Get Published Weekly Roundup: April 16th, 2018

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A dissertation defense, and the advent of the in-law. These things have conspired to make the Roundup this week a non-entity. Next week we'll be back with a vengeance!

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

Agents seeking in-laws

Nobody has recently been promoted. 

Seeking: Dissertations and in-laws

Nobody is accepting submissions via email at nobody@yomama.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

 

Submission Deadlines

Finish your PhD, stat!

The In-Law Dissertation  Short Story Competition—Submissions due by April 27th, 2018 (Annual Competition, $$$ and Publication)

What: Actually, nothing

Cost: Free

To Submit: Entry via online form, here. Rules and submission information may be found here.

What Agents Want

Seeking a degree, and a mother-in-law

Nobody, Agent at Nunya Literary

Nobody wants anything this week (well, somebody does, but Nobody doesn't . . . wait, that doesn't work) Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Nuthin'

How to submit: Don't

 

Ejusdem Generis

I obviously fibbed last week when I promised this week would be better. I'm not fibbing this time. It will be better, pinky swear.


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: April 9th, 2018

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So we're behind the eight ball on this whole tax thing (who knew that taxes are a hassle?), and it is cutting into our time for the Roundup. Next week will be better, promise. This week we feature a couple of new agents, a nice short story contest and a big money book contest, and a bit of panic 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

New, new, new! They need clients!

Kieryn Ziegler has recently been promoted to Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; Middle Grade; Sci-Fi; Fantasy; possibly other stuff?

Nonfiction: Hard to say, but it seems not.

"I have a hard time liking books casually. When I love a story, I want to soak up every part of it. I want my friends to read it. I want to call my sister and tell her all of my thoughts, no spoilers, also I already got you a copy, go read it. I want to take apart every line to see how the magic works, but I also just want to get lost between the pages."

Kieryn is accepting submissions via email at kziegler@dystel.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Claire Draper has joined InkWell Management.

Seeking:

Fiction: One is not sure, but one guesses YA; Literary; Graphic Novels.

Nonfiction: Feminist theory

Claire is accepting queries via email at submissions@inkwellmanagement.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Quick, revise your galleys! Change every instance of New Orleans to Toronto!

The James White Award Short Story Competition—Submissions due by April 27th, 2018 (Annual Competition, $$$ and Publication)

What: Science Fiction short story contest for non-professional writers. Stories must be between 1,000 and 6,000 words. Winner receives £200 plus publication in Interzone

Cost: Free

To Submit: Entry via online form, here. Rules and submission information may be found here

The City of Toronto 2018 Toronto Book Awards—Submissions due by April 30th, 2018 (Annual Award, $$$)

What: Books published between June 2017 and May 2018 with clear Toronto content. Authors do not need to reside in Toronto to be eligible. Ebooks and self-published books are not eligible (bummer!). Four finalists receive $1,000, with the winner receiving an additional $10,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Send six copies of your book to: Toronto Book Awards Committee, c/o Toronto Arts & Culture, Cultural Partnerships, City Hall, 9E, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. You can find rules and guidelines here.

What Agents Want

Not orcs, and big city living

Naomi Davis, Agent at BookEnds Literary

Naomi thinks Tolkien's legacy is assured without you adding your two cents: "Expanding on my #MSWL - THREAD: I want to see wild, original fantasy. So if you're thinking, "Well, my manuscript isn't what ppl typically expect from fantasy... there are no elves or enchanted woods or elemental creatures, but really different fantasy elements..." QUERY ME PLZ." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance

"A life-long writer and author-fanatic, she has a mild to moderate obsession with slippers, and sings in two philharmonic choirs."

How to submit: Naomi is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @NaomisLitPix.

Saritza Hernandez, Sr. Agent at Corvisiero Literary 

Toronto, maybe? "I want #LatinaChickalit please. Basically, a modern Dirty Girls Social Club meets Sex In The City but outside of NYC!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Women's Young Adult and Adult genre fiction

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Saritza is accepting queries via online form, here. You can follow her on Twitter @epubagent.

Ejusdem Generis

Taxes! AAAAAH! Next week will be better, I promise.

