Get Published Weekly Roundup: February 19th, 2018

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For everybody who was just dying to know whether or not I took my wife out to dinner for Valentine's day: I prevailed! Dinner was at home. Of course that meant flowers, and some incredibly expensive meat exquisitely prepared by yours truly, but it was here, and not out at some overwhelmed and understaffed restaurant on Angry Amateur Night. Next up is our first anniversary. I'll keep y'all informed. This week we have agency additions, a couple of great contests, sci-fi and fantasy on some wishlists, and a federal judge's Valentine to everybody who wants the internet to keep its hands off their stuff (or her misinterpretation of important precedents which could result in the further restriction of internet freedom—it all depends on your perspective).

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 over at Bookends Literary this week

Naomi Davis has joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, YA, and Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Romance; Select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Not at this time

"LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus, and Naomi will consider picture books featuring those elements. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds."

You can contact Naomi at ndavis@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Naomi's online query form.

Amanda Jain has also joined Bookends Literary Agency as an agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Romance, Mystery, Women’s, and Upmarket, with a special emphasis on Historical fiction in all genres.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history.

"She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience."

Email Amanda at AJain@bookendsliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines, or here for Amanda's online query form.

Submission Deadlines

A contest of note for African American poets, and an opportunity for sci-fi/fantasy leaning flash-fictionists to put their skills to the test. Cash prizes!

YSCI-FI Flash Fiction Competition—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize)

What: A 750-1000 word piece of flash fiction in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Winner receives $250.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here

Broadside Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award—Submissions due by March 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize + publication)

Who: African American poets who have not previously had a book published by Lotus Press or Broadside Press. Winner will receive $500 in cash and publication of the manuscript by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2019, as well as free copies and discounts.

What: A book-length poetry collection (approximately 60-90 pages). 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a mailing address for submissions may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Non-Western fantasy, magical diaspora, and women in metal

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren wants to see a Middle Grade fantasy/adventure novel set somewhere other than the United States or Europe.  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

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

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

Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenspieller

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin is looking for a fantasy novel that deals with the diaspora of a magical community. "How does the magic change/thrive?” Source Tweet

Seeking:

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

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

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

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

Kira Watson, agent/foreign rights manager at Emma Sweeny Agency
Kira wants you to tell her a story of a young female musician in the 90's owning the metal scene, not just surviving it.  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: 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 submission guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kira on Twitter @KiraWatsonESA

Ejusdem Generis

On Thursday of last week, District Judge Katherine Forrest gave a late Valentine's Day gift to lovers of strong intellectual property law and a big middle finger to those whose affections lie instead with the free use and exchange of information on the internet. As you know, here at GSF we harbor a keen interest in all matters copyright related, and so the federal judge's ruling that embedding a tweet containing an image on one's webpage may be a copyright violation drew our attention. Photographer Justin Goldman and Getty Images sued a number of media sites over their use of his photograph of Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Patriots QB Tom Brady. Goldman had posted the photo to Snapchat, after which INTERNET, and soon major news organizations, including the Boston Globe, had posted stories with embedded tweets that displayed the image. The photograph was newsworthy because it showed the lengths to which the Celtics appeared to be going in their wooing of superstar Kevin Durant. The judge ruled against the defendants' motion for a summary judgment against Goldman, which leaves the door open for the lawsuit to proceed. There are a number of legal and technological issues at play here, none of which will I bore you with, but the important takeaway for all of you writers with your own websites is this: you can reproduce and embed tweets that are text-only with impunity, but if you embed a tweet that has an image attached, you may be in danger of violating copyright law. Kelly Figueroa-Ray, our Director of Worldwide Copyright Operations, was way ahead of the courts on this one, forbidding the embedding of images in our Roundups from the beginning. If you're interested in more of the ins and outs of this case, check out Wired's coverage here, and the Verge's here. For those of you really into this kind of thing, you can find the court's ruling here. Bonus points to anyone who can get through the judge's description of how people embed things like it's some sort of supergenius dark web hacker move without giggling.


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: February 12th, 2018

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Well, another Valentine's Day is upon us. I'm desperately trying to convince my wife that it is the absolute worst night of the year to go out to dinner (years in the service industry teaches you a thing or two). So far, it's not working. Luckily, I have other things to distract me from the consequent anxiety that has befallen me: this week we highlight some new agency peeps, big money for a Buddhist children's book, a residency opportunity, agent wishlists, and then fail to follow through on a planned philosophical discussion at the end.

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

Agent and Agency News

A new agent, a new agency (sorta), and another new agent (maybe)

Léonicka Valcius has has joined the Transatlantic Agency as Assistant Literary Agent. [update: Léonicka Valcius will reopen to submissions on April 2, 2018.]

