Get Published Weekly Roundup: July 17, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup and Happy World Emoji Day! Click here to vote on your favorite new emoji that was released in 2016. Results will be posted sometime today. 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 couple of helpful articles at the end focusing on copyright issues.

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

Hannah Mann, Junior Agent at Writers House

Hannah Mann is now a Junior Agent at Writers House. She is seeking: 

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Juvenile Fiction

Nonfiction: Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, and Lifestyle

Children's Books

To Submit: Hannah is accepting queries via email at hmann@writershouse.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Jeff Shreve, Literary Agent at The Science Factory

Jeff Shreve joined The Science Factory as an Agent. He is interested in: 

Nonfiction: Science, Technology, Business, Health, and Self-Improvement

To Submit: The Science Factory is open to queries via email at info@sciencefactory.co.ukClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @flotsamjeffsam.

Erin L. Cox, Literary Agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management

Erin L. Cox, Literary Agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, joined House of SpeakEasy the Executive Producer. She is interested in: 

Nonfiction: Memoir, Adventure/True Story

To Submit: Rob Weisbach Creative Management is open to queries via email at representation@robweisbach.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Erin on Twitter @erinlcox.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have a day or two (or four):

Frieze Writer's Prize 2017 — Submissions due by TOMORROW, Tuesday, July 18th ($$ writing contest for art critics)

What: Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze magazine and will be awarded GBP£2,000.

How to Enter: Entries should be emailed as a Word attachment to writersprize@frieze.comClick here for more information and contest rules.

2017 SFWP AWARDS PROGRAM — Submissions due Thursday, July 20th ($$ writing contest, all genres & lengths of fiction/creative nonfiction)

Who: Open to everyone over the age of 18. International entries welcome. You and your entry do not need to be associated with New Mexico, they publish a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction globally.

What: All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. They will take full-length manuscripts, works-in-progress, collections short or long, and essays. The grand prize is $1,500, and two runner-ups will receive $1,000 each. Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.

Cost to Enter: $30

To Submit: Submit online through Submittable (click here). For submission guidelines and more information on this contest, click here.

"We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Past winners have ranged from flash fiction to memoir to magical realism to literary fiction to cultural essays."

FRANKLIN/KERR Horror Anthology — Submissions due by Friday, July 21th (Payment: $5 per 1000 words, short story in an anthology)

What: Short Stories (~2,000 and 8,000 words). "Franklin/Kerr Press is looking for exceptional horror short stories with post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes or settings for our upcoming horror anthology Down with the Fallen. Stories can cover a wide variety of horror sub-genres such as sci-fi, splatter, psychological, suspense and the weird as long as they have a substantial dystopian or post-apocalyptic element. We will not accept works with erotic or extreme sexually explicit elements. We will choose eight to ten stories to include in the anthology from author submissions to be published in both print and e-book formats."

To Submit: Submit by email to submissions@franklinkerr.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Sam Morgan, Literary Agent at Foundry Literary + Media
Sam tweeted that he wants a "high fantasy novel starring someone like Amarillo Slim and their prop bets getting away from them." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "with an emphasis on unique, challenging, and diverse voices showcasing unforgettable characters and plots. He will also consider commercial fiction with a fresh approach to a classic idea or an appeal to humor."

How to submit: Sam is accepting queries via email to smsubmissions@foundrymedia.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website (Note: Sam only accepts submissions via email).
 
Follow Sam on Twitter @samroebuck.
Brianne Johnson, Senior Literary Agent at Writers House
Brianne tweeted out an "interview abt my true book loves" that includes her desire for "a witchy book in ALL genres.  I’ll go for beach witch, goth witch, earth-loving nature witch, cut-a-witch-in-high-school witch, elbow witch (okay, I made that one up)." Click here to read the full interview. Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: General fiction, Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Historical fiction, Smart women's fiction, Magical realism

"Right now I am probably most excited about literary debut middle grade that is unafraid to tackle enormous life-or-death themes in a modern and original way.  I especially love a unique execution, such as an epistolary novel, a story told out of order, or some other unique perspective or framing device."

How to submit: Brianne is accepting queries via email to bjohnsonsubmissions@writershouse.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on her Publisher's Marketplace member page.
 
Follow Brianne on Twitter @SecretAgentBri.
Caitie Flum, Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates
Caitie tweeted "Give me all of your 'unlikeable' heroines." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Commercial and upmarket fiction: especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, romance, and book club fiction. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that crosses over to a young adult market.

