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Mr. Ian Shea

Maximus Literary



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Website: www.maximusliterary.com/

Twitter: literaryian

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Online Form: Closed

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from Patrick (admin)
Jul 13, 2022 9:39 am


Profile Update: Agency out of business.
from floydnerd1993
Jul 11, 2022 1:58 pm


@SRiddick thanks for that! I was wondering what was taking so long with my query. Seems like I dodged a bullet. All their social media has been scrubbed, too. Ian's Twitter is down. Definitely not a good look.
from SRiddick
Jul 11, 2022 12:45 pm


https://twitter.com/nazkutub/status/1546317484965343232
Looks like they abandoned all their authors and closed down. There’s several of their former clients complaining they cut them loose with a form email.
Not a good look. :
from esporter113
Jul 11, 2022 8:10 am


Both Ian and Max Dobson (@maximusliterary) seem to no longer have Twitter accounts. Weird?
from jamesKO
Jun 27, 2022 1:49 pm


Query: 3/31
Rejected: 5/26
"The story itself is interesting but I've found manuscripts that shift between first and third person to be extremely difficult to sell to editors. It's just not a style that seems to be very popular right now."
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 07, 2022 3:48 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks anonymouswriter
from cheappatter
Jun 07, 2022 1:09 pm


I queried him on a 63K horror novel on 5/17/22. Got a reply on 6/3/22 stating that editors typically want a word count of at least 75K, but that he would read the full manuscript if I was willing to do a re-write and grow the word count. Couldn't say no to that. He strikes me as an agent who would be involved throughout the process, which is exactly what I'm looking for.
from casstech
Jun 06, 2022 2:29 pm


Sent email query to Ian Shea on May 19, received rejection on June 6. He said he could not represent my book because I self-published it in April. He said that even though I own the rights and can remove it from Amazon at any time, publishers rarely consider such books. I guess you have to spend a year querying all the agents on your list, and then self-publish it when no one is interested in representing it. No complaints about this agent; he was cordial and professional.
from anonymouswriter
Jun 06, 2022 11:04 am


Email sent to submissions@maximusliterary.com returns an autoresponder: "Thank you for contacting Maximus Literary. At this time, Max Dobson and Ian Shea are closed to unsolicited queries, and only accepting requested material from pitch events, conferences, and R&R's. Any other submissions will not be reviewed. Please note that any query that does not follow the submissions guidelines listed on the Maximus Literary website will be discarded without consideration. If you are contacting Max or Ian for any reason other than submitting a query, one of them will return your email as soon as possible."
from tseitz92
May 23, 2022 7:25 pm


Email query 5/1/22 paranormal suspense
Personalized rejection 5/23/22--although I don't have a cliffhanger, something made him think I did & he doesn't care for them.
from dobnarr
May 23, 2022 10:48 am


Query 5/6
Rejected 5/23
"Not in the market for a comedic thriller"
from ep3024
May 20, 2022 12:17 pm


Email query: 4/30/22
Form rejection: 5/20/22
"I'm afraid I'm not fully engaged in the plot so I'm going to have to pass."
Adult fantasy 123k
from jellicle_cat
May 07, 2022 9:07 pm


Hey, lizardesque.

Agreed. The system is deeply-flawed and gifted, talented writers with sharp minds brimming with things to share don't make the connection anywhere near as often as they should. Women's fiction with speculative elements sounds absolutely kick-ass. Keep moving forward with your ideas and unique skill set, whatever form that will take for you. Don't let this harrowing series of fire-breathing hurdles break your stride.
from lizardesque
May 06, 2022 12:26 pm


Email query 3/18 (women's fiction with speculative elements, 78K)
Full request 3/26 (sent same day)
Pass 5/5
Said I was a "gifted writer" but he just "didn't fall in love with it."
FML. This is brutal
from deziraeb
May 03, 2022 1:25 pm


Query sent: 04/17
Rejection: 05/03
YA 99K Fantasy

Mentioned that the enemies to lovers trope is not something he's a good fit for.

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