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Ms. Melanie Figueroa

Root Literary



Website: rootliterary.com

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

Twitter: wellmelsbells

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from KaylaVanKirk01
Jan 30, 2023 4:19 pm


FQ: 1/7/23
FR: 1/20/23
YA Science Fiction 89k
from aloopratha
Jan 30, 2023 2:30 pm


@mbowman She seems to have a maybe pile, which I've been in for a month now. If you're CNRing just for your own satisfaction I don't see anything wrong with that, but I wouldn't withdraw the query or anything. She does request from her maybe pile sometimes and she'll definitely give you a response either way. Her response rate is over 90%.
from mbowman
Jan 30, 2023 1:17 pm


She's relatively quick with rejections, but has had mine for almost ten days and skipped me in the queue...CNR?
from sfdwriter
Jan 27, 2023 2:22 pm


FQ: 1/23/23
FR: 1/27/23

Upmarket 85K
from aalogan
Jan 27, 2023 12:24 pm


Form query: 1/23/23 Adult speculative retelling 80k (received auto-receipt email)
Generic Rejection: 1/27/23
from bwmcconnell
Jan 19, 2023 5:59 pm


Thank you, Melanie, for the prompt response.
from aloopratha
Jan 17, 2023 4:46 pm


EQ: Jan 4/23

YA Fantasy
from VeronicaMars
Jan 17, 2023 4:09 pm


1/04/2023 Queried
1/17/2023 nice Rejection.
from riathewolf
Jan 08, 2023 3:43 pm


FQ: 1/8/23

YA Fantasy 91k
from sara_gilbert_writes
Jan 06, 2023 5:54 pm


FQ: 1/6/23
Literary/Upmarket 75k
from miaclarke
Jan 04, 2023 12:19 pm


Very kind and speedy rejection with valuable feedback.
from fictiongirl
Jan 03, 2023 5:06 pm


Full request within a day! *fingers crossed*

Update: Form rejection at 104 days. I am numb and don't normally get let down by these anymore, but this one was disheartening, mostly because she had seemed enthusiastic while requesting and had my material for a while. Best of luck to anyone else still being considered.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 03, 2023 12:31 pm


Profile Update: Open to queries.

Thanks spookywrites
from spookywrites
Jan 03, 2023 12:07 pm


Her QM page is live, looks like she reopened to queries today
from SophiesSnail
Jan 02, 2023 3:53 pm


Query submitted 11/14/22: MG Historical Fiction, 37K
Rejected via brief form letter 12/23/22
Using Query Manager means I can't even write to thank her for her reply; that's too bad.

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