 


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: April 2nd, 2018

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In a few days we embark on our first camping trip of the year. I've sharpened and polished my hatchet, checked the bear spray, downloaded some topo maps, and purchased a new water filtration system. None of which we'll need, because we're staying in a cabin. It will be my first time cabin camping, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not having to bear-proof your campsite at the end of the night is going to be great. Also, toilets. This week we feature two new agents, a couple of killer residencies, and the great JF 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

New agents! Hit 'em up!

Leah Middleton has joined Marjacq Scripts. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical; high-concept YA; edgy comedy

Nonfiction: Investigative journalism; Polemic; topical Memoir; Popular Science; Popular History

Leah is accepting submissions via email at leah@marjacq.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Jessie Stover has joined the Seymour Agency (well, in the winter; we're just catching up now).

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; New Adult; Romance (contemporary, suspense, comedy); Military; brain twisters (make of that what you will)

Nonfiction: Apparently not

"Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking." 

Jessie is accepting queries via email, at jessiemstover@yahoo.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Two residencies, one of which you really gotta get a move on. But it pays twenty large!

Boston Public Library Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program—Submissions due by April 5th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency to provide a writer with resources to complete a work for children or young adults. Winner receives use of a private office, access to special collections at the BPL—oh, and $20,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email or by post. Entries must be postmarked by April 5th. Rules and submission information may be found here

The Kerouac Project 2018-2019 Residencies—Submissions due by April 16th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency for writers of any age or genre. Four winners receive three-month stays in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums, and a $1,000 stipend.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here, and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishpeople

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at the Rights Factory

Lindsay has maybe been watching Forged in Fire (but is sick of all the beards): "I'd love to see a YA fantasy about a girl blacksmith." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Children's 

"Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory."

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayleggett.

Jessie Devine, Agent at D4EO Literary 

Jessie is looking for some romance at sea. I mean in the sea. Like really in it: "Still looking for my m/m or f/f mermaid book." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Jessie is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. You can follow him on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Ejusdem Generis

A couple of months ago we mentioned that our good friend, publishing guru Jane Friedman, had a book coming out. Well, it's out, and if you haven't picked it up, you should. Today she wrote a guest column about author platform in the digital age for Writer Unboxed. I'm not going to summarize it because she already writes with economy, and I would just end up reproducing the whole thing. Also Writer Unboxed would probably get mad. 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: March 26th, 2018

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We apologize for y'all who subscribe getting sent this twice (or some version of it sent twice): we've been having site problems, and the friendly fellow trying to fix them published a test version, which y'all probably got. So, sorry about that.

My wife turned in her dissertation last week. We have just started to recover from the process of finishing it (I was her editor). It has really freed up some time for us, which is great. But we both feel a little lost, now, and I imagine that this is a feeling common to authors of all stripes when a work is finished. So we salute you, authors of large manuscripts everywhere, published or un. Keep fighting the good fight. This week we feature two new agents and one established agent changing agencies, poetry and essay contests, and some self-examination at the end.

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

Agent and Agency News

Two heavy hitters making moves, and a newbie on the come up

Tina Pohlman has joined Union Literary. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Yup.

Nonfiction: Also yes.

"Tina loves discovering distinctive new voices in fiction and memoir and is always on the lookout for academics in the fields of animal behavior and neuroscience who can write for a popular audience. She has often been described as a purist, and while she’s not exactly sure what people mean by that, she doesn’t particularly mind the label."

Tina is accepting submissions via email at tp@unionliterary.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Stacey Kondla has been promoted to Associate Agent at the Rights Factory.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Middle Grade

Nonfiction: also YA and Middle Grade

"Living and breathing the book business for the past 15 years has made Stacey Kondla very happy." 

Stacey is accepting queries via online form, here

Chris Clemans, late of the Clegg Agency, has joined Janklow & Nesbit.

Seeking:

Fiction: Yup.

Nonfiction: Double yup.

"His taste in fiction tends toward the literary, and on the nonfiction side he’s interested in narrative journalism, cultural criticism, and voice-driven memoir and essays."

