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Online Options for Manuscript Mart Available this Year

Cassie Mannes Murray
For the first time, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will make its popular Manuscript Mart available to those virtually attending the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21 in Durham/RTP.

Two literary agents, Kim Lindman of Stonesong and Cassie Mannes Murray of Howland Literary, now are available only for online appointments.

That means that they can meet with registrants whether they’re attending the 2021 Fall Conference in person or through Zoom.

“Though Kim and Cassie won’t be joining us in person, they’ll be available for the same in-depth half-hour discussions as any other Manuscript Mart participant,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “They’ll be able to hear your pitch and give you their feedback, just through a screen rather than across a table.”

In addition to online appointments with Lindman and Murray, this year’s Manuscript Mart offers in-person appointments with Maggie Cooper of Aevitas Creative and Tracy Crow of Tracy Crow Literary Agency.

Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to submit their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 20, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 21, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

A Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don’t expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you’ll get more out of it.

Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Manuscript Mart registration is open until Friday, November 5, or until all the available slots are filled. Writers must be registered for the Fall Conference to take part in the Manuscript Mart.

Registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference is open.