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial, especially Fantasy, Romance, and Historical; YA/children's

Nonfiction: General

"As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the Chair of the Board of the Festival of Literary Diversity, serving readers and writers of colour has been the core of Léonicka’s career. She brings this same mandate to her work at Transatlantic."

Léonicka will be coagenting clients with Samantha Haywood, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Tompkins. You can find their submission guidelines here.

MacKenzie Wolf has formed from the merger of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency and Wolf Literary Services. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Varies from agent to agent

Nonfiction: Ditto (do people say that anymore?)

"Core to MacKenzie Wolf’s business is the recognition that offering our clients legal and strategic services in addition to traditional book representation is vital in the face of a changing publishing landscape. Our team is creative, nimble, and highly engaged; we don’t just sign up projects, we sign up creators, and we believe that good representation is integral to an enduring career."

You can read about their agents here. Information about submissions may be found here.

Elizabeth Rudnick is a literary agent at MacKenzie Wolf who may or may not have been recently hired there (we think so, though). 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Middle Grade

Nonfiction: It appears not.

"In addition to building her client list, she is focusing on packaging efforts, pairing high-concept ideas and story-lines with strong writers."

Elizabeth is accepting submissions via email at queries@mwlit.com. More information may be found on her agency's website, here.

Submission Deadlines

A Fellowship and a Big Cash Prize if you have your s*%@ together, cuz the deadline Is Wednesday

Shambhala Publications Bala Kids & The Khyentse Foundation Children's Book Prize—Submissions due by February 15th, 2018 ($$$ prize, contract)

What: Children's book (ages 0-8) expressing Buddhist values, themes, and traditions, with or without illustrations. Winner will receive $5000 and a contract with Bala Kids.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines may be found here. Submissions are via email at balakids@shambhala.com.

The Vermont Studio Center VSC Fellowships—Submissions due by February 15th, 2018 (Semi-Annual Writing Fellowship: Residency)

Who: All artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world.

What: Applications are judged based on portfolio or manuscript. Winners receive residencies of 2-12 weeks at the Vermont Studio Center.

Cost: $25 application fee

"Every VSC residency opportunity includes private room, private
studio space, all meals, and full access to our schedule of evening
programs and events."

To Submit: Guidelines may be found here. To begin an application, click here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Grease, bad girls, and the history of writing

Maria Vicente, Agent at P.S. Literary Agency
Maria is looking for some updated Olivia Newton and Johnny T: "Contemporary #YA that involves a modern-day version of the T-Birds or Pink Ladies." Source Tweet

Maria is seeking:

Fiction: Children's 

Non-fiction: Yup. For grown-ups, too.

"She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky."

How to submit: Maria is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Maria on Twitter @msmariavicente.
Melissa Edwards, Agent at Stonesong Literary Agency
Melissa is looking for lady sociopaths: "I'd love to see some "women behaving badly" fiction. Give me your Miranda Priestly, your Cersei Lannister, your Bellatrix Lestrange." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's and Adult Commercial, particularly Women's and International Thrillers

Nonfiction: Select Pop Culture 

"She enjoys children’s books that kids will self-select and return to time after time. For young adults, she is interested in seeing fun, commercial fiction in all genres, particularly romance, thriller, and fantasy."

How to submit: Melissa is accepting submissions at via email at submissions@stonesong.comClick here for full submission guidelines.

Follow Melissa on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE.

Moe Ferrara, Literary Agent at BookEnds Literary 
Moe wants to ponder some orthographies: "If anyone has a book about emoji use and the evolution/devolution of language back to cuneiform/hieroglyphs — I’d be interested in a proposal!"  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Most genres, particularly Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, and light Horror, in Middle Grade, YA, and Adult

Non-Fiction: Generally no, but it looks like she'll make an exception for emojis.

"A Pennsylvania native, she is mum of a rambunctious corgi who is a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed release."

How to Submit: Moe is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. More detailed MSWL information may be found here.

Follow Moe on Twitter @inthesestones.

Ejusdem Generis

In awesome news you may have missed, this week a dairy in Maine settled a lawsuit brought against it by truck drivers who were suing for overtime pay they claimed the dairy owed. The dairy lost the suit and agreed to pay the drivers $5 million. We here at GSF have no particular affinity for either dairies or truck drivers; we have only a desire that justice, whatever that may mean, is done. What we do have an affinity for is grammar, and grammar is what this case hinged on. Maine law provides exemptions from the requirement to pay extra for overtime work, and those exemptions were presented in a list: The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods. Those of you who pay attention to punctuation will note that it is unclear whether the Maine legislators meant that packing for shipment or packing for distribution of the three categories is exempt or that packing is exempt and distribution is exempt. The legislators’ apparent disdain for the serial comma allowed the drivers to come to the reasonable conclusion that distribution (which is to say driving a truck) is not exempt—packing for distribution is. The circuit court judge agreed with them, and I like to think that quite a few truckers in Maine are raising their glasses to the memory of Roger Casement, who was not so lucky. Check it out here.

