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Mr. Paul Stevens

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Twitter: pstevens1824

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Query Guidelines

Include a cover letter and a synopsis pasted in the body of the email. (If your book has a twist at the end, please don't reveal the twist in the synopsis. Paul needs to judge how well a twist works in the actual manuscript, and it's better to read the ending cold without spoilers.) Please also include the first 5 pages of your manuscript pasted into the email. No attachments.

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from jldelozier
Mar 15, 2018 9:33 am

3/15/18 EQ 71,000 word crime fiction
from jsdama
Mar 05, 2018 7:58 am

1/19: EQ
2/22: Nudged with offer of rep
3/2: Deadline for nudge w/no response, marked CNR

121k sci-fi
from Zooks3
Jan 16, 2018 10:59 am

1/16/18: EQ re: Archimedes - Comedy
from noranne
Jan 05, 2018 3:45 pm

EQ: 1/3/17
PR: 6/8/17 (sent same day)
ER: 1/5/18

Looks like he is working through his backlog! Got a very nice R that it is too similar to something already on his list and encouraging me to submit again in the future.
from esr123
Jan 05, 2018 9:50 am

Originally EQ on 9/8/17 to his personal email at his request, due to a prior full submission that he passed on. No confirmation. Emailed him 12/14/17 polite inquiry as to status and he said he was starting to get to his backlog in December as its a slow month. Doesn't look like that happened.
from RobertH
Nov 28, 2017 1:42 pm

Met at Thrillerfest, large backlog have pinged only once not looking for a reply for awhile.
from ktchenli
Oct 23, 2017 10:39 am

I wrote on 8/15/2017-- I submitted 50 pages on 3/31 per his request, and back then his web site said "Paul is currently reviewing 50-page partials received on December 4th". It's been 4.5 months, and his web site says the same thing. It seems that he's not even reading the partials.

I wrote on 10/23/2017 -- OK, his web site still said, "Paul is currently reviewing 50-page partials received on December 4th." Now I'm sure he's not reading the partials. I think he'll only read it if you inform him that you have an offer of representation. That's kinda annoying, because with him holding your manuscript, you can't query anyone else in the agency.
from kvclements
Sep 12, 2017 9:39 am

E-Query sent 09/12/2017
94K Fantasy Romance w/ steampunk aesthetic & political intrigue pitched at 2017 Writer's Digest Annual Conference.
from Catsamoa79
Sep 05, 2017 5:04 pm

EQ: 6/7/17
ER: 9/5/17
Form letter
from jhunny
Aug 04, 2017 6:00 am

EQ: 5/2/16
PR (50 pages): 9/7/16
ER: 12/28/16: No feedback whatsoever, the worse!!

Formal rejection. Best of luck guys.

Thank you very much for your patience while I reviewed your manuscript. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m the right agent to represent this book, so it’s best if I pass.

YA Fantasy 77K

from BillGinTexas
Aug 01, 2017 3:34 pm

03/14/2017 Resubmitted after revision
ER: 08/01/2017 dusty, delayed form rejection; I had already marked him down as CNR
from KristenH
Jul 19, 2017 3:57 pm

Eq 2/8/17 (Chain Reaction)
CNR 5/15/17 (No word from nudge.) Will try Katie next month with Venom.
Update: 7/19/17 ER (Passed-not right for his list.) Will try him with DI later this year and after Katie.
from TKaine
Jun 07, 2017 9:12 am

Lol. Just got an ER from six months ago. It's like, dude while I appreciate the response, it's not necessary cause after 6 months I already forgot about you. But for those still waiting, I guess a response is coming...eventually. You might be gray haired before it does, though. Just saying. Lol.
from noranne
May 17, 2017 3:07 pm

FYI, from his website:

"This information is current as of May 8th.

Query letters – Paul is currently reviewing queries received on December 21st. (If you submitted your query after this date, you’re still in the queue. Paul is reviewing queries in the order received.)"

So I wouldn't CNR just yet!
from Thogstacker
Apr 27, 2017 9:26 pm

EQ 2/5
Urban Fantasy 77k

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