What is Manuscript Academy?
Founded by a literary agent and a former SCBWI conference organizer, with the writer in mind. We have the access you want, and the knowledge you need to learn from the top minds in the industry. The Manuscript Academy offers a full-range of services–with the simple goal of helping you achieve your writing goals
Manuscript Academy is the sister company of Manuscript Wish List®, a website that allows literary agents and editors to list what kind of books they’re looking for. Manuscript Academy (or @MSWLMA on Twitter) is dedicated to providing access to agents, editors and top writing instruction–all without leaving home.
So will the classes be live? When do they start?
Classes and panels are pre-recorded on video and then professionally edited. You have 30 days from purchase date to view them, pause, take notes, and learn as much as you can from them. If you’ve ever wished for Tivo for your conferences, this is it.
During your membership, you also have the opportunity to register for live one-on-one meetings with agents and editors, and professional critiques for your work. (Note that pitches and critiques are add-ons and optional).
So the conferences are not in person at a venue?
There is no travel, no stuffy hotels, or dry rubber chicken. The Manuscript Academy is 100% web-based. So, go no further than your most comfortable chair and start your writing journey with us.
You can enjoy a conference at your leisure on your own time. If you want to pitch your book to agents and editors, those Skype/Google Hangout/phone calls can be scheduled at your convenience. If you opt for a critique of your work, the edited material is sent to you via e-mail in the weeks following the event.
How do I pitch agents through a computer?
A one-on-one video or voice pitch meeting is scheduled, depending on who you want to meet. Each meeting is 10 minutes, and you can book as many meetings as you like. Note that agent & editor pitches are an add-on cost. Spaces are very limited.
Are all the agent and editor faculty members really seeking new clients and books now?
Absolutely. We are only involving faculty that are open to hearing from new writers.
What kind of critiques are available?
Faculty for the events (agents, editors, published authors) will be critiquing query letters and manuscript pages. These are optional add-on elements, and you can learn more about pricing here. Prices vary depending on the assignment. When you opt for a critique, you will see which attending faculty members are available to critique your work. (Some may be booked up or sold out, though we do take requests if you have your heart set on a particular faculty member.)
How do I get to the member area?
After you register for any Manuscript Academy conference, you can log into your account by going to the Log In link on the upper-right corner of our screen.
Then hover your mouse over Member Home on the top menu. A display will come up–from there, you can join the forums, book agent and editor pitch appointments, schedule an add-on critique, and view content that is currently in your 30-day live window.
Can I invite a friend? Are there limited spots?
We have no limit on attendees, so please do refer us to writing groups and peers. Thank you for doing so.
How do I apply for the scholarship?
Hooray! We’re glad to have you. Go to the scholarship page and follow the instructions there.
Have more questions? Drop us a line on our Contact page.