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The Manuscript Academy brings you conversations with agents, editors, and writers who can help you on your publishing journey.

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The Manuscript Academy brings you conversations with agents, editors, and writers who can help you on your publishing journey.

    70: #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz

    70: #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz

    We are so excited to welcome internationally bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz to our podcast!

    Melissa is incredibly successful--she's written more than 50 books, and sold more than 8 million copies.

    But her path to publication was anything but easy. It took four agents and many "almost but not quite" responses to sell her first book. There are lunches she thought would turn into offers, and years of working at her day job and hoping for the best.

    Now, Melissa is at the top of her game--and has been known to write entire books in two weeks! But here’s the story behind all that. We talk procrastination, deadlines, and how her editors help work with her creative brain (and create false urgency! Hello, ideal team) to get everything in on time.

    We also discuss how she deals with writer's block, the editorial process (many times longer than her first draft!), how and why she gets to jump between genres and write everything from thrillers to sweet Hallmark movies.

    We talk everything from rejection postcards (yes, those were a thing!) to the YA "gold rush," to genre switching for authors, and how to do it the smart way.

    You can listen to the first page of her book, The Birthday Girl, here (and the voice actor is also seriously excellent, so do give it a listen): https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/586465/the-birthday-girl/?ref=PRHD9DF6A1939

    And you can find Melissa online at melissa-delacruz.com.

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    69: The First Three Chapters with Hannah VanVels

    69: The First Three Chapters with Hannah VanVels

    We talk with editor-turned-agent Hannah VanVels about how to keep an agent reading, what to put in your first three chapters, and why publishing takes so long (and sometimes even the pieces we’re *most excited about* have to wait).

    Plus, we discuss her current wishlist, unusual rom com mash-ups, and the different tactics used by editors vs. agents when reading submissions.

    We also talk about nudging authors (can we have your manuscript, say, now?), the border between editing and over-editing (something Hannah is passionate about) and reading in odd places (and risking minor injury) to get it done sooner. 

    This mini-episode is short, fun, and safe to listen to around kids.

    We also discuss Hannah’s class, The First Three Chapters, THIS Monday, January 27, 8:30pm EST. You can sign up here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/hannah-vanvels

    You can find Hannah on Twitter @hannahvanvels or Instagram @hannahvanvels.

    • 16 min
    68: Publicists, DIY Book Publicity + Tips for Introverts with Dana Kaye Publicity

    68: Publicists, DIY Book Publicity + Tips for Introverts with Dana Kaye Publicity

    We loved talking with Dana Kaye, a publicist who not only does amazing work for her clients, but who comes up with creative ways to help more writers--and their books--succeed. 

    How do you know if it's worth hiring a publicist? And, if you can't, what can you do on your own? Dana breaks these questions into concrete steps to determine whether you'll get a return on investment--and what you can do for yourself and your work along the way.

    Contrary to the image of the shiny, terrifying, shoulder pad-wielding publicist, Dana is delightfully approachable, fun, and heart-forward. 

    She also discusses special tips for introverts, simple tricks for improving your likability, and how to keep your interactions from feeling transactional.

    Plus, we talk some about the state of the world, and some of Dana's plans to save it.

    Hope you enjoy!

    Like what Dana has to say? You can learn more about her at https://kayepublicity.com/, and about Your Breakout Book at https://kayepublicity.com/yourbreakoutbook. Use code MANUSCRIPT15 for 15% off.

    • 49 min
    67: Writing This Decade: A Pep Talk From Julie

    67: Writing This Decade: A Pep Talk From Julie

    Happy New Year!

    Julie's checking to see how you are all doing and to talk to you about resolutions for 2020.

    Maybe if you are on Twitter or any form of social media, you’ve noticed people chatting about all of their successes and book deals coming out.

    To those people, we're so incredibly proud of you.

    Here's a pep talk for everyone in the query trenches, hoping to make this decade the best writing years yet.

    Learn more about our podcast here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/podcast

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    66: Holiday Party 2019! LIVE-Recorded Workshop And Happy Hour

    66: Holiday Party 2019! LIVE-Recorded Workshop And Happy Hour

    This is a very special episode—our LIVE-recorded Holiday Party & Write-In 2019! Book Coach Anna Conathan joins us for an evening of prizes, surprises, writing prompts Q&A, trivia and more!

    Please note that this episode includes some adult language and themes—so don’t listen in public without earbuds.

    If you’d like to join our next event live, join our mailing list at ManuscriptAcademy.com/subscribe.

