How to Write & Sell New Adult: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/Critique) Starts May 8

New Adult fiction (novels featuring protagonists ages 18-25) has swiftly become the hottest thing in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. New authors are making astonishing strides in this category and making great deals with the big traditional houses. Recent success stories include Molly McAdams, whose new adult book Taking Chances has sold more than 200,000 copies so far. And then there’s Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster, a new adult novel that caught the attention of Warner Brothers and had its film rights optioned. Other bestselling NA novelists include Coleen Hoover, Cora Carmack and Tamara Webber.

In this new boot camp starting May 8 (sign up here), the agents at Foreword Literary will help you understand New Adult fully from all aspects of the business. Whether you need to know the rules of the category, how to pitch it to agents, or how authors are hitting the bestselling lists with modern marketing techniques, Foreword has the answers for you.

The rise of New Adult has introduced questions, such as: How many agents are seeking it? How do you define it? How is it different from YA? Despite all the questions around this growing genre, New Adult manuscripts have been selling remarkably well, no matter how it is published. The readers want it, it is here to stay, and Foreword is among many agencies actively looking for it.

Once you register for this May 8 One-on-One Agent Boot Camp, you’ll be assigned your own personal agent for the event. He or she will review the first 1,200 words and 1-page synopsis of your work-in-progress. You’ll get personalized feedback on the quality of your writing, as well as insights into how to generate the most revenue in today’s market. At the end of the boot camp, you’ll have a greater understanding of which publishing options to pursue and how to make the most of them.


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Here’s how it works:

On Thursday, May 8, you’ll gain access to a special one-hour presentation by agents Gordon Warnock, Laurie McLean, and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg. Together, they’ll explore the New Adult category and teach you how to reach key readers and bloggers, and how to market your title. You’ll also receive an email detailing your assigned agent for the boot camp.

Each New Adult agent brings something unique to the table: Pam is also a popular book blogger ( and will explain how blogging and using social media will help you expand readership. Laurie was also a 20-year high-tech marketing CEO before becoming an agent and will discuss how branding is essential to every writer. Gordon has edited and sold New Adult memoir and will explain the rules and the tropes to make sure you manuscript will sing to the readers.

On Friday, May 9, from 2-4 PM Eastern time (11-1 PM Pacific), your assigned agent will be available to answer questions in an exclusive discussion session for boot camp participants.

By 10 a.m., Sunday, May 11, you will submit the first 1,200 words and synopsis of your book for review. The presenters will carefully read your materials and will return their feedback no later than end of day, May 21.

*Please note that all attendees should have the first 1,200 words and synopsis of their piece finished and ready to submit to the agent prior to the beginning of the event.


Thursday, May 8: Online Tutorial

Friday, May 9: Agent Blackboard Q&A 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Sunday, May 11: Submit Materials for Critique

Wednesday, May 21: 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 agents may ask for additional pages if the initial submission shows serious promise.

In addition to feedback from agents, attendees will also receive: 1-year subscription to the literary agent database

If attendees have a preferred agent, they want to work with, please notify WD. Though not guaranteed, we will try to link attendees with a preferred agent if they have one. Sign up for the boot camp here.


Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent then senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco, plus completed three manuscripts, before forming Foreword Literary with Gordon and Pam. At Foreword, Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, etc.) plus middle-grade, young adult and new adult fiction. She does not handle non-fiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels. For more on Laurie, check out her blog at, follow her on Twitter @agentsavant, and visit her Facebook page at

Gordon Warnock brings years of experience as a senior literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor to Foreword Literary. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. With a zest for fresh, new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres. While he does seek out a small amount of quality fiction, Gordon primarily seeks non-fiction in the following areas: Memoir (Adult, New Adult, YA, Graphic), Cookbooks and Food Studies, Political and Current Events, Pop-Science, Pop-Culture, Self-Help, How-To, Humor, Pets, and Business. You can find him on Twitter @gordonwarnock.

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg started her literary career as assistant to Laurie McLean in early 2012. Within three months Pam was promoted to Associate Agent at Larsen Pomada. After selling twenty-one books in her first year of agenting, Pam was promoted to Agent. When Laurie mentioned creating Foreword, Pam jumped at the chance to follow her mentor and create a new agency together. Pam blogs at,, and Brazen Reads. She partners her blogs with her local bookseller Hicklebee’s where magic happens daily. Pam grew up on a sleepy little Podunk town in Virginia. She’s lived in the UK, several US states, and now resides in the Bay Area of California. She has two kids, three dogs, two hedgehogs, but only one husband. You can find her mostly on Twitter where she wastes copious amounts of time. Pam seeks both fiction and non-fiction (specific genres are listed at the Foreword Literary website).


Sign up for the New Adult Boot Camp here.

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