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Thread: Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (formerly Waxman Literary Agency)

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    Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (formerly Waxman Literary Agency)

    Just thought I'd let anyone know who may be waiting on Holly Root at Trident...she's now at Scott Waxman's agency. I believe as of 05/02/2007.
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    I've already queried Holly at Waxman. I received a request for a partial within a day and then a std rejection within a week. She certainly seems to be turning her queries around quickly at the moment.

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    Waylander:
    Did you use Waxman's "online form" or did you snail mail Holly at her attention at Waxman? Only reason I ask is it looks like their website prefers us to use the online form.
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    I emailed Holly at Waxman--using her email address, not the online form--and received a request for a partial within a few hours. It took her 11 days to email me a personalized rejection, but her feedback was really amazing and came down to a matter of narrative style. She gets a huge thumbs up from me.

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    E-mailed her at the address on Agentquery

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    Wow, that's helpful info, aadams & waylander!

    The fact that she requested partials and you didn't use the online form tells me maybe she's willing to look past a few transgressions when it comes to not strictly adhering to the guidelines.

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    Woo-Hoo, Ziljon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by callalily61 View Post
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    I love that expression. I hope I can use it one day.

    Oh, what the heck...

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    Hi all,

    I just wanted to share my personal experience with Holly. I e-queried her for my commercial women's fiction piece on 5/23. I received an email from her the same day, asking for a partial. Then, on 5/24 she asked for the full manuscript, which I sent via email.

    Today (5/31), she called and offered me representation! She was wonderful to talk to on the phone and made me feel right at ease. I'm pretty sure I blabbered on like an idiot for awhile but she didn't seem to mind. She said she read the piece over the weekend and loved it, but wanted to do some research as to where she would pitch it.

    Seriously, she seems like a dream and I can't wait to work with her. Good luck to everyone who has a partial or full with her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKL1025 View Post
    Today (5/31), she called and offered me representation! She was wonderful to talk to on the phone and made me feel right at ease. I'm pretty sure I blabbered on like an idiot for awhile but she didn't seem to mind. She said she read the piece over the weekend and loved it, but wanted to do some research as to where she would pitch it.

    Much congratulations! Here's to hoping she finds you a fantastic editor who loves your work!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKL1025 View Post
    Hi all,

    I just wanted to share my personal experience with Holly. I e-queried her for my commercial women's fiction piece on 5/23. I received an email from her the same day, asking for a partial. Then, on 5/24 she asked for the full manuscript, which I sent via email.

    Today (5/31), she called and offered me representation! She was wonderful to talk to on the phone and made me feel right at ease. I'm pretty sure I blabbered on like an idiot for awhile but she didn't seem to mind. She said she read the piece over the weekend and loved it, but wanted to do some research as to where she would pitch it.

    Seriously, she seems like a dream and I can't wait to work with her. Good luck to everyone who has a partial or full with her!
    Hey, MKL1025, you go girl!

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    Report on Holly: Sent a query, got a request for a chapter within a day. She just rejected (about two weeks), but was nice, pleasant, lovely, etc. In the interim, I sent her a question in re matters regarding the ms and a publisher and she gave me a good, informed response.

    She gets my thumbs up on responsiveness and overall professional attitude. I wish we could have coincided our universes.

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    I'm wondering - those who emailed Holly, did you all email her directly, or use the form on the Waxman site?
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    E-mailed her directly

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    Emailed directly.

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    I emailed directly, and got a very nice personalized (I think) rejection a day or two afterwards. Never fails to impress me when the agent takes the time to write out a personal note.
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    Witch Eyes: 1 offer of representation. (2 requests still pending)

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    So has anyone used the website form? I sent her a query via the form yesterday.
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    Based on the hubub here, I just sent a query to Byrd Leavell, one of Holly's associates at waxman. Can't tell if he's as engaging as Holly, but his description sounds a touch closer to what I'm looking for.

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    I sent a query to her Aug. 23, and she got back to me today, four days later, with a request for a partial. She was very nice in the note, too.
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    I looked at their site. They seem to like NF, but that's just a guess on my part because I could not find anywhere that outlined their individual preferences.

    A lot of agents claim they get queried inappropriately by authors seeking representation for genres they don't represent. Now, I may be just an underpublished writer, but I always thought the whole point of writing was to communicate. If you don't tell authors what you do want, why blame them when they query you for things you don't want?

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    Just wanted to add that I queried Holly via her e-mail address after reading this thread (instead of using the online form). That was on 11/29, and I just got a request for a partial today, 12/14. WOOO!!!

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    I also queried her via her email back in October and received a partial request. It was just rejected last night but with a very nice, personal email.
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    I just sent Holly a partial today.

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