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 24

I’m admittedly a gringa, but I grew up in Houston, TX with Latinx influences woven thru every part of life. I’d love to see the work of more Latinx creators—across all kids/YA categories & niches—in my inbox, b/c I want readers to be able to find more of it on bookshelves. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · Sep 24

Selling graphic novels for kids/teens is giving me great JOY lately (lots of 'em I haven't even been able to tell y'all about yet, Twitter, b/c Publishing Is Slow). If you're a cartoonist/graphic novelist making deeply true or wildly creative or just plain FUN work, gimme! #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · Sep 24

I love middle grades that highlight the power of human-animal connections. (Think THE ONE & ONLY IVAN or—my own client’s—SONG FOR A WHALE.) Bonus points if readers come away knowing cool animal facts & having a greater sense of our collective humanity! #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · Sep 24

Heartfelt &/or humorous middle grade that is rich & textured in its characterizations, stylistic choices, language, & telling. Give me subplots & side characters & settings that all work to make a story feel sophisticated & fully-realized & ALIVE. #MSWL #MG

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