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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

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E-Mail: Yes

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from Marie_Sundt
Nov 22, 2022 10:08 am


Urban Fantasy: 90k
EQ: 10/25/2022
FR: 11/21/2022

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 JosephFredrickson
Nov 21, 2022 9:48 pm


Sci-Fi: 135k
EQ: 10/28/2022
FR: 11/21/2022
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 Raymond365
Nov 09, 2022 7:43 am


EQ: 11/9/22

Science Fiction/Horror 103K words
from KLHParker
Oct 27, 2022 8:06 am


EQ 09.13.2022
FR: 10.27.2022

Science fiction/Fantasy 112K words

Form letter rejection:

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 ajmiz827
Oct 07, 2022 6:44 am


Query Sent: July 25, 2022
MS Type: Adult Contemporary, 116K words
Form Rejection Received: October 6, 2022 @ 9:52 pm

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 rdefiore
Oct 06, 2022 10:34 pm


EQ: 7/27/2022

NR: 9/28/2022

Personal Note: I will wait 6 more weeks and then I will Close this.

Update: 10/5/2022
Email from the agent: Dear (My first name),

Please be advised that your initial query is still in the queue.
Best,

I emailed back saying thank you but I wanted to say "Take your time because I'm not in a rush for a rejection" XD I don't know if they would find that funny. XD

ER: 10/6/2022
Dear MY NAME,

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

Personal Note: I'd prefer a cut-and-paste rejection over being ghosted, however... Idk about you all, but I hate the "Just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean someone else won't like it! I imagine the Literary agent, shoving my work into my chest, turning me around, and pushing me out the door when they say "I encourage you to continue to submit elsewhere." and under their breath "but defiantly not here because I think your work is awful... I'm not going to tell you that."
That's just a pet peeve of mine, but it is what it is. I wish all of you good luck.

Something nice to hear: Stay strong. One day you will be able to look back and say, "I made it." -unknown author
from Patsails
Jul 28, 2022 4:51 pm


CNR 7/28/22
EQ Mil Susp Thril
from gmyshirt
Jul 07, 2022 12:46 am


Email Query Sent: 06/16/22
Form rejection: 07/06/22

Rejection came in at 10:10PM PST. Say what you will, agents work hard!

173k Adult Fantasy
from agunn87
Jul 02, 2022 11:34 am


Sub'd 6/9/22
Form Rejection 6/30/22:

"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."

90k Adult Horror
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

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