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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.

    76: How To Pitch When Publishing Is In Quarantine with Agent Amy Elizabeth Bishop

    76: How To Pitch When Publishing Is In Quarantine with Agent Amy Elizabeth Bishop

    We talk about how to submit during quarantine (Should you? Is publishing shut down? Is it really going as well as everyone says?), the importance of platform (and how selling nonfiction is different), and the emotional toll of rejections (and how agents feel about them).

    We also talk about how to make your writing seem effortless, what NYC life is like for new agents (hint: lots of bagels) and Amy’s new pitch panel, March 31.

    Learn more about that here: http://live.manuscriptacademy.com/amy/
    Book a meeting or written critique with Amy here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/amy-bishop

    Find her on Twitter @amylizbishop.

    • 31 min
    75: MFA's, Community & Identity with Editor Vivian Lee

    75: MFA's, Community & Identity with Editor Vivian Lee

    We are so pleased to speak with writer and editor Vivian Lee about the importance of literary community, what it was like for her to work in publishing at Little A/Amazon, and how our industry has changed over the past decade.

    We also discuss California Pizza Kitchen, fusion cuisine, and the immigrant experience--finding the perfect Mother's Day present for the mother who traveled 7,000 miles for you--and how Vivian's writing and editing processes start with specific ideas and images and branch out to address the larger questions, both in the piece and in life.

    Vivian Lee is a writer and book editor. Her book list includes Matthew Salesses' The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh's After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), Naima Coster's Halsey Street (Kirkus Prize Finalist), and Harold Schechter's Hell's Princess (A Washington Post Bestseller).

    She specializes in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, including true crime, memoir, essays, and long-form reporting. In both fiction and nonfiction, she is interested in a strong story or narrative usually dealing with identity or relationships of any kind (family, personal versus body/nature/man. She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree.

    Her writing can be found at The Los Angeles Times, Eater, ELLE.com, Catapult, and more.

    She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Literary Journalism and from the New School University in New York with a MFA in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction). Originally from Los Angeles, she now resides in Queens.

    You can meet with her at https://manuscriptacademy.com/vivian-lee, and you can listen to the Carly Rae Jepsen song she mentions, For Sure, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7SVEmuAsvI

    • 31 min
    74: Stand-up Comedy, Agenting, and Rage Push-Ups with Barbara Poelle

    74: Stand-up Comedy, Agenting, and Rage Push-Ups with Barbara Poelle

    We speak with agent, author, and stand-up comedian (yes, really!) Barbara Poelle about the Venn diagram of editorial needs, not swearing before 10 a.m., and how breaking all the rules worked out spectacularly well for one of her clients.

    Barbara’s new book, Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Book Publishing Industry, is half love letter and half guidebook for the publishing industry.

    What to Submit to Barbara:

    Barbara is looking for high octane thrillers, edgy mysteries, literary and upmarket fiction and YA.

    You can find her on twitter at @bpoelle.

    • 24 min
    73: Tom Lutz, Professor, Writer & Founder of The Los Angeles Review of Books

    73: Tom Lutz, Professor, Writer & Founder of The Los Angeles Review of Books

    We are so happy to talk with Tom Lutz. By day, he teaches creative writing at the University of California in Riverside and manages the LA Review of Books, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting writing about literature, culture and the arts. By night, he’s a rocker in bar bands. In between, he’s on a quest to visit every country in the world: 135 down, only 60 to go. This vagabond has dovetailed his wanderlust and passion for writing into seven nonfiction books—some on travel, one on the history of slackers, another on the history of tears. His first crime novel, Born Slippy, was published 1/14/2020.

    We talk about writing in odd places, making the leap from short to small pieces, the way characters (including a well-read sociopath) can surprise the writer with their dialogue, and tips for nourishing your creative life.

    You can learn more about Tom and his work at https://www.tomlutzwriter.com/.

    • 36 min
    71: #TenQueries with Literary Agent Stephanie Winter

    71: #TenQueries with Literary Agent Stephanie Winter

    Join us for a look inside a literary agent's inbox! Listen as she decides, in the moment, what to request, what to reject, and why.

    Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie is a dedicated bookseller who holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and a M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. Her experiences of living and traveling in and around Europe have left her eagerly devouring upmarket, fantasy, and non-fiction genres that make new worlds and perspectives come alive. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.

    You can book a meeting or written critique with her here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/stephanie-winter

    And you can find her on Twitter and Instagram @ReadByStephanie

    • 16 min
    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.

    • 39 min

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