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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/AALA Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from galian84
Nov 17, 2022 5:51 pm


Form Query: 11/16/22
Form Rejection: 11/17/22

99k Fantasy Romance
from dondraw
Nov 11, 2022 3:07 pm


I got a personalized rejection too. Great, Kiana!):8
from gardengirl
Nov 10, 2022 1:39 pm


Personalized rejection, which I really appreciated.
from floydnerd1993
Oct 19, 2022 5:15 pm


Form Query: 5/5
Full Request: 5/5
Sent same day
Nudged 9/30
Response: 10/1, said she hasn't gotten the chance to read the full yet but hopes to soon.
Form rejection: 10/19

Adult Thriller w/horror elements
from CL_Hilbert
Oct 17, 2022 5:58 pm


A semi-personalized rejection saying the word count was too high for her. If there is a max wordcount, why not put that on the mswl?
from JohnEvans86
Sep 29, 2022 12:29 pm


@Fictiongirl, the really funny part about my query was that I forgot to include the actual manuscript in my query(it was 6 in the morning I was tired). I have no clue what she was reading that she felt the need to say:
Dear John,
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 encourage you to re-work your query so that the plot points, obstacles, and character(s) attempts to overcome them are more clear.

Not sure how I can rework something I never sent.
from fictiongirl
Sep 28, 2022 7:44 pm


Okay thank you. I'm glad I didn't jump the gun and rework a pitch that might be fine as is.
from JohnEvans86
Sep 28, 2022 5:03 pm


@fictiongirl, Nope it's her standard form of rejection. I just got the exact same rejection email today....despite that included none of that in my query, she didn't bother to read the query because this response makes NO SENSE. Seems to be a major trend.
from fictiongirl
Sep 28, 2022 1:45 pm


Same form reject as others but with this added on: "I encourage you to re-work your query so that the plot points, obstacles, and character(s) attempts to overcome them are more clear."

I think this might be a personalized line--unless anyone else has received it? If it's personal, I certainly appreciate it, although I'm quite confused as I've hired two different agents to review the query and have had many passes on it from readers, and no one has given me this feedback. I have an okay request rate from other agents as well. Not to say she's wrong--just unsure if I should take this advice.

Appreciated either way!
from TMQueries
Sep 24, 2022 7:41 pm


1-day form rejection
75k horror/thriller

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!

Best,
Kiki
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 15, 2022 9:23 am


@aecullum, it is listed as choices on her QueryManager form, though. Since it is usually faster and easier for agents to change their QueryManager then it is for them to change their websites, QueryManager is usually more up to date.
from aecullum
Sep 13, 2022 10:48 am


According to the website, it doesn't appear that she's looking for adult romance at this time.
from haleywarrington
Sep 06, 2022 11:08 am


FQ: 9/4/2022
74k Adult Contemporary Romance
Rejection: 9/5/2022
from yuvawrites
Aug 24, 2022 6:47 pm


FQ: 23/8/22
FR: 24/8/22

YA Horror 84K

"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."
from rosemarypotatoes
Aug 23, 2022 6:48 pm


Q: 8/23/22
R: 8/23/22

YA Horror, 62k

"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. It's right up my alley, but I was looking for something a little deeper and atmospheric in the narrative. Just because I wasn't quite drawn in, however, doesn't mean there isn't another agent out there who will love it."

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