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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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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from Meeko2019
Jul 26, 2021 7:38 pm

Email query: 6/16 Literary
Partial request: 6/29
Form rejection: 7/26
from jadege
Jun 24, 2021 8:59 pm

EQ 6/24/21 94K LitFic/CR/LGBTQ
from ThatsNoMoon
May 10, 2021 8:45 am

Email Query: 4/12, Literary Fiction
Full Request: 4/15
Form Rejection: 5/10

I was hoping for some kind of feedback since they asked for the full. I guess they really hated the 11th page. :)
I queried Massie a few years ago and after the full request, I got two sentences of a personalized rejection from Massie. All emails in this round were signed from the agency, not a particular person.
from annaupt
Apr 20, 2021 10:57 am

EQ 2/17/21
PR 2/22/21
FR 3/1/21
ER 3/8/21 with extremely helpful feedback and an offer to read the revision
Submitted revision on 3/26/21
Personalized rejection 4/20/21, ending with "Generally, when we ask for a revise/resubmit, we hope that you take our revisions into account, as well as seeking out advice and revisions from others in your sphere. Unfortunately, given the volume of queries we receive, it isn't possible for us to write a full edit letter for every manuscript we like. If you choose to do a substantial revision in the future, we would be pleased to take a look."

This one stung. They give great feedback and would be wonderful to work with.

literary, 102k words
from richardclin
Mar 23, 2021 10:18 am

2/12 EQ
2/17 PR
3/7 FR

I asked for any specific feedback that might help with future submissions and they kindly replied back with: "Thanks for your email. While we enjoyed the way in which your work brings together a range of influences in moving between the serious and the sarcastic, we felt that the latter moments were more convincingly executed. Some of the home scenes felt comparatively muted and gave off a sense of flat recounting, a tone which is greatly at odds with the engaged way in which the school scenes are narrated."

I have asked them if I may re-submit. It seems they are fine to resubmit to other agents within the agency so that may be an option indeed.

On 3/18 they agreed to a R&R.

3/23 Submitting revised first 50 pages
from SteinbeckFan
Feb 01, 2021 8:30 pm

EQ: Jan. 18, 2021
ER: Jan. 26, 2021

Upmarket Fiction (71,000 words)
from HollyMenino
Nov 04, 2020 1:21 pm

Response within four days referring me to a colleague, Jade Wong-Baxter.
from zbedee
Oct 27, 2020 11:55 am

Hey guys! I received the same email rejection as you guys signed from the whole agency, and I sent an email back asking if I was free to query others in the agency. The response I received was:

You are welcome to query another agent. Please see our website for full submission guidelines.

Thank you,
from WyldeGreen
Oct 08, 2020 6:14 pm

Thank you very much for your recent query regarding representation for _____. The project sounds very interesting, and we'd be pleased to have a look at the next 70 or so pages. Please feel free to send it along at your convenience as either a PDF or Word document. We look forward to hearing from you.
from Idlebee23
Aug 25, 2020 11:45 am

EQ: 7/19
Partial Request: 7/20
Full Request: 7/22
Rejection: 8/25. Passed but referred to another agent at MMQ.

Appreciate the quick turn around!
from Samazra
Jul 08, 2020 11:56 am

EQ: 07/08/20 (midnight)
Form Rej: 07/08/20 (overnight)

YA Sci-Fi 60k
from MsSarajevo
Jun 24, 2020 11:24 am

EQ Jan 24
Partial request Jan 28
Full request Feb 3
Personalized rejection March 4

Reached out on May 1 asking if she'd read a revised version of the ms; she responded May 6 saying she'd like to take a second look. Sent revised ms same day.

Rejection June 25

Upmarket commercial fiction, 101,000 words
from wtbyrne
Jun 08, 2020 11:35 am

EQ: 6/5/20
ER: 6/8/20
Suspense 80K
from slcody
Mar 18, 2020 6:22 pm

EQ 2/17/20
ER 3/18/20
70k literary historical
from snolan
Feb 11, 2020 1:40 pm

EQ: 1/20/20
ER: 2/10/20

Literary 90k

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