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Holly Root
Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

My favorite part of this job is the thrill of discovery. Being the first to experience a new world, a brand-new author, or an exciting new project from a favorite simply never gets old. Couple that with the joy of sharing that wonderful book with editors and eventually readers and you’ve got the reason I truly love my job.

I’m drawn to well-told commercial novels in a variety of genres. I’m much more likely to keep reading if I know from those perfectly-executed first pages that this character (or author, in the case of nonfiction) is someone whose voice interests me, someone whose story I’d like to get lost in for the next two hours. I know I’ve found a winner when I encounter writers whose skills on the page make me certain from page one that I’m in excellent hands.

On the fiction side, I’m currently most actively seeking middle grade & young adult fiction (I'm open to pretty much any genre within those categories, except novels in verse which I admire but don't have the knack for) and women’s fiction (particularly interested in upmarket execution of commercial concepts) although I remain open to seeing truly stand-out projects in the other areas I cover (lighter women's fiction/chick lit, new adult, general fiction, mystery, urban fantasy, single title romance). I have represented nonfiction projects in the past but am not actively seeking to add many new ones to my list; there are other agents at Waxman Leavell covering the nonfiction front brilliantly so in most cases they're likely to be a better fit.

I welcome submissions from authors from, or with characters reflecting, populations underrepresented on shelves today (race, ethnicity, orientation or otherwise).

I work in Los Angeles along with our newest agent, Taylor Haggerty, who's seeking young adult fiction, historical fiction, and historical romance. We work very closely, so please feel free to think of her for your submissions as well.

years experience: 10
General fiction, Romance, Juvenile fiction, Women's fiction, Romance, YA including SF/F, MG including SF/F
Christina Lauren's New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling BEAUTIFUL BASTARD series & WILD SEASONS series
Rae Carson's New York Times bestselling & Morris nominated FIRE AND THORNS series
Rachel Hawkins's New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling HEX HALL series
Jessica Clare's New York Times & USA Today bestselling Billionaire Boys Club series
Meredith Duran's USA Today bestselling FOOL ME TWICE
Kristin Harmel's internationally bestselling THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING
V.E. Schwab's Amazon, Goodreads, and PW Best of 2013 selection VICIOUS
Lisa Patton's nationally bestselling WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER
Selected Recent & Upcoming Client Releases
Nancy J. Cavanaugh's ALWAYS, ABIGAIL (middle grade, Sourcebooks)
Victoria Schwab's A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC (fiction, Tor)
Alison Cherry's FOR REAL (YA, Delacorte)
Kelly Wimmer's THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS OF SHIPWRECK LANE (women's fiction, Thomas Dunne Books)
Liz Fichera's PLAYED (YA contemporary, HarlequinTeen)
Victoria Schwab's EVERYDAY ANGEL (middle grade, Scholastic)
Jessica Clare's STRANDED WITH A BILLIONAIRE (romance, Berkley)
Christina Lauren's SWEET FILTHY BOY (romance, Gallery)
Manda Collins's WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS (romance, St. Martin's Press)
Rachel Hawkins's REBEL BELLE (YA, Putnam)
Amanda Maciel's TEASE (YA, Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)
Virna DePaul's TURNED (romance, Ballantine Bantam Dell)
Mary Kennedy's NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER (mystery, Berkley)
Jen Malone's AT YOUR SERVICE (middle grade, Aladdin)
Hilary Fields's BLISS (women's fiction, Redhook/Little Brown)
Laura Drewry's PRIMA DONNA (contemporary romance, Loveswept/Random House)
Kristin Harmel's THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING (thirteen territories);
Rae Carson's FIRE AND THORNS trilogy (eleven territories);
Rachel Hawkins's HEX HALL trilogy (seventeen territories);
Myra McEntire's HOURGLASS trilogy (five territories);
Leo Babauta's THE POWER OF LESS (twenty territories);
film rights to Myra McEntire's HOURGLASS; film rights to Christina Lauren's BEAUTIFUL BASTARD; film rights to V.E. Schwab's VICIOUS & TV rights to Victoria Schwab's THE ARCHIVED
Audio & Film/TV: holly(at)
Foreign: heather(at)
Taylor Haggerty,
Email your query letter & first 10 pages of your ms in the body of an email to hollysubmit(at)waxmanleavell(dot)com. You should receive an auto-response to confirm your query was received. Thanks for thinking of me!
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