I had planned to segue into the ways in which the seemingly abstract and trivial can have serious consequences or exemplars in real life (like the lack of a comma costing a company $5 million) using the capture of an escaped convict in Las Vegas as the real-life exemplar of one of Edmund Gettier’s famous (and oft-maligned) counterexamples to the conception of knowledge as justified true belief. I was unable to find a record of this escape and capture to link to, however, and the necessity of explaining the epistemological arguments involved seemed too taxing (I have a feeling the reader would have felt the same way). But epistemology finds its expression in unexpected places (as my planned excursus would have demonstrated), and over at LitHub this week Emily Temple has collected various authors’ responses to the maxim Write what you know. Unsurprisingly, the discussions often hinge on what is meant by know. My favorite bit is Nathan Englander recounting his suburban childhood and concluding that what he should do is “write a book called Little House on the Prairie is on at 5 o’clock.” Check it out here.


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

Get Published Weekly Roundup: February 5, 2018

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Well, the year is off to a cold, rainy, busy start here at GSF. While we're sick of the atmospheric aspects, we're grateful for the briskness of business. This week we highlight some agent news, cool contests (romance, anyone?), agent wishlists, and then consider the revolutionary potential of self-publishing at the end (well, not really, but kind of, a teensy bit).

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

Irene Goodman Agency loses one agent and gains another, and a YA enthusiast finds a new home

Whitney Ross has has joined Irene Goodman Literary Agency as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle grade, YA, and adult fiction of all genres.

Nonfiction: Design, cooking, and fashion.

"Whitney loves to read novels set in unusual time periods and locations, whether that involves a fantastical element or not. She is rarely able to resist the trickster king motif, and has a weakness for read-between-the-lines subtle romances. Yet she's constantly surprised by books not on her "wish list," and is always open to stories with compelling characters and emotionally involving plotlines."

Whitney is accepting queries via email at whitney.queries@irenegoodman.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Rachel Ekstrom has joined Folio Literary Management as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Thrillers; upmarket/bookclub fiction; Middle Grade; YA

Nonfiction: Psychology/mental health; social issues; parenting; nature/animals

"I’m eagerly looking for new voices and projects, particularly commercial and upmarket adult fiction with an immediate, commercially appealing voice, in the areas of thrillers and suspense, bookclub and women’s fiction, historical, crime and the occasional exceptional work of Young Adult and Middle Grade."

Rachel is accepting queries via email at rekstrom@foliolitmanagement.com. More information about submissions may be found on her Publisher's Marketplace page, here.

Jennie Kendrick has joined Lupine Grove Creative as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: General Fiction, especially YA and Middle Grades.

Nonfiction: History; Law; Food/Beverage; Pop culture

"You change so much as a young adult, because you're finding your own identity and launching yourself out into the world. Whether you're doing it against the backdrop of WWII, high school, or a dystopian universe, you come out the other side irrevocably changed. I think we all can point to that moment (or moments) in our lives where Shit Got Real, and as a result, how we ended up a completely different person. When an author can harness the electricity and immediacy of those moments, it speaks to all of us." Source

Jennie is accepting submissions via email at submissions@lupinegrove.com. More information may be found on her agency's website, here.

Submission Deadlines

Help Harlequin do what Harlequin does best, plus two great opportunities for emerging LGBTQ and immigrant writers

So You Think You Can Write's Harlequin Romance Blitz—Submissions due by February 14th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST (Fiction contest—Editorial feedback + consideration for publication)

What:  A cover letter introducing yourself and your Romance novel (which may be a work in progress), including any previous publishing credits, plus the first chapter and a complete synopsis. Winners will receive editorial feedback by February 21st and consideration for publication. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Complete contest guidelines and a link to the submission form may be found here.

Lambda Literary's Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers—Submissions due by February 20th, 2018 ($$$ prize)

Who: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identified authors who have written and published 1-2 books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and are actively engaged with LGBTQ literary communities.

What: This award is for an emergent author, not a specific work. Applicants may nominate themselves or others and will be judged on a core writing sample, supplemental materials, and evidence of contributions to the LGBTQ literary field. Two winners will be awarded a $1000 cash prize. 

Cost: Free

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

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing—Submissions due by February 28th, 2018 (Fiction contest, BIG $$$ prize + publication)

Who: First-generation residents of their country, which can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere. Candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction with a US publishing house.

What: Submissions must be a minimum of 45,000 words and can take the form of a complete novel or a book-length collection of short stories. All submissions must be in English though translations are welcome. Winner receives a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books. 

