Melanie Figueroa

Root Literary

My Manuscript Wish List®

Melanie is looking for stories that offer escape and entertainment for every reader. She’s drawn to immersive and layered reads with a strong voice and compelling perspective. While her taste is eclectic and extensive, in general she’s looking for a fresh, breathtaking twist on the familiar and a “big” idea—something you can sum up in a one- to two-sentence pitch.

Melanie is seeking middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction spanning the commercial and literary divide. On the adult side, she’s interested in general fiction with a foot in the genre world, upmarket fiction, and book club fiction. In kid lit, she’s interested in high-concept genre fiction. Across the board, she wants stories with emotional resonance and to work with authors committed to the craft of storytelling.

Please keep in mind that Melanie’s wishlist is not meant to be prescriptive. Part of what makes this job so magical is that you often don’t know what you want until you find it. If you think you’d be a good match, give her a try. She responds to all queries and welcomes submissions from creators belonging to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She does not represent poetry, novellas, or screenplays.

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