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Mr. Donald Maass

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238



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Website: www.maassagency.com

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Include a synopsis and first five pages pasted into the body of the email; no attachments.

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from sara_gilbert_writes
Jun 23, 2022 11:53 am


EQ: 6/23

Literary 70k--I read his book "The Emotional Craft of Fiction" for my Ph.D. qualifying exam last semester and LOVED his way of describing emotion in narrative. So, now that my dissertation/novel is ready to query, I knew I wanted to send it to him, even if it's a long shot.
from JEC112
Jun 23, 2022 4:02 am


06/06/2022: Query sent on for thriller. Agent bio only requests first five pages. Sent with detailed personalization. Will update upon response.

06/23 Form rejection
from JBCampbell
Jun 02, 2022 4:15 pm


Submitted Query Apr 27
Rejection Received Jun 1
Adult Urban Fantasy 92K

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.

Sincerely,

Don
from antaguirre
Jun 01, 2022 9:59 am


Query email: 4-27-22
Rejection: 6-1-22

Action/Adventure 70K
from SinazAZ
May 05, 2022 8:48 pm


Query letter 5-5-22
Police procedural with a western flare
from BL2017
Mar 11, 2022 8:57 am


EQ: 02/08/22 adult sci-fi 76k
ER: 03/11/22 form
from LStein
Feb 24, 2022 8:01 pm


EQ: 2/1/22
Form rejection (but a really nice one): 2/24/22

"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 nkoussis
Feb 17, 2022 11:05 pm


EQ: 01/27/22
ER (polite form): 02/16/22

Adult Fantasy 110k
from RayNan
Feb 16, 2022 8:09 pm


1/26/22 EQ 93k historical military fiction
2/16/22 Polite form letter. Passed.
from LStein
Feb 08, 2022 7:16 pm


@ ellenelizcassidy I did the same thing. I followed the guidelines on his page on the website instead of the general submission page. Did you end up sending your synopsis? Not sure if I should send mine.
from ellenelizcassidy
Feb 07, 2022 1:38 pm


I sent a query to Mr. Maass on Jan 19, before I signed up for QT. I followed the query requirements in his bio on their website, NOT the general submission guidelines one, and under his name he has nothing about a synopsis. So, the synopsis didn't go. I see by reading a comment below someone else did the same thing, then sent it later. I have to say this inconsistency about what is required really irritates me. I understand every agent has different wants/needs, but this querying process is beyond frustrating because of all these variations. So...any thoughts about sending the damned synopsis when it's not clear if its necessary?
from Abigail
Jan 18, 2022 11:17 pm


Form Rejection 18 JAN 2022
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QM sent 10 JAN 2022
Mystery 77k
from Abigail
Jan 10, 2022 4:49 pm


QM sent 10 JAN 2022
Mystery 77k
from jonmhansen
Jan 05, 2022 8:41 pm


Electronic query: 12/05/21
Form rejection: 01/05/22

Urban fantasy, 85k.
from Navigator84
Jan 05, 2022 6:28 pm


EQ: 12/4/21 by e-mail; Military Thriller, 125K
Form reject: 1/5/2021

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