📚🎧#MSWL Live Agent Panel

Listen on Soundcloud, Spotify & Apple Podcasts. Curious about how we started? Listen to our 10th Anniversary Episode here. We had the best time with this panel! Many thanks to our amazing panelists, and to our Manuscript Academy members for the queries, questions, and kindness. Vote for YOUR genre (or age group) for the next … Read more


📚🎧10 Years of #MSWL with KK Hendin

For MSWL’s 10th anniversary (we know! We can’t believe it either!) we’ve invited KK Hendin, co-founder, who made us legit within four minutes of the first tweet. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or Spotify. ***Did you catch our #MSWL Live Agent Panel? Four agents, two query critiques, one exercise, and one awesome prize. Tune in … Read more

Getting Started With #MSWL and

We’re so happy you’re here! #MSWL,, and our other resources exist to make agents more accessible, research more convenient, and the whole process more human. Here are some guides to get started: Main guide to searching for agents: We suggest you make a list of possible agents, then look at each agency website for their latest guidelines. For … Read more

#MSWL Launches The Manuscript Academy

Welcome to the newest arm of Manuscript Wish List®: The Manuscript Academy. The Academy exists for writers who want the best aspects of a conference–the classes, the direct access to experts, the networking, and the personalized critiques–delivered right to you, without paying for flights, hotels, or travel. Our model is different: You can learn on … 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

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