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 · Feb 26

Los Angeles Times @latimes

TV has a new kind of heroine: The Latina genius. Here's why it matters…

1000% seeking MG (& YA & GN) w/ similarly strong, memorable Latinx leads (genius is not a specifically-required trait, but they *do* need to have agency, fresh/compelling story arcs, & be buoyed by masterful writing from creators who share the main character’s identity). #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 24 Sep 2019

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 · 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 · 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

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

Memory fascinates me. How it evolves as we evolve.Its relationship to perception, regret, change. Would love a YA or MG that explores. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

If you'd best describe yr YA/MG as the bk of yr heart, the one that only you could write at this time & in this way, I wanna read it. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

YA about vibrant, passionate, imperfect characters facing hard choices, navigating messy relationships & discovering important truths. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

MG/YA about connections b/w humans & scientific phenomena, the natural world, technology, or otherwise nerdy-delightful fascinations. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

Perpetual #MSWL request: YA/MG that explores questions of faith & belief but doesn't proselytize or try to answer questions for the reader.

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

YA that explores Big Questions thru memorable characters & amazing, inventive (non-derivative!) worldbuilding. Easy, right? #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

I'd love a MG/YA about the kind of friendship that makes you see the world differently & shapes & defines you for the rest of yr life. #MSWL

Molly O'Neill @molly_oneill · 8 Feb 2017

If your YA/MG has a vivid, authentic Southern voice/sensibility, gimme! But be warned: I'm a Texan so I'll know if you're faking. #MSWL