Monday, May 27, 2013

Two agents at Waxman Leavell seek new authors

Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
443 Park Ave South #1004
New York, NY 1006

 Two agents at Waxman Leavell Literary are actively looking for new authors.  

William Callahan of Waxman Leavell Literary is from Iowa City, Iowa. He went to the University of Iowa and Fordham University and previously worked at InkWell Management.

Here’s what Callahan has to say:
The point of my job, as I see it, is to show my clients what is possible. Whether that means diving in and helping shape a manuscript, develop a new idea, or make sure that publishers are doing everything they can for the health of the book, I’m here to create opportunities and nurture success for my authors. 
Luckily, it’s what I love to do.
I bring a strong development-based approach to agenting, and there’s nothing better to me than finding a new voice and working with that author to best put his or her vision on the page. 
I’m also drawn to authors who sound on the page like he or she is a character in real life: whether in great crime thrillers, or memoir, or history, my chief interest is in finding authors telling stories in new and compelling ways. 
The authors I’ve worked with have included winners of PEN awards, National Magazine Awards, Fulbright grants, CWA Daggers--as well as many first-time and unpublished authors. Recent titles include Daniel Stern's SWINGLAND, Marie Myung-Ok Lee's FIRST-BORN SON, Christobel Kent's THE DEAD SEASON, Timeri Murari's THE TALIBAN CRICKET CLUB, and Robert Zorn's CEMETERY JOHN.
Callahan is currently most interested in narrative nonfiction and memoir, comedy and pop culture, and American history. For fiction, he represents crime and commercial thrillers, and literary fiction.

For fiction, include 5 – 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. No attachments.

Rachel Vogel says,“I am interested in fiction that pays equal attention to both the voice and the story, and am particularly drawn to literary fiction that pops off the page, upmarket thrillers and mysteries, “book club” books, and novels with a fantastic/paranormal element that reach beyond genre.

“In nonfiction, I’m on the lookout for subject-driven narratives, memoirs and biography and journalism. Some of the books I’ve represented include Rebecca Dana’s memoir Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blond (Amy Einhorn/Putnam), the debut novel Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman (Plume), a narrative nonfiction work about the Japanese tsunami and earthquake disaster Strong in the Rain by Lucy Birmingham and David O’Neill (Palgrave), and the first authorized biography of Jonas Salk, Jonas Salk: American Icon, Scientific Outcast (Oxford University Press)."

For fiction, include 5 to 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of your email. No attachments.

Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will host “From the Horse’s Mouth: Getting published or self-published at Ryerson University on June 15 with Stacey Donaghy of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, Greg Ioannou of Iguana Books, and Patrick Crean of HarperCollins Canada (details here). To register, email

On Saturday, June 22, Brian will lead a “How to Build Your Story” workshop in Brampton, with guest speaker Lynda Simmons (details here). To register, email

However, before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading Intensive Creative Writing courses on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (details here) and on Thursday evenings in Mississauga (details here).  To register, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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