Molly O'Neill


Literary agent & builder of bookmakers @RootLiterary . Collector & connector of words + art + people + stories. Shameless sharer of cat pics. @MarquetteU alum.

Brooklyn, NY by way of Texas

Root Literary

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · Sep 5

Hollywood Reporter @THR

Latinx characters make up only 4.5% of speaking roles in top 1,200 films, study finds

This is appalling & I suspect the showing in kids/YA/MG books would be equally dismal if calculated. Our young readers deserve more + better. Latinx writers, illustrators, & cartoonists creating work for young readers: my inbox is (perpetually) very open to you. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · May 28

Norma 🔜 BookExpo (parties) @normajeanesays

I’d love to see this novel in my inbox. #MSWL…

I don’t often rep women’s fiction/romance; I mostly just applaud while my agency-mates @tayhaggerty & @hroot + their rad clients dominate the whole category, but this is a story I’d happily break all my rules for. #MSWL #wantwantwant

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 12 Dec 2018

Things I’d love to find in my submissions folder in 2019: a (YA, I think?) graphic novel-style biography of Selena by a Latinx author or author-illustrator. #MSWL…

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 17 Jul 2018

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill

Stepped inside @BankStreetBooks mere moments before the downpour began & well, there are worse fates than waiting out a thunderstorm in a bookstore. ⛈📚⛈

Update: read some books. ☔️📚
Related P.S. Standing #MSWL request for all your kids/MG/YA graphic novels! Illustrators, authors, and/or author-illustrators are all welcome. (I’m probably not the right agent for adult graphic novels/comics, tho.)

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 16 Mar 2018

This kind of storytelling but MG or YA, please! *Especially* as MG. (Arguably MG is always something like this, at its purest state—stories of connection + hope—and I always want it!) #MSWL…

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 22 Dec 2017

Hi querying authors & illustrators: I will officially re-open to submissions on January 15, 2018. New sub guidelines will be on my website as of that date:… Till then, may your holidays be full of creativity & joy! #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 27 Nov 2017

B.N. Harrison @bnharrison

"My math teacher is low-key terrified of all of us," the tween in my house told us tonight at dinner.

And then she explained why. (thread)

1. This is hilarious. 2. Perpetual #MSWL for brilliant, charismatic, self-possessed main characters like this kid, inserted into a plot of your choosing. MG or YA (but especially MG!)

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 17 Nov 2017

I am #MSWL-ing this *zombie supernova* as the jumping-off point for a story so hard right now.…

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 21 Aug 2017

Prediction: influx of eclipse-themed YA mss. in agent inboxes in early 2018. Like Valentine’s = babies in November. 13/10 would read. #MSWL