Archive for the ‘Holly Root’ Category

I’m closing to general queries June 1 and will reopen September 15 or thereabouts (for the latest, you can check my twitter or Publishers Marketplace listings, which are updated most frequently). I’ll be out part of this summer on maternity leave and am taking a corresponding break from submissions. Any queries received before then will […]


(blows dust off blog) This article made the rounds today, and I wanted to link it here, because it is very useful in framing how and why agents take things on. My caveat would be that the writer’s point here, tweetable though the “it’s who you know” is, is actually more complex than just networking. […]


From today’s Publishers Marketplace Lunch: The Waxman Agency’s Holly Root is relocating to Los Angeles. She will open a west coast office for the agency, and will continue to develop her client list as well as expand the agency’s network of TV and film contacts. While I make this transition, I’ll be briefly closing to […]


Most agents would probably back me up on this. A not-insignificant percentage of the client phone calls that happen in a given week somehow work around to the phrase “So my friend…” Friends are the often-unsung yet essential ensemble behind the publication of any book, for good and ill. So what can you do to […]


From time to time, clients have emailed me new ideas they are clearly nervous about, usually with a subject line something like “Here goes nothing” or “Don’t say I didn’t warn you” and then inside they give me a great windup of “So this is the weirdest idea ever, basically, but….” Members of my client […]


On ARCs

28Jan11

First thing, let’s define what ARCs (Advance Readers Copies [sometimes also referred to as galleys or bound galleys or AREs—Advance Readers Editions]) are, so we’re talking about the same thing: An uncorrected proof of the book that is bound into book form for easier reading. They are expensive for houses to make, because they do […]


So, you might’ve seen the news that authors can now see (as I understand it) a rolling, four-week window of their book’s sales, as reported by Bookscan. I have something of a love-hate relationship with Bookscan. It’s the only widely-available reportage we have, but it’s also got a reporting gap that is likely only widening […]


Happy fall, everybody! Hope you all had productive summers filled with mountains of writing, which you will polish to a shine and then query me about. After my last post about closing to queries, I wanted to thank you all for going along with this kooky adventure. I was shocked by a couple of things: […]


Sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”): a rest from work, or a hiatus, often lasting from two months to a year. I’m not interpreting “sabbatical” in the literal sense of a year, but I (Holly) am going to take a query sabbatical. I have found so […]


I did a quick round of #askagent on Twitter recently (if you search for #askagent on Twitter, you will find a veritable treasure trove of info from a ton of different agents) and I had a couple that came in after I’d left. Thought I’d go ahead and answer them here: Q. If an agent […]



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