Chris is accepting queries via email or post. For the former, click your keyboard toward this: submissions@janklow.com, and for the latter, address this thing called an envelope to: Janklow & Nesbit Associates, 285 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017. See their submissions guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Got a poem? Just win this contest and they'll give you a thousand dollars! Also, Minnesota!

America: The Jesuit Review Foley Poetry Contest—Submissions due by March 31st, 2018 (Annual Contest, Publication, $$$)

What: One poem, thirty lines or fewer. Winner receives $1000 and publication of the poem.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center Great American Think-Off—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (Annual Contest, $$$ + travel)

What: Essay of fewer than 750 words, answering the question, "Which plays a larger role in shaping one's life: success or failure?" Four winners will receive $500 and travel expenses to debate the question in New York Mills, Minnesota. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here. You may also submit by post to: Think-Off, c/o Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567. Because they're easy like Sunday morning, you can also submit via email to info@think-off.org.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishbone

Rena Rossner, Agent at the Deborah Harris Agency

Rena is looking for some escapism: "Wishing for some stunning epic diverse Fantasy and SciFi to appear in my inbox. Bring me retold fairy tales like we’ve never seen them, and ALL the futurisms. Anyone got any?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

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

"She is a writer of both fiction and poetry as well as the author of the cookbook EATING THE BIBLE, which has been translated into five languages."

How to submit: Rena is accepting queries via email at rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Click here for submission guidelines on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @renarossner.

Eric Smith, Agent at P.S. Literary 

Eric is feeling punny about the third wave: "I would love to read a YA novel set in the 90's about a teen in a ska band. I would totally pick it up pick it up pick it up- I'm sorry. But really I want to read that." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Sci-fi; Fantasy; Thriller; Mystery; Young Adult (particularly Sci-fi/Fantasy); New Adult

Nonfiction:  Cookbooks; Pop Culture; Humor; Essay Collections; Blog to Book Ideas

How to submit: Eric is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @ericsmithrocks.

Ejusdem Generis

Not to be total Guardian stans and direct you there for the second week in a row (even though we are, on both accounts), but on Friday they published a nice little interview between the celebrated authors David Mitchell and David Peace. It's worth a read, particularly if you enjoy their work, but one matter they discuss was of particular interest to me. Mitchell begins the conversation with the claim that every author works in a limited number of archetypal themes, and suggests that "mental breakdown" is one of Peace's consistent themes. Peace agrees with the idea and suggests "labyrinth and thread" as Mitchell's own such theme. I have long thought about what ideas run through the oeuvres of my favorite authors (Eco: how following seemingly correct reasoning can lead to exactly the wrong conclusion), but I hadn't considered this as a sort of rule, that an author only has so many. Mitchell suggests that the number can be as few as one. How many do I have? Can I get more? The theme that I return to again and again is (re)interpretation. My academic work was almost entirely concerned with the way the interpretation of authoritative texts in antiquity generated new authoritative texts that then required interpretation themselves. I also am fascinated with the way ideas and art are interpreted and recycled in popular culture; hip hop in particular utilizes previous art in the creation of new art. Is that it for me, though? Where do I go get another archetypal theme? Is Amazon doing that yet? How about y'all? What runs through your works? Check out the interview here.


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

Get Published Weekly Roundup: March 19th, 2018

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Another St. Patrick's day has come and gone, but I really want some more corned beef. I think I'm going to go eat some leftovers right now. This week we feature some newly minted agents, a humorous poem contest (a contest for humorous poems, not a poetry contest that is humorous; I feel like all poetry contests are probably humorous on some level), and just a touch of news 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

This week, we're spotlighting two young agents working their way up at Donald Maass Literary and The Seymour Agency

Kiana Nguyen has been promoted from Agent's Assistant to Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA fiction across genres; Adult Romance and Thrillers

"Give me the girls with skinned knees and boys weak with jealousy and queer kids who couldn't be good if they tried. All the gray morality and friendships they would kill to keep. Nothing cookie-cutter for me!"

Kiana is accepting submissions via email at query.knguyen@maassagency.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Lesley Sabga has been promoted from Intern to Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action/Suspense/Thriller; Romance

Nonfiction: Memoir; How-To; "Gift"/Coffee Table books; Lifestyle; Travel; Cookbooks

"Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots." 

