Imagine your ideal creative community–one where you can learn together, edit together, and support each other–right in your computer

Access To Top Agents, Editors & Authors

  • Have real conversations that move your work forward. 
  • Ask questions in real time over video chat (or phone), or have your notes delivered by email.
  • Choose from 30+ top agents and editors
  • Receive real, actionable feedback on how to make your work stand out
  • Each of our faculty members is chosen for their kindness, brilliance, and ability to come up with feedback on your spot
  • Members receive early booking + can make custom requests

30+ Hours Of Classes on the Craft, Business & Community of Publishing

  • Everything you’d learn at an in-person conference–and more, since you don’t have to choose between sessions at the same time
  • Watch on your schedule
  • Pause, rewind, take notes
  • Thoughfully edited to maximize efficiency

View List Of Available Classes

  • How To Pitch Your Book Like A Publicist with Rachel Ekstrom Courage, Folio Literary Management
  • Great First Lines with John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management
  • Platform, Publicity & Publishing in Your Pajamas with Dawn Michelle Hardy, agent and publicist at Dream Relations
  • The Comp Title Code with Hannah Robinson, editor at Simon & Schuster
  • What The Hook? Finding The Hook of Your Book with Jessica Watterson, agent at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
  • Writing Children’s Books That Surprise And Delight with Fiona Kenshole, agent at Transatlantic Literary Agency
  • Middle Grade Basics with Alyssa Jeannette, Stonesong Literary
  • Making The Perfect Pitch with Katharine Sands, The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
  • Finding The Funny In Your Manuscript with Jilly Gagnon, author of #Famous (Harpercollins, 2017)
  • Trendsetter, Not Trendy and #OwnVoices: How to Write What You Know with Quressa Robinson, Nelson Literary
  • From Concept To Picture Book with Hazel Mitchell, author/illustrator
  • Worldwide Appeal: What You Need to Know About Foreign Rights with Rena Rossner, The Deborah Harris Agency
  • Character, POV, and the All-Important Voice with Laura Zats, Headwater Literary
  • How To Edit A Bestselling Romance Novel with Lane Heymont, The Tobias Agency
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing Law with Melissa Edwards, lawyer and agent at Stonesong Literary
  • How To Write A Manuscript That Gets And Keeps Everyone’s Attention, with Linda Camacho, Gallt & Zacker Agency
  • Writing Villians Readers Love To Hate with Stacey Graham, Red Sofa Literary
  • Unbranding Yourself: Revealing The True You to the Book Community with Laura Barbiea, Alloy Entertainment
  • Worldbuilding 101 with Roseanne Wells, The Jennifer DiChiara Literary Agency
  • Writing Picture Books: How? Why? When with Julie Falatko, author of Snappsy The Alligator Did Not Ask To Be In This Book
  • High Concept: What It Means, How To Make It Work for You with Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, formerly of Liza Dawson Associates
  • Finding The Narrative In Your Nonfiction with Erik Hane, Headwater Literary
  • Finding A Home For Your Short Story with Anne Elliott, author
  • Marketing 101 with Jalissa Corrie, Lee & Low Books
  • School Visits: How To Meet Young Readers, Build An Audience, And Sell Books with Cameron Rosenblum, bestselling author
  • Nonfiction Basics with Amanda Shih, Scholastic
  • The Art of the Break for Writers with Elizabeth Ross Holstrom
  • Internet Stalking Without Being Creepy: How to Research, Network, And Become A Priority in the Slush Pile Jessica Sinsheimer, Context Literary

Live Events Designed For Maximum Interaction, Support & Community

  • First page and query panels with top agents & editors
  • Live monthly classes where you can ask questions in the moment, as they occur to you
  • Workshops designed for real results for real people
  • Supportive, thoughtful, talented community
  • Can’t make it live? Send your questions ahead and watch the replay

