Day One, a digital literary journal published weekly by Amazon Publishing, has posted very brief submission guidelines for writers interested in submitting their work. Until recently, the editors of Day One reviewed submissions by referral.
Day One is open to poetry by aspiring poets and original short fiction from first-time writers who are not yet published as an author of a novel or story collection.
I couldn’t find much. You can find a lot more lit agents on twitter and I think everyone listed here also has a twitter.
- (From website): She is currently most interested in narrative nonfiction about remarkable individuals or achievements in the areas of history, sports, science, nature, sociology, and technology, and prescriptive nonfiction that is research-based. She is also interested in hearing from artists and illustrators with book ideas.
- (From website): Hannah specializes in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, and romance. Hannah is also interested in nonfiction, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and religion (especially history and sociology of Christianity).
- (From Publisher’s Marketplace): I am actively seeking the following: young adult fiction (all genres), science fiction/fantasy, romance, historical fiction, thrillers, and graphic novels. I’m always interested in books that cross genres and reinvent popular concepts with an engaging new twist (especially when there’s a historical and/or speculative element involved). On the nonfiction side I’m interested in memoirs, biography, and smart narrative nonfiction; I particularly enjoy memoirs and other nonfiction about sex work, addiction and recovery, and pop culture.
- Multiple agents looking for YA, middle grade, adult fiction, picture book, and non-fiction writers. Specific genres for each agent is listed on their website.
- Multiple agents. Genres are listed here.
- (From website): Looking for literary novels of suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult, as well as journalistic non-fiction and memoir.
- I can’t find his exact genres, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly non fiction. You’ll have to look at his books and his twitter.
- Multiple agents. All literary agents and what they’re looking for are listed on the main website, which is listed on their tumblr blog.
- We represent works in a wide range of categories, with an emphasis on literary fiction, outstanding thriller and crime fiction, and serious narrative non-fiction. Specific agents can be found here.
- Literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, including Y/A and children’s books.
by Susan Dennard —- This was originally posted on Let the Words Flow, but I have tweaked it slightly to share with our new world of Pub(lishing) Crawl readers. One thing writers hate doing but wil…
Robert Corry and Luke St. Germaine, the editors of Philadelphia-based weird fiction magazine Phobos, are curating submissions for Issue 3. They are seeking short stories, flash fiction and poetry influenced by the theme Troublemaker—stories about troublemakers, hellraisers, browbeaters, and people who refuse to fit in with the status-quo.
1. People overthink queries. Okay, so they are the only thing that an agent or editor might ever see of your work. So they have to embody everything about your personality and your books personality in a single page. So you will get absolutely nowhere if your queries suck, no matter if you’ve written the Great American Novel. Still, people overthink them. And this is why. Because
2. Agents are people too. More importantly, they are not just any people, they are readers. So guess what — the thing that makes you pick up a book is what makes an agent pick up a book. So therefore
3. Really, your query letter should read like the back of a book. Or the inside jacket flap or whatever. The bit that has the tantalizing description of the plot. A really effectively written jacket copy will tell you the tone of novel, the general premise, and probably a bit about the main players, and all in two paragraphs or less. What does this sound like – oh SNAP a query. But this is all good news for the aspiring query writer, because it means that there are lots of places to
4. Read good query letters. Where do you find these things, you ask? (cry, beg, plead) Which blogs? Which websites! which books! Well, now that you know that queries are really just awesome jacket copy, so the place to look is where there is good jacket copy. In case you do not know where to find novels, they are at these places called bookstores. Also, your shelves. Also, libraries. Also, Amazon. While you are there you will
