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Monday, May 10, 2010

My Agent Wish List: Holly Root

Workout Song of the Day: "Move Along" by The All-American Rejects

I've been showcasing plenty of fantabulous agents that I would love to one day call my own, and I'm continuing this trend by writing about the amazing Holly Root of the Waxman Literary Agency. Holly got her start as an editor in Christian publishing, then entered the agent training program at the elusive William Morris Agency. She joined Waxman in 2007 and is currently building her client list.

Why I Heart Her: Because she has a heart, and I'm not just talking about that organ that keeps us all alive. Ms. Root has donated a thirty minute phone call to the Do the Write Thing for Nashville auction. As I type this, Ms. Root's donation is currently at $250--which is a bargain if you ask me. You have until midnight tonight to win this awesome opportunity to speak with her about the publishing industry. What are you waiting for?

Why You'll Heart Her: Because she compares finding the perfect query to Spidey-senses. An agent with a sense of humor? You can't get any better than that!

Who She Represents: Some of Ms. Root's clients include Kate Perry, Misa Ramirez, Serena Robar, and Rachel Hawkins, author of the new YA hit, Hex Hall.

What She's Looking For: Upmarket and commercial fiction (women's fiction, mysteries, urban fantasies, romances, and YA); voice-driven nonfiction, particularly lifestyle, self-help, and religion.

Notable Net Nuggets:

Novel Girls interview

Plotmonkeys guest blog

Magical Musings guest blog

AuthorMBA interview

How to Submit to Her: Please click here for submission guidelines. Ms. Root prefers e-queries; please include the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of the email.

As you can see, Ms. Root has an INCREDIBLE web presence, and her clients really seem to love her. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you all! :)


Marquita Hockaday said...

WOW- she is really easy to find on the Net, huh? And you had me hooked on her at "Spidey-senses." It made me think about Tobey Maguire- yum! And her style is so varied, that is toooo cool- when I have my stuff together I will most def. query her- I think I'm in love now!

Racquel Henry said...

Good post Pam! I like the qualities you listed about her, especially the part about her having a big heart. That's hard to find these days in human beings in general! I think it's great that she is looking for such an assortment of fiction! I might even be able to query her! :)

Leanne Beattie said...


I queried Ms. Root today for my YA novel. Fingers crossed!