Lesley is accepting queries via email at lesley@theseymouragency.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

A great opportunity for international community-building in the writing world and a call for the next Jabberwocky

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Seminars Scholarships—Submissions due by March 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, residency + travel expenses)

Who: Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. English speakers need not be fluent in Bulgarian, or vice versa. 

What: Application materials include a professional biography, statement of purpose, and a 10-20 page fiction writing sample. A total number of ten applicants (five writing in English and five in Bulgarian) will be admitted to the seminar as participants and appointed fellows of the program. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation will cover their room, board, and in-country transportation. The five English-language fellows traveling to Bulgaria will be reimbursed for 50% of their international travel expenses.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prizes + online publication)

What: One humorous poem up to 250 lines in length. Work may be published or unpublished, and may contain "inspired gibberish." First prize is $1,000, second prize is $250, and ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

This week's #MSWL highlights: Platonic love and fossil forests

 Jess Dallow, Associate Agent at Brower Literary
Jess retweets herself: "This thread is still my #MSWL. Platonic, loving, weird relationships." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA Contemporary; Adult Commercial Fiction

"She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (serial killers; child psychopaths; and the things that keep you up at night), mysteries, and strong women’s fiction that delves into the complexities of our world today as well as supportive female friendships. She loves original voices and stories that are impossible to put down."

How to submit: Jess is accepting queries via email at jess@browerliterary.com. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @jldallow.

Chris Kepner, Agent at The Kepner Agency 
Chris is looking for this National Geographic headline in book form: "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Any genre

Nonfiction: Any genre

How to submit: Chris is accepting queries via email at chris@kepneragency.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @chriskepner.

Ejusdem Generis

A few weeks ago we linked to a piece that explored the idea that writing romance can be a political act. Well, the struggle continues, as the Guardian reports today about the publisher Riptide, which has come under fire for its, well, racist perspectives and actions. Last week, romance author Cole McCade detailed an exchange he had with one of Riptide's editors in which he was told that they were unwilling to put a person of color on a book cover because it would hurt sales. The Guardian ties this to the larger issue of the lack of support for authors of color on the part of romance publishers generally. 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: March 12th, 2018

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It's both rained and snowed today, pretty much par for the course in early spring in Charlottesville. I have no doubt it will probably be sunny and eighty degrees tomorrow, with snow again on Saturday. Speaking of Saturday, an early Éirinn go Brách to all y'all. We hope you're all able to enjoy a stout or two in a quiet pub somewhere. Or get beer spilled on your shoes by overenthusiastic twentysomethings, which is much more likely, if that's your thing. This week we've got some agency news, a great submission possibility if you're into arid places, some MSWL highlights, and an organizational ethnographer (that's a thing? I didn't know that was a thing) 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

Looking for an agent who specializes in nonfiction? Here are two new hires seeking clients like you

Leslie Meredith has joined Mary Evans, Inc. as an agent.

Seeking:

Nonfiction: Memoir; Science; Psychology; Health; Nature/Animals; Spirituality/New Age

Leslie is accepting queries via email at info@maryevansinc.com, or by post at 242 East Fifth Street, New York, NY 10003. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Allison Janice has joined Serendipity Literary Agency as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; Mystery; Select Women’s Fiction 

Nonfiction: Cooking/Nutrition; Health and Wellness; Self-Help; Memoir; Humor; Psychology; History; Science

"In her new role as an agent at Serendipity, she aims to work with a range of nonfiction clients on the topics of cooking, nutrition, health and wellness, self-help, memoir, humor, psychology, history, and science, particularly in the areas of body-positivity, veganism, and environmentalism. She is also open to fiction in the area of romance and mystery, as well as the odd women’s fiction title. Push the boundaries of your genre and use your voice for good!"

Allison is accepting submissions via email at info@serendipitylit.com. For more information on the agency's submission guidelines, see here for fiction and here for non-fiction.

Submission Deadlines

More nonfiction and some non-nonfiction: A $$$ prize and residency for desert nonfiction, and a grant for spec. lit. writers aged 50+

Writing Ranch Waterston Desert Writing Prize—Submission window: January 1st to April 1st, 2018 (non-fiction proposal contest, $$$ prize + residency)

What: Nonfiction proposals about deserts and their importance (that's deserts, not desserts, y'all). Submission material includes a biographical statement, project proposal, and writing sample. Writers in all career stages are invited to apply. Winner receives $2000 cash, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.