5. Look at how succinctly successful book blurbs get across the main relevant points of the book. Each sentence does double duty, containing in its potent words setting and plot, or plot and character, or character and mood – just like in your novel. Oh, how hard your prose works for you! Even harder in this little blurb. A little game I like to play is called “sum up my novel in one sentence.” The idea is to pack in mood, hook, and characters into one sentence. (SHIVER’s was: ”a bittersweet love story about a girl who has always loved the wolves behind her house and a boy who must become a wolf each winter.”) If you can get it down to one sentence, a query is easy. Especially if you
6. Only include the relevant stuff. Relevant, I realize, is so subjective, but let’s pretend we have two seconds in a grocery store line to a) sum up our book and b) sum up our qualifications to write said book. So side characters go bye-bye. Hook is king. Then voice. Then the finer details of the plot. If you’re writing something more character-driven, voice is most important. Then hook. Get in, get out. Nobody gets hurt. And then, once you’re done with the book (please remember to include word count, title, and genre), include
7. Only relevant stuff about you. Believe it or not, most everything about you is irrelevant. Oh psh, I know you’re a speshul snowflake. So am I. But the point is, the reader is not going to care/ know about most everything about you, and so the agent/ editor doesn’t care. If it’s something the reader might know about, then it’s useful. So if you are, for instance, Orlando Bloom writing your first YA, you can mention your acting career. If you are, as I was, a big art blogger, you can mention your blog statistics (but they really need to be impressive to be worth mentioning). If you have won some writing award that more than twenty people care about, you can include that. If you have short stories published in a pro market, go for it. There are lots of things that you don’t include, however, because
8. No one cares if you’re a rocket scientist, unless your book is about rocket science. If you save baby kittens in your spare time, jump burning buildings in a single bound, invented the concept of Mozart, made the first jar of mayo in the world — it doesn’t matter. Neither does the number of kids you have, where you live, what you do for a living, how long it took you to write this book, etc. Relevant. Err on the safe side. Because really
9. The only thing that matters is the book. If they don’t care about your hook and voice, nothing about you will change their mind, even if you are the world’s biggest pinball champion. Just: Sell. the. Book. Also
10. Follow the rules. Target the editors and agents that read your genre (www.agentquery.com will help with this). Keep it to one page. Don’t use funky fonts, colors, animated smileys, pictures of kittens waving at the agent. Remember, it’s about the book. The only reason why rules are in there are to keep from distracting the important part: your hook. Your voice. Everything else is just underwire in the literary bra of your query. Make it invisible and don’t let it poke people. Okay?
Huh. I’m surprised to see you reblogging this, because it resembles a lot of the shitty advice from self-appointed advisors that you tend to call out and dismantle. “People overthink queries”? That’s not a rule. That’s not even advice. That’s barely even a meaningful statement.
I can see where you’d get that impression, but it felt somewhat more useful than some of the other things I’ve seen on writing. For one, I don’t usually see people talk about cover letters, so that already makes it unusual and potentially useful. For two, some of the advice seems inherently quite solid - the idea that a query letter should read like a book jacket is the kind of common sense advice that hadn’t occurred to me because it hasn’t been said a million times, rather than the “Just write!” sort of advice that everyone says over and over.
The Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation has an open reading period for the next quarterly issue of Spark: A Creative Anthology.
The editors welcome short stories (under 12K words) in most genres; traditional and experimental poetry (3-100 lines); flash fiction (500-750 words); and creative nonfiction narratives (under 12K words).
The PowWow (est. 2013) has extended the deadline to receive short journalistic columns for inclusion in forthcoming editions. The PowWow is a nationally syndicated news insert delivered digitally to publishers who then publish and include the newest edition within their newspapers.
Alison Datko, executive editor, has three topical feature columns open to freelance writers. The topics include journalism; global perspective; and sustainable gardening.
Christina Escamilla Publishing is accepting submissions for a forthcoming anthology called Welcome to the Future—a collection of futuristic-themed stories where innovation and technology (like talking computers, flying cars, bionic body parts, etc.) enhance life or now mindlessly control much of society and how humans think. Stories can be emotionally joyful and amusing or dismal, gloomy, and hopeless.