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Ms. Melanie Figueroa

Root Literary



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Website: rootliterary.com

Blog: www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/melaniecastillo/

Twitter: wellmelsbells

AAR Member: No

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from HarpyWalllace
Sep 12, 2021 12:53 am


I've been querying for years now and today was a first. I made the mistake of submitting to this agent twice-- once before and after the name change. Oops lol.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 01, 2021 12:16 pm


Profile Update: New last name. Formerly Melanie Castillo.
from karenmccoybooks
Aug 27, 2021 5:44 pm


EQ; 8/27/21

Upper MG Contemporary Fantasy 52k
from Kakook
Aug 27, 2021 12:11 pm


EQ: 07-26-21

LGBTQIA+ Cont. Fiction, 99K
from HanleyBrady
Aug 25, 2021 6:13 pm


EQ; 8/25/21

Upper MG Contemporary Fantasy 75k
from meredithmooring
Aug 23, 2021 5:12 pm


EQ: 8/23/21

Adult science-fantasy 128k
from ElleDesamours
Aug 23, 2021 2:36 pm


Queried 8/22/2021
Full Request 8/23/2021

YA Spec 88k
from strawberrymoonbeam
Aug 20, 2021 9:43 pm


EQ: 1/31/21 (queried Taylor, who passed it to Melanie)
Full Request: 4/09/21
Offer of Rep: 7/26/21

Melanie is kind and responsive, and it seems like Root is a super supportive agency for both agents and clients. I decided to move forward with a different agent, but it was a tough call, and I think anyone would be lucky to have Melanie rep them!

YA Mystery
from samanthakerksiek
Aug 19, 2021 4:07 pm


EQ: 8/19/2021

Adult SciFi 93k
from banaesma
Aug 11, 2021 11:47 am


EQ: 12 June, 2021
CNR: 11 August, 2021

adult 83k LitFic
from tdubphyz
Aug 10, 2021 9:06 am


EQ: 2021/8/10

LF, 81k
from Zooks3
Jul 14, 2021 10:32 am


7/14/21 - EQ re: Moody's Bluff - MG
from tesscatiful
Jun 24, 2021 3:29 pm


Tragethon - I submitted yesterday, but no auto-reply :(
from aceofswords
Jun 22, 2021 12:09 pm


EQ to Holly Root: 3/16
FR from Melanie: 4/7
Friendly pass with notes: 6/22

I feel like I had a great interaction with this agency and with Melanie as far as queries go. She invited me to keep her mind for future projects if this one doesn't pan out, which was kind.
from AKelleher
Jun 22, 2021 7:52 am


Tragethon - yes, I received an auto-reply upon submission. After 2 months is a pass, and follow up if you get an offer of rep, etc.

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