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Ms. Melanie Castillo

Root Literary



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Website: rootliterary.com

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

Twitter: wellmelsbells

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from elisastoneleahy
Apr 11, 2021 11:45 am


EQ: 3/11/21
Full Request: 3/11/21
4/10/21: A short, personal email, passing on the project. Enjoyed the read but didn't have the right vision to market it. She was kind and professional and I appreciated her words!
from MikeNordenstrom
Apr 01, 2021 10:39 am


EQ to submissions address on 04/01/2021
MG magical realism
from SGA001
Mar 28, 2021 12:31 pm


EQ 3/28/21

YA Fantasy 99k
from SteinbeckFan
Mar 24, 2021 3:41 pm


EQ: To Holly Root on Feb. 25, 2021
She sent my query to Melanie, who requested a full on Mar. 24, 2021.

Upmarket Women's Fiction (83,000)
from amandaelliott17
Mar 22, 2021 8:24 am


EQ 3/10
Full Request 3/11

MG Mystery
from sophiakate
Mar 05, 2021 2:19 pm


EQ 3/5/21

85K ya fantasy
from KristaVanDolzer
Feb 26, 2021 5:14 pm


Thanks for sharing, MeganAScott. I queried Ms. Castillo a few days after you did and had written this one off as a non-response. It might still be a rejection, but it's nice to know she's making an effort to respond.
from MeganAScott
Feb 26, 2021 4:19 pm


EQ: first of January 2021
Lovely Pass: 26th February. Melanie apologised for taking so long, saying she'd put my submission aside for further consideration and it was a really close call for her but she was going to pass. She did say she'd like to see future work if I don't sign for this project. So lovely and really heartening to hear. Would definitely contact again if I need to, she seems great!
from PeaceM
Jan 13, 2021 4:39 am


EQ: 9th Nov 2020 (addressed to entire Root agency)
Full Request from Melanie: 17th Dec 2020
Nudge with offer: 4th Jan 2021
Polite Rejection on 12th Jan 2021: She did not have the vision to market it but she was really sweet about it.

YA fantasy 80k words
from Jessie1994
Dec 17, 2020 5:01 pm


September Pitmad request (Counted as partial)
I had long CNR'd this, as per ROOT Literary guidelines. I ended up receiving a very kind pass from Melanie today, apologizing for the delay and saying she had held onto it for awhile, debating--but the good news is she invited me to re-query with another project, which I am very excited to do in January.
from fmestrich
Dec 09, 2020 1:46 pm


EQ: 11/21/20
ER: 12/9/20
from DNE424
Dec 02, 2020 7:55 pm


EQ: 8/14/20
ER: 12/2/20

YA Fantasy, 87K

Form rejection, but with a note about the time it took to get back to me, which was very kind.
from jjbtheler
Oct 21, 2020 8:57 pm


Queried Taylor Haggerty: 8/25/20
Nudge with offer of rep: 10/7/20
Full request from Melanie after Taylor passed it to her: 10/13/20
Offer of rep: 10/19.20
Offer accepted :) 10/21/20

YA Urban Fantasy 93K
from colacchio
Oct 21, 2020 4:30 am


Met at The Writers Hotel Conf. asked for sub,
Sent 92k Urban fantasy
from InconstantMoon
Oct 12, 2020 11:23 am


EQ: 9/10/20
CNR: 10/12/20

YA CON 70K

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