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In The Manuscript, we dive into the intersection of writing and the development of technology products. Every couple of weeks we talk to people making a difference in Technical Writing, Instructional Design, UX Writing, Content Strategy and anywhere else there’s someone thinking about content in digital products and the tech industry.
 
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Have you ever wanted a book that felt like a hug? A smart, funny, perfect escape? Nandini Bajpai’s Sister of The Bollywood Bride (published in India originally as Red Turban, White Horse) is the wedding/family/rom com you didn’t know you needed.Julie actually met Nandini at SCBWi years ago—and knew even then that she’d be a success. We talk about b…
 
We are so darn excited for today’s podcast. Not only was Laurell one of those interviews where you can just *feel* the writerly energy in the room, but she was creative, kind, thoughtful—and has amazing tips for your work. From avoiding info dumps (and a brilliant technique we’d never heard of) to planning a series (28 books strong!), research for …
 
Welcome to quite a different episode than what we’re used to. We’ll have a Q&A about the show, share some backstage stories, special projects like Pupila Talk, and talk about the future of the show. Get to know some of our guests today: - Lucas Costa https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucas-costa-b28415219 - Babi Pinheiro https://www.linkedin.com/in/b%C3%…
 
Today on the podcast, we are so happy to welcome author Jennifer Chen and her agent, Caitie Flum from Liza Dawson Associates. We originally asked Jennifer on to talk about short pieces, and how she succeed with them—and she does a great job discussing that—but we were so pleasantly surprised to watch the thoughtful, kind, creative dynamic between t…
 
We are so thrilled to talk with Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd and (out today!) We Were Never Here. We discuss how the work was inspired (by someone very nice and non-murderous on a vacation), what it means to write scary works as a woman, and how she maintains *just* enough tension throughout.Andi says: Hi! I’m Andi, a Brooklyn-based writer and …
 
In this episode we interviewed Beatriz Guerreiro, fellow tech writer at VTEX, to talk about release notes, and the process of implementing them at VTEX. Bia graduated in International Relations at Universidade Federal Fluminense, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and before joining VTEX she worked at IBM in the Latin American HR. And we’re trying out a di…
 
Welcome to another First Pages podcast! This week, our brave volunteer is Tamara Kahler. We talk with Tamara about pitching dark work just after a pandemic (and putting an emphasis on hope and agency), her submission strategy (you don’t have to send it to as many people as most recommend), and how she avoided the dreaded manuscript saggy middle (an…
 
In this episode we interviewed Maria Beatriz Vilela, marketing specialist at Imovision, the film distributor. We’ll be covering a digital product that has been on my wish list for ages: streaming platforms! Maria Beatriz led the launch of Imovision’s first streaming platform, so we’ll talk specifically about film distribution, and how marketing con…
 
Join us for a quick summer Q&A—with questions from our Facebook group!Haven’t joined? There are 3,000+ writers there to help you with your query, your comps, and be your supportive community along the way. Just head to ManuscriptAcademy.com/Facebook.In this episode, we talk about summer slowdown, editorial agents, when to write subsequent books in …
 
Hey everyone! This is a live recording of a very special book-to-filmevent with Eric Mofford (producer and consultant) and Marty Go (producer and director) all about how to craft an elevator pitch. If you’ve ever wondered how to describe your work quickly—or panicked at the “So, what’s your book about?” question—this episode is for you! Prefer to w…
 
In this episode, we interviewed Pedro Alecrim, technical writer at Wildlife Studios to talk about games, and how words are part of how users interact with them. We focused our chat on the following topics: Pedro's career and how it feels to work in this industry; game development, and how it differs from regular app's development; community engagem…
 
We are so happy to welcome author, illustrator, and graphic novelist Whitney Gardner to the podcast! In this episode, we talk about plotting, pantsing, graphic novels, optimizing art with your editor, and much more. We also discuss working with multiple agents, succeeding against trend, and—we couldn’t help it—how to roast, grind, and perfect your …
 