Middle Grade and Young Adult: particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, and contemporary books with diverse characters.

Nonfiction: narrative nonfiction, especially history that’s impossible to put down, books on pop culture, theater, current events, women’s issues, and humor.

How to submit: Caitie is accepting queries via email to querycaitie@lizadawsonassociates.com. Send only a query letter in the body of the email.
 
Follow Caitie on Twitter @caitief.

Ejusdem Generis - ALL ABOUT COPYRIGHT & PERMISSIONS

  • Writing a commercial trade publication? Do you quote other people in your book? It's possible you may need to secure permission to do so. To help you figure this out Jane Friedman and GSF's Kelly Figueroa-Ray developed a great flowchart to help you evaluate what you might need to ask permission for:

**Two important caveats about this chart: 1) Nothing can stop someone from suing you if you use their copyrighted work in your published work. 2) The only way your use of copyright is tested is by way of a lawsuit. That is, there is no general policing of copyright. Therefore, how you handle copyrighted content depends on how risk-averse you are. If you decide not to seek permission because you plan to use a fair use argument, be prepared with the best-possible case to defend your use of the copyrighted content in the event that you are sued.

Read Jane's post: "A Basic Guide to Getting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter" for more about this chart and a sample permissions letter (click here). If you really want to use lyrics, check out this post by Attorney Helen Sedwick entitled "How to Use Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer." She also has a list of sites where you can find music that is in the public domain, and therefore free to use without securing permissions (click here).

  • Have a copyright or other intellectual property question that you'd like answered for free? Click here to submit a question to Dear Rich, and it might be answered for free in one of their blog posts. Attorney Richard Stim also wrote a comprehensive book on seeking permissions. It includes all the forms you need to seek permissions for any sort of content (click here to purchase).
  • Worried about protecting your own material from copyright infringement? Read this post on copyright myths and this post on your options if you are a victim of digital piracy or illegal downloads.

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 10, 2017

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Welcome to the Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a couple of helpful articles 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

Erin Young, Agent at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret

Erin Young has been promoted to Agent at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret. She is seeking: 

Fiction:

Young Adult and Middle Grade: particularly fantasy, action adventure, and magical realism

Adult Fiction: weird literature (think Haruki Murakami or Kurt Vonnegut), mysteries and commercial thrillers 

Nonfiction: 

memoirs, biographies, sport & science narratives, and just about anything unusual

To Submit: Erin is accepting queries via email at eyoung@dystel.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Query + 5 Page Critique Giveaway! — Submissions due by Saturday, July 15th (Free feedback on submissions material; random selection)

What: Justin Wells, Jr. Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, has a raffle open using the Rafflecopter random generator until July 15th. The prize? Critiques of a query and first 5 pages of a manuscript for 2 randomly selected winners. He prefers for everyone entering to have a finished manuscript, but if you are in the process of final edits and prepping for queries, that is fine too. 

How to Enter: Click here for more information and to enter the contest via the Rafflecopter widget (desktop access only). You will need to provide your email do one of the following to enter 1) tweet about the giveaway; 2) follow Justin on Twitter; or 3) subscribe to Justin's blog.

Natural Wonders Anthology: Time in Nature Can Change Your Life — Submissions due Saturday, July 15th (essay in an anthology)

What: Short stories (~1,200 and 2,000 words) dealing with finding peace about an issue, learning about yourself and others, connecting with your family, etc—while in nature or watching nature, etc. If you’ve had an epiphany while in the wilds or relating to the natural world, share your eye-opener or conclusion reached while in nature by writing an essay for this anthology. Your experiences can help others gain insight too. The book will provide a tranquil escape. Readers can enter the serenity of nature even on a lunch break, and feel a kinship with fellow nature lovers who also do their best thinking in the great outdoors.

To Submit: Submit by email to info@sowingcreekpress.com. For submission guidelines and more information on what they are looking for, click here.

“Of the essays received, the best so far are accessible in terms of feelings. They relate to family and relationships, jobs or illness. They hit universal human themes people can identify with or enjoy."

Third Flatiron Anthology: "Strange Beasties" — Submissions due by Saturday, July 15th (Payment: 6 cents per word, essay in an anthology)

What: Short Stories (1,500 and 3,000 words). Description: "Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures?  Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don't necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange. We'd fancy some ghostbusters and monster hunters too."

