Line?"

Yes, I have rejected a submission based on the first sentence and yes, it happens more often than I’d like. But how could you possibly know from the first line? you ask.

Because it’s our job to know.

Sounds arrogant, sure. Believe me, I’ve been there on the other side, thinking it wasn’t fair that agents claimed they rejected a sub based on that first line. But after years of reading the slushpile, editing manuscripts, shopping clients, etc., I’ve been trained to see the level of prose based off that first line. Other agents will tell you the same.

Mary offers 10 things she determines about an author's manuscript from its first line. Read the full article by clicking here.

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We just stumbled upon J.P. Beaubien's YouTube Channel Terrible Writing Advice. The writing and the publication process is a tough one and sometimes we just need a good laugh. Check it out... but, please, please don't follow his advice, especially on marketing your book:


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: August 28, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of our weekly round up. 54 years ago today Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, something to remember in the midst of our continued division and strife. Click here to see a full-length video of this speech. In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent hiring and promotion news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more #StraightFromAnAgent tidbits at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

New Agency: Cullen Stanley International

Cullen Stanley and Stephanie Koven (both formerly from Janklow & Nesbit Associates) founded their own agency in 2017. 

Cullen Stanley is seeking:

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction, historical Memoir, Biography, Mind-Body-Spirit, and books on art and design.

Fiction: "she likes novels with strong plot lines, inspirational stories and memorable characters."

Stephanie Koven is seeking:

Fiction: Narrative-driven fiction 

Nonfiction: Lifestyle & Health, Memoir, History, Popular Science, and Outdoor/Nature/Adventure titles.  

Cullen and Stephanie are accepting queries via email to submissions@cullenstanleyinternational.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have between four and ten days:

Litro Magazine After Dark. After Hours.—Submissions due Friday, September 1st (Print magazine, publication)

What: Flash/micro fiction, short fiction, and nonfiction. 4,000-word maximum.

"An issue about what people get up to after dark, when they think no one’s watching, or what goes on after everything’s shut. Secrets and shady stuff, or things more magical: the store mannequins come to life, elves appear to do the shoemaker’s work…? You show us." 

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

consīs 2017 Pith of Prose & Poem Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 3rd (Poetry and Prose Contest—$$ Prize and Publication)

What: Poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose. No more than 250 words for prose, or 25 lines for poetry. Four cash prizes, all winners receive publication.

"We welcome new and hybrid forms."

To Submit: Submit via Submittable, here. For guidelines and other information, click here.

Brenda Drake #PitMad Twitter Pitch Contest—Submissions due Thursday, September 7th (Quarterly Event, Invitation to Submit to an Agent)

What: 140 character Twitter pitch of a completed manuscript. If an agent favorites your tweet, that's an invitation to submit!

"Please keep in mind, we never know what agents or publishers will be on the hashtag, so make sure you research each requesting agent or publisher."

To Submit: Get a Twitter account, yo. For more information and extensive guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Highlights from this week's #MSWL tweets...

Lauren Abramo, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Lauren is looking for some underrepresented voices: "Very eager for submissions from Native writers in Middle Grade & Young Adult fiction and adult fiction & non."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Humorous MG & contemporary YA; Upmarket Commercial & well-paced Literary

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Psychology; Pop Science; Reportage; Media; Contemporary Culture; with a strong focus on books about social justice

"In nonfiction she has a strong preference for interdisciplinary approaches, and in all categories she’s especially interested in underrepresented voices. "

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

Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenAbramo.

Alexandra Machinist, Agent at ICM Partners
Alexandra is soooooo meta. She tweeted "I always love and yearn for books about books." (source tweet) Her "favorite books about books are The Shadow of the Wind, 13th Tale, AJ Fikry, Weight of Ink and more! (source tweet) SO... "please, if you have a #BooksAboutBooks query me!" (source tweet)

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial, Literary, Upmarket Women's, and Historical fiction, Suspense, Fantasy, Young adult, Middle grade

Select Nonfiction

"I am avidly looking for new talent, particularly in the areas of commercial women's fiction, suspense, high-concept young adult fiction, and anything and everything that keeps me up all night reading." 

