The Manuscript Academy

The Manuscript Academy The Manuscript Academy offers world class publishing instruction that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.
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The Manuscript Academy offers world class publishing instruction that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home, a coffee shop, or even the bar down the street. Unlike traditional conferences, you simply need a computer, a tablet, or even your smartphone to log in to enjoy the very best content from some of the top minds in the literary community. •Classes, panels, and forums designed to give you the full educational and networking value of a traditional conference. •No need to pay for plane tickets, hotels, meals out, or childcare. •Pause, rewind, take notes–at your convenience, over a 30-day period. •Watch in your PJs, then discuss and network with fellow attendees in the member forums. •High quality, beautifully edited video–you always have the best seat in the house. •One-on-one meetings with experts who want to help YOU.

Mission: To help writers of all genres achieve their writing dreams.

07/25/2020

Do you have a children's book in you? Join us as we chat about picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels with Transatlantic's very own Fiona Kenshole.

The event will be held on July 28, 2020 at 8:30 Eastern. All from home!

Book here:

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Panelist Reveal for the Submission Strategy Workshop! Alyssa Jennette joined Stonesong Literary in June 2015 after inter...
07/03/2020

Panelist Reveal for the Submission Strategy Workshop!

Alyssa Jennette joined Stonesong Literary in June 2015 after interning at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. As a result, she has unique insight and expertise when it comes to design-heavy or illustrated works. Alyssa is a very editorial agent; she finds a lot of joy in shaping stories alongside the author and delights in building long-term partnerships.
Alyssa represents children’s and adult fiction and picture books, and has dabbled in humor and pop culture nonfiction. She is especially drawn to diverse voices, ensemble casts, and thorough world-building, plus any book with a format that is specific to the story and gives it its own context.

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Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as a literary agent and assistant in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. She represents a wide variety of adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as YA and middle grade. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing. Though she grew up upstate, she currently resides in Astoria, Queens. You can find her on Twitter @amylizbishop.

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Kayla Lightner is an assistant and junior agent at Ayesha Pande Literary in Harlem, NY. Prior to joining the wonderful APL team, Kayla worked at Liza Dawson Associates. A Georgia native, she earned her B.A. in English from Vassar College. Before finding her way to publishing, she held various positions including a fashion market assistant at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta.An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories—across commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction—that masterfully straddle the line between story-telling and teaching her something new. In terms of literary tastes, she loves to work with speculative fiction (SFF, horror, and magical realism), literary and upmarket family sagas, short story collections, humorous essay collections, and memoirs. When Kayla’s not reading, she can be found writing, performing stand-up, and reminiscing on her rugby days.

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Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond.
Melissa is interested in commercial PB, MG, and YA fiction, particularly books kids will self-select. She likes timeless MG with heart. For YA, she likes all things contemporary realistic, especially romance and thrillers. Her PB list is small, but she tends to prefer the fun, the funny, and the emotionally evocative.
She also represent adult commercial fiction. She’s looking for fresh voices in thrillers, general fiction, and women’s fiction with unusual takes on the tropes that we all love.

New Faculty Alert: Kayla Lightner is an assistant and junior agent at Ayesha Pande Literary in Harlem, NY. Prior to join...
07/02/2020

New Faculty Alert:

Kayla Lightner is an assistant and junior agent at Ayesha Pande Literary in Harlem, NY. Prior to joining the wonderful APL team, Kayla worked at Liza Dawson Associates. A Georgia native, she earned her B.A. in English from Vassar College. Before finding her way to publishing, she held various positions including a fashion market assistant at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta.

An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories—across commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction—that masterfully straddle the line between story-telling and teaching her something new. In terms of literary tastes, she loves to work with speculative fiction (SFF, horror, and magical realism), literary and upmarket family sagas, short story collections, humorous essay collections, and memoirs. When Kayla’s not reading, she can be found writing, performing stand-up, and reminiscing on her rugby days.

Book here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/kayla-lightner

06/30/2020

Loved this episode with Samantha Wekstein and Lani Forbes!

06/17/2020

Agents are busy. They skim. What if the VERY FIRST line of your pitch could share your plot, stakes, world, research, professionalism, and high chance of success?

Meetings are up for May!
05/08/2020

Meetings are up for May!

We'll be hosting this on the Ten Minutes with an Expert page!
04/06/2020

We'll be hosting this on the Ten Minutes with an Expert page!

March meetings are now live!
03/05/2020

March meetings are now live!

