Full Agent Profile: Holly Root


Holly Root

Root Literary

Science Fiction | Chick Lit | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Romance | Young Adult | Multi-Cultural | Middle Grade

  • This agent accepts queries

    • She does NOT represent:
    • Screenplays/theater scripts
    • Poetry
    • Picture books
    • Not interested in woman/child in peril stories.
    • Not currently seeking category romance.
    • Our primary focus is commercial fiction for kids and adults. We also represent select nonfiction projects. If you are seeking representation, please send a query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript to submissions@rootliterary.com.
    • All material should be pasted in the body of the email, as we do not open attachments. Only electronic 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.
    • Holly and Taylor work very closely, often passing projects back and forth and occasionally signing clients together, so we welcome queries addressed to the agency in general. If you are specifically querying one of us, please include that agent's name in the subject line of your email.
    • We do not represent screenplays, poetry, novellas, short stories, or picture books.
    • No paper, phone, or in-person pitches, please.

    • A native Southerner, I began my career working in editorial at a publisher in Nashville, TN, then moved to New York and hopped over to the agency side in 2004. I spent ten years as an agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency before founding Root Literary in 2017.

    Founder of zenhabits.net Leo Babauta's THE POWER OF LESS: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential, to Brendan Duffy at Hyperion, at auction, by Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency.

    Fiction | Women's Fiction
    Author of THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS OF SHIPWRECK LANE Kelly Harms's THE PIKE BAY INN AND ART APPRECIATION SOCIETY, in which a visual artist in financial straits discovers that the annulment that she thought took care of her drunken Vegas quickie marriage was never completed and heads to the woods of Wisconsin to find the stranger who has been her husband for the past decade, to Laurie Chittenden at Thomas Dunne Books, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (NA).

    Fiction | Young Adult
    Author of DEFIANCE CJ Redwine's THE SHADOW QUEEN, a dark fantasy inspired by the Snow White fairytale, in which a princess must step out of hiding, face a powerful enemy, and claim her rightful throne—if she can survive the dark birthright she must accept if she is to rule, again to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, in a two book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (NA).

    Fiction | Young Adult
    Victoria Schwab's MONSTER, about a teen boy and girl whose fathers are rival leaders of a divided city where violence breeds literal monsters, and when conspiracies and betrayals send the teens on the run for their lives together, they could become each other's worst nightmare, to Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (NA).

    Fiction | Romance
    Kari Dell's THE WORST WAY, in which a rodeo roper searches for his lost one-in-a-million horse in Montana's Blackfeet reservation and finds not only his horse, but a troubled teen the horse has given a new future to and the boy's fiercely protective aunt who complicates his decisions even more, to Heidi Moore at Samhain Publishing, for publication in February 2015, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (World).

    Fiction | Romance
    USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane's EDGE OF OBSESSION, in which a band of mercenaries run a post-apocalyptic world permanently altered by rising seas, taking whatever they want with no regrets and no attachments, until they come up against the women who can match them blow for blow, to Monique Patterson at St. Martin's, on an exclusive submission, in a four-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (World English).

    Fiction | Middle Grade
    Author of RED and FOR REAL Alison Cherry's middle grade debut GRANDMA JO'S GUIDE TO PRIM & PROPER PILFERING, in which a 12 year old discovers that her grandma's bridge club is actually a cover for a septuagenarian heist ring of "ethical thieves;" in exchange for keeping her grandmother's secret, she gets to join the team, but ultimately must decide for herself what it means to be one of the good guys, to Amy Cloud at Aladdin, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (World English).


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