How to submit: Alexandra is accepting submissions via email at amachinist@icmpartners.comClick here and scroll to the bottom of her Publisher's Marketplace membership page to read the full submissions guidelines.

Follow Alexandra on Twitter @amachinist

Alyssa Jennette, Agent at Stonesong
In anticipation of being open to queries in a couple of days (she is closed for queries during the month of August), Alyssa tweeted that she's interested in a solar-eclipse themed book project: "Someone gets blinded by the eclipse but now they have superpowers/visions/etc." Source Tweet 

Beginning in September Alyssa is seeking:

Fiction: Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Middle Grade & Young Adult (especially magical realism or urban fantasy, secret societies, and unreliable narrators), and Adult Fiction (literary fiction full of wit and wordplay that may border on the absurd/surreal (bonus if it includes footnotes), smart psychological or supernatural Suspense/Mystery/Horror, or beautifully crafted historical fantasy in the vein of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL.)

Non-fiction: Humor, Pop Culture

Not looking for: Historical Fiction, Romance, or Women’s Fiction

"She values diversity, ensemble casts with distinct voices, and formats that are specific to the story and give it its own context."

How to submit: Beginning in September, Alyssa will be accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Alyssa on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis - #StraightFromAnAgent

Here is a great Query Check list video by Agent Meg LaTorre-Snyder. Make sure to check out the links she included below the video on YouTube. You can subscribe to her iWriterly videos on YouTube by clicking 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: August 21, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent hiring and promotion news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end about comparative titles and public domain photos. We also discuss strategies for dealing with the imminent zombie apocalypse heralded by today's total solar eclipse. Oh, wait, that's on our other blog.
 
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

Dorian Maffei, Junior Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Dorian has been promoted to Junior Agent. She is seeking:

Fiction: Magical Realism, Fabulism, reimagined Fairy Tales, Speculative Fiction, literary Science fiction, upmarket Women’s Fiction

"She values work that provokes a deep-rooted connection after the last page, and explores the peculiar within the mundane."

Dorian is only open to submissions that are requested through Twitter pitch parties, conferences, or #MSWL. Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines. Follow her on Twitter @DorianMaffei.

Sarah Bolling, Agent at the Gernert Company

Sarah jumped from editorial (at Norton) to representation. She is seeking:

Fiction: fiction blending literary ambition with genre sensibility, especially featuring diverse characters, far-flung locales, or inventive narrative structure

Nonfiction: Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Sociology, and Style

Sarah is accepting queries at info@thegernertco.com. Check here for submission guidelines on her company's site.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have, like, ten days? Two weeks, I guess, in one case:

Pitch América Pitch Contest—Submissions due 11:59 pm Sunday, September 3rd (Blog Contest—Agent review, possible representation)

Who: Latinx writers 

What: 35 word pitch and first 500 words of a manuscript, any genre, from any age group, as long as it is written in English. Winners will be posted for agent review and request.

"The contest is aimed at pushing forward the effort to diversify publishing and have more #ownvoices and diversity projects out there. Visibility is extremely important, and Latinx kids deserve to see these stories, as well as being able to write their own someday."

To Submit: Submit entries to pitchamericasubmissions@gmail.com. For guidelines and formatting, click here.

Dappled Things 2017 Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st  (Annual Contest, $$ prize, publication)

What: Nonfiction essays of any type, excluding reviews or interviews, that would fit in the context of a Catholic cultural and literary journal. Winner receives $500 (all essays accepted by the journal are eligible for the prize; 2nd and 3rd place receive $$ awards as well).

"Maritain was an influential 20th century Thomist philosopher and Catholic convert whose work covered a wide range of topics, including metaphysics and epistemology, ethics and politics, and—significantly for us—literature and art. His book Art and Scholasticism has been a major influence on Dappled Things’ own approach to aesthetics."

To Submit: For guidelines and submission online via Submittable, click here. For more information about the prize and journal, click here.

Poets and Patrons Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest—Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, September 1st, (Annual poetry contest, $$ prize)

What: Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnets. Winners receive $$ awards.

