An Agent's Secrets to Selling Your First Novel

An Agent's Secrets to Selling Your First Novel

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  • You are a writer who wants to secure an agent, or learn how an agent can help them
  • You are a writer who wants to learn the best methods for getting a book deal
  • You are a writer who wanta to make sure your work stands out from the pack
  • You are a writer who wants an inside glimpse into how publishing decisions are made and how they can be influenced


Leading agent Irene Goodman has more than 30 years of experience creating bestselling careers with multiple NY Times list authors. Rachel Ekstrom works with Irene and is on the hunt for authors who want to take that journey. In this presentation, both agents share time-tested trade secrets and cutting edge ideas that help you cross the finish line from hopeful writer to published author. You'll be provided with an insider's view into the publishing process, including tips and strategies for getting your book noticed by hungry young agents, experienced agents, and publishers alike. You'll also learn how they make their decisions about which authors to work with and who to publish.

This is a chance to get a rare glimpse into the minds of two agents-one who has closed hundreds of book deals, and one who stands on the edge of the new frontier.


  • What agents and editors are looking for when they review a submission or query
  • How to ensure that your project makes it out of the slush pile
  • Insider trade secrets for making sure your work is best positioned for success
  • Tips and techniques for closing the deal and selling your book


Irene Goodman has been a leading member of the publishing community for over 30 years. Her clients are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She began her career as the assistant to the agent who represented Stephen King, and established her own agency a year later. Her fiction list includes historical fiction, women's fiction, thrillers, young adult, and mysteries. Her non-fiction list includes pop culture, memoir, music, social issues, animals, parenting, food, and lifestyle.

Rachel Ekstrom's decade of experience working in the publicity departments at St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books, and Penguin's Dutton and Gotham imprints has given her an insider's view of the publishing industry. With a knack for book promotion, she's honed her skills building the careers of debut authors and #1 New York Times bestsellers. Rachel is passionate about a variety of genres, including young adult, women's fiction, new adult, mysteries, thrillers, romance, and the occasional quirky work of nonfiction. She's looking for books that will make her heart beat faster than it does when she's biking through Manhattan traffic.

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