Julie is a literary agent at The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (WLLA). She is especially drawn to literary fiction with unforgettable characters and a strong sense of narrative tension. I look for novels that explore the depths of human experience and surprise readers with original storytelling. I also love sharply written atmospheric thrillers and suspense-driven work. I want to be caught in the story’s spell from page one.
As an agent, I enjoy being on the writer’s side every step of the way—from providing feedback on early drafts, to matching the work with the right editor, to acting as a guide through the complicated and changing world of publishing. The writing life can be a solitary experience, and I love being the writer’s connection to a wide world of readers. I enjoy thinking about fiction in terms of craft. You’ll find well-worn copies of books by Anne Lamott and Charles Baxter on my bookshelf.
I hold a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Before joining Waxman Leavell, I worked at Sobel Weber Associates and in the editorial departments of Tin House and Publishers Weekly.
Julie is interested in: While she represents different categories, Julie’s call-out right now is for the following:
- upmarket fiction
- literary fiction
- adult thriller/suspense
- young adult
- middle grade
- picture books
Some of Julie’s recent books/clients include:
- THE SASQUATCH HUNTER’S ALMANAC by Sharma Shields (Holt) – literary fiction
- GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow (forthcoming from Delacorte, Fall 2016) – young adult/ crossover
- SPEED DREAMING by Nicole Haroutunian (Little A) – literary fiction/story collection
- I DO NOT LIKE AL’S HAT by Erin McGill (forthcoming Spring 2017, Greenwillow) – children’s picture book
- THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove) – literary fiction
How to contact: juliesubmit [at] waxmanleavell.com. To submit a project, please send a query letter ONLY. Do not send attachments, though for fiction you may include 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. Please do not query more than one agent at this agency simultaneously. Due to the high volume of submissions, agents will reach out to you directly if interested. The typical time range for consideration is 6-8 weeks.