"Poets & Patrons was founded in 1954. It is dedicated to supporting poetry development in the Chicagoland area. Poets & Patrons is an excellent vehicle for defining your work, meeting with other fine poets for unique critiques, and exploring with others the power of well-crafted verse." 

To Submit: Send two copies of one poem to Barbara L. Eaton, 416 Gierz Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Kortney Price, Literary Assistant at Holloway Literary
Among other #MSWL tweets this past week, Kortney specified setting in one of her requests, tweeting: "early 1900's New York as a setting in any genre."  Source Tweet

Seeking Fiction: 

Middle Grade: Adventure or survival stories; Mysteries; Science Fiction; Contemporary; Horror

Young Adult: “Geeky” or “Artsy” YA Romance; psychological Thriller; Magical Realism; Dark Historical Fantasy; Science Fiction and steampunk

Adult: Science Fiction; Fantasy; Paranormal

"Old buildings, antiques with ghosts, time travel, ancient curses and did we mention time travel?"

How to submit: Kortney is accepting submissions via email at submissions@hollowayliteraryagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on her agent page on the company website.

Follow Kortney on Twitter @kortney_price.

Meredith Bernstein, Agent at Meredith Bernstein Literary Services
Meredith is seeking a book that will rescue her from these crazy times. She tweeted that she is: "seeking books with a quirky voice like Eileen or Eleanor Oliphant or Goodbye Vitamin. In a crazy world, I need a fun read. Save me!!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary Fiction (women’s and men’s); Young Adult Fiction; Mysteries and Thrillers (series and stand-alone); All Genres of Romance; Nonfiction

Nonfiction: Memoir; Women’s Issues and Health/Medicine; Parenting; Psychology; Business; Spirituality and Inspirational Works; Science; Travel

How to submit: Meredith is accepting submissions via an online form, click hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

 
Follow Meredith on Twitter @mgoodbern.
Rachel Crawford, Agent at Wolf Literary Services LLC
Rachel, however, seems to want a little more horror in her life. She tweeted: "a super dark literary novel about girl stalking on social media." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Upmarket Fiction and Young Adult.

Non-fiction: Tech; Futurism; Psychology; the Environment; and Pop Science.

"She’s interested in stories that defy genre conventions and play with reader expectations, and particularly enjoys eco-fiction and near future narratives, as well as anything with a scientist protagonist. She’s looking for international fiction, stories that explore big ideas through compelling narrative, and manuscripts from traditionally underrepresented voices. She loves stories about women by women."

How to submit: Rachel is accepting queries via email at queries@wolflit.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Rachel on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis - Comparative Titles! Public Domain Photos!

Comparative Titles -- showing that you know your market & audience
  • "How to Write a Competitive Title Analysis" by Nina Amir (click here)
  • "Prep for Publishing: Know Your Comparable Titles" by Kristi Tuck Austin (click here) -- this article includes a free, useful google sheet where  you can collect all your research (click here, then click "File," then click "Make a Copy," name it and save it to your own Google Drive)
  • But what about in a query?? Here's one agent's perspective: "How To Use Comp Titles Effectively In Your Query Letter" by Maria Vicente (click here
#NoPermissionsRequired!! Check out this great resource from the New York Public Library:
  • An incredible visualization that allows you to browse all the public domain images by century created, genre (menus,maps, prints, engravings, photographs, postcards, watercolors, and more), collection, and even by color (red, green, blue, orange, yellow, brown, white, black, and gray). See it here: http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/
  • If you want to search the public domain content found in the New York Public Library's Digital Collections by keyword, click here, type in a keyword in the search box and enter, then on the left check off "Show Only Public Domain." Then all content that is free for you to download and use will appear for the keyword you entered. There are also a number of filters in the left-hand menu, like topic, genre, and place among others, that you can use to narrow your search.
  • REMEMBER: Even if no permission is required for you to use content, most of the time you must attribute it to its source! When you find the photo you want to use in the New York Public Library's Digital Collections, click on the "Cite This Item" tab to find the correct attribution information. If you put your cursor on the photo above, you'll see that this photo of a work by Salvador Dalí is cited this way: "The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Portrait of Emilio Terry (detail)." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1935. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-0f6b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99."

