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Mr. Donald Maass

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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from KristenH
Aug 13, 2017 2:10 pm

Jester, you can query him or the other agents in the agency separately. You knever know unless you try and read the other new writer comments.
from reiterwriter
Aug 09, 2017 5:09 pm

EQ: March 3, 2017
Fulfilling FR from SiWC 2016
Email April 17 from Kiana (intern), confirming they had received.
Nudge: June 5
Email response from Kiana saying they were catching up on submissions, but that mine is next on the list =)
Nudge: Aug 9

YA/Fantasy 96K
from Jester1000
Aug 04, 2017 8:01 pm

If you query Donald, will he pass you on to other agents in his agency, or do you need to query them separately? I loved his book, Writing the Breakout Novel, but he seems too big to take on a new writer.
from Zurizip
Jun 29, 2017 5:20 am

EQ: 6/15
ER: 6/27 Form Rejection

High Fantast 93k words
from eebnhab
Jun 27, 2017 9:51 pm

EQ: 6/26/17
Espionage Thriller 72K
ER: 6/27/17
Form letter
from JJProbe
Jun 21, 2017 12:58 pm

EQ: 6/5/17
ER: 6/21/17
102K Thriller
Form rejection, but at least fairly quick and not just being ignored, so that's something...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query and for letting me have a look at your work. I apologize for the impersonal nature of this email but I receive so many queries that it makes it impossible for me to respond personally to each one. Thank you for your patience.

Unfortunately, I don’t feel that this is right for me, so I’m passing. Just because I wasn’t quite drawn in, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t another agent out there who will love it. I encourage you to continue to submit elsewhere.

Thanks again for thinking of me, and I wish you all the best in your endeavors.


from hexylady
Apr 17, 2017 9:43 pm

EQ 4/9

4/17 No response, though the QueryTracker timeline shows other recent queries getting same-day responses. *helpless hand-wave of despair*
from ShaynaGrissom
Apr 17, 2017 9:06 pm

Auto-reject same day.
from DinaHaynes
Mar 13, 2017 4:03 pm

EQ: 3/6/2017
ER (form): 3/13/2017
Contemp Ro 83K
from CherylW
Sep 21, 2016 11:55 am

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from Patrick (admin)
Aug 23, 2016 10:35 am

Profile Update: Open to queries.

from batsojopo
Jan 10, 2016 5:25 pm

EQ: 11/14
CNR: 1/10/16
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 26, 2015 6:12 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from Patrick (admin)
Nov 15, 2015 10:37 am

Profile Update: New email address.

from Berkvase
Oct 26, 2015 7:47 pm

EQ: 10/3/15
ER: 10/26/15
Polite, but seems to be a form letter.

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