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Ms. Molly O'Neill

Root Literary

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Molly O'Neill

Root Literary

New York, NY
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Graphic Novel
Middle Grade
  • Middle Grade, Contemporary
  • Middle Grade, Fantasy
  • Middle Grade, Historical
  • Middle Grade, Literary
  • Middle Grade, Mystery
  • Middle Grade, Science Fiction
Picture Book
  • Picture Book, Author/Illustrator
  • Picture Book, Illustrator
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)
Temmer Beltz
Ellen T. Crenshaw
Kristen Dickson
Emily Dove
Sophia Glock
Aubrey Hartman
Rob Justus
Anita Shah Kapadia
Emmy Kastner
Lynne Kelly
Adib Khorram
Jaimie Macgibbon
Faith Pray
K.J. Reilly
Veronica Roth
Blythe Russo
Sarah Sax
John Schu
John Schumacher
Colby Sharp
Jane Solomon
Todd Sturgell
Lorian Tu
Peter Wartman
Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
03/29/2023 06:52 PM
FQ: 3/29/23

MG Contemporary 58K
03/27/2023 09:36 AM
Form Query: 3/26
Rejected: 3/27
YA Sci-Fi
03/13/2023 12:21 PM
form query 3/13/23
100k ya fantasy
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/11/2023 06:09 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries. Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.
02/09/2023 04:10 PM
CNR @ 93 days.
12/18/2022 07:15 PM
EQ: 10/14
Nudge with offer 12/8
Pass: 12/18
12/13/2022 11:48 AM
Email Query: 11/10/22
Withdrawn for revision: 12/13/2022

109K YA high/epic fantasy
12/12/2022 02:22 PM
77 days avg for a yes, so I'll wait.
12/02/2022 03:53 PM
Email query: August 27
CNR: Nov. 27

MG Fantasy
12/01/2022 03:29 PM
Email query: 8/31/22
CNR: 21/01/22
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
12/01/2022 05:20 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
10/07/2022 10:06 AM
EQ 10-7-22

MG, Contemp.
10/01/2022 07:30 PM
EQ: 19 June 2022
CNR: 2 Oct 2022

YA Sci-Fi 72K
09/01/2022 09:30 PM
EQ: 9/1/22 - Query letter, sample pages, and a synopsis
Got automated confirmation email that gave a 3-month consideration window
08/31/2022 07:48 PM
4/20/22 - emailed query and 10 sample pages
78K - YA Contemporary Romance
8/31/22 - CNR
07/28/2022 09:31 PM
Email query: June 1
Full request: July 20
Rejection: July 26

YA Contemporary/LGBTQ+, 93K
07/23/2022 12:00 PM
June 25 query
July 23 kind form rejection

"Thank you for thinking of me with this project. Although I won’t be pursuing representation, I appreciate the opportunity to consider your work, and wish you every success with it."
05/23/2022 06:14 PM
EQ 5/20
ER 5/23
Kindly worded and helpful rejection: plot isn’t her cup of tea; suggested a colleague at the agency who enjoys this type of story.

MG contemporary with magical elements
04/13/2022 07:26 PM
EQ: 02/21/22
83K Memoir
01/04/2022 08:38 AM
The agency website says that you’ll receive an automated reply when your query goes through. I queried last night (already checked my junk mail), and still no reply. Anyone know what’s going on?

Never mind! Found it in another tab on my email. That was unexpected.
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Last Update:
03/11/2023 - Open to queries. Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.
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