 


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: August 14, 2017

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Hi, writers. GSF’s home base is in Charlottesville, Virginia. As you have probably heard, it has been a heartbreaking and infuriating weekend here. In the face of hate, it is easy to point to our enemies (in this case murderous, Nazi terrorists) and place all the blame for the evils of our current situation on them. The truth is that there is a lot of work that needs to be done to root out the more banal, insidious forms of evil that are built into our societal structures. In that vein, and in addition to all the information we normally provide you (agent hires & promotions, submission deadlines, and Manuscript Wishlist highlights), our last section includes a syllabus compiled by the University of Virginia (U.Va.) Graduate Student Coalition, that offers resources for understanding the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
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

Julie Dinneen, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Julie has just joined D4EO. She is seeking:

Fiction: Literary Fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing; Upmarket General, Women’s and Historical Fiction; a new twist on Chick Lit; Romance (contemporary and historical); epic, genre-bending Romance; high-concept Young Adult with blockbuster potential; psychologically complex Horror; and female-centric Thrillers

"Across the board, I’m looking for books that hook me from the very first page, whether it’s the writing, the voice or some unquantifiable draw that demands my time. I’m drawn to stories that are exceptionally well-written, that star dynamic, unforgettable characters and that appeal to a wide, commercial audience."

Julie is accepting queries via email at jdinneen.submissions@gmail.comClick here for submissions guidelines on her company profile page. Follow her on Twitter @juliedinneen.

Nicola Barr, Agent at the Bent Agency

Nicola wants it all (well, most of it). She is seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Commercial Fiction for adults and children

Nonfiction: Sports, Popular Science, Popular Culture, and social and cultural History.

She doesn't want:

Science Fiction, Picture Books, Romance

"In recent years my taste has widened and I adore well-told commercial fiction, whether it be historical worlds my own Katherine Webb creates, dark twisted clever contemporary psychological thrillers or the modern-day police procedural in either rainy Manchester or exotic lands."

Nicola is accepting queries at barrqueries@thebentagency.com. Check here for submission guidelines on her company's site.

Hilary Harwell, Associate Agent at kt literary

Hilary has been promoted to Associate Agent! She is seeking:

Fiction: Middle grade and Young Adult

Hilary is accepting queries at hilaryquery@ktliterary.com. Follow her on Twitter @HilaryHarwell.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have about two weeks:

Briarpatch January/February 2017 Issue—Submissions due Tuesday, August 29th (Periodical—$$ payment and publication)

What: They publish feature articles on any number of topics and in a range of styles, including non-fiction articles, in-depth news stories, investigative journalism, personal essays, interviews, op-eds, and photo essays, on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance. Payment: $75-$225

To Submit: Submit queries to pitch@briarpatchmagazine.com. For extensive guidelines and suggestions, click here.

Gotham Writers 2017 A Very Short Story Contest—Submissions due Monday, August 28th  (Annual Contest)

What: Short stories of ten or fewer words. Winner receives a free Gotham Writers class of her choice.

"It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words."

To Submit: To submit online and to see rules and guidelines click here. (You must have or start an account and log in)

Lunch Ticket Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st, (Biennial fiction contest, $$ prize and publication)

What: An essay of up to 5,000 words on the nonfiction subject of your choice. Winner receives $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket.

"Author Diana Woods exuded unwavering intellectual curiosity, pursuing and receiving secondary degrees in law, social work, political science, and most recently, creative writing. She received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2011 at the age of 70." 

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

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Clelia Gore, Agent at Martin Literary & Media Management  
Clelia is "loving all of the new YA narrative nonfiction I'm reading + seeing in deals. I'm super interested in repping writers in this genre!" Source Tweet

Seeking: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction. "She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele." 

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

Follow Clelia on Twitter @MadmoiselleClel.

Erica Bauman, Associate Agent at Aevitas Creative Managment
Erica has her sister's Ali Bauman's news story on her #MSWL: "1 wedding, 1 first date and an unforgettable story" (click here to read the full report "N.J. Wedding Crashers Were On Their First Date") Source Tweet
Seeking: Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction, as well as some select Narrative Nonfiction projects. "She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity."
 