To Submit: Submit by email to flatsubmit@thirdflatiron.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Stacey Graham, Literary Agent at Red Sofa Literary
Stacey tweeted "There's a book in this!" in reference to an article entitled: "Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles." Click here to read the full article. Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Nonfiction humor with a strong platform (no dating memoirs)
Humorous fiction
Middle-grade with a great voice–especially funny and/or spooky
History (fiction or nonfiction) with a commercial hook. No 20th century pitches, please
Nonfiction that walks on the weird side (PB/MG/YA/Adult)
Romance

"I’m looking for books that entertain, educate, and engage readers — plus any other “e” verb that fits."

How to submit: Stacey is accepting queries via email to stacey@redsofaliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Stacey Graham on Twitter @staceyigraham.
Sara Megibow, Literary Agent at kt literary
Sara tweeted that she'd love a "query for a contemporary romance that thoughtfully includes infertility." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade
Young Adult
Romance
Erotica
Sci-Fi/Fantasy

"Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country."

How to submit: Sara is accepting queries via email to saraquery@ktliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Sara Megibow on Twitter@SaraMegibow.
Kate McKean, Literary Agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate tweeted that she wants a book about the NBA in the '10s: "If you're a business writer with a strong platform and knows the NBA, email me." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Adult Fiction: contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, high fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction

Middle Grade and Young Adult: thriller, horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction.

Nonfiction (adults or children/teens): she represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of he represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop-culture, memoir, sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft.

She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, screenplays or children's picture books. If your manuscript features dragons, vampires, angels/demons, werewolves, FBI agents or amateur sleuths, she is not likely the best agent for your work.

How to submit: Kate is accepting queries via email to kmckean@morhaimliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Kate McKean on Twitter @kate_mckean.

Ejusdem Generis

  • Genre matters! When querying agents or publishers, how you define (or not define) your genre can be a red flag for agents reading through your material. Click here for a helpful breakdown of genres and subgenres from Writer's Digest. Also, if you think you're book may qualify as a cross-over, check out this post by Literary Agent Mary C. Moore (click here).
  • Curious about what hashtags you should be following on Twitter? Click here for some recommended hashtags to follow if you are seeking a literary agent (and instructions on how to follow hashtags using Tweetdeck). Not enough? Here is a list of 102 hashtags that may be of interest to writers (click here)
  • Click hereBig Five Publishers to see a great graphic linking "The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers" to their many imprints.

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 3, 2017

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Welcome to our fourth Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight new agent hires and promotions, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a couple of helpful articles 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

Sarah Landis & Elizabeth Bewley, Agents at Sterling Lord Literistic

Sarah Landis & Elizabeth Bewley will begin at Sterling Lord Literistic as agents in July. They both will represent: 

Children's: young adult and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction

Check back on Sterling Lord Literisic's website for their bios (click here) and submission guidelines (click here). For now, you can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @ElizBewley.

Ryleigh Walsh, Agency Assistant at The Rights Factory *now accepting queries*

Ryleigh Walsh is now accepting queries at The Rights Factory. She is seeking:

Fiction: Commercial, Contemporary, Fantasy, General Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Upmarket, Women's Fiction

Non-Fiction: Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, General Non-Fiction, Memoirs

To Submit: Ryleigh accepts queries via online form (click here). At the bottom of the form choose "Send To: Specific Agent" and then choose Ryleigh Walsh from the dropdown menu.

Adriana Stimola, Agent at Stimola Literary Studio

Adriana Stimola is now accepting queries as an agent at the Stimola Literary Studio. She is seeking:

Fiction: Historical, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Non-Fiction: N/A

"While i do enjoy working with all formats, age groups and genres, right now, i am most interested in author/illustrator picture books, middle grade fiction with series potential, and YA mystery/thrillers."

To Submit: Adriana accepts queries via online form (click here). Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Adriana on Twitter @adrianastimola .

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Briar Patch Magazine: Labour Issue Submissions — Submissions due TODAY Monday, July 3rd (Payment: $50-$150, Magazine Article)

What: Queries for the labour issue are due July 3rd. If your query is accepted you have until August 8th to turn in a first draft. They are looking for articles, investigative reporting, historical analysis, photo essays, timelines, personal essays, reviews, profiles, recommendations, lists, humour, comics, and art on the topic of labour (for suggested topics, click here). For more information, including payment rates, click here.

To Submit: Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover, give an estimated word count, and indicate your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. If you haven’t written for Briarpatch before, they are asking that you provide a brief writing sample. Send queries to pitch@briarpatchmagazine.com. Please review their submission guidelines before submitting, and be sure to check out their guide to better pitching.

