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Ms. Kiana Nguyen

Donald Maass Literary Agency

1000 Dean Street, Suite 252

Brooklyn, NY 11238



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: No

Online Form: Yes

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from Patrick (admin)
Sep 10, 2021 10:03 am


Profile Update: Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.

Thanks swatithegeek
from swatithegeek
Sep 10, 2021 2:36 am


FYI, she's now accepting queries via QM: https://twitter.com/kianangu/status/1436134386697584642
from lhcodega
Aug 30, 2021 12:25 pm


EQ: 7/15
(from a previous query she enjoyed, but ultimately passed on. I rewrote the MS and pinged her, asking if she'd like to reread, she said yes and I sent the updated MS that day)
FR: 7/15
8/19: Notified of an offer of rep
8/19: Email of interest
8/30: Withdrawn due to no response before the given deadline.
from setterby
Aug 26, 2021 10:28 am


Email query sent 6/29
CNR 7/30
ER (form) 8/26

from Scrittore67
Aug 14, 2021 4:36 pm


EQ: 08/14

YA Horror, 67k
from jennadevillier
Jul 13, 2021 7:39 am


EQ: 6/14
ER: 7/12

Thank you for the opportunity to see your pages. Unfortunately, I don't feel I am the right agent for this project or second world fantasy with save the world stakes in YA, so I'm passing. Just because I wasn't quite drawn in, however, doesn't mean there isn't another agent out there who will love it.

I love that she's so specific on why she's passing!

98k YA science fantasy
from RuthRobertson91
Jul 12, 2021 6:06 pm


Queer YA Contemporary 80k

EQ: June 14th
ER: July 12th

Thank you for the opportunity to see your pages. Unfortunately, I don't feel I am the right agent for this project or historical settings within the early 2000s, so I'm passing. Just because I wasn't quite drawn in, however, doesn't mean there isn't another agent out there who will love it.

I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey!
from authorbeccalosey
Jun 09, 2021 8:43 pm


Rejection 5 days after query was sent - 95k YA Fantasy. This is what she said:

Thank you for the opportunity to see your pages. Unfortunately, I don't feel I am the right agent for this project as I'm moving away from fantasy in this vein, so I'm passing. Just because I wasn't quite drawn in, however, doesn't mean there isn't another agent out there who will love it.


I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey!
from loganmusselman
May 28, 2021 8:39 am


EQ: 5/12

Adult Fantasy Horror: 100k
from galchik
Apr 10, 2021 1:30 am


Form rejection 11 days after I sent my query. She hadn't even changed "author" with my name (first time happening to me). Some of the other commenters said their rejections were personalized, unlike mine, so I guess my story really wasn't for her, haha.

"Dear Author, Thank you for the opportunity to see your pages. Unfortunately, I don't feel I am the right agent for this project, so I'm passing. Just because I wasn't quite drawn in, however, doesn't mean there isn't another agent out there who will love it. I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey!"
from MindiWM
Mar 30, 2021 12:10 pm


EQ: 2/23/21
ER: 3/30/21
YA scifi, 94k
from careyfblankenship
Feb 05, 2021 9:56 am


Absolutely query Kiki if you're thinking about it! She is a kind soul who wants the best for writers!
from writinginfragments
Feb 02, 2021 7:55 am


EQ 1/31/21
ER 2/2/21

Very fast personalized note. For anyone this applies to, she's not into school or activity-related stuff so probably best to send elsewhere in the agency. Always nice to know exactly why it's a reject! She seems like an awesome agent!

YA Psych Thriller 87k
from messyf
Jan 19, 2021 1:34 pm


EQ: 11/18/20
Form rejection: 12/31/20
from ccosme722
Jan 14, 2021 11:27 am


EQ: 1/5/21, YA Contemporary 57K

ER: 1/13/21 Form rejection (or at least it felt generic)

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