Join us for a look inside a literary agent's inbox! Listen as she decides, in the moment, what to request, what to rejec...
02/25/2020
71: #TenQueries with Literary Agent Stephanie Winter

Join us for a look inside a literary agent's inbox! Listen as she decides, in the moment, what to request, what to reject, and why.

Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie is a dedicated bookseller who holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and a M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. Her experiences of living and traveling in and around Europe have left her eagerly devouring upmarket, fantasy, and non-fiction genres that make new worlds and perspectives come alive. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.

You can book a meeting or written critique with her here: manuscriptacademy.com/stephanie-winter

And you can find her on Twitter and Instagram Read With Stephanie

https://soundcloud.com/user-965795498/tenqueries-with-ps-literary-agent-stephanie-winter

Join us for a look inside a literary agent's inbox! Listen as she decides, in the moment, what to request, what to reject, and why. Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first

02/11/2020

We're very sorry to do this, but Carly isn't feeling well--and we want everyone to have a good experience here, including our faculty.

So that we can have the best conversation about your pages, we've rescheduled the panel for Tuesday, February 25, 8:30pm EST.

Current ticketholders and members: If you're free on the 25th, you don't have to do anything! We're transferring all of your information to the new date.

If you're not free, bought a ticket, and wanted to attend live (versus watch the replay) let us know if you'd like a refund or credit for another event.

Again, we're sorry for the inconvenience!

All best wishes,
Jessica and Julie

PS: If you are worried, don't be! She's going to be just fine, and we sent her some tea in the meantime.

PPS: Take your vitamins!

February Bookings Now Open! 💛💚💛
02/06/2020

February Bookings Now Open! 💛💚💛

A picture of our library! We have over twenty hours of recorded classes covering everything you'll need to make your man...
01/23/2020

A picture of our library! We have over twenty hours of recorded classes covering everything you'll need to make your manuscript the best possible. 😀

You likely know Heather Cashman as Brenda Drake's partner in PitchWars. Now an agent at Storm Literary, she brings us wi...
11/26/2019
64: PitchWars, Agenting, and Both Sides of the Desk with Heather Cashman

You likely know Heather Cashman as Brenda Drake's partner in PitchWars. Now an agent at Storm Literary, she brings us wisdom from both sides of the desk--what rejections really mean, what it feels like to send them, and how you should interpret them.

Plus, we talk about what it's like to be a new agent, the rejections agents face, and so much more.

You can learn more about Heather at heathercashman.com.

Included with this episode is an invite to our e-Holiday party, December 16, 8:30pm EDT. Head to ManuscriptAcademy.com/RSVP to get on the list.

You can also add #MSWL to your holiday wish list at ManuscriptAcademy.com/gifts. There, you'll find gift certificates--for the critique partner who has everything, or for you--that start at $25.

Happy Thanksgiving!

https://soundcloud.com/user-965795498/pitchwars-agenting-and-both-sides-of-the-desk-with-heather-cashman

You likely know Heather Cashman as Brenda Drake's partner in PitchWars. Now an agent at Storm Literary, she brings us wisdom from both sides of the desk--what rejections really mean, what it feels lik

Join us tomorrow! #MSWL is a great way to find your dream agent. Plus, it's fine to see into the minds of our industries...
09/23/2019

Join us tomorrow! #MSWL is a great way to find your dream agent. Plus, it's fine to see into the minds of our industries top dealmakers. Hope to see you there.

Join us on Twitter for #MSWL Day on September 24th. All day!
09/16/2019

Join us on Twitter for #MSWL Day on September 24th. All day!

New podcast alert! We talk with Molly Cusick (formerly Molly Jaffa) about her transition from agent to editor, what edit...
08/21/2019
58: From Agent To Editor: Molly Cusick, Editor at Sourcebooks

New podcast alert!

We talk with Molly Cusick (formerly Molly Jaffa) about her transition from agent to editor, what editorial meetings REALLY look like, and why many publishing rules are made to be broken.

As Molly says, love can appear when you least expect it—and this applies to books as well as people.

We also discuss Coney Island, historical NYC, and how she met her literary husband. (It’s very New York.)

You can meet with Molly (and book a written critique) here: manuscriptacademy.com/molly-cusick

We talk with Molly Cusick (formerly Molly Jaffa) about her transition from agent to editor, what editorial meetings REALLY look like, and why many publishing rules are made to be broken. As Molly sa

Looking for expert advice on your writing?
08/09/2019

Looking for expert advice on your writing?