Pirates & Ghosts and Agents & Spies: Two New Anthologies — Submissions due Friday, July 7th (Payment: 6 cents per word, Short Stories)

What: Short stories (~2,000-4,000 words) for the two following anthologies:

Pirates & Ghosts: Adventures and hauntings at sea, shipwrecks and buried treasure, treacherous waters, sea spirits, ghostly galleons, giant squid, kraken and a myriad of deadly sea monsters, sailors gone mad, revenge and madness, romance and the ancient skulls of desperate mariners…

Agents & Spies: From Machiavelli to James Bond, the intrigue of the Tudor court, the avarice of the Medicis, the poisons, the secret letters, the betrayal of lovers and governments, the smuggling of plans and formula for new weapons and inventions: this is the murky world of the official saboteur, plausible deniability and quiet knife in the back.

To Submit: Submit by email to 2017@flametreepublishing.com. For more information and terms click here.

"...we’re looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in two new anthologies. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing."

Operation Awesome's #PassOrPages Query Contest, July Focus: Contemporary Adult Romance Novels — Submission window Monday through Wednesday, July 10-12 (Feedback for submissions material, Random selection)

Who: Writers looking for help with their submissions material

What: Polished query letter & first 250 words of your manuscript (Contemporary Adult Romance genre only this round). "Please don't 'personalize' the query for the agents or include your bio paragraph, but other than that, treat it as you would a normal query letter. Include your manuscript's word count and title in your query. Comp titles are welcome if you were planning on using them in your regular query letter. The winning entries with agent commentary will be posted on Operation Awesome. If you aren't comfortable with having your entry (which will be anonymous) shared on the blog, please don't enter Pass or Pages!"

Entry fee: $0

To Submit: Submission via online form (check here between July 10-12). For more information and rules, click here, and here. Writers that have been chosen to receive feedback on their query letter will be announced July 24-28.

"We hope to get many types of romance entries, with main characters of different nationalities, sexual orientations, and from any underrepresented groups."

Campus Diaries Writing Competition — Submissions due Monday, July 10th (₹₹ Prize)

Who: Writers with stories about college

What: Stories set in school or college days, fiction or non-fiction, roughly 500 words. "Story trumps grammar and complicated words - for sure. But do pay some heed to the language. You can make more than 1 entry. The entries will be judged on two criteria: 1) Popularity among your peers – Get your friends to “Like” your entry (40% weightage) and 2) Judging Panel – a panel of expert judges will deliberate and decide the winner (60% weightage)." For more information, important dates, and prize amounts click here.

Entry fee: $0 (must sign in to Fourth Ambit)

To Submit: Submission via online form (click here)

"What happens when friends - both old and new - hang out together? Why is every "gupshup" session filled with stories that start with “Do you remember when..?” There is something really special about stories borne out of nostalgia. Stories that make you smile, laugh out loud, cry, perhaps even shudder at the narrow escapes. Here is a chance to showcase such stories & WIN exciting prizes!!"

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

P.S. Literary's #MSWL Twitter Feed
P.S. Literary tweets daily about their agents' manuscript wishlists. Click here to check out their feed.

Here are a few highlights from this week:

Curtis Russell, President & Principal Agent, wants nonfiction in the vein of Joseph McCormack's Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Source Tweet), and "Crime fiction like Ian Rankin, Chevy Stevens, Patricia Cornwell, & Lee Child" (Source Tweet). Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.
 
Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent, wants fiction and nonfiction that highlights "young girls interested in STEM fields (Source Tweet), and "Magical Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternative History, Historical Fiction" (Source Tweet). Follow Kurestin on Twitter @kurestinarmada.
 
Maria Vicente, Associate Agent, wants "nonfiction for kids! Both YA and MG. Any topic goes—surprise me!" " Source Tweet Follow Maria on Twitter @msmariavicente.
 
How to submit: All these agents are accepting queries via email to query@psliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary
The Bent Agency's Monthly TBA Wishlist
The Bent Agency's blog "Bent on Books" puts out a monthly wishlist that includes "the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox." Click here to check out what their agents are seeking this month.
Alec Shane, Agent at Writers House
Alec Shane tweeted that he was "happy to say that I read a manuscript last night that, for the first time in a long time, legit gave me a nightmare. More horror please!" (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.