How to submit: Erica is accepting submissions via an online form, click here and choose Erica Bauman from the dropdown list of agents.
 
Follow Erica on Twitter @Erica_Bauman.
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc.
Jennifer tweets that she is "fascinated with the struggling/questioning/doubting that comes with faith, especially if the character is raised with faith" Source Tweet 

Seeking: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction (both literary and commercial) particularly Crime, Suspense and Horror projects. "YA is Jennifer’s sweet spot. She is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative. Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature."

How to submit: Jennifer is accepting queries via email at soloway@andreabrownlit.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Jennifer on Twitter @marchsoloway.

Ejusdem Generis - #StandWithCharlottesville

Do you condemn white supremacists, the neo-Nazis, the neo-Fascists, the anti-Semites? Us too. 

  • Here are some educational materials that provide background on the history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia in particular: U.Va. Graduate Student Coalition’s The Charlottesville Syllabus (click here). You can also click on this search of #CharlottesvilleSyllabus for additional resources on a broader range of issues.
  • Need to talk to your kids about what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend? Go to Charlottesville City School Resources for talking about this with your kids (click here).
  • Check out this post from Indivisible Charlottesville that shows over 680 #standwithCharlottesville events that were held in response to the white supremacist actions last Friday and Saturday. It gives us hope that so many were able to organize so quickly in solidarity with our city.

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: August 7, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight the D4EO Agency's newest hires, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including more advice #StraightFromAnAgent.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

New hires at D4EO Literary Agency!

Kelly Van Sant, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Kelly is actively building her list. She is seeking:

Middle Grade, Young Adult, women's fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary.
 
"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices and inclusive narratives."
 
Kelly is accepting queries via email at kvs.submissions@gmail.comClick here for submissions guidelines on her company profile page. Click here for her blog with MSWL, and follow her on Twitter @bookishchick.
 
Jessie Devine, Assistant Agent at D4EO Literary Agency

Jessie is actively building his list. He is seeking:

Science fiction, fantasy, historical, contemporary, and YA.

"I want books by marginalized creators. I’m interested in stories with characters who are queer, disabled, POC, and/or any combination thereof. Ownvoices is great, but most importantly, I want to represent a diverse group of authors."

Jessie is accepting queries here. Check out his profile page for an extensive description of what he's looking for. Follow Jessie on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have more time than usual:

Blue Earth Review 2017 Flash Fiction Contest—Submissions due Tuesday, August 15th (Annual contest—$$ award and publication)

What: Up to two flash fiction pieces (fewer than 750 words each). Winner receives $500 and publication. Additional finalists may receive publication, as well.

Entry Fee: $5

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

Red Hen Press 2017 Fiction Award—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st (Annual Contest, $$ award and publication)

What: Novels of at least 150 pages. Winner receives $1000 and publication of manuscript.

Entry Fee: $25

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

PEN America PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction—Submissions due October 26th, (Biennial fiction contest, $$ prize and contract)

Who: Writers who have at least four publications (including short stories and essays), and if they have published a novel, it must have sold fewer than 10,000 copies

What: Unpublished novels of 80,000+ words that address issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Winner receives $25,000 (makin' that paper!), and a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.

Entry Fee: $25

"Established by Barbara Kingsolver in 2000 and funded entirely by her, it is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles." 

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

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Molly O'Neill, agent at Waxman Leavell Literary  
Molly hit the cinema for inspiration: "Saw @TheBigSickMovie tonight. More funny/painful/honest/true stories like this one, that feel specific + universal all at once, pls!" Source Tweet

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

Follow Molly on Twitter @molly_oneill.

The Bent Agency
The Bent Agency's monthly Wishlist can be found on their blog. Click here to see what their agents just gotta have. Caution: Spoilers Ahead!

"Feeling something contemporary YA right now, that’s a bit involved and complex (that will of course make me sob) like a sibling story, or family story..."

