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Mr. Neil Olson

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

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Neil Olson

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

27 West 20th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10011
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General Fiction
Literary Fiction


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08/03/2021 10:20 AM
Too many questions around this guy. CNR for now @ 29 days, maybe some other time.
07/05/2021 04:39 PM
fascinating stuff, redpandabear
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Patrick (Admin)
09/25/2019 10:24 AM
Profile Update: Changed agencies. Formerly with Donadio and Olson.
06/02/2018 09:53 AM
Campton, Donadio & Olson's bookkeeper just got arrested for multi-million dollar embezzlement. Might have something to do with that. Writers like Chuck Palahniuk are "close to broke" because of it. I doubt this company will be taking queries for a while... if they survive this scandal.
04/10/2018 01:46 PM
My pleasure Patrick. I'm glad to help while I can.
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Patrick (Admin)
04/10/2018 10:15 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. (Thanks KristenH)
04/07/2018 03:07 PM
Campton, you might be right. Sort of mixed signals to me.
04/07/2018 07:05 AM
I got the same response as KristenH below on the same date--"We regret to inform you of our decision to no longer accept or take submissions for the foreseeable future."

This suggests they are closed to subs, but on their website they say, "Donadio & Olson, Inc. is always looking for new work." Maybe the rejection is their way of saying don't ever bother us again.
04/05/2018 03:52 PM
EQ 3/16/18 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 4/5/18 (Passed--no longer taking on any new submissions for the foreseeable future.)

Patrick you might want to take note of it and post the closed to submissions sign for the agency.
12/07/2017 01:37 PM
EQ: Addressed to both Hibbert and Olson because didn't seem possible to specify on form: 10/15
FR: 10/26 (not sure from whom)
ER: 12/07 Form response signed by assistant. Literary 110K

Thank you so much for sending in your manuscript, as well as for your time and patience.

Although your manuscript was intriguing, we do not believe it is the right fit for our agency. We are unfortunately unable to offer representation at this time. I want to thank you once again for allowing me to read your work. We wish you the best of luck in all of your creative pursuits and appreciate your time and patience in our reviewing process.
09/27/2017 09:57 AM
EQ: 9/26

I was confused by their submission policy, submitted to them through a form that I thought was for queries too. Next day he reached out to me to say that my query can be sent through their online form or email. My bad, but their website is pretty confusing.
09/26/2017 04:11 PM
eq 8/30/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 9/26/17 (Passed--no reason.)

Congrats Let It Be!
07/07/2017 02:37 PM
Form Q 7-7-17
Full Request 7-7-17 (3 hours later)

Upmarket 60K
06/12/2017 01:44 PM
EQ: 7-11-17 (Adult Speculative Thriller)
ER: 7-12-17 Form

Queried YA Fantasy/psych thriller through submittable on 2-12-17
Personalized form rejection on 2-22-17

"Although Power Surge seems like a unique idea, we regret to inform you of our decision not to pursue further collaboration at this time."
06/01/2017 03:57 PM
Eq 5/2/17 (requery Venom)
ER 5/3/17 (Passed--no reason.) Will retry him with Chain Reaction this summer.

6/1/17--Eq (requery Chain Reaction)--same say rejection (intriguing story, no reason why for pass.)
Patrick (Admin)
04/07/2017 11:34 AM
Hi neiltylerfloyd, They are open to queries and now using an online form exclusively instead of email. So query away and good luck.
04/07/2017 11:20 AM
Heads up: AgentQuery page says Mr. Olson is closed to queries.
03/28/2017 09:49 PM
EQ: 3/26/17
ER: 3/28/17

~Thank you kindly for your submission. Although Tree Acres: Chiyome's Gift seems like a unique idea, we regret to inform you of our decision not to pursue further collaboration at this time.

We appreciate your time and patience and wish you the best of luck securing representation.

Best wishes, ~

What seemed like a nice, individualized reply, I new see from other comments, is the standard phrasing for rejection.

Donadio & Olson, Inc.
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Patrick (Admin)
01/24/2017 07:26 AM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
11/30/2011 04:03 PM
7/29, I've queried Neil for Chain Reaction. Today I nudged him and got a response--he said it's not something they can successfully represent at this time. Oh well.
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09/25/2019 - Changed agencies. Formerly with Donadio and Olson.
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