Tuesday, January 16, 2018

3 New Agents Seeking Literary and Commercial Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction and Kidlit

Here are three new agents actively seeking clients. Julia Livshin (independent agent) is primarily interested in literary fiction and quality commercial fiction, but is also on the lookout for narrative nonfiction, memoir, and children’s literature. She’s particularly excited about cultivating new writers. Meg Davis (Fletcher & Company) is drawn to novels with a deep sense of place. Erin McFadden (Fletcher & Company) wants both fiction and nonfiction.

ALWAYS check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements may change.

If these agents do not suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.


Julia Livshin

Julia Livshin got her start as an intern at The Atlantic, where she later became an editor and worked with writers like John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Christopher Buckley, Roxana Robinson, and many others. She has a soft spot for short stories and thinks that discovering a new young writer is one of the greatest thrills. She’s worked as a freelance book editor, as well as a copy editor for Random House and Grove Atlantic, and has reviewed fiction for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and other publications. She grew up in Chicago, graduated from Duke University, and received a masters degree is Slavic languages and literature from Harvard University.

Whats she is seeking: She is primarily interested in literary fiction and quality commercial fiction, but is also on the lookout for narrative nonfiction, memoir, and children’s literature. She’s particularly excited about cultivating new writers.

How to Submit: Please send queries to jlivshin@gmail.com. Queries should include the first fifty pages of your manuscript, as well as a brief synopsis and a bio.


Meg Davis of Fletcher & Company

Meg joined Fletcher & Company in 2017 after helping ghostwrite a memoir in the hills of Tennessee. Before that, she spent time backpacking Europe and Southeast Asia and working in journalism. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in English Literature and Psychology.

What she is looking for: Novels that have a strong character voice and a deep sense of place. "I am drawn to stories that have broken and flawed characters with complicated family structures and histories, but whose voice is honest as they attempt to navigate difficult relationships and circumstances. In non-fiction, I enjoy books that focus on social justice issues, the south, and history-based narratives that deal with women, the Civil Rights era, and cultural movements."

She is not interested in: Romance novels, science and technology oriented books, horror, and pop culture or fads.

How to submit: To query, please send a letter, brief synopsis. and the first 5-10 pages of the manuscript/proposal pasted into the body of the email to info@fletcherandco.com. Please do not include email attachments with your initial query, as they will be deleted.


Erin McFadden of Fletcher & Company

Erin attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and studied English Literature and Economics, with an Art minor.

What she is seeking: Nonfiction and fiction. "Social sciences and narrative/journalistic nonfiction stand next to capital-L Literature on my bookshelves, with some memoir and essays spread throughout to bridge the gaps. For fiction, if the characters & story are suited for it, bring on a challenging structure (think Only Revolutions), epic length (Infinite Jest), and complex intergenerational webs (Homegoing), I'll take them. Striking imagery is my weakness, especially with an emotional punch to match. And in both fiction and fact, books that fully illuminate a world - especially a vivid, unfamiliar one - are the ones that stick to me."

She is not interested in: Police dramas, High Fantasy, romance, picture and middle grade books. I’ve also read enough dystopia to last me until the next election cycle.

How to submit: To query, please send a letter, brief synopsis. and the first 5-10 pages of the manuscript/proposal pasted into the body of the email to info@fletcherandco.com. Please do not include email attachments with your initial query, as they will be deleted.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Top 10 Publishing Posts of 2017

In January, I usually take a look at my posts from the previous year, just to see what struck a chord with my readers. As usual, the most popular posts were free writing contests and calls for submissions. These often made it into the tens of thousands of views. (I didn't include them here. It would have made for a repetitive list.)

Some posts were a lot more popular than I had anticipated. The post about writers who published their first novels after the age of 40, for example, got over 4,000 views. (I didn't expect that, but it seems there are a lot of older writers out there. I, of course, am one of them. Hence the post.)

What was also interesting was the fact that for all of these posts, the number of views topped my most popular posts from last year by 400%. In spite of the self-publishing boom, lots of people are interested in getting traditionally published.


TOP 10 POSTS OF 2017

And my top post was (drum roll) ...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Still Not Shutting Up

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Like many writers, I am active on Facebook writing groups, where I post links to my blog posts about writing resources. Yesterday, Facebook suddenly deleted every one of the links to my blog. I was thrown in Facebook jail.

I believed it was some kind of glitch, a change in their algorithms. Much to my surprise, it turns out my confinement was not due to some automated Facebook glitch, but to someone reporting my blog as "harmful."

I have to say I find myself incredulous. My blog is completely innocuous. It's about publishing, and how to get published. My posts are not political, not controversial. And I am certainly not famous. Why would anyone report me? But in the blog's description at the top of the page, I have included a statement that in the interests of protecting the First Amendment - which, as a writer, I take very seriously - I did not vote for Trump, who is notoriously anti-free press.