"Some upmarket women’s fiction with a dark, speculative twist, written by and featuring a woman of color"

How to submit: Check out their submission guidelines here.
Dr. Uwe Stender, President of Triada US Literary Agency
Dr. Stender's looking for an author, not an idea: "Books written by immigrants or 1st generation immigrants." Source Tweet 

Seeking:  all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from Memoir, Pop Culture, and Health to How-to, Gardening, History and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children's fiction, he is looking for YA, MG and PBs. In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards Women's Fiction, Psychological Suspense, and Mysteries.  As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world.

How to submit: Dr. Stender is accepting queries via email at uwe@triadaus.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Dr. S on Twitter @UweStenderPhD.

Ejusdem Generis

I. Advice & Resources #StraightFromAnAgent:

  • "The Elements of a Revise and Resubmit Request from an Agent"Click here to read the full article by Kaitlyn Johnson (@kaitylynne13), Apprentice Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency.
  • Another cool podcast: Print Run (@printrunpodcastis created and hosted by Laura Zats (@LZats) and Erik Hane (@erikhane).

"Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness. We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy? We’re for writers, for publishers, for anyone who’s opened a book and wanted to know—really know—what goes into getting the damn thing made."

II. "She reads a lot of query letters." Read Angie Hodapp's advice and reflections on reading through the slush pile on The Tighten Your Query blog (click here). Angie(@angiehodapp) is the Director of Literary Development at the Nelson Literary Agency in Denver, Colorado.

III. Time Warp Web-style

Amazon Best Seller List on August 7, 2007

Neal Agarwal (@nealagarwal), whose Twitter bio says, "Making many websites. Sometimes I accidentally make something useful," has come up with a fun website that will let you see how various websites (like Amazon, YouTube, Reddit and more) looked exactly 10 years ago. Check it out here: http://tenyearsago.io/

 

Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 31, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight two agents who are now open to queries, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end, including our second week of gathering advice #StraightFromAnAgent (maybe a new weekly section of the Roundup??).
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

**Now Accepting Queries**

Lauren Bieker, Intern at FinePrint Literary Management

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

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

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have from 33-147 hours:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

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

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

Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaMileo.

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

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

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

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

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

Ejusdem Generis

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

Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 24, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end (including a kitty for every genre!).

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agents: New Hires & Promotions

Growth at The Rights Factory!

Cassandra Rodgers, Agent at The Rights Factory

Cassandra Rodgers has been promoted to Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Adult Literary, Commercial Women’s, and Historical Fiction

Nonfiction: Politics, History, Popular Science, Finance, and Memoir

"Actively building her list..."

To Submit: Cassandra is accepting queries through an online form here.

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory

Lindsay Leggett is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory.

Lindsay’s focus is on Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s books, particularly Magical Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and LGBQTTQIA+

To Submit: Lindsay is accepting queries through an online form here.

Anna Trader, Associate Agent at The Rights Factory

Anna Trader is now an Associate Agent at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Women’s, Thriller, Historical, Middle Grade, General, and Commercial

Nonfiction: Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, and Memoir

"Like her life, she has an eclectic approach to literature, moving easily between general fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction, including health, mind & body and children’s books.

To Submit: Anna is accepting queries through an online form here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until July 31st:

Virginia Quarterly Review — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Payment varies with form: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction all sought)

What: Poetry (all types and length), Fiction (2,000–8,000 words: no genre fiction), and Nonfiction (3,500–9,000 words: literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays)

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

Crazyhorse Crazyshorts!— Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication)

What: Short short fiction contest. 1–3 entries of up to 500 words each

Entry fee: $15 (includes one-year subscription) 

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

The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers — Submissions due Monday, July 31st (Annual Contest — $$ Award and publication, agency review by established literary agents)

Who: New and emerging writers only

What: Previously unpublished short stories (under 7,000 words) only. Winner receives $3,000, publication, and agency review. Second and third place receive $200/$100, publication, and agency review.

Entry fee: $20

 "It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one."

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

Thrice Publishing Call for Novel Submissions — Submissions due Monday, July 31st

What: Novel-length fiction starting at 70,000 words. Everything from traditional to alternative work. “We are looking for the shock of the new whenever we can find it. We will look at everything and consider ourselves unafraid to take a chance.”

