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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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    • 4.8 • 256 Ratings

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

    How To Get An Agent’s Attention From The First Page (Mystery Agent Consultation)

    How To Get An Agent’s Attention From The First Page (Mystery Agent Consultation)

    Welcome to our latest Mystery Agent episode. We asked you, our lovely writers, to send in your query and first page—and asked a wonderful literary agent to choose a lucky writer for a critique. What follows is the joy-filled, insightful consultation and conversation between them. There are wonderful lessons in this episode about pitching, character development, and more.

    In this episode, listen as Larissa Melo Pienkowski (Jill Grinberg Literary Management) helps author Justine McDaniel with small changes that may make all the difference. (And yes, we like her so much, we're already placing bets on her publishing success.) With a focus on first page, pitching, character, and the nuances of this age group, Larissa and Justine work together to bring this submission packet to the next level.

    Want to apply for our next Mystery Agent critique? Join our mailing list at https://manuscriptacademy.com/subscribe to be the first to know how.

    Want to meet with Larissa to go over YOUR query or pages? Head to https://manuscriptacademy.com/faculty-members/larissa-melo-pienkowski.

    • 49 min
    How To Promote Your Work, Help Writers, And Stay Genuine

    How To Promote Your Work, Help Writers, And Stay Genuine

    This episode is all about to get the best return on your time investment, boost your book sales, excel at Instagram—and connect with your audience in ways you never knew possible.

    Join our Three-Day Submission Strategy Workshop here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/product/submission-strategy-workshop

    Sarah Blair is an author of sexy, snarky, supernatural fiction.
    She graduated from the University of Tennessee where she earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, summa cum laude.
    As an enthusiastic fan of The X-Files, she began her writing career penning fan fiction. Now she is the author of three books in the adult urban fantasy series, Tides of Darkness. When she’s not writing, she is a host and showrunner for The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast.
    Find her at Sarahlblair.com and https://www.instagram.com/author.sarah.blair/


    Some of Sarah’s favorite accounts to follow:

    https://www.instagram.com/mixtusmedia/
    https://www.instagram.com/theunkarenkaren/
    https://www.instagram.com/romantically_inclined/
    https://www.instagram.com/the.author.apothecary/

    • 37 min
    Holiday Novels, Food Writing, And Tips For Faster First Drafts

    Holiday Novels, Food Writing, And Tips For Faster First Drafts

    We are so happy to welcome author Amy E. Reichert to the podcast! She has a number of beautiful novels (all featuring wonderful food writing), her latest being Once Upon a December, a holiday romance featuring a magical Christmas market, a steamy romance, and—of course—gorgeous holiday treats.

    We also talk about food writing and best how to make it work (what book isn’t better with gorgeous food?), world building in (mostly) contemporary settings, and what special elements you need if you want your holiday work to be successful.

    Amy E. Reichert, author of six novels, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer baby snuggler, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library’s board of directors. She's a member of Tall Poppy Writers. 

    She is the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, The Simplicity of Cider, and The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go, and more.

    Learn more about her here: https://www.amyereichert.com/

    • 32 min
    Holiday Party December 13! Plus: Anna Conathan On Discomfort, Creativity & Making Them Work For You

    Holiday Party December 13! Plus: Anna Conathan On Discomfort, Creativity & Making Them Work For You

    We can’t wait! Join us for our SIXTH annual holiday party, December 13, 8:30pm ET. The event is FREE and open to the public, and features agents Kayla Lightner and John Cusick, good vibes expert Thalia Elie, and writer, book coach, and comedian Anna Conathan.

    Get your free ticket here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/party

    Invite a friend to our party here: manuscriptacademy.com/invite-a-friend

    Anna joins us today to talk awkward conversations, how uncomfortable interactions can pay off—and how getting comfortable with both is the key to your creativity.

    Learn more about Anna here: http://annaconathancoaching.com/

    • 9 min
    Anne Elliott on Movement, Momentum & Keeping an Agent Reading

    Anne Elliott on Movement, Momentum & Keeping an Agent Reading

    We are thrilled to speak with Anne Elliott—who always makes us feel like we’re in the best kind of MFA—about how structure and movement in your story can create the kind of reading experience that keeps people up all night with your book. Whether you’re pitching, published, or both, this is exactly (we imagine) what you want as a reader.

    Join us November 15-17 for a three-day event on this very topic. Daily classes, supportive community, live Q&A and a live feedback panel. Everything comes with replays and can be done on your schedule. $49: https://live.manuscriptacademy.com/movement-and-momentum/

    Anne Elliott is the author of The Artstars: Stories (Blue Light Books / Indiana University Press, 2019) and The Beginning of the End of the Beginning (Ploughshares Solos, 2014). Her short stories can be found in Story, A Public Space, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Hobart, Bellevue Literary Review Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fugue, and elsewhere. Elliott is a veteran of the New York spoken word circuit, with stage credits including The Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, and PS122.

    Her fiction has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Story Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Table 4 Writer's Foundation, Tomales Bay Writer's Workshop, The Normal School, Longleaf Writer’s Conference, and The Bridport Prize. She holds an MFA in visual art from UC San Diego, and an MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Maine with her husband and many pets.

    • 13 min
    Comps, Opening Pages & Pitching: Live Q&A with Agent Paige Wheeler

    Comps, Opening Pages & Pitching: Live Q&A with Agent Paige Wheeler

    We loved this event! In a cozy, neighborhood potluck-like format, we chatted with agent Paige Wheeler, who talks everything from comps to first pages to how to get your query ready to send--and where to send it.

    This episode was recorded in earliest autumn, in front of our Member Lounge audience. Learn more about the Member Lounge here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/member-lounge

    As the founder of Creative Media Agency, Inc., https://cmalit.com/paige-wheeler/, Paige Wheeler has artfully merged her creativity and business savvy to create an agency that is dedicated to maximizing author potential. With over twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, Paige is propelled by an entrepreneurial spirit, ignited by the thrill of discovery. Through all of her professional endeavors, Paige has ventured to support her clients and their unique voices in an unprecedented way. In 2006, Paige also became a founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC. Deciding she missed focusing on growing the author, not the business, Paige pivoted to a boutique approach to author representation. Through CMA, she is now able to manage the intellectual property rights of authors by selling both domestic and foreign rights, co-agenting film and audio rights, and maximizing the long tail of a book’s life in the e-book marketplace.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
256 Ratings

256 Ratings

NicD413 ,

Newer listener, big fan!

This podcast has a topic of interest for every writer looking to grow and learn. Thank you for the thoughtful interviews with agents, writers, and publishers, and for the engaging subject matter.

Ginnyjs ,

Excellent resources for querying writers

Useful topics thoughtfully curated and presented by engaging and supportive publishing industry professionals. I feel like I ought to grab a cup of tea before listening then immediately work on my submission materials.

bridgecorp350 ,

Maybe its not them its me ?

But Julie please enunciate all the syllables in every word. It makes for easier listening. There is a wide variety of guests which is good but anything too far out of the writing sphere (agents and writers) makes it too ambiguous for my taste. Maybe Ive outgrown it

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