Slush Pile Showdown: How to Make Your Submission Stand Out
At a Glance
In this OnDemand Webinar, you’ll learn:
- How to write a query that will get attention
- Why querying isn't a useless evil exercise in torture
- Common mistakes and how to avoid them
- What agents are looking for when they read queries
- Which "rules" really matter and which ones are matters of opinion
- What it's like to be an agent reading through submissions
- If your query is ready for prime time
- What to do if your query isn't quite ready
About this OnDemand Webinar
For this presentation, literary agents Barbara Poelle and Holly Root are giving you an insider's view of exactly what goes on when an agent reads your query. In their simulated slush pile, they will critique submitted queries and give insights into which ones stand out and why, how queries could be improved, and common pitfalls to avoid. You'll get a peek into what it's like to be an agent sitting down, hoping to strike gold in the slush pile, and learn how to make your submission stand out. Your query is your first introduction to the world, so discover how to get noticed, get requested, and get signed!
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Meet the Instructor: Barbara Poelle
Literary agent Barbara Poelle began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Irene Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, historical romances, humorous/platform driven nonfiction, and upmarket fiction and young adult and is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice. Barbara has a very hands-on approach with the craft and editorial details of the books she represents, and loves working with her ...
Meet the Instructor: Holly Root
Holly Root is a literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency who represents adult fiction, select nonfiction, and novels for children and teens; she is not seeking picture book clients or screenwriting clients. She heads up a Los Angeles office for the New York City-based Waxman Leavell Agency. Visit her online at www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/hroot, www.waxmanleavell.com, and www.twitter.com/hroot.