Joseph Parsons

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Joseph has worked in publishing for more than two decades, most recently at the University of North Carolina Press, where he was a senior editor, acquiring broadly in the humanities and social sciences, as well as creative nonfiction, documentary arts, current events, and history, for which one title won the Bancroft Prize. Previously, he acquired broadly for the University of Iowa Press, including for the acclaimed Sightline Books, Muse Books, and New American Canon series. Joe has also worked as a manuscript editor, journal editor for the National Humanities Center, and independent editor and writer, as well as a researcher and reporter.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European studies from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois. When not walking his dog – itself a full-time job – Joe enjoys reading contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and long-form journalism and watching basketball.

Follow Joe on Twitter @JoePParsons.

Submissions

Joe is currently accepting submissions for:
  • Non-fiction – Including literary and creative nonfiction, travel and nature writing, current events, history, biography, long-form journalism and scholarly work written for a general audience
  •  Fiction – Contemporary (post-1945) American literary fiction.
In submissions, Joe seeks three qualities: honesty–writing that forms a bridge to another person’s life; originality–writing that says something new in its content, voice, or form; and sentence-level–how a writer arranges the words on a page and the evident attention to detail.
Joe is especially seeking new voices including the work of women, people of color, and others who may have been underrepresented in past years, in particular LGBTQ and immigrant authors.

 

Instructions

Email a brief query and the first 15 pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email to submissions @ hollowayliteraryagency.com In the email subject header, write: Joseph/Title/Genre. You can expect a response in 6 to 8 weeks.

If you feel that more than one agent at Holloway would be interested in your work, please only send to one agent at a time. Once you receive a response from the first agent you queried, then you may submit to another agent. Any queries sent to more than one agent at the same time will be deleted.

If Joe is interested, he’ll respond with a request for more material. Due to the number of emails we receive, Joe may only respond if he’s interested.