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Ms. Kiana Nguyen

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238



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Website: maassagency.com

Blog: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/kiana-nguyen/

Twitter: kianangu

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from morganrhodimer
Sep 14, 2018 10:57 pm


FR: 7/6/18
From PitMad request. Waiting on response.
from hdiangelis
Aug 26, 2018 3:05 pm


EQ: 7/7/18
ER: 8/24/18 (form)
from JMAtkinson
Aug 24, 2018 9:29 am


EQ: 6/13/18 Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Per Tweet about losing submissions in June and July, I re-submitted 8/24/2018
from Dryadwriter
Aug 12, 2018 5:33 pm


EQ: 6/6/2018

Per her Twitter she lost all queries in June and July.

EQ: 8/12/2018 due to her tweet.

YA contemporary fantasy 76K
from Jay12345
Jul 05, 2018 2:43 pm


EQ: 6/26/2018

YA Contemporary
from yesrielee
Jul 03, 2018 1:09 pm


EQ: 3/18/18
Nudge 4/26/18
Confirmed receipt. Just so you know--her Twitter says she's responding to queries from February as of May 1.
Rejection but with a quasi-R&R? Personalized rejection--loves elements of the story but wanted to see what I could do to ease the world-building. It seems unorthodox to request revisions of just the first chapter, but it'd be a good writing exercise so I might do it and see what happens.

103K LGBT+ YA spec-fic
from imjjang
Jun 28, 2018 6:12 pm


EQ: 4/19/2018
CNR: 6/3/2018
ER: 6/28/2018

YA Romance 87K
from agreeable
Jun 13, 2018 2:36 pm


EQ: 4/27/18 (#DVPit request)
ER: 6/13/18, but with a lovely, long, detailed note about her issues with the story and what I should fix going forward. Agents that go out of their way to give feedback are so wonderful and rare it helps take the sting out of rejection.
from KristenH
Jun 05, 2018 4:06 pm


EQ 4/2/18 (Venom)
ER 6/5/18 (Passed via nudges--not right agent, not drawn in)
from DebHawkins
May 16, 2018 9:48 am


Just added her as a prospect, sees on Twitter she is overloaded on Fantasy right now and wants more Contemporary. T____T
from JVillesvik
Mar 31, 2018 9:59 pm


Email query 3/31/18 WERFEN EXPRESS
from bostonwriter
Mar 10, 2018 8:32 am


Email Query: 2/24/18
Form Rejection: 3/9/18

LGBT YA, 52k
from why_archibald
Mar 05, 2018 4:46 pm


EQ: 11/10
FR: 11/10
Call request: 11/13
OFFER OF REP!!!!: 11/15

Signed with another agent: 11/29

But Kiana is AMAZING. I loved my call with her, and anyone would be lucky to sign with her.
from horrorchix89
Feb 28, 2018 9:16 pm


For what it's worth, don't address her as Mrs. Nguyen. She tweeted that she thinks marriage is gross and refuses to answer to Mrs.

It could be the difference between a request and a rejection
from LightofBeauty
Feb 19, 2018 4:51 pm


EQ: 2/16
ER: 2/19

Her rejection was personalized, but was way off the mark to what other agents have said. All that I gathered from her response is that we're clearly just not the right fit and she just didn't get my book. That's okay, moving on!

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