Send a query to Molly O'Neill at Root Literary

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Please also note:

1. My response time ranges anywhere from a few days to around 3 months, and I do not always review queries in linear order. This regrettably makes my QueryTracker stats tricky to decipher from the outside looking-in; I apologize in advance!

2. If you are querying a picture book: unfortunately, I am NOT currently seeking authors who only write picture book texts at this time. If you are both writer AND illustrator, or part of an author-illustrator creative team, then I welcome you to query.

3. Illustrators/Cartoonists: if you are submitting art/portfolio samples only, write ART SUBMISSION where it asks for a book title, enter 0 in the word count field, and write n/a for any sections (like sample, pitch, etc) that do not apply to your work. If you're sharing a graphic novel sample/partial, please upload a synopsis for the remainder of the book in the "sample pages" section. If your illustrated materials are too large for the QM file size, please host them on your website and include the relevant link/password in Step 3 of the form below.

4. If you're unable to use Query Manager for any reason, please send your query to with my name in the subject line.

5. Please do not query multiple agents at Root Literary at the same time. We kindly ask that you submit your query for consideration to one agent at our agency at a time. Thanks.

I know that the submissions process can feel daunting and scary; please know that I am applauding you for undertaking it anyway!

Step 1. Tell us about the author

Fill in these author-related fields.

Tell us a little about yourself and any writing credentials you may have.

Have you previously published other books?      
Have you ever been represented by a literary agent before?      

Step 2. Tell us about the book

Fill in these book-related fields.

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Enter the approximate WORD count of your book. Enter numbers only. Do not include any letters or special characters.

Is this book currently published or has it ever been published before?      

Enter your query letter for this book. (Tips for formatting and pasting text) Do NOT paste images into this field. Pasting large blocks of text can take several minutes. Please be patient.
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Enter a short synopsis of your book. (Tips for formatting and pasting text) Do NOT paste images into this field. Pasting large blocks of text can take several minutes. Please be patient.

(If your book is shorter than this (such as a picture book) please include the entire text.) Paste in the first 10 pages of your book, or your full book proposal if your book is non-fiction. (Tips for formatting and pasting text) Do NOT paste images into this field. Pasting large blocks of text can take several minutes. Please be patient.

Who will want to read your book. For example, girls under 12, fans of John Grisham, etc. (500 characters or less)

Step 3. For Artists and Illustrators

Provide illustrations or art samples, if applicable.

Acceptable file formats: doc, docx, pdf.
File Size Limit: 2 MB (same as 2,000 KB) (Get help for large files)

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Final Step: Submit Your Query

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If the recipient of your query would like to read more, they will contact you through that page as well as through email.

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