Cost: Free

"Now starting its fourth year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy - with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston's love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative."

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as rules and guidelines may be found here. If you are ready to apply, an online submission form is available here.

Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant—Submissions due by March 31st, 2018 (grant application contest)

Who: Authors aged 50+ at the time of application who are just beginning work at a professional level in the area of speculative literature (think fantasy/sci-fi and more—a definition is provided below).

What: A short autobiographical statement, a writing sample (up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction), and a bibliography of previously-published work by the author if available (applicants do not need to have previous publications to apply). Two winners will receive $500 grants each, to be used at their discretion.

Cost: Free

"Speculative literature is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making — and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under our aegis, and would potentially be work that we would be interested in supporting."

To Submit: Contest details may be found here. Submissions should be emailed to olderwriters@speclit.org.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Mumps, black women in WWII, and Michael Bourret wants you to question EVERYTHING

Sharon Pelletier, Agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Sharon wants to see this CNN headline in book form: "More than 25,000 people who were at a national cheerleading competition in Texas are being warned to check for symptoms of mumps." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Mostly Upmarket/Bookclub

               Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction; Society/Pop Culture; Women's Issues; Religion

"While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction; smart, complex women’s fiction; and hearty, unforgettable book club fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists and experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, feminism, sports, social justice, and/or religion."

How to submit: Sharon is accepting submissions via email at spelletier@dystel.com Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies.

You can follow her on Twitter @sharongracepjs.

Natascha Morris, Agent at BookEnds Literary Agency
Natascha retweets @KiraJW with #MSWL: "Dear Hollywood: If you insist on making 13 movies about World War II every year, you need to make a movie about black women's role in the war. Thanks." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books (including illustrators); Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction across genres

Nonfiction:  None

"Stories about first generation immigrants are especially welcome, since she is a first generation . . . Natascha would love to see more fantasies (a major love), more thrillers in the vein of Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species and This Darkness Mine, and more historical fiction that spotlight hidden figures and time periods. For middle grade, she is looking for historical fiction, fantasy, and quirky books (as in The Mortification of Fovea Munson).  Natascha is also open to illustrators. With illustrators, she is mostly drawn to bright colors, and lush settings."

How to submit: Natascha is accepting queries via online form, here. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website.

Follow Natascha on Twitter @SoCalledYALife.

Michael Bourret, Agent at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Last but not least, "for the millionth time" Michael's #MSWL request is: "Smash the patriarchy, deconstruct toxic masculinity, destroy white supremacy, question capitalism/heteronormativity/EVERYTHING." Got it? Ready, go! Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Children's; Middle Grades; YA; Thrillers; Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: Memoir; Science/Technology; Politics

"My tastes are quite broad . . . Really, I just want to read something that moves me, that I connect with on an intellectual, emotional or spiritual level—anything that makes me feel the way I did reading with my mom as a child."

How to submit: Michael is accepting queries via email at mbourret@dystel.com Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelBourret.

Ejusdem Generis

While self-publishing and ebooks have become incredibly important for authors as ways to both reach readers and generate income, we shouldn't forget where many of us fell in love with all things written: the independent bookstore. Over at LitHub this week you can find an interview with a Harvard organizational ethnographer who has been studying independent bookstores. His fascination with them began when he read that the membership in the American Booksellers Association actually increased beginning in 2009, in spite of all the talk about the death of print. Check it out here, especially if there is or was a special store in your life (shout-out to A Novel Idea!).


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: March 5th, 2018

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A fire truck just pulled up in front of our house. Hopefully it isn't because this post is straight FIRE. Or maybe SMOKIN' HOT. I don't know. Which works better? I like the former for its contemporary feel, but the latter doesn't repeat fire. Either way, nothing seems to be burning, so that's good. This week we highlight a bucketful of new agents (well, two, but we point to more), some great places to which you might submit, a desire for some Miyazaki-like fiction, and ebooks and Indiana 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

Today, we're spotlighting two of Aevitas's many new agents!

