Submissions / Resources for Writers

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED

To submit a project, please send a query letter ONLY via email to one of the addresses below. Do not send attachments, though for fiction you may include 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email.

Please do not query more than one agent at our agency simultaneously. (To see the types of projects each agent is looking for, refer to the About the Agency page on this website.)

Due to the high volume of submissions, agents will reach out to you directly if interested. The typical time range for consideration is 6-8 weeks

Scott Waxman
scottsubmit@waxmanleavell.com

Byrd Leavell
byrdsubmit@waxmanleavell.com

Larry Kirshbaum
larrysubmit@waxmanleavell.com

Rachel Vogel
rachelsubmit@waxmanleavell.com

Cassie Hanjian
cassiesubmit@waxmanleavell.com

Molly O’Neill
mollysubmit@waxmanleavell.com

 

Resources for Writers

We understand that writers who submit or want to submit their work may have a lot of questions (i.e.: “What do agents and editors look for?” “What’s considered ‘good’ writing, anyway?” “How can I improve my writing?” “What does a query letter involve?”). Therefore, we suggest the following books as potential tools, resources and references that may help, inform and inspire the would-be (bestselling?) author.
Book Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success by W. Terry Whalin
100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Scott Edelstein
Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract—The Complete Guide to Writing Query Letters, Synopses and Proposals for Agents and Editors by Blythe Camenson & Marshall J. Cook
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words by Bruce Ross-Larson
Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do by Gerald Gross
Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors and Publishers (14th Edition) by John Grossman
The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White
The Elements of Grammar by Margaret D. Shertzer
Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary (10th Edition)

*Note: These books should be used as guides to writing correctly, clearly and, when need be, concisely. One should not allow them to dictate your style or stifle your voice. Remember, we are looking for writers with a fresh, exciting and original means of expressing him or herself. The instructional books listed above are intended to inform and assist and are but a solid foundation on which to build.