Alyssa Maltese

Literary Agent

Root Literary

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

And to my author soulmates who I've yet to connect with: I'm looking for youuu πŸ‘€πŸ’­πŸ“š

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

Lastly and most of all, thank you to any writers who have trusted me with their work. Reviewing your queries and manuscripts is a true pleasure. If we're not a match, don't be discouragedβ€”keep submitting!

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

I'm currently caught up on all submissions and full requests, so if you haven't queried myself or Root Literary in the recent past and feel your work might be a match for me, fire away! πŸ’Œ

Please visit @RootLiterary's website for submission guidelines: rootliterary.com/submissions

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

As mentioned above, I do also rep nonfiction and YA. Check out my complete MSWL here for more details on those categories publishersmarketplace.com/members/alyssa…, or visit my website alyssamaltese.com for more info.

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

I'm also very eager to support books about marginalized characters, by marginalized creators. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity, and disability representation is more than welcome here!

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

I'd love to see stories targeted for a new adult audience. (Search Party is a favorite that comes to mind here, and is the perfect example of an intersection of so many of my interests.)

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

When it comes to horror, I like to be SCAREDβ€”I'm talking afraid-to-turn-off-the-lights-at-night scared. (Think Hereditary, Midsommar, The Witch, and, once again, Jordan Peele.)

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

Generally speaking, I'm drawn to social commentary (Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid; Pigs by Johanna Stoberock; Jordan Peele films), and I'm also not opposed to humorous horror (The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix; Suburban Hell by Maureen Kilmer).

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

Propulsive pacing is a must (see: Hide by Kiersten White), and twists that really surprise me are a bonus (The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is a staple).

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

I'm also drawn to female-centric concepts, like motherhood and the gender divideβ€”think The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan, Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder, The Husbands by Chandler Baker.

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

I love freaky technology-related sci-fi elements (Severance is my favorite show I've watched in recent years), though I like my fiction grounded.

Make it just real enough to seem possible, and you've got me on the hook.

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

I'm eagerly seeking commercial thrillers, horror, and domestic suspense, as well as upmarket speculative fiction.

In all of these genres, I'm looking for high concept stories with something new to say.

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

Right now, I'm particularly hungry for adult fiction, so that's what I'll be focusing on in this thread.

Alyssa Maltese
@lyssmaltese
Literary Agent
Just happy to be here. | Agent @rootliterary πŸ“šπŸ’­
14 MSWL

Time for an updated #MSWL thread! 🧡

I’m a literary agent at @RootLiterary seeking adult fiction, young adult fiction, and adult nonfiction.

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