Of course, on my personal Facebook page, I am intensely political. I'm not a big fan of Nazis or the KKK, or of anyone they support. Any movement towards an autocracy or, in this case, a kleptocracy, is something I vigorously oppose. I have always been critical of both political parties, and of our presidents. I reserve my fandom for the Constitution.

A brief stint in Facebook jail is not a big thing. It's just a temporary hitch. But the fact that someone would go out of their way to target my blog - something so small, so innocent, so inconsequential - is an indication of the mentality driving this climate of authoritarianism.

I say this as a writer and as a responsible citizen: Harassment of individuals simply because they are critical of the government, no matter who is currently in power, should not be tolerated. It is a slippery slope, and one that only leads to the bottom. 

I am not going to remove that simple sentence - that short declaration of support for the First Amendment - from my blog description. In spite of more than a few comments ranging from insults ("You are a stupid bitch") to outright threats, that statement will stay right where it is. And no amount of harassment will induce me to remove it. To do so would be a surrender, if only a very small one, to the very forces that are diminishing the principles that lie at the heart of a representative democracy.

UPDATE: Since I posted this article three days ago, this blog has been reported, yet again. Today it was reported for "abusive content." (The "abusive" content was a retrospective of my 2017 blog posts.) First my statement about upholding the First Amendment was "harmful" and now it is "abusive." It is ironic that censorship should be a consequence of supporting free speech, but there you have it.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 New Year's Resolution for Writers: Finish

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Every year I write a New Year's Resolution on this blog. Last year I resolved to write what I feared. Writers tend to find a niche for themselves, be it a genre, like science fiction, or a form, like poetry. It's not a bad thing to have an area of expertise, but to truly expand, writers need to venture into unknown territory. Fiction writers need to experiment with nonfiction, poets with essays, memoirists with fiction.

Often these experiments produce godawful results, but just making the attempt to force one's mind into a different form of expression can awaken new areas of creativity.

Not being a hypocrite (well, not much), I embarked valiantly on the form of writing I most feared: the truth. Writing in first person about actual events has always made me squirm, and just as I suspected, writing my memoir proved to be about as entertaining as pulling my own teeth. I got nowhere for months. And then, voila! I realized it was the same as writing fiction! There is a story arc, characters to develop, a whole world to explore.

So, now that I have faced my terror, there is only one more resolution in store for me.


How many of us have half-written novels, notes for short stories and essays, books in need of revision, ideas languishing on the backs of envelopes in illegible scrawls? I certainly do. These half-completed projects have begun to haunt me, like pets I have forgotten to feed. They follow me around in my mind, whining pitifully.

My New Year's Resolution is to feed my little darlings, wrap them up in comfy prose, tuck them in with some nice plot structure, put them out of their half-finished misery, even when I am not motivated, inspired, or even thrilled. Finishing is a responsibility.

This year I will finish every one of my stories.

(Oh God, what have I just committed myself to?)

Monday, January 1, 2018

36 Calls for Submissions in January 2018 - Paying Markets

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There are more than three dozen calls for submissions in January. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from speculative fiction to poetry to personal essays.

NOTE: I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)


Apex Publications. Apex is open to receiving dark scifi/fantasy/horror novellas and novels during the month of January 2018. They consider novellas of 30,000 to 40,000 words and novels up to 120,000 words. Pays royalties and an advance.

Smoking Pen PressGenre: Romance short stories. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 1, 2018.

Left HooksGenre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: January 1, 2018.

Ellipsis. Genre: Flash fiction. "Submit no more than 300 words, fiction or non-fiction, in response to the prompt word(s) ‘Two/Too/To."  Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 5, 2018.

InsigniaGenre: Speculative fiction, short stories. Theme: "Stories for this anthology may be set in any Asian country (real or imagined), and main characters should be natives also. The ‘birds and beasts’ concept is open to include any type of animal (real or mythical), and that animal must be important to the story. Animal-shifters are great, as well as stories of people encountering mythical beasts.  Your animal could be a hero or a villain, just entertain us with your unique idea."  Payment: 0-2000 words = US$5 / 2001-6000 words = US$10. Deadline: January 7, 2018.  Reprints accepted.

Black RabbitGenres: Poetry, fiction (900 words max) and personal essays (250 words max).  Payment: $25 per piece. Deadline: January 8, 2018.

Alien DimensionsGenreSpeculative fiction. "ProxiBee 2118.” Payment: $10. Deadline: January 10, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Holiday CollectionGenre: True stories and poems. "People love reading about the winter holidays – from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. We want to hear about your traditions and how they came to be. We want to hear about your holiday memories and the rituals that create the foundation of your life. We love to hear about the funny things too: the ugly holiday sweaters, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, the re-gifting embarrassments and the fruit cake disasters. Please be sure your stories are “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for any precocious young readers." Payment: $200. Deadline: January 10, 2018.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered WomanGenre: True stories and poems. "Whether you are single or married, working or retired, widowed or divorced, working or stay-at-home, you are in-charge of your life and the decisions you make. A woman doesn’t have to lose her femininity or become a bully to be empowered. A woman doesn’t have to be single, divorced or widowed to be looked upon as independent. Married women and women in relationships are independent too. We are looking for your true stories on how you are running your life, how you became empowered and achieved independence. Your story will help women of all ages feel stronger, more capable, and more confident… more empowered." Payment: $200. Deadline: January 10, 2018.

