For those writers, like myself, who are seeking literary agent representation or a publisher, wading through the endless listing of possibilities is daunting. Tack on the fact that there are so many 'scams' out there, you never really know who to turn to.
Enter Manuscript Wish List. A listing of editors, publishers and agents all featuring their wish list...things they would love to see in their inbox. It is the perfect way to wade through the endless possibilities, and narrow down your search to those agents who might be a fit for you and your work.
#MSWL on twitter will also give you recent twitter postings from agents on their most recent literary cravings.
As if the availability of this site isn't awesome enough, June 30 from 11-5 will be MSWL day. WOOT! Agents will be doing special requests for works, and interact with each other.
For those hoping to pitch to events, a calendar has been featured as well HERE
I highly recommend this site, and hashtag, for anyone seeking representation or who have the hopes of one day finding their way to the printed page. It is an amazing resource!
MANUSCRIPT WISH LIST
Have you ever wondered what the inspiration was for some of your favorite novels? How did the author come up with such incredible, unique ideas? Or, for writers themselves, have you ever struggled with finding the perfect concept despite all the little micro-ideas floating around in your head?
Well, I've decided to do a little research and have come up with a list of 5 famous works and the inspiration that brought them to life!
1) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
While marking college papers, Tolkein happened across a blank page. To some, such an item would be daunting...to a writer, especially. But for Tolkein, he wrote down the first thing that came to his mind. And that sentence went on to be one of the most iconic literary starts in history...
'In the ground there lived a hobbit.'
He had no idea what a hobbit was, mind you. Nor did he know why it would live in the ground. But he set forth to answer those questions, and gifted us with one of the greatest literary adventures of all time.
2) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
You never know when inspiration might hit. Nor can you guess when you may be ready to take the leap, and begin a story. For CS Lewis, at the age of 16, he was gripped with a daydream of a half goat, half man, hurrying along with an umbrella and parcels. A curious thing to day dream, and of course, he dismissed it. But, the idea never left him, and at the age of 40, he finally set himself down to write the mesmerizing tale.
3) Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne. For many classic fantasy lovers, there is no greater story teller. But the inspiration for one of his greatest tales came from a form of truth...an advertisement in a local paper, while in Paris, offering the chance to travel around the world in 80 days. Then, the feat was considered almost impossible...but in Vernes mind, impossible was not in his vocabulary, instead setting him on the path to forming one of his greatest tales.
4) Anna Karenina
Tolstoy is raved as one of the early greats, his tales vast and gripping. But for the tale of a melancholy woman, the idea came to him while laying on the couch following dinner. The idea haunted him for some time, before he actually decided to tell her tale.
5) Animal Farm
George Orwell, author of one of my personal favorites 1984, has a way of taking the ordinary, and giving it a twist of the extraordinary. While watching a cart horse led by a young boy down a path, Orwell considered what would happen if animals were able to understand their own strength. This hypothetical is one Im sure others may have considered, with any random ponderings. But it was Orwell who, later on, crafted the novella of animals taking over a farm, and putting this question in print.
Most of you know I have been writing for the pop culture site, Fangirlish, since the beginning of the year. I absolutely love it, my editor is amazing, and I get to cover what I love...One Direction, and Wattpad!
I have opened up an area of my site to include all the articles, interviews and features I have been fortunate enough to cover for the site!
Thank you to Erin, editor extraordinaire, for all the opportunities!
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