Write a Page Turner: An Agent’s Secrets to Creating Stories that Readers Can’t Put Down — One-on-One Nov. 15 Boot Camp (With 2,000-Word Critque)

As I write this, there are only 27 seats left (out of 60 total) for the forthcoming Agent One-on-One Boot Camp that starts this Friday, November 15, 2013. So I’ll get right to the point. Literary agents Paula Munier and Rachael Dugas (of Talcott Notch Literary) are teaching a brand new boot camp called “Write a Page Turner: An Agent’s Secrets to Creating Stories that Readers Can’t Put Down.” You have to sign up by 6 p.m., EST, Nov. 15.

First attendees will receive a recorded webinar on how to create exciting fiction. Then there is an open Blackboard time frame where you can ask your agent teacher/critiquer questions. And then all attendees turn in 2,000 words for a critique from the agents! The Talcott Notch agents have signed clients before after reading their work as part of a WD Boot Camp. Sign up for the boot camp here before it sells out.


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In today’s 140-character world, where readers are bombarded by texts and tweets and pings and posts around the clock, capturing their attention and keeping it for 300 pages or more is a challenge. But in this one-of-a-kind Agent One-on-One Boot Camp, you will learn how to craft your story in a way that rivets your readers–and compels them to keep on turning the pages till The End. You’ll start with an “on demand” webinar presentation during which literary agent, author, and content strategist Paula Munier reveals how to:

  • Create characters readers will follow anywhere
  • Design a plot that propels your characters—and your readers—forward
  • Pose story questions on every page
  • Master the art of reversals
  • Write dialogue that advances the plot
  • Build suspense with tone, style, and voice
  • Choose settings that pique the reader’s curiosity
  • Plan to surprise the reader…right down to the last page
  • Not slow down, annoy, or outright bore your reader into abandoning your story

Creating a page-turner means leveraging every element of fiction—from plot and character to setting, dialogue, theme, and more—all in the name of holding your readers hostage (in a good way).

Sign up for the boot camp here.


After the webinar, you can submit one scene anywhere from your work in progress—no more than 2000 words!—for review by Paula or her sister agent Rachel Dugas from Talcott Notch Literary. They’ll provide feedback, in terms of what’s working to keep the reader turning the pages, and what’s not. They’ll also offer suggestions that will help you transform your manuscript into the page-turner it was meant to be!

Here’s how it works:

On Nov. 15, you will gain access to a special 60-minute online tutorial presented by literary agent Paula Munier. This tutorial will provide guidance on creating a page-turning and exciting novel.

After listening to the presentation, attendees will spend the next two days revising materials as necessary. On Sunday, Nov. 17, you’ll have one day in which to log onto the blackboard and ask your assigned agent critiquer questions related to revising your materials. The agents will be available from 1-3 p.m. (EST). No later than Monday, Nov. 18, you will submit your work for critique. This writing sample can be any scene from your novel—up to 2,000 words in length.

The agents will spend up to 10 days reviewing all assigned pages, than provide feedback on the pages and offer any suggestions to help you improve upon them. The agents reserve the right to request more materials if they feel a strong connection to the work and want to read more.


  1. Friday, Nov. 15th: Online Tutorial
  2. Sunday, Nov. 17th: Agent Blackboard Q&A 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
  3. Monday, Nov. 18th: Submit work for critique
  4. Thursday, Nov. 28th: Agent Critiques Due

Only registered students can access the blackboards. You’ll also be able to ask questions of your fellow students. Feel free to share your work and gain support from your peers.

Please note that any one of THE INSTRUCTORS may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.

In addition to feedback from INSTRUCTORS, attendees will also receive:

— Download of “Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Literary Agent,” an on-demand webinar by Chuck Sambuchino

— 1-year subscription to the WritersMarket.com literary agent database

Sign up for the boot camp here.

About the Instructors:

Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary Services, Paula Munier boasts broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. Her specialties include mystery/thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, middle grade, YA, New Adult, SF/fantasy, memoir, and nonfiction. Paula is very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. (She’s currently VP of that organization.) She’s also served as both co-chair and Agents and Editors chair on the New England Crime Bake committee for seven years and counting.

Rachael Dugas joined Talcott Notch in 2011, directly following a long internship with Sourcebooks, where she assisted editors with romance, women’s fiction, and Jane Austen-related titles. Rachael, a proud Ithaca College alum, earned her BA in English, with minors in writing and theatre. Her current clients have written young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, women’s fiction, Regency romance, and cookbooks. Rachael hopes to continue to procure works in all of the aforementioned categories, especially YA and MG fiction, and, additionally, would love to receive memoir with a unique voice and strong platform, beautifully written and well-researched 20th century historical fiction, and non-fiction books related to the performing arts or food/cooking. Follow her on Twitter: @RachaelDugas


Sign up for the Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Here.

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