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Holly Root
Root Literary

Reading as much as you do in this job, it's easy to become overly analytical—assessing this or that from a market standpoint, considering the buyers' and retail outlook before you've even fallen into the story. My favorite books—and the submissions most likely to catch my interest—are the ones so assured in their execution that the only input my critical mind can muster is "That was fun. How soon can we tell everyone we know about it?" I'm delighted to be in a position of perpetual discovery.

Professionally, I'm proudest of the times my work has enabled my clients to take great leaps, whether creative or professional, to advance their careers. It's an honor to be inside the process, participating in bringing great reads into the world, and a true joy to enable those books' creators to build healthy, sustainable careers.

I’m much more likely to keep reading if I know from the perfectly-executed first pages that this is someone whose voice interests me, someone whose story I’d like to get lost in for the next few hours. I know I’ve found a winner when I catch myself scribbling down editors' names, forming a submission list on any available scrap of paper as I read.

My existing client list paints a pretty solid picture of what I'm likely to respond to in terms of category and voice.

years experience: 15
Audio & Film/TV: info(at)
Foreign: heather(at)
Agents: Taylor Haggerty, taylor(at)
Molly O'Neill, molly(at)
Melanie Castillo, melanie(at)
Kurestin Armada, kurestin(at)
Samantha Fabien, samantha(at)
Alyssa Maltese, alyssa(at)
While I am accepting queries, the other agents at Root Literary are growing their client lists more actively, so I am currently most likely to refer a project in-house.

If you are seeking representation, please send a query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of an email to

If you wish to query one Root Literary agent in specific, please include that agent's name in the subject line of your email and it will be sent direct to that agent. We know it can be hard to parse the fine points of agent-taste from a web writeup, so you're also welcome to query the agency in general and we'll direct your material internally. We regularly pass submissions back and forth, so a no from any one of us is a no from all of us.

All material should be pasted in the body of the email, as we do not open attachments. Only queries for completed, full-length works will be considered.

Once you submit a query, you will receive an automated response confirming receipt and noting our current turnaround time for response. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent and we haven't yet replied, please do email back and let us know.

We are not accepting submissions for screenplays or poetry. No postal mail, phone, or in-person pitches, please.

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