Writing the Breakout YA or Middle Grade Novel – Webinar With Literary Agent Holly Root

holly-rootHunger Games. 13 Reasons Why. Wonder. Young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) publishing is hot right now. It’s always a group that does well, but with such big hits in recent years there’s a push by agents and publishers to grab the next Twilight or Harry Potter or unique book that’s destined for the bestseller list. The real question is this: How can you make your YA or MG book stand out?

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing the Breakout YA or Middle Grade Novel” —  literary agent Holly Root will give you an agent’s eye view of the current 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. Plus, as a bonus, Root will critique a one-page query letter about your novel! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, November 13, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes.

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  • 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

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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.

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.

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Holly Root is a literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency who represents adult fiction and nonfiction as well as 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 Morris, Nebula, and Rita award winners and nominees and many titles named to ALA Best lists. Prior to joining the Waxman Literary Agency in 2007, Holly worked at the William Morris Agency and Trident Media Group. Visit her online at http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/hroot and http://twitter.com/hroot.

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