#MSWL Launches The Manuscript Academy

 

7 (1)Welcome to The Manuscript Academy—online writing conferences built with a writer’s needs, comfort, and budget in mind. Brought to you by Manuscript Wish List®, these one-of-a-kind online conferences will give you the tools and information you need to get your book published and become a successful author.

— Our next event launches on November 5, 2016, and focuses on getting your books for children and teen published. Click here to learn more, or read on below.

— Following that, we have a conference that focuses on adult fiction (all genres) and memoir starting on November 26, 2016.

 

Read below for details on dates, schedules, agent & editor faculty, pitching & critique opportunities, and more. Thank you for your interest in The Manuscript Academy.

 

 

 

$179

How to Get Your Children’s Book or Novel Published
Looking for How to Get Your Fiction (or Memoir) Published? Register here.

Classes go live November 5–meetings and forums live NOW

One-on-one pitch appointments with agents and editors looking for new material
Craft and Business of Writing and Publishing classes
Forums and networking
Everything you’d learn at a conference–without leaving home

Sign up for the Nov. 5, 2016 conference now and learn how to get your children’s book/novel published.

 

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Filming Day, September 17, 2016. Agents and editors toast to a day of panels, classes, education, and awesome.

Learn more about our agent and editor faculty, who are doing one-on-one pitches through video with registrants.

ABOUT THE MANUSCRIPT ACADEMY

The Manuscript Academy offers world-class publishing instruction that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or a nearby coffeeshop. Unlike traditional conferences, you simply need a computer, a tablet, or even your smartphone to log in and enjoy the very best instruction from some of the top minds in the literary community. Every online Manuscript Academy conference will give you the full educational and networking value of a traditional writing conference, but without the hassle of travel, paying for meals out, or arranging childcare.

Event registrants will receive the following:

  • Assess to exclusive recorded classes and panels, designed to educate you about need-to-know topics such as how to submit your work, what agents and editors are looking for, how to craft amazing novels and books, the business of writing and promotion, and much more. You will have access to many high-quality recorded video presentations for 30 full days—so you can pause, rewind, and notes at your own convenience. See the full schedule of classes here.
  • Opportunities to pitch agents and editors one-on-one online. Using just your computer, you can arrange one-on-one pitches with literary agents and publishing house editors who are actively seeking books and clients right now. (Pitches are optional. You can sign up for as many pitches as you like.)
  • Critique opportunities for your work. If you want a professional critique of your work, then Manuscript Academy has opportunities for you. Our awesome faculty of agents, editors, and published authors offer detailed critiques of manuscript pages, query letters, synopses, and nonfiction book proposals. This is an amazing opportunity to get expert feedback on your work. Plus, Manuscript Academy members also gain access to our Academy Forum, which allows writers to connect with each other and form online writing critique groups.

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Writing is a craft. It is a skill that can be honed through education. We’d love to have you join us at The Manuscript Academy, and take that important next step on your journey to publication.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND DATES

November 5, 2016: How to Get Your Children’s Book or Novel Published.

If you are writing picture books, middle grade, or young adult, this online conference will explain everything you need to know to get an agent and secure a book deal. You will learn about how to write compelling stories for kids, what makes agents & editors stop reading a submission, how to compose an awesome query for your work, young adult writing, and more. Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive agent & editor panels where anonymous first pages are read aloud and critiqued in real time. If you want to know what makes publishing professionals keep reading (or reject you), these panels provide behind-the-scenes access to how they judge first pages.

Also, many different agents & editors are open to hearing kidlit pitches through scheduled one-on-one pitch meetings online. Schedule a pitch (or many) and get your book considered.

Classes and panels go live on November 5, 2016. Registrants can get access our Forum immediately. The price is $179 for base registration. Pitches and critiques are add-on and optional. You will have access to all our of the conference’s premium recorded content (classes, panels, etc.) for 30 days once it goes live on November 5.

Click here to learn more.

November 26, 2016: How to Get Your Fiction (or Memoir) Published

This online conference is geared toward writers of adult fiction—all genres and categories. (We’ll also have great instruction for narrative nonfiction writers.) Learn how to best submit your work to agents, how to create a great world for your story, common query mistakes, and much. Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive agent & editor panels where anonymous first pages are read aloud and critiqued in real time. If you want to know what makes publishing professionals keep reading a novel/memoir submission (or reject you), these panels provide behind-the-scenes access to how they judge first pages.

Also, many different agents & editors are open to hearing novel and narrative pitches through scheduled one-on-one pitch meetings online. Schedule a pitch (or many) and get your book considered.

Classes and panels go live on November 26, 2016. Registrants can get access to forums immediately. The price is $179 for base registration. Pitches and critiques are add-on and optional. You will have access to all our of the conference’s premium recorded content (classes, panels, etc.) for 30 days once it goes live on November 5.

Click here to learn more.

Sign up for the Nov. 26, 2016 conference now and learn how to get your adult fiction (or memoir) published.

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February 4, 2017: How to Write and Sell Romance, Women’s Fiction, Erotica, Chick Lit, and New Adult.

