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Muse attendees chatting over food

Sign up for the Manuscript Mart

  1. By November before the conference we post the names and bios of available agents and editors and a list of which genres they represent to help you choose a good match for your work. Once an agent or editor’s appointments have sold out, we will mark their page accordingly next to their name.
  2. Register for the Muse.
  3. During the registration process, select your 1st choice of agent or editor you’d like to meet. You may reserve as many appointments as you’d like during registration; to make additional appointments afterward email Shalene at You must register for the conference to participate in the Manuscript Mart.

Format & Submit Your Manuscript

  1. We strongly recommend polishing your 20-page sample and making it as strong as you possibly can. It should represent your best work, and preferably be the first 20 pages of a book-length manuscript.
  2. We also strongly recommend including a query letter (you can find suggestions for writing one here) and a 1-page synopsis (you can find advice on writing one here). Providing these helps the agents and editors give you more wholistic feedback
  3. Complete the Manuscript Checklist to be sure you’ve correctly formatted your sample according to our guidelines. Here are the basics:
    1. No more than 20 double-spaced pages of a fiction or nonfiction manuscript. Pages should be numbered, titled, in black 12-point Times New Roman font, on white 8.5x11-inch electronic pages, with a 1-inch margin on all sides
    2. You may include an optional 1 page query and/or 1 page synopsis of the work as a whole. These two pages may be single-spaced.
    3. Full submission is in a single Microsoft Word document. The title of the file MUST be your full name--example: ToniMorrison.doc. Files must end in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf extension.
  4. To submit different manuscripts to different agents/editors (if you have registered for more than one appointment), submit each manuscript via our form and add the agent/editors last name to your document title (example: ToniMorrisonAltshuler.doc would be Toni Morrison's submission for Miriam Altshuler).
  5. By Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 12:00pm (noon) ET, submit your manuscript. Under no circumstances can we accept late submissions and we cannot offer refunds or credits if you do not submit on time.

Prepare For & Attend Your Meeting

  1. On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, you will receive an email with your full conference itinerary, including your Manuscript Mart placement confirmation and appointment time.
  2. At the Muse, head to the the Manuscript Mart check in desk near the Arlington Room on the Mezzanine level at least 10 minutes before your scheduled meeting time. If your meeting is during a session, you’re welcome to leave and/or reenter the session.
  3. A volunteer will check you in and direct you to the waiting room.
  4. When it is time for your meeting, we will guide you to the the Georgian Ballroom. There will be volunteers available to help you find your table.
  5. A bell will ring at the end of your meeting. We ask that you conclude your discussion promptly so all meetings can start on time.

On Sunday, after the conference is over, you'll receive an email from the Muse team requesting you evaluate your Manuscript Mart experience. The information you provide us is vital to ensuring the Manuscript Mart continues to meet our high standards.