Melanie Figueroa

Root Literary

Melanie is a literary agent at Root Literary, where she represents mainly children’s literature and adult fiction. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in creative writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked in-house as an editorial project manager and freelance editor before joining the agency as an assistant in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. When she's not working, you can find her stress baking, watching something scary, or snuggling with her chocolate lab, Oakley.

Submissions Open

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: Horror
Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Fiction: Thriller
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
Children’s: Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
Children’s: Young Adult Non-Fiction
Children's: Fantasy



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How to successfully present your work

Please send your query to Melanie using the following Query Manager form: