FAQ

General

You can view your current schedule of chosen sessions by logging in here with the same email you used to register: https://museandthemarketplace2018.sched.com/.

You may change your chosen craft sessions until Monday, April 2nd at 12:00pm. Please note that the schedule webpage saves automatically; you do not need to click any “save” button.

We’re certainly sad you won’t be able to join us! You can find our cancellation policy on the policies page.

We suggest you bring a pen and a notebook (paper or electronic), business cards, an extra phone/laptop charger, some cash for the Lit Lounge Cash Bar, and an energy bar or two. If you are participating in a session that requires pre-work, bring those printed-out pages. Please do not bring full manuscripts.

When you arrive at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, please check in at the registration desk on the Mezzanine Level. There you will receive a name tag, program, and folder of conference materials.

We strongly recommend re-reading the descriptions of each session and the bios for each presenter beforehand. Session descriptions will not be printed in the conference program. Some sessions (e.g. “Literary Idol,” “Non-Fiction Idea Clinic,” and “Query Clinic”) require reading or submitting material beforehand— please read your session descriptions now to see if this applies to you.  

We aim to keep this large conference as intimate and accessible as possible, with sessions ranging in size from 20-70 participants. Many of the guest authors, editors, agents, and panelists are generously donating their time in support of GrubStreet’s programming. We encourage you to ask them about their work, buy their books, and get them signed after their sessions. We also encourage you to give your business cards to the agents, editors, and attendees you meet, if applicable, but we ask that you do not hand them manuscripts or samples of your writing.

We are happy to provide a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, for 1.5 hours before the first session of the day. On Friday and Saturday, we have set aside 1 hour for a lunch break. You can find suggestions for nearby eateries (with some discounts exclusive to Muse attendees!) in your program.

Dress comfortably, but please note that the Park Plaza Hotel requests proper business or casual attire. No ripped jeans or athletic wear, please! We strongly recommend wearing layers to accommodate the alternately stuffy and overly-air-conditioned session rooms.

If you need wireless internet to accomplish your conference goals, please take a passcode from the registration desk.

If you have any accessibility needs (such as a nursing room), or an issue requiring individual attention, please email JoAnn at joann@grubstreet.org to see if we can make the accommodation. Please note that some rooms will have designated seats for persons with a disability, as well as companion seating.

To help everyone– whether presenter, attendee, volunteer, or staff– have a fun and safe weekend, please review our Muse 2018 Anti-Harassment Policy. For questions or concerns, contact Hanna Katz at hanna@grubstreet.org.

Yes! If you are an attendee with a book to sell, you are welcome to set up shop at the Attendee Pop-Up Bookstore table, and sell your book to conference-goers. You may provide postcards or other swag associated with your book(s). Unless you are giving books away, you must provide your own method of collecting payment: cash, check, Square, etc. You may store books under the (draped) tables or speak with a GrubStreet staff person at registration about storing items in the Exeter Room, but GrubStreet is not responsible for lost or stolen items. There is no fee for this opportunity, and GrubStreet takes no cut of your sales. To participate, RSVP to muse@grubstreet.org.

This opportunity is only available to registered Muse-goers.

Phone battery draining on you? Come to the Registration area to enjoy our charging station for those needing to juice up their laptops, phones, and tablets.

The cost of the Muse and the Marketplace 2019 varies depending on your membership status, the number of days you attend, and your optional participation in the Manuscript Mart and/or Shop Talk Happy Hour.

All 3 Days: $535 (Members get $40 off!)

Friday or Saturday Only: $385 (Members get $35 off!)

Manuscript Mart: $195/meeting

Shop Talk Happy Hour: $75

The deadline to apply to be a Muse 2019 teaching scholar has passed.

Once the GrubStreet block of rooms is released, you’ll find the link on this page. Be sure to act fast, the block goes very quickly.

Rooms in the GrubStreet block start at $269/night.

There are rooms in the conference venue, the Park Plaza Hotel, but there are many other options in the area as well!

Hotels in Boston are notoriously expensive and tend to book long in advance. For the cost-conscious traveler, we recommend a discount site like Priceline and Hotwire to find accommodations. Because the conference is centrally located, most hotels and guest houses in the Back Bay, Theater District, Copley Square, and beyond are convenient on foot or via the T.

For a cheap option, Hostel International Boston is very close by and offers group rooms for roughly $50/night.

For those looking for a more luxurious experience, boutique hotels The Lenox and the Mandarin Oriental are a short walk from Park Plaza. The Four Seasons is also right next door.

Manuscript Mart

We are not able to accommodate any changes to your requests.

Once you’ve registered for your meeting, you can assume that you will be scheduled with the agent or editor you indicated to be your first choice. In the unlikely event the agent or editor you selected as your first choice is no longer able to attend the conference, we will reach out for your second and third choices.

Absolutely! If you are attending the conference for 1 day only, we’ll do our best to ensure that you meet with that consultant on that day. If that’s not possible, we may ask you to come in briefly on a different day for your appointment.

You may purchase as many meetings as you’d like! Each meeting costs $195.

No, only Muse & the Marketplace 2019 attendees can participate in the Manuscript Mart.

Meetings take place throughout the weekend and do sometimes conflict with sessions. We welcome you to slip quietly in and out of a session if you need to in order to attend your Manuscript Mart meetings.

If you are attending the Muse on a 1-day ticket, we will do our best to schedule your meeting for that day.

All Manuscript Mart meetings take place in Arlington Room & Georgian Ballroom on the Mezzanine level of the Park Plaza Hotel.

No writer should expect an agent or editor to immediately sign them or agree to publish their work during the Manuscript Mart. We strongly suggest that you focus on receiving direct feedback from an active industry professional, which itself is an elusive and valuable opportunity. That said, every year a small but significant percentage of participating writers do sign on with agents and editors they meet through the Manuscript Mart, and/or, more likely, initiate relationships that result in book deals.

Scholarships

Nearly all scholarships are awarded in quantities of $250, to be used towards Muse 2019 registration. Occasionally we offer larger amounts to individuals demonstrating particular need and merit.

The deadline to apply for a Muse 2019 Scholarship is Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.

Absolutely! On your application, just select all the scholarships for which you’d like to be considered.

We will send out all scholarship notifications by November 19, 2018.

Yes, this deadline will be indicated in your scholarship notification email. Can’t find it? Email Hanna at hanna@grubstreet.org.

Muse 2019 scholarships can only be used on Muse 2019.