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Alyssa Maltese (she/her) is a literary agent at Root Literary seeking adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and young adult fiction. She joined the agency in 2019 and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and disobedient cat, though she “will always be a Jersey girl at heart.”

“Getting to be an early champion for authors’ work is a huge privilege, and a responsibility for which I am deeply grateful.
I’m excited to find and uplift books that you can’t put down, books that surprise you, books that make you think, and, above all else, books that help people.”


“Across the board, I welcome books about marginalized characters, by marginalized creators.”

Alyssa has an in-depth wishlist of what she is seeking on Publisher’s Marketplace, as well as what she is not the best fit for.


As always, please review the agency’s submission guidelines before you submit.

Alyssa is open to queries and accepts submissions via QueryManager – you can find her page here.


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