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Donald Maass Literary Agency - Donald Maass

Donald Maass
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Donald Maass Literary Agency
121 West 27th Street, Suite 801
New York, NY 10001
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(212) 727-8383
FAX  (212) 727-3271
Member AAR
Fiction Genres
  • Commercial
  • Detective/Police/Crime
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Horror
  • Literary
  • Military/War/Spy
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
Nonfiction Genres
(none indicated)
Submission Guidelines
This agency prefers to receive queries by email.

Email:  send a query with no attachments.  Put "QUERY" and the title of the manuscript in the subject line.  Include in the email a query letter, citing the genre and word count, a 1-2 page synopsis, and the first 5 pages of the manuscript.

Postal mail:  send a 1-page query, a synopsis, the first 5 pages, and a SASE.

Replies to queries take up to four weeks.

Do not query by phone or social media.
Interested in
Specializes in fiction.
Not interested in
The agency does not represent poetry, picture books, or screenplays.
Additional information
Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980.  The agency sells more than 150 novels per year.  He is the author of several books on writing novels, including Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook(2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009), and The Breakout Novelist (2011).  He is a past president of the Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc.

For matters other than submissions, email him at dmaass AT
Previous Positions
Donald Maass Literary Agency
160 West 95th Street, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10025
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