Macmillan editor Melissa Warten joins extremely brave and awesome writer Brooke Urban to go over her first page on the a...
07/11/2019
56: Live Meeting: Macmillan Editor Melissa Warten and Author Brooke Urban

Macmillan editor Melissa Warten joins extremely brave and awesome writer Brooke Urban to go over her first page on the air. With a focus on the line between mysterious and vague (when are you giving your reader enough information? When are you giving them so much that it takes away all narrative tension?), the 25-word descriptions that can ground your reader, and why (most) everyone hates prologues, we go over universal lessons of keeping an agent reading.

Macmillan editor Melissa Warten joins extremely brave and awesome writer Brooke Urban to go over her first page on the air. With a focus on the line between mysterious and vague (when are you giving y

07/09/2019
On the podcast, we chat with author Renee Rosen about her new book, Park Avenue Summer! https://manuscriptacademy.com/po...
07/03/2019
Going beyond the page with our latest podcast episodes - The Manuscript Academy

On the podcast, we chat with author Renee Rosen about her new book, Park Avenue Summer!

https://manuscriptacademy.com/podcast

Be prepared when your moment arrives. The Manuscript Academy Podcast is free to everyone, and features interviews with agents and editors, how-to tips, and behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the Academy. You can find us in the iTunes Store (search for “Manuscript Academy” or click this l...

Join us for a FREE Write-In on Monday night, June 24th, from 8-9 (NYC time). Look forward to seeing you there!
06/21/2019
Join The FREE Manuscript Academy Write-In! Monday, June 24, 8pm NYC Time - The Manuscript Academy

Join us for a FREE Write-In on Monday night, June 24th, from 8-9 (NYC time). Look forward to seeing you there!

Join us for an evening of writing prompts, inspiration, and community. Work together with us to reshape your characters in this informal, free workshop. This event will feature your intrepid hosts (on camera), your new writing BFFs (in text chat) and you, your pajamas, and the beverage of your choic...

Free Writing Event! Join us for a guided writing experience appropriate for all writing genres and levels. More informat...
06/18/2019
Join The FREE Manuscript Academy Write-In! Monday, June 24, 8pm NYC Time - The Manuscript Academy

Free Writing Event! Join us for a guided writing experience appropriate for all writing genres and levels. More information found here:

Join us for an evening of writing prompts, inspiration, and community. Work together with us to reshape your characters in this informal, free workshop. This event will feature your intrepid hosts (on camera), your new writing BFFs (in text chat) and you, your pajamas, and the beverage of your choic...

Tax Tips for Writers! https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/self-employment-taxes/tax-tips-for-freelance-writers-and-self...
04/15/2019
Tax Tips for Freelance Writers and Self-Published Authors - TurboTax Tax Tips & Videos

Tax Tips for Writers! https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/self-employment-taxes/tax-tips-for-freelance-writers-and-self-published-authors/L1v0lGVru

If you earn money selling your words to websites and other publishers, the Internal Revenue Service will likely say you’re a small business owner. Freelance income is self-employment income, and so are any royalties you receive for that book you published or self-published. That can be a good thin...

We've got a fabulous lineup for the month of October.  We've got some new faces, and some faculty members back with us a...
10/02/2018

We've got a fabulous lineup for the month of October. We've got some new faces, and some faculty members back with us again. Members booking will be open October 3rd, and then we'll open the doors to everyone the very next day. As always, we are here to help. Let me know if you have questions.

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I'm hoping some people here have advice or tips they are willing to share. I'm an unagented author about to have my first ever phone call with an editor later this week, regarding a nearly wordless picture book manuscript the editor has expressed interest in acquiring. I have no idea what to expect and what kind of questions I should be asking, things I should be keeping en eye out for, etc. Any thoughts from people who have been here, or who have similar, relevant experience in the industry would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
Julie, Happy New Year Ta for the writing goals message, very useful, have used it as a "starter for 10" for my own. With the writing conf thing, I have real trouble with this as I live on the other side of the Pond, so times are usually the middle of the night for me :-(. Without asking to shove continental shelves around (!!!) is there any way conference times might work for me?
Courtney's written feedback was well worth the money spent. She pushed me to take a turn I didn't see, and I think I'm now currently sitting on a better project for it. Thanks, Courtney/MA!
Feedback Requested: I queried 5 agents this week and one of those agents requested my full manuscript. Should I inform the other 4 that my full is being reviewed? Or is that not necessary?