Ejusdem Generis

  • For some insight into rejection, here a few popular posts from agents and experts in the publishing industry that delve into why some queries and manuscripts get rejected:
    • "Why Did I Get a ‘No’? – The Do’s and Don’ts of Query Letter Writing"  by Mark Gottlieb, Agent at Trident Media Group (click here)
    • "The Top Five Reasons I Stop Reading a Manuscript" by Christine Lynn Herman, Literary Agent Assistant in New York City (click here)
    • "Why Your Memoir Won't Sell" by Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert and Editor of , a newsletter for professional authors (click here)
  • On the other hand, in support of the quest to land the perfect agent, here are a couple places you can find examples of successful queries:
    • "Quite the Query" (click here
    • Posts at Writer's Digest that are tagged "successful queries" (click here)
  • Do you love fonts? Check out this totally geeky video. It rocks!

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: June 26, 2017

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Welcome to our third Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight a couple of agents answering your questions on Twitter, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a couple of helpful articles 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!

New Agents Hired

We found no more new hires for June... but we did find some agents answering questions on Twitter

Check out our first two Weekly Roundups from June 12 (click here) and June 19 (click here) for our lists of agents who were hired in June.

Instead, here are a couple of agents who offer spontaneous #askagent sessions on Twitter:

Dr. Uwe Stender is founder and president of Triada Literary. We have noticed that he is open to questions on Twitter on Fridays. In June he could be found answering questions on Friday, June 7th (3-7pm EDT), Friday, June 14th (5-6pm EDT), Thursday, June 20 (2-6pm EDT) - this he called an "impromptu session," and Friday, June 21 (7-8pm EDT). This seems to be a spontaneous, generous offering so take advantage of it while he is still inclined to do it. Check out Triada Literary's list of agents here, and how to submit to them here.

Follow Dr. Uwe Stender on Twitter @UweStenderPhD to get in on his next #askagent session (probably this Friday).

Justin Wells is an apprentice literary agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency and he is currently open to queries in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Historical Fiction, from Middle Grade through Adult. We've noticed that Justin has been on Twitter answering questions almost every day since June 20. He's also just written an article in Writer's Digest about the benefits of attending writing conferences (click here).

Follow Justin Wells on Twitter  to get in on his next #askagent session (from a tweet he sent today, he says he'll be doing this the rest of the week).

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers — Submissions due Friday, June 30 (Annual contest — $$ Award, possibility of publication, short story)

Who: Writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.

What: Short story of up to 12,000 words, although most entries are in the 1,000—5,000-word range

Reading Fee: $18

To Submit: Online submission (click here) 

Richard J. Margolis Award — Submissions due Saturday, July 1st (Annual contest — $$ Award, one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center)

Who: New journalists or essayists whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and a concern with social justice

What: Two examples of your work, published or unpublished, at least one example should be non-memoir material. A brief biographical note including current and future work interest, and what you would work on during residency at Blue Mountain Center

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Submission via email or hard copy. For guidelines and addresses, click here.

Mentees Helping Mentees Submission Package (query + 1st 10 pages) Critique Giveaway – Submissions due Sunday, July 2nd, 12 a.m. EDT. (Raffle – 7 categories, a separate raffle for each)

Who: Writers looking for help with their submissions material

What: Genre of your manuscript, and Twitter handle (Twitter account not necessary to enter or win)

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Entry using Facebook or email (click here)

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Jennifer Chen Tran, Associate Agent at Fuse Literary
Jennifer tweeted that she is looking for "graphic memoirs that touch on medicine and healing," in the vein of Pedro and Me and Mom's CancerSource Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Jennifer is only accepting unsolicited queries from online events such as #PitMad and #MSWL. So query her if you have a project that matches what she requested in her #MSWL tweet above.

"A distinct narrative voice is a must. A big plus for any stories that deal with 'otherness' and for authors who are not afraid to take emotional risks in their work."

How to submit: Jennifer is accepting queries limited to online events such as #PitMad and #MSWL via email to queryjennifer@fuseliterary.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jenchentran.

Eric Smith, Associate Agent at the P.S. Literary Agency
Eric tweeted that he is seeking "diverse, geeky Young Adult love stories." Perhaps, "brown kids smitten at Comic Con?"  Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Cookbooks, Blog to Book Ideas, Prescriptive Nonfiction, and Literary & Commerical Fiction (click here to see his manuscript wishlist page detailed descriptions of what he is looking for in each category)

Not looking for: Middle Grade or Picture Books, angel & demon love stories, Heaven/Hell stories, epics that are far over 100k+, non-fiction about sports or politics, thrillers about terrorism, commercial fiction about sports (exceptions made for sports in Young Adult)

"I’m fiercely passionate about YA books. You can also find me blogging about it on BookRiotBarnes & Noble’s Teen Reads, and Paste Magazine. If I talk about something on there, it means I love it."

