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Ms. Alyssa Maltese

Root Literary



Website: rootliterary.com

Blog: www.alyssamaltese.com

Twitter: lyssmaltese

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from rdefiore
Jan 19, 2023 6:53 am


EQ 8/9/2022:
NR 11/19/2022: Sent a follow-up email and then got an automatic email;
Thank you for your query. We respect the time and effort that creators put into the querying process, and this is a courtesy auto-response to acknowledge receipt of your submission. If you do not receive a request from us for further materials within three months from submission, please consider it a pass. If we make a request, the requesting agent will advise you of their reading timeline once the full manuscript or other requested materials have been received. If you receive an offer of representation during the three-month consideration window or while a Root Literary agent is considering your full manuscript/materials, please send an alert before accepting an offer of representation.

Thank you, and we look forward to considering your work!

CNR 1/14/2022: I've sent one final attempt to get Alyssa's attention. If anything changes, I'll edit this however, I'm assuming this is a rejection. I prefer a rejection email then a ghosted rejection.

Rejection 1/17/2020

Something nice to hear: Thank yourself for how far you've come. Life hasn't been easy, but you've always found the strength to face another day.
from rigrug
Jan 17, 2023 1:28 pm


Form rejection letter just over an hour after querying.
from Tami1005J
Jan 16, 2023 8:34 pm


EQ 1/17/2023
76K Adult Speculative Fiction
from rhberry
Jan 16, 2023 7:26 am


Query sent: 1/9/2023
Form rejection: 1/13/2023
Adult horror, 57700 words
from LightofBeauty
Jan 10, 2023 2:43 pm


EQ: 1/3/23
ER: 1/10/23
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 03, 2023 4:31 pm


Profile Update: Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.
from CRogers
Dec 16, 2022 10:58 am


EQ: 9/13/22
CNR: 12/16/22

YA LGBTQ+ 79k
from Fj2018
Dec 04, 2022 8:36 pm


EQ 12.4.22
CNR 12.4.22
Thriller 76k
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 01, 2022 5:22 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from lydiarogue
Nov 20, 2022 6:29 pm


Currently not taking Religion/Spirituality according to her MSWL
from veevee
Nov 10, 2022 11:19 pm


EQ 11/11/22
Upmarket 103k
from sruthb
Oct 11, 2022 10:33 pm


EQ 10/11/2022
Adult suspense 89k
from generalconditional123
Sep 18, 2022 10:46 pm


If we queried Root before Alyssa joined and got rejected, is it okay to query Alyssa again?
from Claire_47
Sep 17, 2022 10:12 pm


EQ:17/09/22
middle grade horror 47k
from Catsamoa79
Sep 14, 2022 10:54 am


EQ: 6/10/22
CNR: 9/14/22

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