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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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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from orangrila
Mar 17, 2017 8:46 pm

EQ: March 17

MG Fantasy
from engstromdd
Mar 14, 2017 11:38 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 following the instructions on her tumblr blog.

My original notes said to expect a response after eight weeks, but I can't seem to find that on her blog now. I'm not sure if it's changed or I goofed when I wrote it down. In any case, hoping for better luck this time around.
from willow
Mar 02, 2017 8:18 am

EQ: 3-1-17
YA Fantasy 74,000
from BlueRidgeDave
Feb 22, 2017 11:50 pm

EQ: 2/9/17

Spiritual/Lit. fiction, 117,000 words
from wlajeunesse
Feb 15, 2017 1:02 pm

EQ: 1/22 YA/SF
ER: 2/15

I appreciated the kind form rejection, but this one stings.
from abreitwrite
Feb 09, 2017 10:47 am

EQ: 2/6

Young Adult Fantasy, 97k
from PerrinBirk
Feb 06, 2017 4:59 pm

Adult Contemporary Fantasy (107K)

EQ: 1/23/2017
from fornwalt
Feb 05, 2017 4:30 pm

MG Fantasy (77k)

EQ: 2/5/2017
from Danika
Jan 28, 2017 3:20 pm

Update: So hey, turns out agents read these things!

I had posted here a couple days ago about Caitlin tweeting about my query a while back. After I left my comment below, she sent me a private message to apologize and ask for more details/context so she can avoid hurting other people in the future. It was very big of her to contact me, and reaffirmed the first impression I had formed of her when reading her blog and previous tweets. She really does seem to care the writers who query her — even the ones she ends up rejecting.
from Danika
Jan 24, 2017 8:34 pm

@sschlieter and isinglass: Yeah, it's a horrible feeling. I mean, you can expect bad comments from readers who didn't like your novel, but it's different coming from a professional whose job is to decided which books get read.

It's sad how many agents do that, too. I research the heck out of any agent I contact. Part of the reason I queried Caitlin was because I had scrolled through her twitter feed and webpage, and hadn't seen any disparaging comments about authors/queries. In both, she's really supportive of new and/or discouraged writers, encouraging them to ignore the critics and keep writing. I think that's why her response shocked me so much.

She has an option where, if you request it of her, she'll post your query on her webpage and pick it apart with her reactions. Words cannot express how glad I am that I didn't make that request. A rejection's bad enough.
from isinglass
Jan 24, 2017 6:53 pm

That's terrible! Something similar happened to me recently. I queried an agent, and within an hour he tweeted making fun of my book. He's off my list, and so now is Caitlin.

Not that they care, but querying is hard enough on the soul without seeking out more stress.
from Danika
Jan 23, 2017 9:59 pm

I sent a query to Caitlin a while ago. She sent back a very kind rejection - the sort of form rejection that doesn't actually sound like a form. It was very encouraging, and left me with a good impression of her.

Until I noticed that within a minute of sending it, she went on twitter to make fun of my query.

I realized my query needed more clarification to avoid the inaccurate assumption she had made about it. Rewriting it made my query stronger, but it didn't change the bitter aftertaste of being publicly mocked by an agent.
from Bastet
Jan 23, 2017 6:26 pm

EQ: 1/4/17
ER: 1/23/17
from MaryanneW
Dec 15, 2016 4:19 pm

EQ 11/29/16
ER 12/15/16
from Flynnha
Dec 15, 2016 2:24 pm

EQ: 12/4
ER: 12/15

YA Fantasy 76K

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