Spring Special: Manuscript Academy Classes 50% Off Until Friday

Until Friday, all of The Manuscript Academy’s a la carte classes are 50% off. This means that a single class is just $24.50, and craft packs are only $39.50! Scroll down to find out more.

Classes come with 15 days of access–so you can watch, rewind, take notes–and 15 days with the meeting and written critique booking system. So, if you’ll want a meeting before the next Ten Minutes With An Expert event this summer, this is a way to learn AND connect.

As always, we’re here to help if you have any questions!

All best wishes,
Jessica and Julie

 

Un-branding Yourself: Revealing the True You to the Book Community — Laura Barbiea, Alloy Entertainment, $24.50

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For so many creative people, “branding,” “marketing,” and “promotion” are bad words. Many view these things as chores or barriers to expressing your true self. This class will change how you perceive the online world, and expand your understanding of how to effectively represent yourself and your work! Taught by Laura Barbiea, social media manager at Alloy Entertainment (a publisher), this class will discuss strategies for reaching the fans you already have and ways you can connect with other like-minded artists in the writing community.

49:02, shot in the Alloy Entertainment New York offices in HD.

 

 

 

From Pitch to Page — Katharine Sands, The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, $24.50

Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make agents yell at first glance: “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” And a first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further. This presentation cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU, and to say YES to YOU. In this class, literary agent Katharine Sands shows you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category—and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. We look at hooks, selling points, and engines; and how to avoid Querial Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and on All-Important Page One. Shot in standard definition.

Nonfiction Basics — Amanda Shih, Tarcher/Perigee/Penguin Random House, $24.50

AmandasqDo you have an amazing personal story, expert knowledge, or creative talents you want to share with the world? With so much information out there for fiction authors, it can be tough to get detailed advice on what it takes to make a nonfiction project stand out. This class will walk you through the basics: What qualifies as nonfiction? (It’s not all memoirs and big-issue books!) How does a nonfiction proposal differ from a fiction submission? And platform, platform, platform: Why does it matter, and how can you build yours? We’ll demystify this wide-ranging genre, and give you the tools you need to create the kind of nonfiction project agents and editors will be excited to pursue.

27:49, shot in the Penguin Random House offices in HD.

 

 

 

Craft Pack, $39.50

  •  Writing A Manuscript That Gets and Keeps Everyone’s Attention — Linda Camacho, Prospect Agency
  • Worldbuilding 101 — Roseanne Wells, Jennifer Di Chiara Literary Agency
  • Character, POV, and The All-Important Voice — Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary 

Writing A Manuscript That Gets and Keeps Everyone’s Attention — Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency)

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Manuscripts are vetted at so many levels. They pass from the eyes of agents to editors to marketing to sales, and while there are some variables outside of the writer’s control, craft is not one of them. In the end, publishing folks seek the same thing: A good story. Every good story has certain key elements that I looked for as as a marketer at Random House and even now as an agent. If the manuscript falters on any of these counts, it’s a pass. In this workshop, I’ll talk about several key story fundamentals that not only grab an agent or editor’s attention, but that of the acquisitions board as well.

Shot in Standard Definition, 49:19 with 20+ slides.

 

 

 

 

Worldbuilding 101 — Roseanne Wells, Jennifer Di Chiara Literary Agency

Roseanne Wells copyEver received feedback on your work that said “I didn’t connect with the world”? Perhaps you’re not sure if your fantasy story is believable? Worldbuilding–for fantasy, magical realism, and even contemporary–can be hard to define, but it’s essential to support any narrative. Taught by a literary agent who seeks immersive and detailed worlds, this session will discuss what worldbuilding is, how character and worldbuilding help each other, and a breakdown of the elements of worldbuilding. (13:07, shot in HD)

 

 

 

Character, POV, and The All-Important Voice — Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary 

Laura new headshotIn fiction, a solid, engaging voice is the hardest thing to nail down. The reason why a book’s voice might fail is very often linked to one issue: a lack of connectivity between a character and the space they occupy (both their body and the world around them). The good news is that there’s a fairly simple solution to this problem: deepening POV. This class will focus on some simple self-editing techniques you can use to deepen your book’s POV without rewriting entire chapters. Shot in Standard Definition, 39:29 with 20+ slides.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Pack, $34.50

  •  Un-branding Yourself: Revealing the True You to the Book Community — Laura Barbiea (Alloy Entertainment)
  • Internet Stalking Without Being Creepy: Research, Networking, and Becoming A Priority — Jessica Sinsheimer (The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency)
Un-branding Yourself: Revealing the True You to the Book Community — Laura Barbiea (Alloy Entertainment)

lbarbiera-240x300

For so many creative people, “branding,” “marketing,” and “promotion” are bad words. Many view these things as chores or barriers to expressing your true self. This class will change how you perceive the online world, and expand your understanding of how to effectively represent yourself and your work! Taught by Laura Barbiea, social media manager at Alloy Entertainment (a publisher), this class will discuss strategies for reaching the fans you already have and ways you can connect with other like-minded artists in the writing community.

49:02, shot in the Alloy Entertainment New York offices in HD.

 

 

 

Internet Stalking Without Being Creepy: Research, Networking, and Becoming a Priority

TwitterPictureJessicaEveryone knows that social media can build your platform, expand your network, and make you look more appealing to a potential agent. But for the introverts among us, blasting content can feel unnatural, intimidating, and borderline creepy. This course will show you how to think of this now-essential task as a way to build authentic connections and find real friendships—while also locating the people most likely to move your career forward. In this course, you’ll learn how to build your list of potential agents, how to do targeted research that helps you personalize your pitch, and how to become a known factor—to present yourself as someone great to work with—so your name leaps out, and the agent already likes you, when you finally do submit your work.

38:21, shot in the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary offices in standard definition.

 

 

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