Byrd Leavell

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Byrd Leavell
Born Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Nationality  United States
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation Literary agent
Known for representing Caroline Calloway, Justin Halpern, Cat Marnell and "Weird Al" Yankovic[2]

Byrd Leavell is a literary agent and partner with Scott Waxman at the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.[3][4]


Leavell graduated from the University of Virginia and the Radcliffe Publishing Program.[5] In 2012, he partnered with Scott Waxman to form the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.[4]

As a partner at the Waxman Leavell agency, he has overseen multiple New York Times bestsellers including #1 bestselling books Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max, which has sold 2 million copies since publication.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] Leavell also represents Rob Elliott, whose LOL series has sold more than 2.5 million copies.[13] He also represented the anonymous Dutch novel Diary of an Oxygen Thief.[14][15] Leavell also represents Cat Marnell, a former Lucky, XoJane and Vice blogger.[16]

Selected clients[edit]

According to Publishers Weekly.[5]


  1. ^ Alanna Stack, Byrd Leavell III New York Times. June 22, 2016
  2. ^ Haskell, Will This 23-year-old ditched her blog and started writing her memoir on Instagram — now 300,000 people are reading it Business Insider. June 22, 2016
  3. ^ Newman, Andrew Adam (March 1, 2007). "Authors Find Their Voice, and Audience, in Podcasts". New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b "Waxman, Leavell Form New Agency". Publisher's Weekly. May 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Profile: Byrd Leavell". Publisher's Weekly. 
  6. ^ Deahl, Rachel Tucker Max Is Back—With Dating Advice Publishers Weekly. June 24, 2016
  7. ^ Witt, Emily (December 13, 2011). "Sh*t My Agent Sells: The Art of Turning Instafads Into Tome-blrs". New York Observer. 
  8. ^ "Best sellers: Paperback Nonfiction". New York Times. November 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Best Sellers: Hardcover Nonfiction". New York Times. June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ Kleeman, Sophie This 23-Year-Old Is Writing Her Fairy Tale Memoir Entirely on Instagram Mic. June 22, 2016
  11. ^ Dishman, Lydia (November 16, 2009). "Will Tweet for a Book Deal". Fast Company. 
  12. ^ Sambuchino, Sam (October 16, 2009). "Agent Advice: Byrd Leavell of Waxman Literary Agency". Writer's Digest. 
  13. ^ Lodge, Need a Laugh? Rob Elliott and HarperCollins Have You Covered Publisher's Weekly. June 22, 2016
  14. ^ Unknown "Oxygen Thief" author becomes self-published success CBS News. June 22, 2016
  15. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike ‘Diary Of An Oxygen Thief’ Sells To S&S Imprint Gallery After Gotham Group Buys Screen Rights Deadline. June 22, 2016
  16. ^ Hoby, Hermoine (October 6, 2012). "Cat Marnell interview: shooting star". Guardian. 
  17. ^ EXCLUSIVE: How Comedian Daniel O'Brien Turned One Joke Into A Major Book Deal Forbes. June 22, 2016

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