Literary Agent Holly Root Teaches “Writing the Breakout Teen Novel” — New Webinar, June 21, 2012 (With Critique!)

If you’ve never heard literary agent Holly Root speak, you are in for a treat. Holly is a literary agent with The Waxman Agency and frequently presents at writers conferences nationwide. One of her favorite topics to speak  on is getting your children’s novel published. That’s why we’re pumped to have her teach the new webinar, “Writing the Breakout Teen Novel,” on June 21, 2012.

The webinar comes with a critique, and that’s an excellent chance to get your work in front of Holly. As an agent, she sells a lot of books. In the last six months, for example, she’s sold Myra McEntire’s third book in the Hourglass series (young adult), the young adult debut RED buy Alison Cherry, a middle grade book called HOW TO BREAK A HEART by Kiera Stewart, a middle grade debut called RATCHET by Nancy Cavanaugh, and even more.








This webinar happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, June 21, 2012, and lasts 90 minutes. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well. Sign up here.


All registrants are invited to submit a one-page query letter for their novel. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by the instructor, literary agent Holly Root. Holly reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event.


Anyone can tell you that the YA (young adult) publishing industry is hot, with new debut authors getting deals each week. But with this market success comes more competition than ever. So what can you do to stand out? “Writing the Breakout Teen Novel” will give you a literary agent’s insider insight to what’s in, what’s out, and what you can expect along the road to publication in this exciting and booming segment of the publishing marketplace. Sign up here.

From establishing a knowledge base of the category, to crafting that perfect concept and fine-tuning your voice, to researching smarter and refining your querying strategies, literary agent Holly Root will give you an agent’s eye view of the current YA landscape—with plenty of straight talk about what’s real, what’s hype, and how to thrive in one of the most exciting areas of the publishing business.


  • What you can do today to create your strongest story ideas yet
  • How to evaluate your own ideas for commercial potential
  • How to know when you’re ready to query
  • How to reconcile your art and the realities of the business
  • How to “think like an agent” in crafting a query that will get noticed
  • How to research smarter when targeting agents or publishers—targeting the best people for your work Sign up 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. Her authors include New York Times, USA Today, SIBA, national and international bestsellers, as well as Rita, Morris, and Nebula award winners and nominees and many titles named to ALA Best lists. 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

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