I’m actively seeking high-concept commercial, upmarket, and general fiction; young adult novels with a strong voice and propulsive pacing; and heartfelt, humorous, and fantastical middle grade novels across genres.
I often fall for books that sit at the intersection of a variety of genres (genre eclectic, if you will).
I love mysteries, found families, sibling stories, haunted houses, buried secrets, disability and mental health rep, coming-of-age narratives, non-western cultures and mythologies, animal/spirit companions, strong and potentially unlikable women, friendship growing pains, high-stakes adventures, family sagas, smart and foreboding horror, and anything that makes me laugh or cry (maybe even both at the same time).
I was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so I have a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. And I’m especially looking for books that are inclusive and accurately reflect our world—I like characters who aren’t your typical lead and to be surprised by the unexpected.
For a more detailed wishlist, please visit my personal website.
Please keep in mind that my wishlist is not meant to be prescriptive. If you think we'd be a good fit but your project isn't an exact match, please give me a try! Part of what makes this job so magical is that you often don’t know what you want until you find it.
ABOUT THE AGENCY:
At Root Literary, we build careers. Whether you’re here to start your career with us or to evolve your career with us, welcome!
We’re a boutique, future-focused literary agency, representing award-winning, bestselling, and up-and-coming authors, illustrators, and graphic novelists. We’re committed to helping our clients confidently define and redefine their vision of success while they build a lasting body of work and a meaningful career, and we do so by advocating, empowering, educating, negotiating, problem-solving, and revenue-generating in innovative ways to support our clients’ creative work.
As agents, we blend business acumen and proven skills for identifying talent with a nuanced, hands-on, and powerfully-effective approach to literary representation—and we do it all with good humor and an eye toward sustainable creator wellness along the way.
We’re good at our jobs because we care about books and book-making. We’re endlessly fascinated by the publishing machine: how it works, how we can help the industry evolve to work better, and how we can help our clients not just survive, but truly thrive as a part of it. In addition to a combined 45+ years of literary agency experience, our team has also worked immersively in film/TV, in foreign rights, in marketing/publicity, at publishing start-ups, and as editors, educators, influencers, and booksellers—and we bring the depth, breadth and knowledge of that wide-ranging industry experience to every situation our clients encounter. We work collaboratively and with a focus on best-in-field information-sharing and creative opportunity-forging, so that each of our agents’ clients benefit from our whole team’s expertise.
Every publishing success story that we’ve been a part of is, at its core, also the story of meaningful professional partnerships. We’re eager to match your passion for the craft of writing and art-making with our passion for next-level career strategy and killer deal-making. We love what we do, and we do it best in tandem with driven, ambitious story makers who love what they do, too.