Terms of Service
The Manuscript Academy exists to provide writers a creative place to grow together, get constructive feedback, build connections, find support, and learn the skills that can move their careers forward.
To that end, with the belief that the best creative work is done in a place where everyone feels safe, supported, and valued, we do have a code of conduct. Whether you are a full tuition student or scholarship student, the rules apply equally.
By accessing and using this service, you accept and agree to be bound by the terms and provision of this agreement. In addition, when using these particular services, you shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services. Any participation in this service will constitute acceptance of this agreement. If you do not agree to abide by the above, please do not use this service.
- Respectful communication: We expect that everyone behave in a respectful manner. We know it’s frustrating if a faculty member doesn’t immediately say yes, or the edits you receive are time-consuming, or you don’t immediately connect with the vision they propose. That said, it is counterproductive to take your anger out on them. We will not tolerate disrespectful behavior, including but not limited to name-calling, aggressive language, violating boundaries, unkind communication, or otherwise acting aggressively toward faculty, fellow attendees, or our founders. Such behavior can, at the sole discretion of the Academy, lead to a warning, or immediate dismissal without a refund.
- Membership: You can become a member, and then have access to the Member Booking System, early access to booking (before the non-member public—which increases your odds of, but does not guarantee, first-choice booking), Q&A’s, and monthly classes in one of three ways:
- Purchase a membership ($49/$69 and up a month): This allows you access to ALL of our classes for 30 days, as well as access to the member booking system (early booking for meetings and longer meetings, plus written critiques up to 100 pages) for 30 days. Early booking does not guarantee the person you wish to meet with will be available. Membership automatically renews every 30 days. It is your responsibility to cancel when you wish to do so. Gold members will receive a code good for one ten-minute meeting ($49 value) once per billing cycle. If you are a gold member and have any trouble accessing this code, please get in touch.
- Purchase access to an A La Carte Class: This allows you 30 days of access to your class. This does not come with early booking, but will, in some cases, grant you access to a live Q&A to go with the class. A La Carte memberships are 30 days and do not renew.
- We are a conference, NOT a paid entry into publishing. Scheduling a meeting or critique with a faculty member is for strictly educational purposes. We strongly suggest you use your time to listen to suggestions, versus pitch. Like meetings at any conference, we do not guarantee that our faculty have the magic solution to your work, and do not guarantee results. Once your session is complete, we are not responsible for what happens should a faculty member or other publishing professional request your work.
- Faculty availability: We can in no way guarantee the availability of each faculty member. As these are very busy individuals, it’s common for faculty members to take months off, or for their meetings to sell out. If you have your heart set on a specific faculty member, we recommend that you confirm their availability before purchasing your membership. You can always use our contact form to ask.
- Rescheduling by faculty member: Our faculty members are people—people who sometimes get sick, have off days, or can’t immediately come up with exactly the right fix. This is also the good part—they’re usually inspired, resilient, and able to give you solutions no robot ever could. To that end, we ask that, if your faculty member needs to reschedule your meeting, you cooperate in finding a time that’s agreeable to both of you.
- Cancellation by faculty member: Our faculty members reserve the right to decline to take a meeting or complete a critique. In this case, they will let us know, and we will issue a full refund.
- Technical difficulties: As with all technology, glitches do sometimes happen. If you experience any trouble, please get in touch with us right away. If technical difficulties are preventing you from attending your meeting, please do not panic. Faculty members know this will sometimes happen, and will reach out to reschedule. It will not make them think less of you.
- Cancellations/rescheduling: Most of our appointments do not allow cancellations, as the faculty member may have already begun work editing your pages. That said, you are allowed to cancel the ten-minute meetings as long as you do so more than 72 hours ahead. If you must cancel within 72 hours, write to us and explain the situation.
- Revisions: Most of our appointments do not allow revisions, as many faculty members begin work editing the pages you’ve sent right away. That said, you may send a revision for your ten-minute meeting, as long as you do so a MINIMUM of four hours ahead, you may. The revision system can be found here, and each revision is $10.
