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Friday, October 16, 2009

Publishing Pulse 10/16/09

New Literary Agents:

Gordon Warnock of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. Specific genres Gordon represents include the following:
  • Memoir
  • Pets
  • Cookbooks
  • Self-help
  • True Crime
  • Current Events
  • Humor
  • How-To
  • Health and Dieting

  • Commercial Narrative
  • Character-Driven Literary
  • Monster and Disaster
  • Pets
  • Humor

Not Looking For:
  • Religious Fiction
  • Women's Fiction
  • New Age
  • Children's and YA

Cheryl Pientka of Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Genres Cheryl is interested in:
  • Chick Lit
  • Children's
  • Commercial
  • Family Saga
  • Historical Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Off-beat/Quirky
  • Women's Fiction
  • Young Adult

  • Narrative

Contests, Happenings, Etc.

Literary agent Mary Kole (Andrea Brown) is having a query contest for anything kidlit (YA, MG, picture books). Entries due by October 31. Check it out if you write in these genres.

Writer's Digest is having their Popular Fiction Contest. Entries due by November 2. The grand prize is $2,500. 

The Literary Lab is hosting a Genre Wars contest. Entries (for short stories) are due December 1. Check it out for rules and genres.

Looking to get your work published? Check out Duotrope's Digest for a listing of magazines that accept submissions. I also stumbled across this blog about Creative Writing Contests last week. Short stories are a great way to get some publishing credits while you're revising or finishing your novel. 

Inspiring Things To Read:

I loved this post that showed up at the end of September. Author Megan Crewe, guest blogging for Kristin Nelson, says that cold querying DOES work. This brings hope to all of us sending out our query letters, hoping to attract the attention of a literary agent. Read it. Be inspired.

I also enjoyed reading through the transcript of a twitter chat between New York editor Cheryl Klein and her client Sarah Lewis Holmes. Check it out for some amazing insight into publishing. Twitter is great for lurking and learning.

I loved loved loved this post about submitting from a fellow blogging author. Thanks Corey!

Have you seen the new groups over on the main QueryTracker site? They're awesome. There's one for Query Letter Critiques, Young Adult Writers and Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Authors. You can make your own group to discuss your writing needs, offer encouragement and make writerly friends. Be sure to check out this new feature of QT.



Stina said...

Elana, you missed Nathan Bransford's first paragraph contest from this week. Finalists will be announced today. It's very educational reading them and the comments as to what makes a good first paragraph (Wednesday's post).

Unknown said...

Thanks Elana - I had no idea about those new groups at Querytracker, especially the Query Critiques and YA ones, and I'll check them out. Happy Friday!

Elana Johnson said...

Stina, I knew about the contest, but it ended yesterday. Definitely go read them, but it's too late to enter.

Kristi, the groups are great!

Happy weekend!!

Stina said...

Definitely read them. Some of them are very scary. One paragraph was 540 words!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to Duotrope's Digest. Your timing is perfect!

Tara McClendon said...

Thanks for the link to Corey's post. Wonderful way to start the morning.

Anonymous said...

Great. Thanks for this post. Lots of resources. :-)