Olive Wexler

Olive Wexler – Editor

Current literary scout and writer with a specialty in YA titles--from pitch to final draft I'll bring positivity and trade market knowledge!


My experience in the publishing industry (agency and scouting) has taught me to be a strong evaluator of any manuscript, pitch, and story arc. I know what works in the US, in international markets, and I know what changes will capture the attention of editors, agents, and readers.

As your editor, I will bring a positive and direct tone to our meetings and edits--I'm a realist, who knows what works in the world of YA (across all genres and age groups) because I read those books for a living, and I'm happy to share my expertise on the market and on your manuscript in a constructive way.

With developmental edits, I focus on strengthening voice, and characterization, and I use a knowledge of genre expectations to help you bring your story to life.

I received a B.A. in English Lit and Theater from Wesleyan University, and am a writer myself. I've read thousands of manuscripts from the slush pile and from the bestseller list, and I want to help your title join that second group!

Coming of Age LGBTQ Fiction Middle Grade Young Adult Fantasy
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Barbara Tolley and Associates

Mar, 2021 — Present

As a Literary Scout at Barbara Tolley and Associates, I manage the entire list of our children's and YA clients, working with executives across twelve countries to help them find meaningful and world-changing books. I evaluate from ten to forty books a week, manage three different weekly reports, organize our participation at international publishing conferences, and lead our presence at the Frankfurt and Bologna book fairs.

Prestige Prep

Sep, 2020 — Jul, 2022 (almost 2 years)

● Taught students of varying ages in the Humanities, coaching them on long-form projects.
● Researched and organized blog post articles and interviews
● Authored content across social media to promote the company’s mission of accessibility for young students

Carol Mann Agency

Jun, 2020 — Sep, 2020 (4 months)

● Reviewed and reported on manuscripts and proposals for agents
● Researched data on new clients available for representation, and presented it to agents weekly
● Developed graphics to engage and promote clients on social media
● Managed social media campaigns on Twitter and Instagram

Wesleyan University

Jan, 2019 — Mar, 2020 (about 1 year)

●Directed student research projects by building resource lists
● Informed researchers about library resources
● Developed the Glass Board Campaign Against Sexual Violence to inform and support the community
● Produced monthly book display ideas to engage the community

Barbara Tolley, and Associates

May, 2018 — Aug, 2019 (over 1 year)

● Restructured and streamlined the company’s database system
● Reviewed, and reported on manuscripts for international clients
● Corresponded with editors and agents to facilitate rights acquisition
● Managed slush pile and identified titles that would have success with the company’s clients

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