Do you have a book that’s “No plot, just vibes”? We’re here to support you!
Join agent Taj McCoy to discuss how to feel good from Draft One to Done.
We talk about how subconscious themes, sensory details, and putting new twists on familiar tropes can bring your work to life.
We love how Taj talks about starting with the layers you know best first so that you have the motivation to continue–and start from a strong, confident place.
Plus: When do agents read your synopsis? (Hint: We disagree!)
We also talk about how to make your first page sing for contests, even when word count requirements vary and you want to end with a line of your choice–and then answer YOUR questions from Twitter.
Want to meet with Taj? Head to manuscriptacademy.com/faculty-members/taj-mccoy.
Oakland-born law grad, Taj McCoy, is committed to writing stories championing Black and biracial women of color, plus-sized protagonists, Black love, Black joy, and characters with a strong sense of sisterhood and familial bonds.
Taj started writing as a small child, enjoying the success of her first publications in elementary school. Since then, her dream has always been to become a professional writer. As a law student, she attempted her first novels and joined the Twitter writing community. Though Taj has spent more than ten years working in higher education administration, she continued to pursue her goal and ultimately finished her first novel in 2018, securing her agent in 2019. Her Adult Fiction is published through Mira/HQN.
Taj trained as an agent under Fuse Literary, having previously served as Pitch Wars mentor and co-program manager for Diverse Voices, Inc.’s DVdebut program before joining Rees Literary Agency in 2022. Taj aims to widen the entryway for marginalized authors into the publishing industry and to normalize Black joy, fat joy, celebrations of culture, and love without limitations. She represents Adult Fiction (contemporary, romance, romcoms, women’s fiction, mystery/thriller), Adult Non-Fiction (memoirs, narratives, cookbooks, satire, empowerment), Children’s Fiction (MG and YA contemporary, mystery, romance, thriller, fantasy), Children’s Non-Fiction (historical narratives, picture books).
When she’s not writing or agenting, Taj may be on Twitter boosting other marginalized writers, trying to zen out in yoga, sharing recipes on her website, binge-watching her favorite reality tv, or cooking private supper club meals for close friends. Catch her producing and co-hosting the Fat Like Me Podcast, which celebrates body diversity in publishing and entertainment, or watch her join forces with several writer friends on Sundays for the Better Than Brunch video podcast.