The Stinging FlyGenre: Poetry and short stories. Payment: "Token." Deadline: January 11, 2018.

Outlook SpringsGenre: Poetry and short fiction. "Send us your weird, wobbly wordwork: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry." Payment: $10 for poems, $25 for prose. Deadline: January 11, 2018.

Splickety: Dystopian DisasterGenre: Flash fiction, between 300 and 1,000 words long. "The future is here, and it’s worse than we imagined. Societal collapse, cruel government, anarchy, famine, plague—send us a story that wrecks our world. We want teenage characters who struggle through the wreckage for justice, freedom, or life itself. When nightmare is reality, who will survive?" Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: January 12, 2018.

The Journal of Compressed Creative ArtsGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, "and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way." Payment: $50. Deadline: January 15, 2018. (?)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of LoveGenre: True stories. "We’re looking for stories about how you found love. And how you kept it fresh over the years. New love, old love, please warm our hearts with your stories and poems." Payment: $200. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Mind Candy 2.0Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

RuminateGenre: Poetry. Payment: $17/page with a max of $68 a poem. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Great Weather for MEDIAGenre: Poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. Payment: $10. DeadlineJanuary 15, 2018.

QUGenre: Fiction, essays, script excerpts, poetry. Payment: $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem. DeadlineJanuary 15, 2018

Rattle: Athlete PoetsGenre: Poetry. Payment: $100. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

LiminalGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. "We like stories that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative. Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction, and those uncategorizable stories that straddle the line between genres." Payment: 6 cents/word/fiction. $50/poem. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Helios MagazineTHEME: “Exquisite Corpse” Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. Payment:$0.03 USD per word for the first 1,500 words and $0.01 USD after for short stories, and $0.25 USD a line for poetry. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Electric Lit. Genre: Short stories about Love. 300 words, max. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Enchanted ConversationGenre: Fairy tale. ThemeUn rĂªve d'amour (A Dream of Love). Payment: Story pay: $30, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only. Deadline: January 20, 2018.

ZathomGenre: Poetry, short stories, musings. Payment: $10. DeadlineJanuary 26, 2018.

Carrion Blue 555: “The Garden of Earthly Delights” AnthologyGenre: Fiction, poetry, plays, and pretty much any other formats you can think of. (Creative non-fiction is encouraged but pitch your concept beforehand.) We are seeking new and original work inspired by the famed Bosch triptych, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Pieces can be accounts of scenes occurring within the painting; further adventures of the denizens of the painting; bizarre odes to the painting itself; some conglomerate of the above; or something entirely different. Length: 7K words max: if your submission is longer (or is expected to be), pitch them the concept beforehand. Payment: Half cent a word with a $5.00 minimum. No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: January 31st, 2018.

Room MagazineGenre: Feminist fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews. "Room magazine invites women and genderqueer folks who identify as part of the LGBTTQIA+ spectrum to submit their best poetry, fiction, CNF, and art to our first queer-themed issue. We especially encourage submissions from writers affected by multiple intersections of oppression, such as racism, classism, ableism, fatphobia, ageism, and transphobia." Payment: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Fiyah: Issue 6 Theme: Big Mama NatureGenre: Short fiction, poetry. "We’re looking for stories of Nature and her swift backhand when folks get out of line. Give us your stories of ecological wastelands, futures full of solar powered punks, or natural disasters. Climate fiction is the name of the game, and Big Mama don’t play." Payment: Short stories (2,000 – 7,000 words): $150 USD; Novelettes (<15,000 words): $300 USD; Poetry: $50 USD. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Barking SycamoresGenre: Poetry, short fiction, hybrid genre, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and artwork submissions. Theme: The Undiscovered Country. "Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer, neurodivergent people of color. We also welcome and publish essays about neurodivergence and the creation of literature." Payment: Unspecified.  Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Prairie Fire "Love Issue." Genre: Short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry on theme of "Love."  Payment: 10 cents/word for prose, $40 per poem. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

SharkpackGenre: Poetry, art, short fiction. Payment: Visual artists will be paid a small honorarium for their work; contributors of letters will receive a minimum $25 per published piece. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Twyckenham NotesGenre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Monologue BankGenre: Monologues, plays. Payment: Writers receive 80% per download (monologue or play). Deadline: January 31, 2018.

NonBinary Review. Genre: poetry, fiction, essays, and art on theme of "The Little Prince." Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite)  and $25 per piece of visual art. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Hyperion and TheiaGenre: Fiction, poetry, and art on theme of Rebus. Payment: 2 - 3 cents/word. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Strange Economics. Genre: Speculative fiction about economics. Payment: CDN 1.5 c/word.  Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Nashville Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Payment: $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections. Deadline: January 31, 2018.
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