****ATTENTION QUERYING WRITERS/ILLUSTRATORS: Starting 9/24/17, I will be on a temporary submission hiatus. Any queries sent after this date will be deleted unread, with the exception of previously-requested materials. I'll re-open to queries again soon.**** 



1. To submit a project, please email your query to mollysubmit (@) waxmanleavell.com. (See more about the kinds of projects I represent.) NOTE: In order to receive an auto-reply confirming that your submission was received, you MUST put "Query" and the title of your project in the subject line. 

2. Your short email query should include: a description of your project; biographical information (including details about any relevant credentials, subject area expertise, stats, or existing platform); and a summary, if applicable, of prior published works, agent representation, and/or publisher submission history. If you don't have special credentials or previous publishing history, no worries: I welcome debut talent! Please also be sure to include your phone number, email address, and any relevant internet/social media links.

3. If we've met in person or communicated online, or you are querying because of a referral, please detail that connection in your query letter.

4. Along with your query letter, please also include the following:

  • Fiction Writers (MG, YA, or chapter book/early readers): the first 10 pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of the email, below your query letter. A synopsis (approx 1-2 pages) may also be included by pasting it below your query and sample pages. A synopsis is not required, but it is extremely helpful. NO ATTACHMENTS.
  • Author/Illustrators: full book dummy, including text, in pdf format (a hybrid of black/white sketches and full-color samples is fine), and a link to your online portfolio. 
  • Picture book writers: Sorry, I am NOT currently seeking picture books texts, unless you are also an illustrator. (Follow my blog for occasion calls for picture book manuscripts.)
  • Illustrators: 2-3 illustration samples (in jpeg format), and/or a link to your online portfolio.
  • Non-fiction Writers: proposal and a sample chapter pasted below query. NO ATTACHMENTS.

5. Please do not query me simultaneously with any other agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (You can read more about our agency submission policy here.)  


I personally read and consider every query that is submitted to me. If interested in seeing further material, I will be in touch via phone and/or email. (If you receive another offer of representation during this time frame, please send an alert/update.) However, because of the high volume of submissions received, I am unable to respond personally to every query. If more than 8 weeks have passed since your submission without direct contact, you may assume that I have passed on your submission. While I wish I could offer a more personal response, please know that I hold you and your creative efforts in highest regard. You can also check my blog for updates about queries, where I'll post semi-regular alerts to let you know if, based on the date of your query, your manuscript is still under consideration.


My current response time on fulls runs approximately 12 weeks (and occasionally longer). Although I do not respond to queries unless interested, my policy is to always respond to those projects for which I have requested a full manuscript, so you will hear from me in due course. However, if you should receive an offer of representation from another agent during this time, I hope you'll send me an alert. Thanks in advance for your patience while I read.