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Ms. Melanie Figueroa

Root Literary

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Melanie Figueroa

Root Literary

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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Family Saga
  • Fantasy, Magical Realism
Graphic Novel
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
  • Middle Grade, Contemporary
  • Middle Grade, Fantasy
  • Middle Grade, Historical
  • Middle Grade, Literary
  • Middle Grade, Mystery
  • Middle Grade, Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Historical
  • Young Adult, Literary
  • Young Adult, Mystery
  • Young Adult, Romance
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction


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Known Clients (current & past)
Caris Avendaño Cruz
Amelia Diane Coombs
M.T. Khan
Kate Sweeney
Jaime Theler
Elizabeth Urso
Lakita Wilson
Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
03/21/2023 06:02 PM
Received rejection 3/3/2023.

Sent a short but kind rejection letter. Thank you for reading my work!
03/20/2023 03:48 PM
Form Q: March 20

MG Fantasy
03/20/2023 07:19 AM
FQ: 2/2/23
Nudge: 3/13/23
128k YA Afrofuturistic Fantasy

Either I'm on her maybe list or my query got lost in her inbox, but she seems to respond to every query she receives, so I remain hopeful!
03/19/2023 06:53 PM
Form query 3/19/23
93K YA Contemporary Fantasy
03/17/2023 03:04 PM
FQ: 2 Mar 2023
Commercial Women's Fiction: 99k
Emailed to inform me that it was passed on to Samantha Fabien as it may be a better fit: 17 Mar 2023. How nice!
03/17/2023 08:57 AM
Form Query: 3/17/23

YA Fantasy, 99k
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/02/2023 05:09 AM
Profile Update: Genres updated.
02/27/2023 12:20 PM
@aloopratha I can hope so. Thank you very much.
02/27/2023 11:01 AM
@KathrynFaye007 Well I assume it's a glitch in the system, not something intentional so as so be unprofessional. I think query responses are supposed to send automatically to the email once they're entered.
02/27/2023 10:56 AM
Thanks @aloopratha. It's just a bit unprofessional in my opinion.
02/27/2023 10:43 AM
@KathrynFaye007 that's never happened to me before AFAIK but I've heard about it happening to others.
02/27/2023 10:34 AM
Apparently my query was declined and I WASN'T notified! Not even with a form letter. I just opened my submission and it said declined on 25 February... is that normal?!
02/22/2023 09:56 PM
Q: 02/22/2023
R: 02/22/2023

YA Contemporary Romance
02/22/2023 08:46 AM
Form Query: 2.08.2023
FR: 2/21/2023

78K Upmarket historical fiction
02/21/2023 07:20 PM
After submitting 5 days ago:

Thank you for thinking of me for this project. Although I won’t be pursuing representation, I appreciate the opportunity to consider your work and wish you every success with it.


That didn't feel good.
02/14/2023 07:22 PM
FQ: 2/2/23
Form rej: 2/14/23

YA Fantasy 98k
02/14/2023 05:45 PM
EQ: Jan 4/23
Full request!!: Feb 6/23
Submitted: Feb 14/23

Eeek so excited for this one!!! The delay in submitting the full was due to a revision I was in the middle of implementing, and I had given her a heads up. She was very quick to reply.
I have a healthy amount of fulls out right now and it feels like I'm SO SO close, but it's impossible to tell if it'll pan into anything. I've seen stories of people getting over a dozen fulls but they all ended in passes. It feels risky to let yourself be happy bc you just set yourself up for a higher fall, but I'm letting myself enjoy the small successes, bc YOLO and all, and bc I've worked too hard on this to be moping all the time. I shall not pay the Bank of Unhappy & Anxious in advance!!!

YA Fantasy
02/11/2023 08:50 PM
Sent a rejection letter after 13 days.
YA 50k
01/30/2023 04:19 PM
FQ: 1/7/23
FR: 1/20/23
YA Science Fiction 89k
01/30/2023 02:30 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%.
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03/02/2023 - Genres updated.
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