Thursday, December 20, 2012

New literary agents at Donald Maass seek women's fiction & memoir and sci-fi, fantasy & mystery

Donald Maas
Donald Maass Literary Agency
Suite 801
121 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

The Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City is a well-known literary agency for professional novelists. In addition to being an agent, Donald Mass is the author of "Writing the Breakout Novel" and other books for writers.

The Donald Maass Literary Agency specializes in commercial fiction but also represents literary fiction with commercial potential. "All genres are welcome. We handle many authors of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror, romance, historical, literary and mainstream novels.”

Do they work with previously unpublished writers? "Yes, all the time."

Two relatively new agents at Donald Maass Literary are especially eager to find new authors:

Katie Shea
Katie Shea joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2011. She was previously an agent with the Johnson Literary Agency. She specializes in fiction and memoir, especially women’s fiction and commercial-scale literary fiction. 

She is also seeking memoir, narrative non-fiction, food, pop culture, health and lifestyle, and realistic YA.  She is most interested in coming-of-age stories and stories of unique relationships.

Some of her favorite authors include: Joan Didion, Mary Karr, Michael Cunningham, Alice Sebold, and Jean Kwok (Girl in Translation). She is a graduate of Marist College.

Query Katie at 
Include a synopsis, and the first five pages pasted into the body of the email. No attachments. Include the word Query in your subject line.

Fantasy author, Emma Newman,
one of Jennifer Udden's clients
Jennifer Udden joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2010. She represents science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries, and is particularly interested in finding works that creatively combine aspects of all three genres. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and previously worked in nonprofit arts fundraising.

Query Jennifer at 
Include a synopsis, and the first five pages pasted into the body of the email. No attachments. Include the word Query in your subject line.

See full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will be leading "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here) and on March 17 in Kingston (details here).  To register, email:

But probably the best single step you can take toward creating a manuscript that’s ready for publication is to join one of the “Next Step” or “Intensive” creative writing courses. Starting in January, Brian will be leading “Next Step” courses in Mississauga (details here) and in Georgetown (details here), and he’ll be leading   “Intensive” courses in Burlington (details here) and in Mississauga (details here).

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

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