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Manuscript Consultations with Dana Murphy

Monday, July 27, 2020

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Various times, as appointed (Mon. – Fri., July 27 – 31,). All appointment times in EST.
Consultations are limited to 30 people.

Once you have registered online, please email your 1-page synopsis and 10-page manuscript to Marci Cancio-Bello at mcanciob@mdc.edu by midnight on Sunday, June 29, 2020.

Genres Accepted: Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Adult Narrative Non-Fiction (No prescriptive, art, cookbooks etc.)

Manuscripts must be a max of 10 double-spaced pages plus query letter, formatted as follows:

  • Must include a query letter.
  • Formatting: Please submit your sample material double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-pt font, and include page numbers.
  • Include your name and email in the header of each page.
  • Files must be in .DOC, .DOCX, or .PDF

Dana Murphy is a literary agent at The Book Group. After studying critical film theory and sociology at New York University, Dana began her literary career assisting Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed.  In 2015, The Book Group was founded, and Dana began building her own list alongside that team.

Dana is hungry for writing that is immersive and surprising, with a voice so distinct it makes her cancel plans and read through meals. She is attracted to upmarket and literary fiction for both adults and young adults, and smart narrative nonfiction/essay collections about pop culture, social issues, science, feminism, race, gender, film and television, music, comedy, religion, and place. Across genre, she is interested in finding marginalized voices that speak to the radical change and compassion readers are searching for, and books that are equally tenderhearted and self-aware.

Dana’s client list includes literary bestseller Danya Kukafka and celebrated culture writers Kelsey McKinney, Blythe Roberson, Sarah Marshall, and Claire Comstock-Gay (Madame Clairevoyant at The Cut).

Born and raised in Long Island, Dana lived in New York City for a decade before moving to Philadelphia two years ago.  She has since fully adapted to a cheesesteak-based diet and has accepted Gritty as highest deity into her heart.

*Manuscript consultation fees are not reading fees and do not go to the agent; rather, they support the programs and initiatives of Miami Book  Fair. 


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