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Mr. Ian Shea

Maximus Literary

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Twitter: literaryian

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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 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 ijsparks01
May 23, 2022 12:14 pm

Email Query: 4/19/22
Full Request: 5/18/22 (sent same day)
YA Fantasy, 92k
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.
from ajmiz827
Apr 29, 2022 11:17 am

Query Sent: 4/28/22 @ 1 pm
MS Type: Adult Contemporary 116K Words
Rejection Received: 4/29/22 @ 7:22 am

"Thank you for your email. I'm not comfortable taking on a project that deals with mass shootings so I'm going to have to pass. I wish you luck in your publishing journey."

I'm not sure if he actually read the submitted pages or simply read the query letter. If he had read the submitted pages, he might have understood the shooting is only a very small but important part of the story that propels the protagonist on his journey.
from esporter113
Apr 25, 2022 8:58 am

Query sent: 3/28
Full request: 4/3
Sent full same day
Rejection (R&R?): 4/22
Ian was kind enough to offer a couple of paragraphs about why he passed. One large note, basically. He offered to take another look if I decide to make changes along those lines, but not a formal R&R with timeline/exclusivity or anything. Nice dude!

Contemporary/commercial fiction 89k
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 08, 2022 10:49 am

@Canaday1949, I see that agent Max Dobson is closed but I don't see where this agent is. Am I missing something?
from Canaday1949
Apr 08, 2022 10:25 am

agency closed to query but not listed that way

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