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

Follow Eric on Twitter @ericsmithrocks & click here to check out his website. 

Whitley Abell, Agent at the Inklings Literary Agency *actively building her list*
Whitley tweeted that she is looking for "a book that warps mind blowing physics theories (ex, string theory, parallel universe) into wickedly smart story." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade: Contemporary, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Sci-Fi/Speculative, Adventure, and Historical

Young Adult: Commerical/Literary Contemporary, Historical, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi/Speculative, Thrillers, Mystery, and Horror

Select Commerical Fiction: Women's Fiction and Fantasy

Not looking for: genre romance, crime, mysteries, or epic fantasy for adult audiences, picture books, poetry, non-fiction, new adult

How to submit: Whitley is accepting queries via email to query@inklingsliterary.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Whitley on Twitter  & click here to check out her website. 

Brent Taylor, Agent at TriadaUS
Brent tweeted that he is looking for "a beautiful author-illustrated Picture Book with a fresh & unique art style," in the vein of Moe Bonneau's: Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Children's: Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels for kids and teens

How to submit: Brent is accepting queries via email to brent@triadaus.com. When querying Brent, he requests that you include the first ten pages in the body of the email and put "query" in the subject line. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Brent on Twitter .

Nicole Payne, Agent at Golden Wheat Literary
Nicole tweeted that she is "practically drooling for a sci-fi romance with a compelling story," in the vein of Sense8 and In Your Eyes Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Romance, Mysteries, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Speculative Fiction and Science fiction and fantasy (depending on the story).

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

Follow Nicole on Twitter @tnicolepayne & click here to check out her website. 

Samantha Wekstein, Agent at Writer's House
In response to @broodingYAhero who tweeted "It's a well-known fact that the more kickass a Young Adult (YA) heroine is, the fewer female friends she has. Other girls distract from her awesomeness," Nicole tweeted "the opposite of this. I'd love a kickass girl group. Female friendships are so important in YA, give them to me!" Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Romance, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, New Adult

How to submit: Samantha is accepting queries via email to swekstein@writershouse.com. Send a query letter in the body of your email and the first chapter as an attachment.

Follow Samantha on Twitter @SWekstein & click here to check out her Publisher's Marketplace member page.

Ejusdem Generis

  • Agents on Twitter (see here) have mentioned that word count can be a serious red flag for them when reading through submission materials. To check out this Writer's Digest guide on word count for novels and children's books, click here.
  • Are you writing a Middle Grade novel? Maria Vicente, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary Agency, will be offering a webinar Thursday, July 6th EDT called "Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching your Middle Grade Manuscript." The cost is $89.99 and includes a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript if you sign up for the live webinar. 

Webinar Description: Mastering Middle Grade: Writing, Revising, and Pitching Your Middle Grade Manuscript covers the most important topics to keep in mind while writing and revising middle grade novels, as well as the process of writing a query letter that will effectively pitch your manuscript and entice literary agents. This webinar includes a live presentation, a Q&A session, a critique of your query letter and the first 1000 words of your manuscript, and downloadable worksheets that will help you write, revise, and pitch your manuscript long after the webinar is over. Even if you can't attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique. 

For more information and to purchase, click here.

  • Do you ever wonder if the photo you want to use in your blog or book is protected by copyright? Click here to check out a helpful post that includes an easy to use infographic to help you discern if you need to secure permissions for the images you'd like to use. 

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: June 19, 2017

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Happy Juneteenth and welcome to our second Get Published Weekly Roundup! This week we highlight new agent hires, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist (including a #MSWL beauty contest), and a couple more tidbits tagged on 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!

New Agents Hired

Carolyn Savarese, Affiliated Agent at Kneerim & Williams

Carolyn Savarese  joined Kneerim & Williams as an Affiliated Agent in June 2017. She is seeking:

NonFiction: "She's looking for writers who can tell a great story on subjects that matter, whether personal or political, historical or scientific, cultural or culinary. She is also keen to develop branded content in health, food, arts, culture, lifestyle and design."

To Submit: Carolyn accepts queries via email to carolyn@kwlit.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Rachel Brooks, Agent at BookEnds Literary

Rachel Brooks was hired this month at BookEnds Literary. See Jessica Faust's write up about her hiring, here. She is seeking:

Fiction: adult romance, young adult, select women's fiction, and cozy mysteries (for more specifics, read under her name on the submissions page, here)

To Submit: Check here for Rachel's online Query Manager form.