Nick Chiles has joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: 

Nonfiction: 

"Based in Atlanta, 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." 

Nick is accepting submissions via online form on the agency's website. Click here to view his profile, then click "Contact Nick" at the bottom to open his submission form.

Erica Bauman has joined Aevitas Creative Management as an associate agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grades; Young Adult; Women's; Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action and Adventure; Mystery; Horror; Comics/Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Select Narrative Nonfiction

"She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity."

Erica is accepting submissions via online form on the agency's website. Click here to view her profile, then click "Contact Erica" at the bottom to open her submission form.

Aevitas appears to have hired a whole slew of new agents recently, so visit their agents page at http://aevitascreative.com/agents/ for more. 

Submission Deadlines

An opportunity for YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers to dust off their query letters, and a fellowship for US Immigrant or Indigenous Montana writers

Operation Awesome Pass or Pages YA SFF Contest—Submission window: March 12th-14th, 2018 (query contest, agent evaluation)

What: Query letter and first 250 words of an original YA Science-Fiction or Fantasy novel. Five randomly selected entries will be evaluated by an agent, with feedback given about why they're passing, or why they're requesting pages.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest rules and guidelines may be found here and here. Once the submission window is open, a form for entries can be found here.

2018 Eliza So Finish-Your-Novel Fellowship —Submissions due by March 25th, 2018 (Immigrant or Indigenous Montana writer's contest, room and board + stipends for travel and food)

Who: US immigrants (documented or undocumented) OR Indigenous writers with significant ties to Montana (from Montana, live in Montana currently, or have another significant affiliation with Montana).

What: A novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, nonfiction or hybrid) in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum). One awarded fellowship in each category will include a month of room and board between September and December at The Writer's Block in Las Vegas, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Diversity in witch stories and queer women writing about queer women

Quressa Robinson, Bi-lingual Agent at Nelson Literary Agency (English, Parseltongue)
Quressa is on the hunt for a "MG witch story ala Kiki's Delivery Service, black girl main with intergenerational elements."  Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; Adult

               Nonfiction: Select nonfiction

" I have very eclectic tastes and represent a wide range of genres. I am most drawn to literary voices in commercial packages, wonderfully realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches/plots. Also, I am most drawn to character-driven stories and love strong voice as well. I am a huge romantic and don’t mind romance subplots outside of the romance genre." 

How to submit: Quressa is accepting submissions via email at queryquressa@nelsonagency.com. Click here for more info.

You can follow her on Twitter @qnrisawesome.

Caitlin McDonald, Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency
Caitlin tweets: "I hope this was clear in my earlier thread but hey I REALLY want to see more stories about queer women by queer women!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Adult, YA, and MG Science Fiction/Fantasy

Nonfiction:  All types, with specific interest in women's issues, fandom culture, food, fashion, travel, and "absolutely anything geeky."

"I represent adult and YA fiction, particularly fantasy, science-fiction, horror, and related subgenres, both commercial and literary...I especially love diverse fantasy worlds, tropes and genre-bending, LGBTQ characters, heists, and complex, well-written female leads.  I also like contemporary realistic fiction about geeky characters." 

"For nonfiction, I am interested in women’s and LGBTQ issues, anthropology and psychology, popular science, food and cooking, travel, fashion, art, and of course fandom, geek, and pop culture.  I will look at all types of nonfiction: narrative, prescriptive, gift book, memoir, etc." 

How to submit: To query Caitlin, email her at query.cmcdonald@maassagency.com. Click here for more information on what she's looking for and her submission guidelines. NOTE: Caitlin will be closed to unsolicited queries between April 1st and July 1st, 2018.

Follow Caitlin on Twitter @literallycait.

