Good News on a Rainy Day


We are delighted to announce that literary agent, Julie Stevenson, is partnering with us to help us make our $8000 crowdfunding goal by next week. Please visit our campaign to bid $200 or higher to win a manuscript consultation, indicate in a note that you are bidding for a manuscript consultation, and keep your eye on the contributions as they roll in! At the end of our campaign, the top three contributors will be the lucky recipients of Julie Stevenson's expertise.

Manuscript consultation. Julie Stevenson, literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin in New York, is donating three 50-page manuscript critiques in order to support the Montana Book Festival and local writers. Julie has worked in the New York publishing world for over 10 years and represents many bestselling authors and prize-winning authors. She recently moved back to Missoula, her hometown, but continues her work with Massie & McQuilkin. The agency's client list includes Roxane Gay, Tom Perrotta, Dan Chaon, Kelly Link, Gregory Pardlo, Kevin Young, Carol Anderson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Kathleen Glasgow, Sharma Shields, Thi Bui, and many others. 

Julie will critique the first 50 pages of any manuscript: a novel, short story collection, memoir, nonfiction proposal, young adult, middle-grade fiction, children's picture book, or graphic novel. She asks that writers send only the first 50 pages because those pages should always be the strongest when submitting work to agents or editors. She prefers to evaluate the writer's most polished, complete work. She expects a professional query letter that provides a short pitch, an author bio, and mentions contemporary comparative titles. A synopsis for a novel or an outline for a work of nonfiction is also helpful. She will provide a two-page written critique that mentions areas of strength and areas for improvement, as well as some page notes on the manuscript. She will meet in person with the winner at a local coffee shop for a half hour to discuss the work and answer questions. All critiques and meetings will be completed by the end of December.