Cost: Free

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

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Train hopping, unlikable heroes, and "nerdstalgia"

Alyssa Jennette, Agent at Stonesong Literary Agency
Alyssa feels like there's an overemphasis on the creation of alternate worlds/realities/universes in YA fiction, and suggests: "Why not pull from real life and give me a book about riding the rails/hobo culture? I'm fascinated." Source Tweet

Alyssa is actively seeking:

Fiction: Graphic Novels; Picture Books; Middle Grade & Young Adult; Adult Fiction; Suspense/Mystery/Horror; Historical Fantasy 

Non-fiction: Humor; Pop Culture

"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: Alyssa is accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Alyssa on Twitter @AlyssaJennette.
Lindsay Mealing, Junior Agent at Emerald City Literary Agency
Lindsay loves her some unlikable heroes. Send yours! Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Romance; YA all genres

Nonfiction: Nope

"Above all, I’m looking for a narrative voice that resonates with me and characters I can fall for. I want diverse characters and settings that make stories feel real. I don’t always know what I’ll fall in love with, so definitely reach out and query!"

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

Follow Lindsay on Twitter @lindsaymealing.

Leon Hustock, Literary Agent at L. Perkins Agency 
 In a turn of events, Leon wants us to know that he is definitely not interested in seeing his own "nerd nostalgia (nerdstalgia?) projected onto fiction." If you want to know what he is interested in, we've got you covered.  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Sci-Fi; Fantasy; YA; Middle Grades

Non-Fiction: Non

"He has a particular interest in science-fiction and fantasy, especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures (e.g. Leigh Bardugo’s Russian-inspired fantasy).  He also loves young adult and upper middle-grade of all stripes, as well as genre mashups (e.g. fantasy westerns, noir + almost anything else, etc).  Strong characters are, of course, a must."

How to Submit: Leon is accepting queries via email at leon@lperkinsagency.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on the agency webpage, here.

Follow Leon on Twitter @LeonHusock.

Ejusdem Generis

This week over at Buzzfeed, Jaime Green discusses the reading/writing of romance novels as a political act. This illuminating essay describes the continuing evolution of the oft-maligned genre, particularly the way in which once-taboo relationships and people—which is to say anything involving non-cis, non-white, non-straight folks—are now populating the romance landscape in ever-greater numbers. The authors Green interviews describe how simply writing the stories they want to tell is inherently political when the characters those stories are about are members of groups who are politically marginalized IRL. The whole thing is worth a read, but my favorite bit comes from Green herself, who wraps the piece up by describing the endeavor of romance as a “kind of literary whisper network” that discusses a host of highly political issues, largely free of male critique because men generally ignore the genre due to “taboo or misguided derision.” Check it out here.

As self-publishing becomes an ever-larger piece of the literary pie, it may be that evolutions like the one Green describes can happen more quickly, maybe much more. Suzanne Brockmann, an award-winning romance novelist, told Green how in 1992 she wasn’t allowed to have even one minor character be gay, and as late as 2007 had to fight to get out her book about a gay Navy SEAL. When following traditional publishing routes, an author is always subject to an array of forces whose interests do not necessarily include keeping intact her artistic vision. The self-published author is beholden to none of these, though, and so is free to include material that may not be in sync with the particular mores of the publishing guild.

Speaking of resisting the forces aligned against the author, this week the San Francisco Chronicle profiled an Oakland nonprofit press that focuses on international literature—works that are being overlooked by the big houses. Transit Books is interested in literature that deserves distribution but for one reason or another has been ignored. The founders, a married couple originally from New York, formed the press as a nonprofit so that they could make decisions in line with their mission rather than on sales potential. The works they have put out so far have been well received, and they plan to expand their portfolio to include American works that “push literary boundaries.” Check it out here.


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

Get Published Weekly Roundup: January 29, 2018

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Hey, y'all. This week we've got our usual array of agent news, great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end a note about authors living and recently passed.

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 agents join new agencies, one agent comes back on the scene

Joseph Parsons has has joined Holloway Literary as a literary agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Contemporary (post-1945) American literary fiction.

Nonfiction: Literary and creative nonfiction, travel and nature writing, current events, history, biography, long-form journalism and scholarly work written for a general audience

"Joseph is especially seeking new voices including the work of women, people of color, and others who may have been underrepresented in past years, in particular LGBTQ and immigrant authors."

Joseph is accepting queries via email at submissions@hollowayliteraryagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on his profile page, here.

Linda Camacho has joined Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency as a literary agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, all genres; select graphic novels; select picture book writer-illustrators; adult fiction (namely, upmarket/book club fiction, women's fiction/romance, and literary horror)

Nonfiction: nope.

In a recent #MSWL twee Linda said she would like a book project inspired by Ballerina Aesha Ash who was spotted "wandering around inner city Rochester in a tutu to change stereotypes about women of color and inspire young kids" Source Tweet

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at QueryLinda@galltzacker.com. More information about submissions may be found on her agency's website, here.