Kathy Schneider, Agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency

Kathy Schneider was hired this month at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. Kathy is seeking:

Fiction: "upmarket adult fiction that entertains and inspires, thrillers, and creative psychological suspense"

Nonfiction: "projects covering relationships, wellness, humor, business, and memoir"

To Submit: Kathy accepts queries via email to KSchneider@janerotrosen.com. Click here to read the full submission guidelines on the company website.

Nick Chiles, Agent at Aevitas

Nick Chiles joined Aevitas this month.

"Chiles is deeply interested in nonfiction and fiction stories of individuals taking on entrenched institutions, writing that fearlessly pushes us to look at each other in fresh ways, voices that shine a light on the darkest corners of our society. He is on the lookout for original takes on American heroes—or crowning new ones—in areas like sports, music and the arts."

To Submit: 1) Click here; 2) Click on Nick Chiles' photo; 3) Click on the "Contact Nick" link at the bottom left of his bio to reach his online submission form.

Rica Allannic, Agent at the David Black Agency

Rica Allannic will join the David Black Agency in September and is now open to queries in:

Nonfiction: She's "interested in cooking, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, history, and memoir projects, as well as in helping authors from diverse backgrounds tell stories that are important to them."

To Submit: Rica is accepting queries via email to torallannic@dblackagency.com. Rica specifically requests that you "summarize your book idea and include in the body of your email your proposal and, if appropriate, a sample chapter (no attachments, please)." Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Write the World Monthly Contest: Writing for Children Competition: STORY - A first tale  - Final Submissions due TODAY, June 19th (Monthly Contest - $$ Award, children's)

Who: Young writers ages 13-18

What: A story for children under the age of 10. Length: 1 to 1000 words, illustrations optional. For extensive guidelines and prize information, click here.   

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Click the "Start Writing" button on the contest's website (click here).

Utah Original Writing Competition - Submissions due Friday, June 23th (Annual Contest - $$ Award, 5 first-book categories, poetry, short story)

Who: Utah residents ages 18 years and older

What: Poetry, Short Story, and First-book categories: Novel, Creative Nonfiction, Book-length Collection of Stories, and Young Adult Book. For extensive guidelines and prize information, click here.

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Online submission through Dropbox or Google Docs, (click here), open to Utah Residents only

The A3 Review Contest #40: Dates & Dating - Submissions due Saturday, June 24th (Monthly Contest - $$ Award, 150-word limit: short stories, poetry, graphic stories, etc.)

Who: All genres, writers, and artists welcome

What: 150-word limit, should fit well into an A6 panel (short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above)

The Prompt: "The prompt for this month's Contest is: Dates & Dating. This month is all about the dates. Those sweet fleshy things. The sugar you find in most raw food diets. And yes, about dating, too. Sweet fleshy moments of love, potential love, and times when the sugar's just not there!" For extensive guidelines and prize information, click here.   

Entry Fee: $5

To Submit: Online submission, sign up/in at the bottom of the contest guidelines page (click here). For full submission guidelines, click here.

The Puritan, 2017 Summer Issue - Submissions due Sunday, June 25th (Online Literary Magazine, $$ for published work, fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, and reviews)

Guidelines: must be previously unpublished work, check here for specific guidelines for each of the five accepted categories: fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, and reviews

To Submit: Online submission, click here.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Lauren Spieller, Literary Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren has updated her #MSWL profile, see it here. She also tweeted that she is seeking Middle Grade that features homeschooling and/or hoarding, which prompted Natascha Morris, Agent at Bookends Literary to call dibs on Middle Grade projects featuring hoarding. Source Tweet #MSWLbeautycontest

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction

Select Adult fiction and nonfiction 

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices."

How to submit: Lauren is accepting queries via email to lauren@triadaus.com. Lauren specifically requests that you send your query letter and your first ten pages, and include "QUERY" in the email’s subject line, along with the age category and genre (ex: QUERY YA Fantasy). Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Leon Husock, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency - *actively building his list*
Leon tweeted that he is looking for a kind of fantasy "where magic/magic users are a known/accepted part of life but not so common as to be ordinary." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Science-fiction and fantasy, especially fantasy with non-Western European-inspired settings and cultures; Young Adult and Upper Middle Grade of all stripes; and genre mashups (e.g. fantasy westerns, noir + almost anything else, etc). "Strong characters are, of course, a must."

