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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 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
Jul 11, 2017 8:38 pm

EQ: March 17
CNR: July 11

MG Fantasy
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
from laurageil38
Apr 10, 2017 2:02 pm

All I am looking for is for a chance with the novel series that I have ready and the one series that I am working on currently.
from whitewavedarling
Apr 10, 2017 1:31 pm

brandonmc87, that's really disappointing :( I had good experiences querying agents (same price) at another of their conferences, and I can only imagine how frustrating that must have been!
from brandonmc87
Apr 10, 2017 10:59 am

In Person Query: 4/8/17
In Person Rejection: 4/8/17
94k Adult Horror

Pitched Caitlin at the Philadelphia Writing Workshop. It was $29 for a 10-minute pitch, and after your 1-2 minute pitch, agents were supposed to ask questions about your novel and provide feedback.

But Caitlin was largely unresponsive after my pitch. She stared at me until I asked how to improve my novel/query. From there it was like pulling teeth just to get any feedback. I asked more questions than she did. She gave flat advice like "Your query makes sense" and "Mention [supporting character] in your query." After an awkward silence I asked for her thoughts on my story concept and then elaborated on the details. Caitlin momentarily perked up, saying, "Oh, that makes it more interesting. Mention [concept detail] in your query." That was my lone worthwhile takeaway from the session.

Obviously, my protagonist and story concept didn't click with her, and that's fine given how subjective the business is. But for $29, I felt I deserved more effort and better insight into how I can improve my novel/query for the future.
from jubilee
Apr 06, 2017 7:50 pm

EQ: 2/6/17
ER: 4/6/17
90k YA Urban Fantasy
from willow
Mar 02, 2017 8:18 am

EQ: 3-1-17
YA Fantasy 74,000

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