Scott Waxman is the Chairman and Co-founder of Diversion Books
Scott Waxman has spent his entire career in book publishing. Before moving to the agenting side, he worked as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers. In 1997 he founded the Waxman Literary Agency, a mid-size agency known for its hands-on approach to book development and its passion for great storytelling. The Waxman Agency has represented dozens of New York Times bestselling books and other national bestsellers from novelists, journalists, historians, and experts in their fields. Scott’s experience in electronic publishing dates back to 1999, when he founded LiveREADS, which produced enhanced eBooks. He brings a total of more than 25 years of literary experience to Diversion Books. An alumnus of Cornell University, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Mary Cummings is Editorial Director at Diversion Books
Mary Cummings has worked as an editor for four years, assisting book authors in every stage of the process, from developing initial book ideas to formatting and structuring finished works. In addition, she has served as a marketing executive with (a)perture marketing since 2007, specializing in development, project management, account management, public relations and event production. She has worked with both traditional and online media and is always up-to-date on the latest and most successful marketing trends. Mary is an east coast transplant, having moved to New York from Oregon, where she obtained an Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Oregon.
Sean Mahoney is the Editor-at-Large at Diversion Books
Sean brings a decade of publishing experience to Diversion Books. As an editor with Oxford University Press and the Penguin imprints Rough Guides and Dorling Kindersley, he’s seen scores of titles through from idea to the bookshelf. While with Dorling Kindersley, he developed custom books, multimedia packages, and marketing campaigns as part of licensing deals with organizations including the Boy Scouts, World Wrestling Entertainment and Sesame Street. Sean holds a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He is the author of two books, has contributed to many others, and is a frequent writer for MSN City Guides.
Charles Stuart Platkin, Ph.D., J.D., is a Co-founder and Strategic Advisor at Diversion Books
Dr. Platkin was the president, founder and creative force behind Marinex Multimedia, a forerunner in multimedia development that excelled in the creation of online entertainment and original editorial programming, including the internationally award-winning cyber soap opera, “The East Village,” “The Biz: the Entertainment CyberNetwork” (both as part of Time-Warner's Pathfinder), and “Trouble & Attitude,” a CD-ROM-based magazine distributed around the world. Prior to founding Marinex Multimedia, Dr. Platkin was General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan's Papers in the Hamptons, among others. Platkin writes the nationally syndicated column, The Diet Detective, which appears in 100 daily newspapers. and is a regular health contributor to WCBS-TV News. He is the author of five books including Breaking the Pattern. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Fordham University, a Masters of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Florida International University in Miami.