An Agent’s Secrets to Selling Your First Novel – March 27 Webinar With Critique

In this live webinar, agents Irene Goodman and Rachel Ekstrom will share both time-tested trade secrets and cutting edge ideas that will help you cross the finish line from hopeful writer to published author. You’ll be provided with an insider’s view into the publishing process, including tips and strategies for getting your book noticed by hungry young agents, experienced agents, and publishers alike. You’ll also learn how they make their decisions about which authors to work with and who to publish.

This is a chance to get a rare glimpse into the minds of two agents-one who has closed hundreds of book deals, and one who stands on the edge of the new frontier. And as part of this new webinar, titled “An Agent’s Secrets to Selling Your First Novel,” all attendees are invited to submit their manuscript’s first page for a critique from an agent instructor. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, March 27, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. Note: All proceeds from Irene’s share of the webinar will be donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Also note: At least five literary agents have signed clients after seeing their work as part of a WD webinar or boot camp.


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All registrants are invited to submit the first page of a manuscript for their book. Either Irene or Rachel will provide a critique of no less than 100 words for each submission and will return the critique within two months of the webinar.

Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.


  • What agents and editors are looking for when they review a submission or query
  • How to ensure that your project makes it out of the slush pile
  • Insider trade secrets for making sure your work is best positioned for success
  • Tips and techniques for closing the deal and selling your book. Sign up for the webinar here.


Irene Goodman has been a leading member of the publishing community for over 30 years. Her clients are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She began her career as the assistant to the agent who represented Stephen King, and established her own agency a year later. Her fiction list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers, young adult, and mysteries. Her non-fiction list includes pop culture, memoir, music, social issues, animals, parenting, food, and lifestyle.

Rachel Ekstrom’s decade of experience working in the publicity departments at St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham imprints has given her an insider’s view of the publishing industry. With a knack for book promotion, she’s honed her skills building the careers of debut authors and #1 New York Times bestsellers. Rachel is passionate about a variety of genres, including young adult, women’s fiction, new adult, mysteries, thrillers, romance, and the occasional quirky work of nonfiction. She’s looking for books that will make her heart beat faster than it does when she’s biking through Manhattan traffic. Sign up for the webinar here.


  1. Any writer who wants to secure an agent, or learn how an agent can help them
  2. Writers who want to learn the best methods for getting a book deal
  3. Writers who want to make sure their work stands out from the pack
  4. Anyone who wants an inside glimpse into how publishing decisions are made and how they can be influenced.

Sign up for the webinar here!

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