- If, for some reason, the revision system isn’t working, please send to us with “Revision for [Faculty member],” and we will, if we see it in time, forward it on and ask you to send us the $10 via Paypal.me/ManuscriptAcademy
- You may not send a revision after your meeting. If you would like more advice, however, you are welcome to book another meeting with that faculty member, especially after you implement their edits.
- Copyright: We expect that you will behave honorably in the use of your login information and respect the copyright of our work. If we see that your username and password have been used to login in impossible ways (for example, in use in Colorado and Maine within an hour), of if it appears you are sharing a membership, illegally sharing our materials, or otherwise violating our terms of service, we reserve the right to suspend your account without a refund. The Site and its original content, features, and functionality are owned by The Manuscript Academy, LLC and are protected by international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.
- Contact/help: We are available by email at Academy@ManuscriptWishList.com and on our Contact page as often as we can be; however, after business hours Monday to Friday, New York time, there may be longer delays. If you are waiting for an answer from us and don’t hear back within three days, please check in. Most responses will be much faster. Whatever the issue, we can often fix it retroactively.
- Purpose: We are in no way promising that The Academy is a guarantee in terms of finding an agent or getting published. While you may use your time to pitch your work, we are set up to be a learning experience, NOT a way to “pay your way in.” We are an educational program, not an agency for agents. That said, we strongly believe that what we offer will help you learn to best present your work.
- Consider your notes: We expect you to think of this as a learning experience. When you receive notes, please try to consider them. While of course we can’t force you to “do your homework,” as it were, we do hope that you will be open to what you learn here.
- Scholarships: are available at the beginning of each semester, and are awarded in September, January, and June. You are welcome to apply here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/scholarship-application/. Unless you otherwise specify, we will keep your information on file for consideration for future semesters. All scholarship applications are kept strictly confidential, and will never best shared with anyone except those strictly in charge of choosing recipients. If you are awarded a scholarship, no one will know that you are not a full-tuition student unless you tell them.
- Privacy: We will not share your information with anyone, except as provided to us when you sign up. Please note that your name, query or first page, writing sample, and phone number are automatically shared with the faculty member you specified when you sign up for meetings or critiques—but they will never see your credit card information. If you would like to be anonymous on our site, you are welcome to give yourself a pseudonym when you sign up, but your real name will show up with your payment (and we will see the last four digits of your credit card number if you use Stripe). We exercise great care to protect your personal information. This includes, among other things, using industry standard techniques such as firewalls, encryption, and intrusion detection. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or receive from us. This is especially true for information you transmit to us via email since we have no way of protecting that information until it reaches us since email does not have the security features that are built into our websites and payment processing software. Please do not ever email us your credit card, payment, or other sensitive information.
- Payment: You are welcome to pay by either Stripe or Paypal, both of which have industry-standard security. We expect payment at time of booking, or at the time of purchasing your membership. Monthly memberships are automatically billed once every 30 days, and you can cancel at any time. However, we are trusting you to cancel when you mean to cancel—we can’t retroactively refund you for six months of access, for example. Please be mindful, go over your statement each month, and make sure everything is correct. Short of errors on our part, we will not refund more than 10 days in the past, prorated.
- Refunds: You will receive a refund if you cancel your ten-minute meeting more than 72 hours ahead, as per our cancellation policy, or if a faculty member or founder initiates the cancellation. Refunds take 5-7 business days to reach your statement. We do not issue refunds for class (Full Library or A La Carte) memberships except in the following cases:
- Accidental overpurchase: If you misunderstand the rules of membership (for example, if you purchase a Full Library Membership and then purchase an a la carte class on top of it—which was included with your Full Library), please write to us and we will correct the error.
- Cancellation within 30 minutes of purchase: If you accidentally purchased a Full Library Membership, please write to us immediately and we will correct the error. However, because the A La Carte classes can be watched within that time, this policy applies only to Full Library Memberships.
- Cancellation at faculty member’s request–if a faculty member opts not to take a meeting, or declines a critique, you will be refunded.
- Termination of membership: Pertaining to the above, we may terminate your access to the Site, without cause or notice, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your account. All provisions of this Agreement that, by their nature, should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.