Lindsay Davis Auld has re-joined Writers House as a junior agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's Picture Books; Middle Grade and Young Adult General Fiction

Nonfiction: nope. nope.

"I'm actively building my own list and I'm seeking picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. I've always been passionate about children's and young adult literature, and, as an agent, I'm eager to help bring fresh voices, characters and stories to a new generation of readers. I'm particularly drawn to mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, adventure, and books with humor--light or dark or both."

Lindsay is accepting queries via email at lauld@writershouse.com. More information about submissions may be found on her Publishers Marketplace member page, here.

Submission Deadlines

In February: Big $$$ and a fellowship in Paris!

Chicago Tribune's 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards—Submissions due February 7th, at 11:59 p.m. CT (Fiction short Story—10 $$ Prizes + consideration for publication)

Who: US legal residents, 18+ years old

What: Fiction story, 8,000 words max. in English, and not previously published. Top prize of $3,500, four prizes of $1,000, and five runner-up prizes of $500, plus possible publication in the Chicago Tribune's weekly literary supplement.

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Complete contest guidelines are here and the submission form may be found here.

Creative Capital Awards—Submissions begin Thursday, February 1st and are due by Wednesday, February 28th (Project in 34 artistic disciplines (including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, etc.)—$$$ + advisory and professional services)

Who: Artists with projects in any of the 34 disciplines Creative Capital funds, including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, etc. (click here for a full list)

What: 46 projects at initial levels of $10,000 each. Including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support during the life cycle of the award, with the average amount closer to $35,000. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of $45,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $95,000. US citizens or permanent residents, aged 25+, with 5+ years' professional writing experience, and not be full-time students.

To Submit: Contest guidelines (and starting Feb 1 the application form) may be found here.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship—Submissions due February 15th (Fellowship, $5000 stipend)

Who: The Fellowship is open to all nationalities, though the proposed project (a book project, fiction or non-fiction, or a feature-length documentary film, that contributes to cross-cultural discourse) must be in English.

What: The Visiting Fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library.

Cost: The $5000 will be paid one month ahead of the fellowship and is to be spent at the discretion of the Fellow, is designed to cover travel to Paris, accommodation, and expenses associated with the month in Paris.

To Submit: Submission information and guidelines may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: magic, imagination, and strong women

Alice Speilburg, Literary Agent and Founder of Speilburg Literary Agency [Please Note: Will opens to submission on Feb 1st]
Alice will be coming back from "a long haitus" on February 1st and hopes "to see lots of stories that sidestep into magic, mystery, horror, or adventure in my inbox next month!" See her newly updated #MSWL page here. Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical Fiction, Mainstream Fiction with elements of Fantasy/Mystery/Horror, Fairytale/Folklore Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult

Nonfiction: History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Science, Travel

How to Submit: Beginning February 1st, Alice will be accepting submissions via email at speilburgliterary@gmail.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Alice on Twitter @alicespeilburg.

Kent D. Wolf, Literary Agent at The Friedrich Agency
Kent is not looking for Young Adult book projects but wants to bring some of imagination into the Adult Fiction world. He says "...if your writing and imagination in the adult space are anything like Sara Porter () you have me at hello."  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary Fiction; Young Adult (but not really in the market for this at the moment)

Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture

How to Submit: Kent is accepting queries via email at kwolf@friedrichagency.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Kent on Twitter @kentdwolf.

Stacy Testa, Literary Agent at Writers House
Stacy would love a book project about Caroline Still Wiley Anderson, born in 1848. Graduated from Oberlin, the only black woman in class. She later taught at Howard University and in 1878 became Philadelphia's first black doctor. She states " Oooh would love to see a historical novel or narrative biography about this badass broad." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary Fiction and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, particularly stories with international settings, unique subcultures, historical hooks, magical realism, unusual narrators, and/or strong, empowered women

Nonfiction: Memoir, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, History, Investigative Journalism, True Crime, essay collections and prescriptive titles with strong platforms

"As a young agent with space on my list and decades of agenting ahead of me, I am looking to develop long-term partnerships with new authors."

How to Submit: Stacy is accepting queries via email at testa@writershouse.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her Publishers Marketplace member page, here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @stacy_testa.

Ejusdem Generis

As all of you know, the literary world lost one of its greats last week. The work of Ursula K. Le Guin was an entry point to a more literary corpus of texts for many sci-fi fans, and a door to science fiction for many who had previously considered anything with that label to be mere genre twaddle. There have been many moving and thoughtful tributes to her over the last seven days, and I have no pretensions that this humble Ejusdem be numbered among them, so I will simply direct your attention to a lovely interview Le Guin did with the Paris Review. Most of it is behind a paywall, but there is some lovely conversation available to anybody, and hey, if you're going to pay for something on the internet, why not this? Check it out here

Our good friend Jane Friedman has a book coming out soon: The Business of Being a Writer. While in our experience everything she writes is worth checking out, the people at Publishers Weekly have decided that her newest isn't just worth reading, it's indispensable for those interested in trying to make a living writing. Check it out here.  

