A warm round of applause for our witty and kindhearted Secret Agent, Barbara Poelle of Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
Originally from the west coast, Barbara Poelle worked for a Bay Area Publisher before accepting the offer to join Irene’s team. A voracious reader and award winning debater, Barbara is not only able to devour manuscripts, but fight for them as well... and her very brief stint as a stand-up comic comes in handy for those particularly raucous debates --both in the office and at home. With her strong background in editing and copywriting, Barbara has no qualms about helping writers turn a “maybe” into a “yes”, and values client communication above all else. Barbara is passionate about mysteries, memoirs, non-fiction relating to social issues and family relationships, and romances, but will be a proud promoter of any writer with a strong, unique voice.
Here's what Barbara is currently looking for:
"Thrillers, mysteries, literary fiction with a commercial edge, historical romances and commercial fiction, and some non-fiction, mostly by referral. I am not looking for (nor would I be the right person to read) YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, contemporary romance, children's books, poetry, or erotica."
Did anyone guess her identity?
At any rate, Barbara has not yet chosen the winner, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you've got some "inside information" to help you decide whether Barbara is an agent you'd like to query, either now or some time in the future.
Many thanks, Barbara, for giving us your time, your expertise, and your heart!