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Ms. Maria Massie

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

27 West 20th Street, Suite 305

New York, NY 10011

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from pmunter
Dec 29, 2017 5:47 pm

Can someone offer advice on how to "nudge" an agent? MMQ has had a partial manuscript for three months with no response. What's the protocol?
from DKelley
Nov 08, 2017 8:28 am

Update: Lotta hoops to jump through for a (mostly) form rejection but it is what it is!

6/13: EQ (literary)
6/13: PR (first 50 pages)
6/15: PR (next 50)
6/20: PR (next 50)
6/22: PR (next 50)
6/27: PR (next 50)
6/29: PR (remaining 80 pages)
10/11: Request for full as a single Word file
10/30: ER, more or less form

All correspondence with "MMQ": brief and anonymous but polite. A unique submission experience, to be sure - ran out of rounds on my "query status" record. LightofBeauty: I interpret all of this to mean an assistant was reading the sequential 50-page submissions in June, and the October follow-up request for the full MS as one document is for the agent. But who knows? It's like reading entrails.
from LightofBeauty
Oct 30, 2017 3:35 pm

EQ: 10/5
PR: 10/23 (first 50 pages)

Like others have mentioned, nothing was signed by Maria Massie, but "MMQ." Kind of odd, as you really have no idea who responded and who is actually going to be reading the partial and/or full. It's great to get a request, though, but would be nice to know who is actually requesting/reading lol.

Also in regards to querying other agents within this agency: this makes it my FOURTH time querying someone in this agency. Two were CNR's and one was a form rejection, so I was surprised that despite those other times being a reject, I got a PR this time around because from my experience, when one agent in the agency rejects, usually the rest do too, and by the third time, feels like there's no point, but something in me figured, heck, why not try it again with someone else? And clearly, it worked.
It truly doesn't hurt to keep querying someone else within the agency since they do allow it after all, and you just never know...

ER: 10/30 Form rejection
from anotherearth
Oct 10, 2017 9:31 pm

EQ: 09.25 Literary
ER: 10.10

Form rejection.
from cgarvey1
Sep 21, 2017 4:31 pm

EQ 8/14
PR 8/17
FR 8/17

Haven't heard anything since.
from dtam3292
Aug 08, 2017 10:42 am

EQ 8/3
ER 8/8 (form)
from KristenH
Aug 03, 2017 4:03 pm

EQ 8/2/17 (Requery Venom)
ER 8/3/17 (Passed--agency not a good fit.) Will try Stephanie next month with Venom.
from Robwest316
May 09, 2017 11:11 am

EQ -4/28/17
Partial request-4/28
Full Request-5/2

Same as below. Glad for the quick turnaround.
Literary Fiction 69,000 words
from Kdf2023
Apr 18, 2017 12:53 am

EQ: 3/31/17
Partial Request: 4/3/17
Full Request: 4/7/17
Rejection: 4/14/17

All communication with "MMQ" so not sure who was reading. No real feedback.
MG Magical Realism
from DiscoStories
Apr 18, 2017 12:30 am

04/06/17: EQ
04/17/17: Seemingly form rejection, yet polite and kind.
I really appreciate the quick response. I must say my hopes were up––WAY up––when I saw her email. On the agency site, she says she only responds if interested. So, I immediately thought, "A request from Maria Massie!" Alas, no. A kind rejection is so much better than a no-response, though.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 18, 2017 5:41 pm

Profile Update: Agency name changed. Formerly Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. New website and email address.
from blanghinrichs
Today 4:58 pm

Hmm. I didn't see it on their website (which won't even come up right now), but I got a rejection saying "Unfortunately, we do not represent science fiction or fantasy." So, if that helps anybody...
from laury5
Jan 12, 2017 12:54 pm

EQ: 12/8/2016 and 10 pages
PR: 1/10 (50 pages)
FR: 1/12
from jubilee
Oct 26, 2016 9:56 pm

EQ: 10/26
75K YA Urban Fantasy
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 06, 2016 8:21 am

Profile Update: Open to queries.

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