We are so happy to tell you the story of how Agent Cecilia Lyra and author Kari Nixon met, became friends—and then officially started to work together. Kari is a science writer with the style of an English Major. Her work, Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19: What Pandemics Teach Us About Parenting, Work, Life, and Communities from the 1700s t…
 
In this episode, we interviewed Bruno Amui, tech writing lead at VTEX. We covered two main topics: the first one, we like to call “how Bruno performs his tech sorcery” which is basically his analytical approach to solving any problem or bug - which will interest you, even if you don't work with documentation; and secondly, we’ll talk about hiring a…
 
In this episode we cover tech writing and documentation platforms and tools. We interviewed Bruno Amui, tech writing lead at VTEX, talking about Bruno's surprising career path, where he jumped from building hardware, robots, and even satellites, to leading a tech writing team at VTEX. And spoiler alert: this is another episode where the chat was so…
 
We are so happy to welcome author Lindsay Maple, who generously offered to fill a last-minute opening in our first pages podcast (we love the last-minute stepping up!).Today, we’re going over her romantic comedy first page, talking about her process, her research, and the things she’s learned along the way.You can learn more about Lindsay on Twitte…
 
We are so happy to welcome Julie Falatko, author of Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask To Be In This Book) and all-around delightful human, to talk with us about her writing process, the transition from picture books to middle grade novels—and how to maintain your ability to concentrate and do “deep work,” even when living in a year that’s a dumpst…
 
It’s easy to believe that you have to be perfect to get published. Today, we bring you proof—hilarious, painful, honest proof—that things can go horribly awry and then end up great.Whether it’s checking in too soon (and getting called out by an agent), writing a pitch without a conflict or stakes (and then booking back-to-back agent meetings) or ha…
 
When blogger Jenny True wrote a post called F%^ Your Baby Advice, she never expected it would go viral. Soon the offers came in—including an advice columnist post and, then, a book deal. Now, with You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood coming out May 4, she’s a powerful new voice of humor, support, and parenting insights. …
 
Julie asked our Facebook group (join here! 3,000+ nice writers to support you: https://manuscriptacademy.com/facebook) what they’d like to know about critique. We discuss critique partners with the right problem and wrong solution, the chain reaction when you change one element, how Jessica gives her agency clients feedback, and differentiating bet…
 
We are so happy to welcome Laekan Zea Kemp to the podcast! We talk about how she got her agent (and made sure she was a true ally), her advice for writers (and how to keep your creative self safe), and how she came up with the idea for this gorgeous new story. Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She’s also the creator and host of t…
 
In this episode we interview John A Paz, senior content designer at Menlo Security. Our chat with John was so inspiring to us that we just had to share the full conversation with you. And to improve your podcasting experience we split it into two episodes. So today you'll listen to part two, where he dives deep into the reality of the tech market f…
 
We are so happy to share this with you! This episode was live-recorded March 2021. Want to watch the free video version instead? Head to https://manuscriptacademy.com/anne-elliott. Want an email about upcoming free events? Head to https://manuscriptacademy.com/subscribe. Many of us learn fiction writing via short stories—and many of us fall in love…
 
This episode is especially interesting for you, fellow tech writer, or aspiring tech writer, out there in the world. We interview John A Paz, senior content designer at Menlo, and he dives deep into the reality of working in the tech writing market. Our chat with John was so inspiring to us that we just had to share the full conversation with you. …
 
High stakes in quiet stories, fresh takes on dead genres, and how agencies share manuscripts We talk with agent Shannon Snow about how she’d love to bring dystopias and other “dead” genres back (even if, according to Jessica, dystopia couldn’t die fast enough), how agencies decide to take on projects (and share genres between themselves), and how t…
 
