Skip to main content

Join me (& others) for an Exclusive Twitter Chat Wednesday June 29!

In a lead up to our great Writer's Digest Annual Conference, we're hosting a free Twitter chat to answer some of your questions about pitching agents and more. Read on for details.

We’re packing the house at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York this August 12-14, and we want you to take up one of the final spots. To get a sneak peek at some of the valuable advice that’ll be delivered at the conference, we’re hosting a live Twitter chat next Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. ET, and then on Thursday June 30, there will be a major Twitter Manuscript Wishlist (#MSWL) Day when top agents – many of whom will be at the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam – will share their wishes for manuscripts they’d like to read. Anyone and everyone can join in the chat. Here’s how it will work:

Starting at 7 p.m. Eastern, moderator Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) will be joined by me, Brian Klems (@BrianKlems), Agent Jessica Sinsheimer (@jsinsheim) and Author KK Hendin (@KKHendin). We’ll be answering writing questions, offering up tips and chatting about everything you can look forward to at the conference, including insiders’ takes on the sessions you can’t miss. Use the hashtags #MSWL and #WDC16 to follow along, join the conversation and say a virtual hello to some of your conference speakers.

The strategy here for authors is simple:

  • Register fast for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (#WDC16) because three of the four Pitch Slam sessions already have sold out – it’s that popular!
  • Chat with us on Twitter on the eve of the big #MSWL Day to talk with folks from MSWL and Writer’s Digest, then
  • Learn the next day during #MSWL Day what agents are looking for: this way, you can target your pitch at the #WDC16 Pitch Slam to precisely the right agents.
  • Manuscript Wish List® will be flagging the agents for you who are registered to participate in the Twitter chat and #MSWL Day, to help you sort out which agents are the best audience for your pitch.

Learn more about the folks involved with this Twitter chat below.

Don’t Delay.


  • Twitter chat live at 7 p.m. ET June 29 to get all your questions answered by Writer’s Digest and Manuscript Wishlist
  • #MSWL day June 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. (3 p.m. to 9 p.m. GMT, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT.)
  • Writer’s Digest’s Annual Conference, August 12-14, New York’s Hilton Midtown. Last year’s event was incredible, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better experience this year. See you then!


About Jessica and KK at Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL)

KK Hendin

Chat guests Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary) and KK Hendin are the founders of Manuscript Wish List. Manuscript Wish List or #MSWL (as it's known on Twitter) is used to let writers know what agents, editors, and publishers want in their slush pile.

In other words, during #MSWL, authors don't pitch agents and editors; instead they follow along and learn what those agents and editors are looking for. Many agents who have made requests during #MSWL will be at the Writer's Digest Conference. So, you can consider this Twitter chat your inside track on how to use the Wish List to your advantage! They'll be announcing their next event during the chat Tuesday night, so remember to use the hashtags #MSWL & #WDC15 in all your tweets and to follow along.

porter-anderson 2016

About Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) A, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing. Formerly with CNN, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media, he is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, founded by the German Book Office New York, the magazine for the international publishing industry.

With Jane Friedman, he produces The Hot Sheet publishing-industry newsletter, providing business news expressly for authors in a biweekly subscription email newsletter. Anderson also writes the #MusicForWriters series on contemporary composers for Thought Catalog, and is the former Associate Editor of The FutureBook for London's The Bookseller.


About Brian A. Klems (Hey, that's me!)

Brian A. Klems is a writer, a blogging/social media expert and the online editor of Writer’s Digest. He’s the author of the popular parenting gift book, OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media), which was endorsed by writing legend Dave Barry and called a "laugh-out-loud funny" by the Chicago Tribune. Brian is represented by literary agent Tina Wexler at ICM Partners. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianKlems.

My Long, Winding, and Very Crooked Writing Journey

My Long, Winding, and Very Crooked Writing Journey

Every writer’s publishing story is different. Here, author Sharon M. Peterson shares her journey from writing to publishing.

Jeff Adams | Writer's Digest Indie Author Spotlight

Jeff Adams: Publishing Advice for Indie Authors

In this Indie Author Profile, romance novelist Jeff Adams shares his path to independent publishing and his advice for others considering that path.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Writer's Digest July/Aug 2022

The WD Interview: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The bestselling author of Mexican Gothic shares her approach to world-building, character development, and what she’s learned about the business of writing in this interview from the July/August 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

Thinking of starting your own newsletter? Let freelance writer Sian Meades-Williams lay out 9 pros and cons of writing a newsletter.

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.