Member Support To Make The Most of Your Time With Us

  • Early booking in the meetings and critiques system–get your top-choice meeting before they open to the public
  • Concierge service–show us your query, and we’ll pair you with your best faculty meeting match
  • Special requests–if your preferred faculty member is sold out for the month, we’re happy to ask them to add a spot on your behalf (no guarantees, but it often works!)
  • Custom services–want a longer written critique than is available in the system? Need a faster turnaround? Ask, and we’ll do our best to make it happen
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Amazing Value

Julie & Jessica, I know you hear this all the time, but I am so grateful for these Manuscript Academy workshops. I learn so much. I would not have gotten this information anywhere else. I like that I don't have to log in at a specific time and can pop in and out of the class throughout the day. The biggest takeaway from this session was that the sample pages need to support what is promised in the query letter. I'm looking forward to more of these classes. Also, they are an amazing value!
Judy Hock

Anyone out there working on a novel, picture book, etc. needs to know about The Manuscript Academy.

I really enjoyed the energy and information from all the people involved. I wrote so many notes down which I think will really help me get my work published. My search continues for an agent to help me start the process. I am so glad I found your group.

Anyone out there working on a novel, picture book, etc. needs to know about The Manuscript Academy. This group can offer so much relative information which will help answer the many questions we all have starting out as writers. I feel so privileged to know about this group.

Sincerely,

Sandra

The Manuscript Academy made a huge difference.

I have an agent! I signed with Emily Forney at BookEnds this morning, on the basis of my roller derby young adult novel, and I'm so excited!

Manuscript Academy made a huge difference in getting me the info I needed and in getting me to take the effort to get published seriously. HUGE shout out to Jessica Sinsheimer and Julie True Kingsley!
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Great presentations with truly valuable information from industry insiders.

This was such a great resource. I felt as motivated as if I'd spent all day at a conference, except it only cost $49! It was so nice to watch each class multiple times so that I could really absorb it at my own pace, take notes, or just listen. Thank you Laura Zats, Roseanne Wells and Linda Camacho! Great presentations with truly valuable information from industry insiders.

I can already see the difference in my writing.

I found the craft pack to be extremely helpful, particularly Laura Zats' class on voice. She provided actionable advice on deepening POV that I was able to use on my manuscript that same day, and I can already see the difference in my writing. Since I watched the classes, I have frequently referenced back to the notes I took on all of them.

I love all the events and classes Manuscript Academy has to offer. Thank you for making industry professionals so accessible to writers.

This was a FANTASTIC series! I love all the very specific, usable tips, especially the ones on how to research agents using metatags and advanced Twitter and Google searches. I had never thought of that before. I couldn't attend live so watched the recordings. I found all the information extremely helpful and inspiring. It was such a supportive environment. Thank you for all the useful strategies on how to track agent submissions and read rejection letters (that was super helpful!). I've had a few "this isn't right for me. But send me another manuscript" type of rejections. It reminds me not to stop listening at "this isn't right for me." but to make note of that agent for "send me another manuscript." - got to find that silver lining!

I love all the events and classes Manuscript Academy has to offer. Thank you for making industry professionals so accessible to writers.

All the Classes + All The Events + Early Booking

  • Early booking in the meetings & critiques system
  • Members-only meeting and critique formats
  • Access to 100% of our filmed, edited classes (30+ hours) taught by top agents, editors and authors
  • Tickets to ALL of our live events
  • A monthly Q&A help desk with rotating guest faculty
  • Personal recommendations for faculty pairings
  • Cancel at any time–if you cancel within 30 days, you’ll pay just $49
Join With Basic Membership Now

Monthly Agent Consultation + All the Classes + All The Events + Early Booking

  • One monthly consultation with the faculty agent or editor of your choice ($49 value)
  • Early booking in the meetings & critiques system
  • Members-only meeting and critique formats
  • Access to 100% of our filmed, edited classes (30+ hours) taught by top agents, editors and authors
  • Tickets to ALL of our live events
  • A monthly Q&A help desk with rotating guest faculty
  • Personal recommendations for faculty pairings
  • Cancel at any time–if you cancel within 30 days, you’ll pay just $69
Join With Gold Membership Now