Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion—be it shark thrillers written by marine biologists or upmarket literary novels about carts before horses—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing literary agent Barbara Poelle on the show!
Barbara has been an agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency for over 11 years, and represents a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers, and debuts. The one things she’s always on the lookout for is quality storytelling.
So listen in as we dig into what an agent’s role in the publishing business really looks like, and how a good agent-author relationship can be the best thing from your writing career.
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In this episode Barbara shares:
- What stumbling blocks writers run up against the most, and how to avoid them.
- Finding the right comp titles for your book.
- A query breakdown, the do’s and don’ts.
- The three questions to ask when you get the call from an agent.
- The weird and wonderful stages of the agent-author relationship.
Listen in to hear Barbara talk about all these things… and more!
About Barbara Poelle
Barbara Poelle has been an agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency for over 11 years representing a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. Her client list is peppered with as many debuts as bestsellers, and she is always looking for quality storytelling. Barbara currently writes the column “Funny You Should Ask” in Writer's Digest magazine, which features her mostly serious answers to author questions.
Links and resources
- To learn more about the Irene Goodman Literary Agency (and connect with Barbara) check out the agency’s website at irenegoodman.com.
- And if you’d like to query Barbara, email your query letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Need another example of how to craft the perfect pitch? Learn some techniques to make your hook even stronger from literary agent Mark Gottlieb in his interview on DIY MFA Radio.
- Want to gain an even deeper understanding of finding the right path for your book? There are some DIY MFA interviews that will help. Listen to this episode featuring author Jessica Strawser for an inside look on crafting your first novel and getting it out published. And for tips on how to craft a query letter that’ll grab an agent’s attention, check out this interview and query critique with agent Jeff Kleinman.