Just a short one this week, as we get back in the swing of things. See you next Monday!


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Get Published Weekly Roundup: January 22, 2018

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Happy New Year! Although we were off-line a bit longer than we planned, GSF is back in the full swing of things. This week we showcase two agent promotions, some great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a very cool directory 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 Stephanies are Promoted to Senior Agent!

Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. Will consider literary thriller and suspense, and YA crossover. No historical or romance fiction will be considered.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, investigative journalism, and true crime

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Stephanie Delman has been promoted to Senior Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, genre-bending suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years)

Nonfiction: Select range of non-fiction by authors with established, engaging, and unique perspectives, as well as a few comic illustrators

“While Stephanie does not work with strict genre writers, she is drawn toward literary narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi (think STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel or HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado). She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic/international family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.”

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at sdelman@sjga.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Submission Deadlines

Within the next two weeks: Big $$$ for a nonfiction manuscript in progress, a cool residency for a poet, and a fellowship with Sesame Street!

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize—Submissions due January 31st, 2018 (Nonfiction—$$$ Advance + Publication)

Who: Any writer who is not yet established in the genre and resides in the United States is eligible.

What: A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript, a cover letter, and a project description. Winner receives a $12,000 advance and publication with Graywolf Press

Entry Fee: $0

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

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing—Submissions due February 1st, 2018 (Poetry Residency—$$$ Stipend + up to 4 months of lodging)

Who: Poets writing a first or second book!

What: Up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000.

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

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room 2018 Fellowship Program—Submissions due February 4th, 2018 (Fellowship)

Who: Fresh writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

What: 8 weekly sessions with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives at the Sesame Street NYC offices on creating children’s educational media content.

Cost: Travel and lodging expenses only.

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

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Lots of fiction for all ages, and nonfiction about awesome women for Middle Grade!

Lynnette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is asking for more submissions! Her twitter bio states that she is currently being mentored by Nicole Resciniti, president of the agency. Please send her more "Adult: fantasy, contemporary romance, thriller, & sci-fi YA: sci-fi, contemporary, thriller, & mystery." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: What she said in the tweet!

Nonfiction: Nope

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. Send query and first five pages pasted in an email.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Lynnette_Novak.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali is connecting with her Native American heritage. "As a person of Cherokee descent, I would love to see a Young Adult (maybe Middle Grade) work centered on the Trail of Tears. Any stories built from oral tradition?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade (esp. sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction  

Nonfiction: Seems like a no!

"She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark."

How to Submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manger (click here). More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Stacey Graham, Agent at Red Sofa Literary [PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2108]
Stacey WILL BE (after 1/31/18) seeking more Middle Grade Nonfiction projects about women with moxie. She says: "Last year, I received a ton of queries about fantastic female scientists and mathematicians. This year, I'd love to see female entrepreneurs, historical athletes, authors (Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter bios), and politicians (Shirley Chisholm, Victoria Woodhull)." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Romance, Mystery 

Nonfiction: YES! Specifically: "Nonfiction that walks on the weird side — all age groups."

Special Requests:

Spiritualism: Middle Grade or adult, nonfiction or fiction

Ouija: Adult, nonfiction

Witches: Middle Grade or adult, fiction with a new twist

Old West: Middle Grade, nonfiction or fiction. Think Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, women of the Wild West, African-American cowboys.

Romance with heart…but that doesn’t take itself too seriously

Middle Grade nonfiction series on women with moxie: Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Shelley, Ida Lupino

How to Submit: Stacey will be accepting queries on February 1, 2018 via email at stacey@redsofaliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her personal website here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @staceyigraham.

Ejusdem Generis

While surfing(?) the Twittersphere, I happened on to Penny Moore @precociouspenny, who introduced us to a directory being compiled on The Literary Agents of Color website. "Created by literary agents of color, this directory will serve as a guide as we seek to accomplish two goals: To advocate for and protect the interests of creatives. To support and promote the careers of POC agents." Entries in the directory include an agent bio, what the agent is currently seeking, and a link to their submission guidelines. If you know someone who isn't on the list, but should be, you can contact them here. You can find their ever growing list of literary agents of color 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: December 18, 2017

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Any and all debates about climate science aside, I for one am sick of it being 50 degrees and sunny at Christmas. When I was a child, there was always snow at Christmas (and school was uphill both ways, blah blah blah, GET OFF MY LAWN!), and the spate of seasonal songs that describe the proliferation of frozen precipitate were simple descriptions of reality rather than the series of cruel jokes they seem to be now (apologies for the egregious alliteration). All the same, it's my favorite time of year, and we here at GSF are taking a break over the next two weeks to enjoy family and holiday cheer, so you won't see another Roundup until early January. This week, though, we have the usual suspects, plus a radio play about writing at the end. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, see you in the New Year!

