Full Agent Profile: Scott Waxman


Scott Waxman

The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

Crime | Mystery | Fantasy | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Middle Grade

History | Sports | Celebrity | Biography | How-To | Memoirs | Adventure/True Story | Business | Narrative | Health & Fitness | True Crime | Cultural/Social Issues

  • This agent accepts queries

    • I've been known for a long time as a non-fiction agent and do represent a large number of established authors who write contemporary journalism, sports, history and narrative non-fiction. I continue to welcome projects in these categories and am also very interested in developing our business titles.
    • I am actively looking for middle grade fiction for boys, as well.
    • I'm particularly interested in the reality-based genres of adventure and sports, as well as mystery and fantasy.
    • I also want to see great fiction. Like my non-fiction tastes, I tend to enjoy character-driven stories that really speak to me on some emotional level.
    • And I always welcome crime fiction and great mysteries in the style of Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, or Richard Price—thrillers that grab hold of the reader from the first sentence and is chockfull of twists, turns and intrigue.
    • Whether you are an established journalist or a blogger with a great platform: I want to hear your idea for the next best-seller. Please submit any queries to scottsubmit@waxmanagency.com.


    • Graduate of Cornell University

    Non-Fiction | Biography
    Author of STRAPLESS and the upcoming GUEST OF HONOR, Deborah Davis's THE TRIP, a pop-picaresque about Andy Warhol's era-defining 1963 road trip from New York to Hollywood, and how it and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered - including Dennis Hopper, Marcel Duchamp, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra - affected his life and art, again to Peter Borland at Atria, by Scott Waxman at the Waxman Literary Agency.

    Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense
    NYT bestselling author of Empire of the Water Stephan Talty's fictional debut BLACK IRISH, pitched in the vein of Dennis Lehane, the first in a series featuring a Harvard-educated policewoman who combs Buffalo, New York's Irish community in search of a twisted serial killer sending her cryptic messages, to Linda Marrow at Ballantine Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Scott Waxman at the Waxman Literary Agency (World English).

    Non-Fiction | Sports | Celebrity | Biography
    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz's post-Super Bowl memoir, to Celebra, at auction, reportedly in a significant deal, by Scott Waxman at the Waxman Literary Agency, with Sandy Montag at IMG.

    My Life in and out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All That Bull**** You Think You Know About Me
    Author:   John Daly
    Genres:   Sports | Celebrity | Memoirs
    Publisher:   Harper Paperbacks (March 27, 2007)
    Ever since his astonishing victory in the 1991 PGA Championship, John Daly has enthralled fans with his big drives, bigger personality, and his "grip it and rip it" approach to golf . . . and to life. Usually seen with a cigarette dangling from his lip, Long John is the unchained, unpredictable, unapologetic bad boy of professional golf. This book is the thrillingly—and sometimes shockingly—candid memoir of a larger-than-life athlete battling assorted addictions (alcohol, gambling, chocolate, sex), his weight, and divorce lawyers (having been married four times).
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    And Then the Roof Caved In: How Wall Street's Greed and Stupidity Brought Capitalism to Its Knees
    Author:   David Faber
    Genres:   Current Affairs
    Publisher:   Wiley; Rev Upd edition (August 24, 2010)
    And Then the Roof Caved In lays bare the truth of the credit crisis, whose defining emotion at every turn has been greed, and whose defining failure is the complicity of the U.S. government in letting that greed rule the day. Written by CNBC's David Faber, this book painstakingly details the truth of what really happened with compelling characters who offer their first-hand accounts of what they did and why they did it.
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    Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
    Author:   Stephan Talty
    Genres:   History
    Publisher:   Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (April 22, 2008)
    Journalist Talty (Mulatto America) entertainingly chronicles the life of legendary privateer Capt. Henry Morgan and his crucial role in challenging Spain's hegemony in the New World in this informative popular history.
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    First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner
    Author:   Kurt and Brenda Warner
    Genres:   Sports | Celebrity | Memoirs
    Publisher:   Tyndale House Publishers (August 4, 2010)
    Kurt Warner is the two-time NFL MVP–winning quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Brenda Warner is an ex-Marine turned stay-at-home Mom who collects coats for low-income kids and rocks babies to sleep at a center for chronically ill infants. First Things First is an honest, entertaining, and insightful look at life inside the Warner house.
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    Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
    Author:   AJ Baime
    Genres:   Sports
    Publisher:   Mariner Books; Reprint edition (June 17, 2010)
    In the 1950s and '60s, the 24 hours of Le Mans in France were not just a race but, according to Playboy editor Baime, but the most magnificent marketing tool the sports car industry had ever known. Baime's narrative culminates in the 1966 Le Mans race—where Ford cars placed first, second and third—and the fierce competition between Ford and Ferrari.
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    The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter
    Author:   Jason Kersten
    Genres:   True Crime
    Publisher:   Gotham (June 11, 2009)
    Born in 1972 and abandoned by his father to poverty, the gritty gangs of Chicago and a mentally ill mother, Art Williams Jr. slid into an underworld of theft and violence before a bohemian money crafter introduced him to counterfeiting. With swagger, ingenuity and a devoted wife, Williams produced millions of dollars worth of uncannily accurate bills for 14 years, till the Secret Service caught up with him. In this narrative, the author weaves the minuscule details of currency security with colorful portraits of underworld characters.
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    Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played
    Author:   Jon Wertheim
    Genres:   Sports
    Publisher:   Mariner Books (June 1, 2010)
    A riveting analysis of the 2008 Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final
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