More information coming soon.

 

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PRICING AND REGISTRATION

(These prices below are consistent for all our current conferences (Nov. 5 and Nov. 26), so the costs are the same for either.)

Basic registration—$179 (early bird price). Basic registration gets you access to all classes and panels of the conference of your choice. You have access to all content for 30 days once it goes live. You can watch it, rewind, and take notes at your pleasure.

Add agent and editor pitches—$39 each (optional). Secure 10-minute one-on-one meeting with our agent & editor faculty. Pitches are online using communication devices such as Skype. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work or get professional feedback on your quick pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $39/session—pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. There is no limit; pitch as many faculty members as you like.

Critique opportunities for your work (query critiques $69, first ten pages $89). If you want a professional written critique of your work, then Manuscript Academy has opportunities for you. Our awesome faculty of agents, editors, and published authors offer detailed critiques of manuscript pages, query letters, synopses, and nonfiction book proposals. This is an amazing opportunity to get expert feedback on your work. Plus, Manuscript Academy members also gain access to our Academy Forum, which allows writers to connect with each other and form online writing critique groups.

(Please note that agent/editor pitching and critiques are an add-on, separate aspect of the conference, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these spots.)

 

PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR

To pitch one of our amazing faculty members online using one-on-one video technology (such as Skype), it is $39 per 10-minute online pitch appointment. (Optional.) Spaces limited. Below you will find information about our faculty agents and what genres they enjoy. You can read their complete bios on the Faculty page.

6aCsZvhJKat Brzozowski (editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5). Kat is looking to acquire young adult fiction across a wide range of genres, especially contemporary/realistic YA with a strong hook, dark contemporary fiction (not too issues-y), mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and sci-fi that’s mostly rooted in this world. She is especially interested in YA with crossover appeal.
Prospect Agency Profile PicLinda Camacho (Prospect Agency) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). She is seeking graphic narratives, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres (particularly romance/women’s fiction and upmarket), along with select picture book writer-illustrators. Diversity of all types welcome (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.).

 

 

 

 

photo (1)Alicia Clancy (editor, St Martin’s/Macmillan)  is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). She is interested in women’s, upmarket, commercial, mysteries, thrillers, humor, pop culture, and YA.

 

 

 

 

 

Jaime Coyne photo1Jaime Coyne (editor, St Martin’s/Macmillan) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). She is interested in Adult, literary, mysteries, thrillers, memoir, narrative, humor, gift books, and YA.

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Edwards PhotoMelissa Edwards (Stonesong) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction and adult commercial fiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

efinkelErica Finkel (editor, Abrams Books) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5). She works on a variety of children’s books from picture books to young adult novels.

 

 

 

 

 

ali austin headshot 2016Ali Fisher (editor, Tor/Forge Books) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). Her imprints take genre fiction for middle grade, young adult, and adults—mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

 

 

 

 

 

Flum pic (1)Caitie Flum (Liza Dawson Associates) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). Caitie is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction with great characters and superb writing, especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, romance, and book club fiction. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that crosses over to a young adult market. She is also looking for middle grade and young adult projects—particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, and contemporary books with diverse characters.

 

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Sarah LaPolla (Bradford Literary) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). Sarah takes MG, YA, and Adult fiction, Sarah is especially drawn to the following genres: literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, literary horror, and upmarket contemporary fiction. No matter the genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters with engaging voices. She seeks stories that evoke strong connections and novels that offer a wide range of emotions. Whether they write dark, gritty YA, light coming-of- age narratives, or edgy urban fantasy, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes within a character-focused story, such as feminism, tolerance, and challenging the status quo.

 

PennyPenny Moore (Empire Literary) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5). She is seeking all categories of children’s books & novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amanda Shih (editor, Tarcher/Perigee/Penguin) is taking part in the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26).  She publishes nonfiction ranging from illustrated and gift books, to pop culture, to practical lifestyle and self-help titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TwitterPictureJessicaJessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). She seeks picture books, young adult, and upmarket genre fiction (especially women’s/romance/erotica, thrillers, mysteries).

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Stein photoStephanie Stein (editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5). She seeks a wide range of YA and middle grade. Stephanie is especially interested in fantasy and science fiction but is also looking for a variety of other genres, including contemporary and historical.

 

 

 

 

 

Roseanne Wells copyRoseanne Wells (The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) is taking pitches as part of the Children’s Book Conference (Nov. 5) and the Fiction/Memoir Conference (Nov. 26). She seeks strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn’t sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade of any genre that connects me to a strong main character; science fiction and fantasy; con/heist stories (especially featuring art, jewelry, and tech); and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries).

 

 

When you invest in The Manuscript Academy, you invest in publishing

  • As soon as it is financially feasible to do so, The Manuscript Academy will begin offering scholarships to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to intern in publishing. Working for free isn’t free–living in New York certainly isn’t–and we want to give the brightest minds a chance to join the industry. Learn more about our scholarship.

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