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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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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from eqb123
Jan 07, 2018 10:02 am

EQ: 12/5/17
Notified of an offer of rep on 1/4/18
FR: 1/5/18
from aalogan
Jan 05, 2018 1:05 pm

EQ 1/5/18 73k adult fairy tale retelling.
from MarkPainter
Dec 19, 2017 7:35 am

On 12/12, this agent tweeted that she had reviewed all queries through 10/31 and that if you didn't get a response, it's a pass.
from Artzicarol
Oct 30, 2017 11:18 am

EQ: 10/3/17
CNR: 10/30/17
(like 22niel said, on Twitter she said she's caught up and anything before 10/8/17 is a Pass/NO)

YA low fantasy, 84K
from 22niel
Oct 20, 2017 2:00 pm

EQ: 08/01
on twitter today(10/20) she said she's through with up to 10/08 so I marked mine as rejected
from detroit70
Oct 18, 2017 2:11 pm

EQ: Oct. 3
FR: Oct. 18

weird YA
from whatwasthat
Oct 10, 2017 5:50 pm

EQ: 5/21/16 YA CONTEMP
FR: 9/30/16
Reject: 10/10/17
Probably the nicest reject I've ever received. Worth the wait. Not entirely unexpected, since I'm not really in her preferred genre. She's a pro, and her twitter feed has introduced me to great new writers, so... bonus!
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 03, 2017 11:03 am

Profile Update: Open to queries.

(Thanks Dryadwriter)
from Dryadwriter
Oct 02, 2017 10:02 pm

She is open to queries as of October 1st.
from Kdf2023
Sep 30, 2017 10:32 pm

WOW. I just got a rejection on a query from December 2016. Lol. I didn't notify her when I got my offer a couple months ago because it had been eight months since querying, but there you go!
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.

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