Does not Represent: picture books, women’s fiction, novellas, or nonfiction

How to submit: Leon is actively building his list and is accepting queries via email to leon@lperkinsagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Kira Watson, agent/foreign rights manager at the Emma Sweeney Agency
Kira tweeted that she is looking for a "dark (& lyrical) contemporary" Young Adult book project "that explores ideas of love (& love gone wrong) from a different perspective." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Young Adult and Middle Grade: realistic fiction, speculative fiction, magic realism, thriller/mystery, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. "Stories with folklore elements, complex villains, morally enigmatic (and very flawed) protagonists, medieval literature influences, and taboo subjects are bound to catch Kira's attention."

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

Ejusdem Generis

  • Chelsea Lindman left her job as an Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She can now be found working at the Northern California's Writers' Retreat that she formed along with her friend Heather Lazare. "Our goal is to build a community of writers who will help lift each other up and take the retreat with them beyond our five days together." Check out what they are up to, here.
  • The July/Aug issue of Poets & Writers is all about agents who want to read your work! They will have special selections online from this issue each Monday for the next two months (see the first one here on Julie Barer from the Book Group). However, if you want to read them all now, you'll need to purchase the issue for $10 (click 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: June 12, 2017

Book Barcode By Thepwnco [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Change made: from color to black and white.

Welcome to our first Get Published Weekly Roundup! 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. You can expect such things as listings of new agents who are building their lists, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and more. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

New Agents Hired

Caroline Eisenmann, Associate Agent at Frances Goldin Literary Agency

Caroline Eisenmann joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency as associate agent this week. She is building her list in:

Fiction: "novels that engage with social issues, stories about obsession, and work that centers around intimacy and its discontents"

Nonfiction: "reported narratives, literary memoir, cultural criticism, essay collections, and history and biography with a surprising point of view"

To Submit: Caroline accepts queries via email to ce@goldinlit.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Melissa Danaczko, Agent at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency

Melissa Danaczko has been hired as an agent at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency as an agent. She will represent literary and commercial fiction and select non-fiction.

To Submit: Check here to check for updates to the agency's submission information for Melissa.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until next week:

Norton Writer’s Prize - Submissions due Thursday, June 15th (Annual Essay Award)

Who: Undergraduate Students

What: An essay that was written for an undergraduate class. (Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, etc.)

Submit by email with the subject line "Writer's Prize Nomination" to NortonWritersPrize@wwnorton.com, or by post; click here for more details.

Fiction - Reading period ends Thursday, June 15th (Literary Magazine, fiction)

Recommendations: Stay under 5,000 words (although they will read longer submissions).

Looking for: Experimental works that appeal to a broad audience, new and seasoned writers, no poetry.

Submit online or by post, click here for details. 

"Starting Over" issue of Creative Nonfiction - Submissions due Monday, June 19th (Literary Magazine, nonfiction)

Guidelines: must be an unpublished true story, 4000 words or less. 

Focus: a true story about someone starting over, it can be personal or a story about someone else--"Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme."

Submit online or by post, click here for details.

What Agents Want

This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...

Hannah Bowman, Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates 
Hannah tweeted that she is looking for a "near-future strike-in-space book" in the vein of The Martian, "but with collective nonviolent resistance." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: science fiction and fantasy and young adult novels

Nonfiction: mathematics and science, religious studies, women’s studies, and criminal justice policy

How to submit: Email only. Send a query letter pasted in the body of the email (no attachments) to queryhannah@lizadawsonassociates.com. Click here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Abby Saul, founder of The Lark Group
Abby tweeted that she is looking for an "enthralling, immersive, and surprising historical fiction project." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Adult literary fiction and adult commercial fiction (including historical fiction, women's fiction, mysteries, and thrillers)

Nonfiction: N/A

How to submit: Email only. Send a query letter pasted in the body of the email (no attachments) and "Query: [Title]" in the subject line to abby@larkwords.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Alex Slater, literary agent at Trident Media Group
Alex tweeted that he is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade projects dealing with immigrant experience. It can be set in a real or imaginary world, his one request: "make it authentic" Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Adult literary fiction and adult commercial fiction (including historical fiction, women's fiction, mysteries, and thrillers)

Nonfiction: N/A

How to submit: Online form only, click hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Signing off with a smile...

After a month of being in business, Jane Friedman and her partner Mark stopped by with this amazing cake featuring the Grad Student Freelancer's logo stenciled on it in powdered sugar! It tasted as good as it looked. Thanks, Jane and Mark!

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