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

Just one this week, but she's a good one ("actively working" is always a good sign)...

Jordan Hamessley has joined New Leaf Literary & Media as a Literary Agent after a decade working as an editor and is actively working to build her client list. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; YA; select adult Horror and Science Fiction 

Nonfiction: STEM-related Picture Books

“She is always looking to find stories that bring the queer experience to the children’s space across all age ranges."

Jordan is accepting queries via email at query@newleafliterary.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

This Week: Short Fiction and Writing About Writing (So meta! Much wow!)

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers—Submissions due December 31st, 2017 (Short Fiction Contest—$$$ Award, Consideration for Publication)

Who: Writers who have never published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press

What: Work of short fiction up to 8,000 words. Winner receives $1,500 and publication in Boulevard. 

Entry Fee: $16

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

The Writer Your Writing Life Contest—Submissions due January 1st, 2018 (Essay Contest—$$$ Award, Publication)

What: A personal essay no longer than 2,000 words about the life of a writer. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Writer. 

“Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.”

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

What Agents Want

Mysterious Space Phenomena! Government Secrets! Philosophies of Manual Labor!

Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer has an idea for a book she'd like to see and it sounds fascinating: "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program--aka 'Space phenomena'." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's Picture Books; Middle Grade; YA; select Literary and Commercial Adult Fiction

Nonfiction: Meh.

Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature . . . She is open to any good story that is well written with a strong, authentic voice. Surprise her!"

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at soloway@andreabrownlit.com. Submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @marchsoloway.

Curtis Russell, President and Principal Agent at P.S. Literary 
Curtis wants to sink his teeth into a good non-fiction book on the value of work--something in the vein of Matthew Crawford's Shop Class at Soulcraft. Source Tweet

Seeking:

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

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

How to Submit: Curtis is accepting queries at query@psliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found here

Follow Curtis on Twitter @CurtisPSLA.

Ejusdem Generis

The number of Christmas movies and television shows that suddenly appears on Netflix and in the cable listings toward the end of November is truly mind boggling. Of course, for the majority of the twentieth century this flourishing of holiday narratives would have taken place in the medium of the printed word: magazines, newspapers, even novellas. This holiday, take a break from lamenting the slow demise of print media, our collective loss of "an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age," and listen to another disappearing medium. Twenty-two years ago, This American Life (at the time known as Your Radio Playhouse) produced a Christmas special in which the not-yet-totally-famous David Sedaris and friends wrote and performed a radio play about a group of writers taking a writing class aimed at creating and selling Christmas stories. It's hilarious and all too familiar. Check it out here, and have a wonderful holiday.


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: December 11, 2017

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We had snow here in Charlottesville! Whether it is due to climate change, mere local weather patterns, or a sinister plot to make me unhappy, there is never snow before Christmas, and even the dusting we got is giving me a warm feeling in spite of it chilling my toes. In this week's Roundup, we'll warm your heart with another big-money contest, this one open to everybody, our usual agent info, and some pub industry musings at the end.

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

Agent and Agency News

A promotion and a new hire this week!

Adria Goetz has been promoted to Literary Manager at Martin Literary Management. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Christian topics in all age groups

Nonfiction: Christian nonfiction including Memoir; Lifestyle

In fiction, she seeks work "featuring diverse characters, nontraditional family structures, and character-driven narratives."

In nonfiction, she is looking for "lifestyle books that feature accessible recipes, craft tutorials, gardening basics, with quirky lists or other interactive elements."

Adria is accepting queries via email at Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Eva Scalzo has joined Speilburg Literary Agency as a Literary Agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; YA

Nonfiction: Not interested

"Multicultural romance [is] something I want to see more of. I support the #OwnVoices campaign to increase the diversity in Romance not just of the characters but also of its authors. As a Latina I love seeing my culture represented in the books I read, I want others to feel that way too."

Eva is accepting queries via email at speilburgliterary@gmail.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Do you have a short story about a sympathetic villain? A friendship forged over a good meal? A friendship with a sympathetic villain forged over a good meal? If so...

Fairytalez Best Villain Fairy Tale Competition—Submissions due January 3rd, 2018 (Short Story Contest—Gift Card, Promotion)

What: Up to three original or adapted fairy- or folk-tales, 300-5000 words each. Winner receives a $200 Amazon gift card, digital badges for use on a blog or website, and promotion across Fairytalez's social networks.

"Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! After all, as they say, even the villain is the hero in their own story."

To Submit: More information and contest guidelines may be found here.

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing—Submissions due January 3rd, 2018 (Short Story Contest—Big £££ Prize)

Who: Writers of any nationality over the age of 18

What: New works of short fiction up to 2,500 words, with food or drink at the heart of the story. £10 entry fee. Winner will receive £10,000. 

