📚🎧Penguin Random House Senior Executive Editor Sara Sargent on How Editors Choose Books📚🎧

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We are thrilled to welcome Sara Sargent, Senior Executive Editor at Random House Books for Young Readers, to the podcast. In our cozy member lounge format (rather like a neighborhood potluck, we think, that happens to feature publishing experts), we asked her questions about how editors choose books, … Read more

📚🎧Industry News, Client Insight & How To Be More Human In the Age of AI with Agent Alyssa Jennette📚🎧

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Friends! We have the wonderful Alyssa Jennette of Stonesong Literary Agency joining us today as we tackle the current highlights and worrying dark sides of publishing. Today we chat about the varied approaches to agenting, story creation and AI, how much we need writers, the beautiful moments in … Read more

📚🎧Learning From Rejection: A Success Story with Agent-Author Pair Jessie Latimer and Kristen Terrette📚🎧

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We are so excited to welcome the delightful author-agent pair Jessie Latimer and Kristen Terrette, Martin Literary Management. We talk about genre-blending, the power of referrals, editing, and learning from your rejections, as well as Jessie’s exciting new submission (her YA protagonist dives into her favorite book to … Read more

📚🎧#MSWL Live Agent Panel: Caitlin McDonald, Samantha Wekstein, Thao Le & Taj McCoy

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. The votes are in! Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative & Supernatural won—and we’ve built this panel to that theme. But even if you’re writing serious nonfiction, or in a completely other genre, this is a great view into what agents love within genres—and how agenting, in general, works. With … Read more

📚🎧“This Is What I Love About Agenting”—How Adriann Ranta-Zurhellen Found Joslin Brorsen📚🎧

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We are so happy to welcome happy author-agent pair Adriann Ranta Zurhellen, Folio Literary Management, and author Joslin Brorsen, who created a magical written world specifically for her son. We love hearing how they found each other—how Joslin’s work fits right into Adriann’s #MSWL—and their tips for how to … Read more

📚🎧How To Be A Good Literary Citizen

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. The world is a lot right now–politically and otherwise. Here at the Manuscript Academy, we started thinking about what it means to be a good literary citizen in a time of book bans–and what you can do both for you and for the writers who come after you. … Read more

📚🎧Random Writer Pep Talks: Pivoting, Publishing, Success & Timing

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. We absolutely loved making this episode! We started randomly calling (opted in) writers for pep talks—and the result is an inspiring, uplifting, life-affirming episode that shows the brilliance of our writing community while also soothing some common stressors. We discuss:* When do I need to pivot?* Am I … Read more

📚🎧#MSWL’s 10th Anniversary, From Tumblr to Sustainable, Miraculous Site: How It All Happened, Part 2

Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. If you’ve been following along at home, you know that ManuscriptWIshist.com version 4.0 just launched. And while it’s new, and shiny, and lovely, it’s ten years in the making. This is the miraculous-feeling story about how we got from Tumblr to WordPress blog to site where agents … Read more