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Mr. Donald Maass

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from KristenH
Jul 27, 2019 11:59 am

EQ 4/17/19 (Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 7/23/19 (Passed via email--not good fit)
from LGV_AL
Jun 05, 2019 12:12 am

EQ 3/8/19 literary mystery (about 96,800 words)
CNR 4/3/19
ER 6/4/19
from CMon01
May 24, 2019 8:16 am

EQ: 2/18/19
ER: 5/24/19 (Form)

65k YA Retelling
from PSbookish
Apr 29, 2019 4:01 am

I submitted a query on 4/12/2019. I will update this when I get a response.

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Word Count: 66,000
from PenelopeWaits
Apr 15, 2019 8:20 pm

EQ: 02/04/2019
ER: 04/15/2019
(Form) 66 days
from KristenH
Apr 07, 2019 6:26 am

Jester, you can query him or the other agents in the agency separately. You never know unless you try and read the other new writer comments.
from Fordwalker
Mar 11, 2019 5:16 pm

EQ 1/15/19
FR 3/11/19
YA speculative fiction 103k

Same form letter as everyone else - it's nice that he's answering his queries though!
from Catsamoa79
Feb 07, 2019 1:09 pm

EQ: 11/30/18
CNR: 1/17/19
ER: 2/7/19
Form letter
from batsojopo
Oct 31, 2018 6:00 pm

EQ: 10/03/2018
ER: 10/31/2018

Literary/historical fiction
from MorningRainbow
Oct 30, 2018 12:11 pm

EQ: 9/29/2018
ER: 10/30/2018 (form letter)
from swatithegeek
Oct 25, 2018 1:29 am

EQ: 09/12/18
ER: 10/25/18

"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.

Contemporary Romance, 70k words
from mlpichey
Sep 22, 2018 1:09 pm

Their server seems to be down.
from KathrynFaye007
Sep 21, 2018 10:19 pm

Met and pitched to Donald Maass on 11/11/2017 and he requested a full ms. I told him I need to finish up with my editor but I would.

Romantic Dark Fantasy/PNR 80K words

FR: 6/11/2018

Nudge : 7/15/2018 - see if they received my materials

Update: 8/30/2018 - Told me they received my materials and to give them 6 weeks

Nudge: 9/11/2018 - Offer of representation from another agent. I sent them an email notice of the offer and gave them two weeks.

Closed: 9/21/2018 - They step aside and congratulate me.
from writer832
Jun 30, 2018 9:55 pm

queried 6/18/18
from Sparverius
May 31, 2018 7:17 pm

Epic Fantasy 125k (183k revised)

Apologies for the length, but here is what an offer of representation looked like for me. 16.5 months from query.

EQ 01/19/2017 - Referral from freelance editor
FR 01/19/2017 - MS given priority, will respond in 2 weeks
Nudge 02/06/2017 - Instant response, halfway through MS
• 02/08/2017 - Not finished with MS but requests exclusive R&R, gives suggestions
• 02/17/2017 - Not finished with full reading/R&R notes, aims to finish in 1 week
Nudge 03/06/2017 (Blank space after Nudge indicates No Response)
• 03/08/2017 - Two hours of work left on full R&R notes
Nudge 04/05/2017
Nudge 04/26/2017
• 04/27/2017 - Hasn’t forgotten about me, notes 50% finished, aims to finish in 1 week
Nudge 05/26/2017 (I update to note finishing a revision pass based on initial suggestions)
Nudge 06/20/2017
Nudge 07/17/2017
• 07/17/2017 - Apology, aims to send notes by end of week
• 07/20/2017 - Still working on notes, aims to send next day
• 07/21/2017 - As promised, sends full R&R notes
Sent 08/16/2017 - I send requested 100 revised pages
• 08/16/2017 - Acknowledgement of receipt, aims to dig in at end of week
Nudge 09/05/2017
Nudge 09/25/2017 (I update to note finishing a deep revision pass)
Nudge 10/09/2017
Nudge 10/22/2017 (I update to note finishing revision and polish)
R&R 10/24/2017 - Requests more revision on opening
Sent 12/20/2017 - I send revised opening
• 12/21/2017 - Acknowledgement of receipt
Nudge 01/31/2018
Nudge 03/12/2018
Nudge 03/21/2018 (I update asking to send newer version/polish of opening)
Nudge 03/31/2018 (Sent full polished MS anyway and gave 2 week notice of end of exclusivity)
• 03/31/2018 - Acknowledgement of receipt and deadline
R&R 04/13/2018 - Requests more revision on opening, offers to edit first chapter
• 04/17/2018 - Sends edited version of first chapter
Nudge 05/17/2018 (I send notice of offer of representation on another MS, 2 week deadline)
FR 05/21/2018 - Requests second MS
OFFER 05/24/2018 - Reads opening of second MS, requests revision, offers formal representation
06/01/2018 - Deadline up, I will decline representation.

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