"Thrice Publishing reaches outside the mainstream to publish the work of selected writers whose efforts, we feel, need to be seen."

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

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Amanda Jain, Literary Agent at the Inklings Literary Agency, LLC *closed to queries EXCEPT for #MSWL related inquiries!!*
Amanda tweeted, "I am closed to general queries, but special exceptions for those in response to #MSWL tweets. Send away!" Source Tweet

Here are some of her recent #MSWL requests:

"A fun, sports-centered contemporary romance where the heroine, not the hero, is the elite athlete." Source Tweet

"I would #MSWL that girl's expression" See the expression in question by clicking here. Source Tweet

A book project about a female SEAL (romance or suspense). Source Tweet

"I'd love to see a #romance or #WomensFiction set during the Great Depression, or against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl." Source Tweet

How to submit: Amanda is only accepting queries related to her #MSWL tweets via email **with #MSWL in the email subject line** to amanda@inklingsliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website (Note: Amanda's profile and the Inklings Literary Agency submission page indicate that they are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time. So query Amanda only if your project matches her #MSWL requests).
 
Follow Amanda on Twitter @wensday95.
Elana Roth Parker, Literary Agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency Inc. 
Elana tweeted, "Can I anti #mswl? I decidedly do NOT want any more books that open around the death of the MC’s mom, dad, brother, sister, or best friend..." Source Tweet

Seeking: Commercial Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (all genres; though Horror, Thriller, Christmas, or talking animal books are not for her); Narrative Nonfiction for children and teens; Picture Books from author/illustrators only. 

How to submit: Elana is accepting queries via email to queries@ldlainc.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines the company website.
Follow Elana on Twitter @ElanaRoth.
Finally another #MSWLbeautycontest!
Cate Hart, Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency & Saritza Hernandez, Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Agency (source twitter thread), and Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary Agent at The Deborah Harris Agency (source tweet) are looking for book projects inspired by the young women who held a protest Quinceañera at the capitol building in Texas (articles here and here).

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Cate: Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction, select Commercial Adult Fiction, Contemporary and Historical Romance, and Nonfiction in the areas of History and Pop Culture

Saritza: Romance titles in Adult and Young Adult Fiction, as well as Feminist Erotica with or without a romantic element

Rena: Literary and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in all genres, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books

How to submit:
Cate and Saritza are accepting queries via email to query@corvisieroagency.com. Cate requests that you send a query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 5 pages included the body of your email with the subject line formatted as follows - Attn: Cate [Your Title]. Saritza prefers that you paste the 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages to the body of your query e-mail. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Rena is accepting queries via email to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow them on Twitter:
Cate Hart: @CateHart
Saritza Hernandez: @epubagent
Rena Bunder Rossner: @renarossner

Ejusdem Generis

  • Here are a few articles that come straight from literary agents giving advice about the publishing process:
    • "What Happens in the Agency After I Send my Proposal? by Steve Laube (click here)
    • "Want #QueryTip from a Literary Agent? #MSWL" - Interview with Kirsty McLachlan (click here)
    • "Successful Query: Margaret Rogerson & An Enchantment of Ravens" by Sara Megibow (includes the text of the query and Sara's comments on it)  (click here)
    • "How to Trim Your Query to 250 Words (or Fewer): Advice from Agent Janet Reid" (click here)
  • So many good things on Jane Friedman's blog this week:
    • "Self-Publishing a Debut Literary Novel: The Actions, The Costs, The Results" guest post by  (click here)
    • "The Marketing Rule You Can’t Forget" guest post by Ryan Holiday (click here)
    • "So You’re an Author Without a Social Media Presence: Now What?" by Jane Friedman (click here)
    • "How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference" by Jane Friedman (and technically from a little over a week ago) (click here)
  • Finally, GSF Associates Kelly & Kayla had a great time cat sitting Zelda this week:

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    Just Zelda & me. 😎

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

    This inspired Kayla to find for you (drum roll please): A kitty for almost every genre!! Action/Adventure; Sci-FiSuperheroAction/Adventure (take 2)Crime/DramaSci-Fi/FantasyHorrorWestern, Crime/Thriller


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.