Preparing For Your International Bestseller: Liv Constantine on Crafting Unputdownable Characters

In the first installment of the Manuscript Academy Book Club, we have Liv Constantine, the pen name for internationally bestselling sister duo Lynne and Valerie Constantine! Joined by Jessica, Julie, and the Manuscript Academy community, Valerie and Lynne answer your questions about how to collaborate and edit as a team, how to get the best … Read more

Emotional Range, Sensory Details, And Pitching Works On Difficult Topics

Content Warning: This podcast discusses suicide, grief, and loss. Pam O’Hara’s beautiful writing captivated our expert audience during a recent Manuscript Academy panel, so much so that it was picked for our 2024 MSWL Agent Choice Awards. Pam joins Jessica and Julie to speak about her stunning memoir about love, loss, and losing a loved … Read more

The Roller Derby of Querying: How Author Elizabeth Holden Found Her Agent

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. View our in-depth video of what Liz did right in her query letter and first page here: Meet Elizabeth Holden, Physics professor, travel entrepreneur, and author of Mighty Millie Novak, a YA novel coming out from Flux Publishing in August. Liz is also the travel coordinator for our … Read more

Finding Your Perfect Agent Fit with Agent Ismita Hussain and Author Jessica Guerrieri

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Please note: This episode contains mentions of alcoholism, recovery, and sobriety. We are so happy to welcome author Jessica Guerrieri and agent Ismita Hussain (Great Dog Literary) to the podcast. They’re a great example of what to look for in an author-agent relationship–they’re creative, collaborative, supportive, and successful … Read more

Tuesday, May 7, 8:30pm ET: Free Query Workshop With Agent Emmy Nordstrom Higdon

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We are so grateful to Emmy Nordstrom Higdon, agent at Westwood Creative Associates, who has offered to teach a free workshop for you all about the elements of querying—interest, emphasis, tension—that keep a busy agent reading in 2024. Get your free ticket (or replay ticket!) here: The event … Read more

Writing Fantasy That Mirrors Our World With (Manuscript) Academy Award Winner Ali McLafferty

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We are thrilled to introduce Ali McLafferty, author, teacher, and most recent winner of the as-yet-untitled (Manuscript) Academy Awards. Ali was nominated by agent Melissa Edwards (Stonesong Literary) for this gorgeous fantasy novel that brings up a lot of issues in our world as well. We discuss how … Read more

Details, Focus and Visual Storytelling To Bring Any Genre To Life with Editor Melissa Warten Vogan

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We love this creativity-packed episode with Melissa Vogan (née Melissa Warten), former editor at Macmillan, current editor at Epic For Kids. We discuss:*“Just enough” art notes – and how they’re useful for every genre*How you can guide the focus of your reader through sensory language*How to get to … Read more

Good, Better, Best, Agented! Julia Alexandra and Agent Ellen Goff on Plot, Character & World

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. You may remember Julia Alexandra from our episode in the fall when we went over three query versions with her (good, better, best): Well, she now has an agent! Ellen Goff (HG Literary) joins us with Julia to discuss balancing plot, character, and world–if your fantasy novel will … Read more