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Ms. Holly Root

Root Literary

Los Angeles, CA



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Website: rootliterary.com

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

Twitter: hroot

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from cwbuecheler
Jun 27, 2020 4:02 pm


EQ: 3/3/20
ER: 6/26/20 - polite form apologizing for the delay

Contemporary Fantasy, 93k Words
from al_sho
Jun 27, 2020 1:12 pm


EQ: 4/30 (received automated response that the agency got my query)
ER: 6/26

97k sci-fi
from dr_evil
Jun 26, 2020 6:45 pm


EQ: 6/8/20
ER: 6/26/20

YA Contemp. Form rejection. Seems like a lot were sent out today.
from LDBass
Jun 26, 2020 4:30 pm


EQ: May 25, 2020
ER: June 26, 2020
YA contemp
from Buddrcup
Jun 26, 2020 4:03 pm


EQ: 05/08/2020
(Sent to Agency as a whole)
Immediate receipt reply stating turnaround time roughly 8-10 weeks
ER (form:) 06/26/2020
Contemporary Fantasy
83000 words
from Leto1366
Jun 26, 2020 3:27 pm


EQ: 5/13/2020
FR: 6/26/2020

Adult Fantasy, 95k
from averyames
Jun 25, 2020 8:27 am


EQ: 5/13/20 (addressed to Holly Root specifically)
Full request: 5/22/20
ER: 6/24/20 Short but kind rejection, somewhat personalized.

Adult fantasy, 95k
from Jessie1994
Jun 23, 2020 9:17 pm


There is no Kurestin Armada on their website. I stand corrected for Melanie Castillo.

Received a form rejection by the entire agency after a month or so. And I have some thoughts to share here. For reference, I queried a double own voices YA novel.

While I appreciate the opportunity to share my work with Root Literary and for them all taking the time to review my submission, part of me can’t help but wonder if a form rejection from the entire staff may possibly be a reflection of the lack of diversity on their team. In the past I would have taken this rejection as another notch on my belt, but in light of current events, part of me is beginning to question if their inability to connect may also stem from WHO is on the receiving end of these submissions. In this case, a staff of all white women.

Just something for us diverse writers to think about when we query not so diverse agencies. My suggestion would be to rid of the “no from
One, is a no from all,” policy going forward and of course to strive to hire more diverse agents.
from LondonM32
Jun 23, 2020 7:16 pm


Jessie1994,

I don't think Melanie Castillo and Kurestin Armada are white?
from rebeccafleckenstein
Jun 23, 2020 3:28 pm


EQ 5/6/20
Form rejection 6/23/20

82k contemp romance
from DianeB
Jun 23, 2020 11:43 am


I submitted to the whole agency and got a rejection a month later. Upon reflection, though, I think it would have been better to query one agent instead of having the query floating around. At least that agent would hopefully take a good look at it. Just my thoughts. I wouldn't do it again. Has anybody had luck with this approach?
from grrimacylon
May 30, 2020 4:42 pm


Jessie1994,

They're very collaborative, so if it's not right for one agent but might be right for another, they'll share. A few Root Lit clients are repped jointly by more than one agent. As for turnaround time, 6-8 weeks is standard, but remember to factor in holidays and summer Fridays, too!
from Jessie1994
May 27, 2020 3:48 pm


I also queried the agency as a whole on May 21st.

Anyone have any experience with querying this method on turnaround time? I wonder if it gets passed to the one "most likely" to accept it or just passed around in general.
from SKNijjar
May 22, 2020 9:30 pm


EQ: 3/24 Sent to Agency as a whole
ER: 5/22

80K YA Paranormal Romance
from ceb1129
Mar 27, 2020 2:53 pm


EQ: 1/19/20
ER: 3/27/20

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