We are so happy to welcome agent Larissa Melo Pienkowski to the podcast! We loved having her as a guest, and think you'll love her, too. Larissa Melo Pienkowski is a literary agent at Jill Grinberg Literary Management, the assistant publisher of Dottir Press, and a freelance editor and sensitivity reader. As a Latinx, mixed-race bookworm, she’s pas…
 
We are so happy to welcome Haley Casey to the podcast! Haley Casey graduated from The University of Kansas in 2015 with a BA in creative writing, and that fall, she attended the Denver Publishing Institute. She began her full-time career at Ogden Publications, where she was an editor for four years. There she worked with a variety of authors across…
 
On today's episode, we interviewed Carlisa Johnson, multimedia journalist based in Atlanta. Her work focuses on race and gender politics, specifically highlighting experiences within the African Diaspora. We started things off by talking about Carlisa's career and her experience as a journalist, we also explored the connection between journalism an…
 
We are so happy to welcome agent Cecilia (CeCe) Lyra to the podcast! Cecilia will go through her inbox, #TenQueries style, giving us in-the-moment reactions to her queries. Ever wondered what agents think when they read your submissions? Now you know. Cecilia Lyra is an agent at P.S. Literary actively acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is …
 
Welcome to our live-recorded event with agent Lizzie Poteet! *****Please note that there are some adult topics mentioned in this episode. We aren't the MPAA, but we'd rate it PG-13.*****Originally from Nashville, TN, Lizzie Poteet is an agent at The Seymour Agency after several years at St Martin’s Press/Macmillan. A hopeless romantic, she’s eterna…
 
On this episode, we interview Ayodele Odubela, a Data Scientist and AI Ethicist who believes we should be using tech to make the lives of marginalized people better. We dive deep into the world of Data Science, Machine Learning and AI, and the challenges of communicating data. We also explore how we should bring more ethics and diversity into the f…
 
In this episode, Julie meets with her former teaching partner, Mary Murchie, to discuss two first pages, the role of detail from a reader's perspective, and what they’ll cover in their new Facebook Live series. Want to join a few thousand supportive writers in our free Facebook group? Head to https://manuscriptacademy.com/Facebook.…
 
Happy 2021! We have a brand new year with a ton of new projects designed to keep you creative, happy, and optimistic. We have:A new first-page podcast (in the feed now!) with Mary Murchie, our newest Facebook Live host. If you’d like to join our free Facebook group, head to https://manuscriptacademy.com/facebook.This month, we also have:*A success …
 
Hello friends! It is time for our annual holiday party. This year, we’re featuring agent and editor guests, fun ways to find new critique partners and friends, and a choose your own adventure format to build the best holiday party for you. Everything is free, online of course, and designed to be the kind of fun usually only possible in a year that …
 
This episode is for all the art lovers out there, who are also passionate about tech. We've interviewed Clare Brooks, who's worked as a creative producer in animation from Universal Studios to Nexus in London, making a move to AR and VR storytelling in Google and Facebook, and finally taking a leap into the art world. Now she's a producer at Google…
 
We are so happy to welcome Esther Cajahuaringa, an editor at Hachette Book Group.This is the first in a series of live-recorded Q&A’s with agents and editors. Are you interested in attending events like this? Learn more about our member lounge here: https://manuscriptacademy.com/member-lounge8:05 Why can't one publishing house can’t have two simila…
 
We are so happy to welcome Rebecca Raskin, an editor at HarperCollins, to our podcast.Rebecca started her career at Kensington Books, where she worked on genre fiction (including cozy mysteries, which we’ll talk about later in the episode!) and now works primarily on nonfiction. We talk about how Rebecca loves “quiet” novels (and whether there’s a …
 
And today we're breaking the rules. This is a special, surprise, mini episode for you. So last week we talked to Beatriz Guarezi about breaking the rules of content creation through newsletters. She’s a Senior Brand Manager at Liv Up, inhabiting the universe of brands since 2013 through research, consulting and content creation. She's the author an…
 
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