Agents Barbara Poelle and Holly Root Cover It All With Their “How to Write a Successful Novel: The Craft, Techniques, and Strategies” Webinar on March 28

If you don’t know who Barbara Poelle and Holly Root are, I’ll tell you. They are both awesome literary agents who both sell a lot of books and also are extremely good at teaching writers how to improve their work. Basically, they’re super-cool and super-smart. And now, somehow, the planets have aligned and they are teaching an intensive new webinar together while offering critiques for all registrants.

The cover-all 90-minute webinar is called “How to Write a Successful Novel: The Craft, Techniques, and Strategies,” and it happens at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013. Every registrant will get feedback from the agents on their query letter and first page.



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Each registrant is invited to submit a query letter and the first page (<300 words) of their manuscript. Literary agents Holly Root and Barbara Poelle will select a few submissions to critique during the live webinar. Holly and Barbara will explain what does and doesn’t stand out in the first page, and will discuss the impact the query has on them. Queries and first pages not read during the live event will be critiqued and returned by e-mail. Sign up for the webinar.


If you’re stuck, we’re here to help! Let this live webinar be your basic training for writing a novel, or the kick in the pants you need to break through your blocks and overcome your fears. We’ll share with you the secrets to coming up with marketable ideas, and ways to keep your creative engine running. The skills and techniques we’ll discuss are the same ones we recommend to our own clients when they’re developing new ideas. This webinar will give you the tools to create at your highest level, and the vocabulary to talk about your creations in ways that will make industry professionals take notice. What you’ll learn:

  • How to craft a first chapter that will keep readers turning pages
  • What you can do today to create your strongest story ideas yet
  • How to use writing exercises to break through creative stalls
  • How to know when to walk away from a project that isn’t working
  • Effective ways to improve your writing
  • The one thing you can do to improve your marketing sense today
  • What makes a query stand out from the submissions pile
  • The importance of and uses for your log line and elevator pitch
  • Why the lonely endeavor of writing a novel should NOT be done alone
  • The do’s and don’ts of using social media. Sign up for the webinar here.


Holly Root is a literary agent at Waxman Literary Agency who represents adult fiction and nonfiction and novels for children and teens; she is not seeking picture book clients or screenwriting clients. She recently opened a West Coast office in Los Angeles for the New York City-based Waxman Agency. Prior to joining the Waxman Literary Agency in 2007, Holly worked at the William Morris Agency and Trident Media Group. Visit her online at and

Barbara Poelle is an agent at Irene Goodman representing fiction for teens and adults. Her roster trends toward thriller and suspenseful women’s fiction as well as mystery, young adult and horror. Barbara also writes a monthly Q&A column for Writer’s Digest magazine and has previously signed two clients from attendees of her Writer’s Digest webinars. Visit to learn more.

Sign up for the webinar here!

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