I want to work with creators who are creatively ambitious, who have a whole boatload of ideas and are always pushing themselves to write what's most interesting and challenging to them; these are the people that always growing and writing stories that only they can tell. I want to work with stories that remind me of what I've always loved about books while also showing me something I never could have predicted; I love to be surprised by books.
My main focus is genre fiction (so speculative in some way) but I enjoy stories that range widely across that spectrum. For younger readers I prefer books that make me laugh, but even for adults I like there to be a light somewhere in the darkness. For graphic novels I'm more open to contemporary stories along with speculative, and really look for illustrators with a strong sense of dynamic use of panels and movement on the page.
Right now, I'm specifically looking for...
-an ambitious, page-turning space opera with interesting secrets to uncover, in the vein of REVELATION SPACE
-romance with speculative elements/speculative fiction with romance elements that's fun and heart-pounding with interesting world building elements, in the vein of SILVER IN THE WOOD or the works of K.J. Charles, particularly from queer and/or POC authors
-horror fiction that's fresh and updated and in conversation with the books coming out now in the way that the best horror movies are that day; preferably something atmospheric over grisly
-epic fantasy that evokes classic, familiar titles while bringing a new spin and bright, modern voice, in the style of THE UNSPOKEN NAME
-a mix of contemporary and speculative that's fun/funny/romantic in tone
-horror that leans on spooky
-historical with a twist that has a bright, contemporary voice
-mystery with a strong voice, lovable cast of characters, and series potential like THREE TIMES LUCKY
...but I'm in no way limited to just those things! Like I said, I love to be surprised, so if you think we might be a match I'd love to see it.
ABOUT THE AGENCY:
Literary agent Holly Root launched over two dozen New York Times bestsellers before founding Root Literary in 2017. The agency's clients benefit from our agents' proven skills in identifying talent, negotiating advantageous deals, and advocating for our books all the way from submission to publication. We offer our clients broad-based industry insights as well as individualized strategic thinking to empower each author to define and pursue their own unique path to success.
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