    You can view the live-recorded VIDEO version of this (with the text chat!) at https://manuscriptacademy.com/holidayparty2019

    Need a gift for the critique partner who has everything--or maybe for you? Instant download certificates for membership, classes, critiques, consultations and more available at ManuscriptAcademy.com/gift. Gifts start at just $9.95.

    Anna Conathan Coaching works with humans looking to move ancient obstacles, improve communication in challenging relationships, begin exciting new endeavors, or free themselves from tired old stories that keep them small in their lives. Trained through the International Coach Federation accredited program Accomplishment Coaching, Anna is passionately committed to helping people transform their own lives through powerful motivation, deep empathy, compassionate curiosity and her innate sense of humor.

    Anna Conathan is a personal coach trained through the premiere, International Coach Federation accredited program, Accomplishment Coaching. She is dedicated to helping people transform their lives through powerful motivation, deep empathy, compassionate curiosity, no-nonsense truth-telling, and her innate sense of humor.

    A graduate of Emerson College’s School of Performing Arts in Boston, Anna went on to a successful career as an actress, stand-up comic and screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York, where she learned to appreciate her species’ spectacular ability to create, connect, transform, and sling bullshit. Anna has pushed gurneys on "ER," opened for Paula Poundstone, worked as an in-house writer for Disney Animation, and penned original and adapted screenplays and TV scripts for Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, and Paramount.
    But her performance art skills didn’t really show their true value until she became a mother, which gave Anna the opportunity to embrace change, get comfortable with the unknown, and dig into her imagination in a new way. Parenting, as Anna likes to say, is the longest game of improv ever played.

    As a lifelong Human Behavior enthusiast and unofficial President of the Always Talk to Strangers club, Anna is here on this rock to serve as a suspension bridge of communication, a doula for tentative creatives and a toasty incubator for other people’s ambitions that are ready to hatch.
    When Anna isn’t coaching she can be found hauling traps as a sternman on a lobster boat in her home state of Maine, helping train future doctors in the ways of empathy as a standardized patient, messing around on stage with her Portland theater buddies, or walking the beach with her handsome husband, hilarious son and dingbat chocolate lab.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    65: First Page Podcast with Anna Conathan PLUS Holiday Party!

    65: First Page Podcast with Anna Conathan PLUS Holiday Party!

    We are so pleased to invite Anna Conathan, of Anna Conathan Coaching, to the podcast. She's one of our special guests for the 2019 Holiday Party! Get on the list--it's free, fun, available on any smart device. Get yourself on the list (and enter our raffle) here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/rsvp

    Need a gift for the critique partner who has everything--or maybe for you? Instant download certificates for membership, classes, critiques, consultations and more available at ManuscriptAcademy.com/gift. Gifts start at $25.

    Anna Conathan Coaching works with humans looking to move ancient obstacles, improve communication in challenging relationships, begin exciting new endeavors, or free themselves from tired old stories that keep them small in their lives. Trained through the International Coach Federation accredited program Accomplishment Coaching, Anna is passionately committed to helping people transform their own lives through powerful motivation, deep empathy, compassionate curiosity and her innate sense of humor.

    Anna Conathan is a personal coach trained through the premiere, International Coach Federation accredited program, Accomplishment Coaching. She is dedicated to helping people transform their lives through powerful motivation, deep empathy, compassionate curiosity, no-nonsense truth-telling, and her innate sense of humor.
    A graduate of Emerson College’s School of Performing Arts in Boston, Anna went on to a successful career as an actress, stand-up comic and screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York, where she learned to appreciate her species’ spectacular ability to create, connect, transform, and sling bullshit. Anna has pushed gurneys on "ER," opened for Paula Poundstone, worked as an in-house writer for Disney Animation, and penned original and adapted screenplays and TV scripts for Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, and Paramount.
    But her performance art skills didn’t really show their true value until she became a mother, which gave Anna the opportunity to embrace change, get comfortable with the unknown, and dig into her imagination in a new way. Parenting, as Anna likes to say, is the longest game of improv ever played.
    As a lifelong Human Behavior enthusiast and unofficial President of the Always Talk to Strangers club, Anna is here on this rock to serve as a suspension bridge of communication, a doula for tentative creatives and a toasty incubator for other people’s ambitions that are ready to hatch.
    When Anna isn’t coaching she can be found hauling traps as a sternman on a lobster boat in her home state of Maine, helping train future doctors in the ways of empathy as a standardized patient, messing around on stage with her Portland theater buddies, or walking the beach with her handsome husband, hilarious son and dingbat chocolate lab.

    • 17 min

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