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Ms. Caitlin McDonald

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Twitter: literallycait

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from flyteitout
Sep 01, 2017 1:33 pm

EQ: 1/4/17
EQ again: 4/30/17
FR: 8/31/17 (sent same day)

Holy cats I'm excited. :-D Worth the wait. She let me know this morning that she received the ms and when I might expect to hear back. Very professional and helpful.

72K Space Opera
from orangrila
Sep 01, 2017 12:13 pm

EQ: March 17
CNR: July 11
ER:: September 01 Very nice form R. personalized with my name and ms title. I appreciated the response, even if it was a long time coming!

MG Fantasy
from LightofBeauty
Aug 31, 2017 11:42 am

EQ: 8/1
ER: 8/31

Form went like this:

Thanks so much for your query and interest in our representation for ______. I was very glad to have a chance to take a look. Regrettably, I don’t feel sufficiently excited about the material to take it on, but please remember that reactions to fiction are entirely subjective, so I do recommend that you try some other agents.

Best of luck to you in finding a home for your work, and thank you for thinking of me and the Donald Maass Literary Agency.



By what I read of her Twitter/query shaming below, honestly, I'm glad that she isn't interested. Even if she was apologetic, even if she has learned her lesson and has never done it since, it's EXTREMELY unprofessional for any agent to publicly shame authors and their queries. I don't care how big-shot they are, or how entitled they feel to need to do that, it's just wrong, and says a lot about them, ESP in her case where she appears so kind on her blog, tumblr, etc. to then also show another side to herself that makes her come across as two-faced. Also: just to say about how she was closed to queries, how does an agent forget what she puts on her own profile on when she's open to queries?? Her site said she was open on August 1st, then on her Twitter, she freaks out about how she's not open to queries yet, only to then say "Oh, yeah, my website does say that...." Um...sorry, but this agent's a mess.
from ltlibrarian
Aug 26, 2017 2:15 pm

YA Portal Fantasy - #PitMad request

EQ: 03/23/17
from selcampbell
Aug 01, 2017 10:15 am

Looks like she's only open to queries for the day, based on her Twitter feed. She intends to open again for real on October 1.
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 01, 2017 7:00 am

Profile Update: Open to queries.

from nscrypt
Jul 23, 2017 5:02 am

EQ: 22-APR-17
ER: 21-JUL-17
Historical Fantasy, 170k
from AuthorTeacherkl
Jul 20, 2017 11:36 am

EQ: 4/30/17
ER: 7/20/17

Con/heist 80k
from orangrila
Jun 22, 2017 11:53 am

Thanks, whitewavedarling. Caitlin says on her tumblr pages that she responds to all queries provided they meet her submission requirements, but that sometimes it can take a while. Here's the link: She also says you can resubmit if you're certain that your query has been passed over. So, I guess I'll wait a while longer. Good luck!
from whitewavedarling
Jun 21, 2017 11:26 pm

orangrila, I submitted a query soon after you (relatively) on 3/31 and haven't heard back yet. That said, it looks like her longer responses mostly come within 2 months, and she only responds to about 50% of her queries, so I'm not expecting to hear anything at this point.
from Patrick (admin)
May 01, 2017 8:45 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from Mendressa
May 01, 2017 6:14 am

YA Dark Fantasy 66k.

Pitched 4/8 at Philadelphia Writing Workshop. Requested 10 pages and synopsis. Sent those 4/27.

She was interested in my pitch at the workshop and intrigued to see how it was set out on paper. She told me to submit per the webpage guidelines. I've pitched another project to her previously and this interaction was better. She was obviously more interested and less hesitant. It's all so subjective. Anyway, now waiting for her to get back to me. She used a form rejection last time.
from jjbtheler
Apr 28, 2017 10:15 am

EQ: 4/28/17

YA fantasy, 90K

Caitlin has had a full of a YA speculative of mine for over a year and now that I'm querying a new project I wanted to let her know in case she wants to take a look at that ms instead. Also, she is closing to queries on May 1st.
from engstromdd
Apr 20, 2017 9:36 pm

Email Query on 12/20/2016. After 82 days and Data Explorer showing most others submitted about the same time having received a reply, I requeried on March 14, 2017, following the instructions on her tumblr blog.

UPDATE: Notified her of offer of rep from another agent of April 15, 2017 and received an immediate request for full, which I responded to the same day. Nudged on April 20 (the day before I owed the other agent a response) and received an immediate, gracious and very encouraging step-aside.
from BlueRidgeDave
Apr 10, 2017 11:46 pm

EQ: 2/9/17
ER: 4/10/14, form-letter rej.
Spiritual/Lit. fiction, 117,000 words

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