“The short story (no poems) could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink."

To Submit: To pay the entry fee and submit your work, click here. More information on contest terms and conditions here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: boys who dance & fireside reads!

Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary and Foreign Rights Agent at The Deborah Harris Literary Agency
Rena wants a work of MG or YA fiction with boys who dance: “I just went to my daughter's dance performance. There was a hip hop group of like 20 girls on stage and ONE boy, and he was killing it. I want this in a novel." Source Tweet

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: Science Writing; Literary Non-fiction

“I'm a poet, and I think the best novelists were poets first, so novels in verse, novels with poetic language and writing, are totally things I am always looking for."

"I am always looking for Israeli and Middle Eastern Science Fiction and Fantasy, and also SciFi/Fantasy with Jewish content and themes. I would love to find a New Adult or Adult novel written about the Israeli army (LGBQT also!)I would love to represent historical fiction set in Ancient Israel, or historical fiction with Israeli/Jewish content and themes... I love all types of historical fiction, in all genres. I'd love to see literary novels set in the Middle East - historical fiction, fantasy, and especially multicultural romances."

How to Submit: Rena is accepting submissions at  rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Query info and submission guidelines here.

Follow Rena on Twitter @renarossner.

Dawn Dowdle, Agent at the Blue Ridge Literary Agency
Dawn is looking for some good fireside reading... "Amish Romance!" for example. "Also Cozy Mysteries!" Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; Mystery 

Nonfiction: Non interested. 

How to Submit: Dawn is accepting submissions via online form here. Submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Dawn on Twitter @blueridgeagency.

Ejusdem Generis

Last week we wrote about how important it is for self-publishing authors to be working with reputable businesses. Sometimes writing can feel like an exercise in lighting money and time on fire and then choking on the ashes as they blow into your glass of box wine (I know it should be boxed wine, but I prefer the noun for its potential to be read as an appositive to the clearly adjectival participle), and being ripped off by an unscrupulous or incompetent press just adds injury to insult. But even a contract with a lauded publisher may not be protection enough. This week, the Guardian reported that the day after award-winning Scottish publisher Freight began liquidation a recently-departed former director/partner launched the first book with his new imprint. Freight authors who are reportedly still owed royalties and are faced with having the remainder of their books pulped if they can’t buy the back stock (shout out again to Manutius Press and Umberto Eco!) are understandably less than pleased. The idea that writing is about taking risks is a cliché (as well as totalizing and therefore untrue), but the reality is that it is always risky, just for reasons that have little to do with content, voice, or form. Check it out here.

While you’re over at the Guardian, check out their piece on the lack of diversity in British publishing and the efforts that are being made to remedy this problem. While the attempts may be being made with the best of intentions, some British authors remain skeptical. One author and professor spoke of a “black brain drain” to the United States, where opportunities are perceived to be more numerous. So those of us on this side of the Atlantic can be happy that for once we’re at least thought to be less white-male-centric than somewhere else.

Speaking of diversity in literature, take a few minutes out of your day to read Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel acceptance speech from last week. Ishiguro describes various snippets of his life that helped develop and define his writing, and ends with the argument that only by embracing more diversity in literature, both human and formal, will we be able to experience the best that writing has to offer. Check it out here.


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

Get Published Weekly Roundup: December 4, 2017

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

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

Agent and Agency News

An agent moves, and an editor agents.

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

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Literary 

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

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

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

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

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Nonfiction: Popular History

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

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Agents Want

Another week for fantasy

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

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: Meh.

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

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

Follow Julie on Twitter @Julie_Fergusson.

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

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: Pop Culture 

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

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

Follow Ben on Twitter @BLGrange.

Ejusdem Generis

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

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


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

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 27, 2017

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

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

Agent and Agency News

Two new agents

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

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: True Crime

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

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

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

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: Not interested

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

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who: Writers aged 10-18

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

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

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

What Agents Want

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

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

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: is getting dusty on Laura’s shelf.

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

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

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

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

Seeking:

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

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

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

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

Follow Kelly on Twitter @YAFantasyFan.

Ejusdem Generis

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

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

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


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

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 20, 2017

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

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

Agent and Agency News

One Promotion, Two New Hires

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

Seeking:

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

Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeking:

            Fiction: Children’s picture books

            Non-fiction: Christian non-fiction books for adults

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Agents Want

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

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

Seeking:

Fiction: Didn't you read the tweet?

Nonfiction: Not interested.

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

Follow Lynette on Twitter @Lynette_Novak.

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

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction

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

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

Follow Amanda on Twitter @diaryofaneditor.

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

Seeking:

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

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

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

Follow Deidre on Twitter @DeidreKnight.

Ejusdem Generis

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

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

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

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

Check it out here.


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