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Mr. Rob McQuilkin

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

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Rob McQuilkin

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

27 West 20th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10011
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Literary Fiction


Cultural/Social Issues
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Known Clients (current & past)
Kim Addonizio
Mary Jean Babic
Christine Balint
Amanda Boyden
Marshall Browne
Cliff Chase
Jennifer Chiaverini
Nicole Chung
Jules Dominguez
Jason Fry
Roxanne Gay
Naama Goldstein
Greg Hrbek
Joseph Hurka
Whit Johnston
Roy Kesey
Anne Landsman
Jenny Lee
Don Lee
Emer Martin
Douglas A. Martin
Lydia Millet
Shani Mootoo
Tom Perrotta
Eileen Pollack
Joe Queenan
Rishi Reddi
Lucinda Rosenfeld
Deborah Schupack
Gerald Shapiro
Robert Sharenow
Brian Sloan
Debra Spark
Natasha Tretheway
Natasha Trethewey
Victoria Vinton
Kate Walbert
Liza Ward
Caroline Weber
Hella Winston
Author Comments
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01/13/2023 11:57 AM
EQ: 9/15/22 (included 10-page sample)
PR: 9/22/22 (additional 75 pages of MS)
FR: 10/17/22 (rest of manuscript)

LGBTQ+/Literary fiction, 98k words.

I checked in (they've had my full for three months) and got his response:
Thank you for your inquiry. This email is to let you know that your work has been received and is under consideration. We'll be in touch!

10/09/2022 04:07 PM
EQ: 09/27/21
PR: 11/04/21 (first 50 pages)
FR: 12/17/21 (rest of manuscript)
Nudge 1: 03/21/22 - no reply
Nudge 2: 09/02/22 - waiting to see if he replies
09/06/22: No reply. I think this is a CNR. :-(

Long wait for nothing.

Literary 75K
10/07/2022 09:12 AM
09.12.2022: "more than promising"
09.16.2022: "We are incredibly excited about your project"
09.26.2022: "extremely compelling"
10.07.2022: "we are going to pass"
09/28/2022 07:03 AM
Has anyone else had the experience of receiving (from "MMQ Team") a request for the full manuscript of a nonfiction project? My understanding is that according to universal practice in the publishing industry, nonfiction is sold on proposal, not on manuscript.
06/21/2022 04:01 PM
Got this note. Hmmmm? I don't think I forgot anything on my query. Going back to look.

Thank you for your recent query regarding representation for your most recent project. If you are receiving this email, it means we have noticed that your query is incomplete. We kindly ask that you review our guidelines, listed on our website here, and resubmit to us promptly.


05/19/2022 03:33 PM
EQ: 03/03/22
partial manuscript request: 03/05/22
03/07/2022 10:11 AM
02/24/2022 03:24 PM
EQ: 1/5/22
Full Request: 1/31/22
Nudge w/ offer of rep: 2/11/22
Offer of Representation from his colleague, Julie Stevenson: 2/24/22
**wasn't sure how to list this in QueryTracker so I just marked it as an offer, even though it wasn't from Rob McQuilkin

Adult Literary Speculative Fiction, 54k
11/05/2021 03:33 PM
The letter I got for my 119,000 word memoir (38 days after query letter sent):
Thank you for sending us your query. Having considered it carefully, we have decided that MMQ is not the right fit for your project, and so we are going to pass at this time.
Tastes and specializations vary widely from agent to agent, and another agency may well feel differently. Thank you for thinking of our agency, and we wish you the best of luck in your search for representation.
07/06/2021 07:15 PM
EQ 06/23/21
ER 07/04/21
Form letter reject.
Literary, 51k.
06/03/2021 07:34 PM
EQ 5/24/21
ER 6/3/21
Nicely worded form letter.
Upmarket, 99k
03/19/2021 06:56 PM
Same experience as MissPlum below.
EQ 3/16/21
ER 3/19/21
I had high hopes for this one.
03/04/2021 06:30 PM
Adult litfic rejected at 3 days
01/25/2021 03:35 PM
EQ: 1/11/21
ER: 1/25/21
63k Magical Realism
Possible a form letter
12/14/2020 05:14 PM
Queried 12/11/20, form rejection received 12/14/20. At least it was quick!
05/25/2020 01:54 PM
EQ 4/6/20 (Requery Chain Reaction-adult thriller)
ER 5/13/20 (Passed--not good fit)
10/21/2019 10:36 AM
EQ 9/30/19
ER 10/21/19
Memoir 90k Form email.
05/07/2019 01:43 PM
EQ 3/26/19
Partial Request 3/28/19
Rejection - 4/15/2019 (sad face) a little feedback would have been helpful but nope. Of course not
09/27/2018 12:44 PM
EQ: 9/12/18 Fiction
ER: 9/24/18 Form rejection. McQuilkin started following me on Instagram out of the blue a few months ago. He was one of the top agents on my list, as a junior agent from his agency had reached out to me several years ago about my writing. So I was disappointed to not even get a personal rejection from him.
05/05/2018 03:12 PM
EQ: 4/22/18 Memoir
PR: 4/23/18
ER: 5/4/18 Form rejection. I think it was the same letter they send for rejected queries, stating "Thank you for sending us your query." Said nothing about the submitted material, and signed simply MMQ.... thankful for the fast turnaround, though.
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Profile History
Last Update:
- Agency name changed. Formerly Lippincott Massie McQuilkin.
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