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Monday, July 21, 2008
Secret Agent Unveiled: HOLLY ROOT
Thanks and kudos to our tenacious and generous Secret Agent: Holly Root of The Waxman Literary Agency.
Holly Root is a literary agent who began her publishing career as an editor in Nashville, TN before coming to New York and Joining the William Morris Agency's agent trainee program. She then moved to Trident Media Group, where she sold audio right for the agency's clients, including a number of New York Times bestselling authors, before joining The Waxman Literary Agency in 2007 and starting her own list. She is actively seeking commercial fiction, including mystery/thriller, romance, YA, and women's fiction, as well as nonfiction projects, with particular areas of interest in style & relationship projects, narrative nonfiction of all sorts, and pop culture. Some of her clients include authors Amie Stuart, Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna, Carrie Tucker, Diana Cosby, Freeman Hall, Kate Perry, Laura Drewry, Leo Babauta, Libby Sternberg, Lisa Patton, Lori Devoti, Mary Kennedy, Maureen Lipinski, Misa Ramirez, Rachel Hawkins, Serena Robar, Sophia Johnson, Susan Kearney, and Trish Cook.
Here's what Holly is currently looking for:
"I'm really always eager to see strong submissions in any of the genres I work in, but I'm especially keen (at this exact second, subject to change in the next exact second or batch of queries) to add authors in YA, mystery/thriller (with caveat -- I am the wrong person for any thriller whose premise contains the words "Russia" or "China" -- just not my thing) and nonfiction. For romance I'm mostly looking for paranormal or historical (I have a personal soft spot for contemporary but the market's just tough, same for chick lit); in general fiction, I tend to favor the very commercial stuff. If it's got a big hook and the pages turn fast, I'm a good bet for it."
So there you have it! And I'm sure you'd all like to take a moment to thank her. She's not going to have time to sift through all the posts again hunting for "thank-you's," so feel free to post your sentiment in the comment box here.
(And of course you all know that it's not kosher to send her an email or a bouquet of exotic violets or a personalized ring tone in order to express your thanks. I'm just, you know, covering my bases.)
And to you, Holly: An effusive public THANK YOU for everything that you have invested in this fine group of writers over the past several days. You never balked, never grumbled (at least not audibly), never asked for more time. I couldn't be more pleased with the results of this contest, and I am in your debt.
Stay tuned, everyone! The announcement of THE WINNERS and HOLLY'S PRIZE is forthcoming! Wrapping up, attending to details, whatnot.
(Did she say winners?)