Ejusdem Generis

A headline in the Guardian this week quoted Arnaud Nourry, the head of Hachette Livre, as saying “The ebook is a stupid product” in an interview with an Indian news site. A minor firestorm of social media and internet frothing followed, with people both agreeing and disagreeing with his sentiment wholeheartedly. Many commenters missed or ignored the fact that he largely blamed his own industry for this, and that he what he meant was that the product is not living up to what he sees as its potential, remaining instead simply a book that isn’t paper. Some claimed that it in fact performs important tasks that paper books can’t, while yet others made clear that they aren’t interested in any extra bells and whistles (the latter likely a reaction to Nourry’s statement that HL has purchased three video game companies to help the publisher realize the potential of digital media, including ebooks). Whatever your perspective, ebooks are here to stay (at least until the zombie apocalypse), and it is up to us as readers to determine the direction they go in—what we buy is what they’ll produce more of (and as authors, what we offer is what they can work with). Personally, I crave the sensory experience reading a traditional book brings, the feel of the paper, the smell, blah, blah, blah. Others have written about it better than I (and many more just as cliché-ridden, but seemingly unaware of it). At the same time, an ebook that allows the types of annotation (and sharing) one can imagine are possible when a book is tethered to the internet is something that I would be very interested in, indeed. Check out the Guardian here, an academic discussing the issue in light of her own research here, and the original interview here.

Finally, if you’re in northern Indiana next week, give a shout-out to our own Kayla Kauffman by visiting her alma mater for a free lecture by science fiction writer and founder of Rosarium Publishing Bill Campbell, entitled “Social Justice and Publishing.” Campbell started Rosarium four years ago to help increase diversity in publishing, focusing particularly on speculative fiction and comics. Swing by Goshen College around 7:30 p.m. on the 13th, if you’re interested (it’s free). Get the details here, and check out the publisher’s site 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 26th, 2018

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It's a typical February here in Charlottesville: one day it's eighty degrees, the next we have freezing rain. Which leads to a very fractured existence. Do you open the windows or get the fireplace going (well, Netflix fireplace for us)? Do you read Wodehouse or War and Peace? Get going on another edition of the Roundup or just start in on the box wine? At least for the last question I had an answer. This week we have agents on the move, great contests, wishlist highlights, and some perspectives on the usefulness of critique 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 established agents in new literary homes

Carrie Pestritto has left Prospect Agency and joined Laura Dail Literary as an agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Commercial and Upmarket Women's; select Historical; Diverse YA and upper MG including select Fantasy; select Picture Books

Nonfiction: Narrative; Biography/Memoir

"As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients.  Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises."

You can contact Carrie at queries@ldlainc.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines and a link to Carrie's Manuscript Wish List. You can also find her on Twitter @literarycarrie.

Colleen Oefelein, formerly of Inklings Literary Agency, has joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent.  

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture books; Middle Grades; Young Adult; Adult 

Nonfiction: Not at this time.

"I love plot-driven, commercial stories with unforgettable characters and gritty character dynamics. I adore writing that has a great cadence and natural rhythm, which like a dance, flows and stutters in a gorgeous motion that worms into my brain and reverberates there for days. I love a fresh premise (or a fresh twist on a familiar story line) coupled with a strong, genuine voice. Just plain weird is right up my alley, and dark, quirky characters make me sit forward. Clean writing with plenty of white space and story-telling full of subtle nuances that give my brain room to imagine will pique my interest. I like a strong hook. Make me laugh, gasp, sigh, smile, sit forward, hold my stomach, or read through my fingers on page one please. Cliffy chapter endings are perfect for me and I prefer characters who take a book by the balls and yank it forward. An antagonistic protagonist, an unreliably evil villain, flawed characters, and antiheroes are definitely my favorite, as is a high-adrenaline plot. I love anything unexpected, dark, edgy, weird, funny, or so wrong it’s right."

You can email Colleen at colleen@adventurewrite.com with questions, or query her using this online form. More information may be found on the agency website, here.

Submission Deadlines

A haiku contest for US undergrads with a nice cash prize (plus bonus poetry contests!) and an upcoming award for picture book authors with a May deadline, so you still have time to procrastinate!

West Chester University Poetry Center's Myong Cha Son Haiku Award—Submissions due by March 15th, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prize)

Who: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university 

What: Up to two original, unpublished haiku. First prize is $1,500, runner-up receives $500.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest guidelines and submission info may be found here. Also check out the University's other upcoming contests on the same page. Submissions may be a combination of poems submitted to the Iris N. Spencer Award, the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, and the Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award, all with $$$ prizes!

Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award for Picture Books —Submissions due by May 15th, 2018 (fiction contest, $$$ prize + travel + consideration for publication)

Who: US residents at least 18 years of age as of January 15, 2018. Professional children’s book illustrators or authors, individuals represented by book publishing agents, or individuals whose works have been previously published by any book publisher are NOT eligible to enter, though self-published authors are.

What: Up to 1200 words of text and at least 6 pages of finished art for an original story idea, new take on a classic story, or nonfiction incorporating the award’s mission statement, reproduced below. Winner receives gift cards totaling $1,500, round-trip travel to New York City, a day at Little, Brown Young Readers' offices in New York, and an opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team for possible future publication. 

Cost: Free

"To encourage the development of high-quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, that in some manner draw from the rich cultural experiences of this country—whether they manifest in character, theme, setting, plot, or are derived simply from the artist’s own experience of identity. Diversity includes literal or metaphorical inclusion of characters of underrepresented ethnicity, religious background, gender identity, class, mental or physical disability, or any other nondominant populations."

To Submit: Contest guidelines and an online submission form may be found here

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Manga and Murder

Penny Moore, Agent at Empire Literary
Penny says: "One of my favorite Korean style manga series is Bride of the Water God, though the K-drama is terrible. If anyone is familiar with this series, I WANT THIS IN MANUSCRIPT FOR IN MY INBOX ASAP. THANK YOU."   Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: General; Fantasy/Science-Fiction; Middle Grade; YA

               Nonfiction: Biography; Travel; Lifestyle; Children's books; Pop Culture

"...while she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time." 

How to submit: Penny is accepting submissions via email at Penny@empireliterary.com. Click here for more info.

You can follow her on Twitter @precociouspenny. Penny is also the founder of Literary Agents of Color, "a directory devoted to listing and supporting literary agents of color in the publishing industry." We've spotlighted this project once before, but it's worth repeating. They're doing important work, check it out!

Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Amy tweets: "A lovely e-mail from @stephlystein got me thinking & so I'll share here for my #MSWL: 'Teen girls hunting down killers: mood of 2018.' (**women hunting down killers also works.)" This sounds like a great project for any Murderinos out there... just sayin'... Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket Women’s; Select Historical; Non-Western Fantasy; Diverse fiction across genres

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction; Feminist perspectives on contemporary issues; select Historical; Pop Science; Journalism

How to submit: Contact Amy at abishop@dystel.comClick here for more info and submission guidelines.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amylizbishop.

Ejusdem Generis

Get your reading glasses ready and your cash card handy, because next month SP Books, an English publisher, is releasing a facsimile of the original notebooks that contain Mary Shelley’s romantic horror classic Frankenstein to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the book’s publication. Besides enjoying the illusion of having a handwritten copy of such an enormously important work in your greedy little paws, you can also see the changes that were made by the author and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. In the Guardian’s piece on the facsimile’s publication, they quote both Jessica Nelson, an employee of SP Books, and Anne K. Mellor, a professor at UCLA, on the famous poet’s contribution to the novel (the handwritings of the married couple are discernible in the manuscript, so you can see where a change was suggested by Percy and where Mary made her own changes). Nelson reads Percy quite charitably, describing him as a sort of benign editorial influence on the debut novelist, while Mellor feels that his notes reveal his paternalistic perspective on his wife. You can come to your own conclusions about whether he’s Patronizing Percy or the Poet with the Heart of Gold if you have a couple of hundred dollars (or euros) to plunk down on a book that’s entirely in the public domain. Check it out here.           

What’s not up for debate is that whatever their attitude toward us, other people’s criticism can help us grow as writers. Over at LitHub, Kaethe Schwehn, graduate of two MFA programs, writes about her writing group and the slow crumbling of her belief in the so-called “solitary genius.” Schwehn describes the unconscious pretensions present in graduate programs dedicated to poetry and literary fiction and the accompanying shared illusion of the artist as an independent genius, both of which made her hesitant to join a writing group, especially one with members devoted to writing (gasp!) genre fiction. What she found when she did, of course, were people devoted to honing their craft, people who liked talking about the power of words. And she benefited from it. It’s well worth a read. 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 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.


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