Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New literary agent Molly O'Neill one of nine at Waxman Leavell seeking new authors; she wants MG, YA and picture books and nonfiction

Girl in Pieces
by YA author Kathleen Glasgow,
represented by Waxman Leavell
Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
443 Park Ave South #1004
New York, NY 1006

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Waxman Leavell Literary is an expanding agency, having added half a dozen new agents to its crew in the past few years, bringing its roster up to ten literary agents, all but one accepting – or actively looking for – new authors.

Molly O’Neill is the newest member of the team. Prior to joining Waxman Leavell, Molly spent thirteen years in the children’s publishing industry: as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s books, where she acquired Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, as head of editorial at Storybird, and in School & Library Marketing at HaprerCollins and at Clarion Books.

“I am most actively seeking middle grand and young adult fiction and picture book author/illustrators,” says Molly. More selectively, she’s also looking for narrative nonfiction, including children’s, middle grade, young adult, pop science or pop culture, and lifestyle, food, travel and/or cookbook projects by authors with well-established platforms.

“In all categories, I’m drawn to character-driven explorations of universal human stories, truths and experiences,” says Molly. And to “plots driven by a compelling ‘what if’; a vivid sense of place and/or world-building; narratives about creativity, community and the intersections of unexpectedly connected topics; groundbreaking themes, formats and voices; masterful, original writing; and stories that will surprise and delight readers.”

Molly does not represent adult fiction, poetry, chapbooks, screenplays or erotica.

For fiction, you may include 5 – 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. No attachments. Full submission guidelines here.

Yasemin Uçar
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, In Kitchener with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, Apr 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  Writing With Style, Saturday, March 12, in Oakville (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (see here) and Saturday, April 16 in London (see here).

For more information or to register, email:

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
Author Alan Cumyn
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13 – June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21 – June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14 – June 23, in Georgetown (see here)
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30 – June 15, in Burlington

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email:

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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