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***Please note: Stacia Decker is currently closed to queries***
What we are looking for...
We are fiction specialists. All genres are welcome. We handle many
authors of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror,
romance, historical, literary and mainstream novels. To learn more
about the clients we represent, check out our client list. Our list
is always tight, but never totally full.
What we are not looking for...
Poetry or picture books. See individual agent profiles regarding non-fiction and books for young readers.
How to submit...
E-mail queries can be sent to email@example.com and should include
the word "query" in the subject line. Please know that
we promptly and carefully read every e-query that we receive. We will respond to every e-query that is properly addressed and follows the submission guidelines below. We will not respond to e-queries that are addressed to no one, or to multiple recipients.
Because of security concerns we do not open or respond to any e-mails
that have attachments, so please be sure to put your query letter
in the body of your e-mail. Please also paste your synopsis and the first five pages
of your manuscript into the body of your
Alternately, you may wish to send your query letter by snail mail. We
respond to every posted query that we receive. Please include your synopsis and
the first five pages of your manuscript. Be sure to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
(SASE) for our reply. If you would like to receive your partial or manuscript
back if we should decline, make sure to include enough postage for
its return. Please use U.S. stamps or, where unavailable, International
Reply Coupons (IRCs) from your local post office. Do not send pre-paid
FedEx or UPS mailers or metered postage for the return of your materials.
If we like the sound of your novel, we will request sample chapters
and a synopsis. If we like your sample chapters, we
will request the whole manuscript. If we like the whole manuscript,
you will hear from us! No reading fees or expenses are charged at
Whom should I query...
If you are uncertain which agent at DMLA to query, address your
e-mail or letter to Donald Maass (at the firstname.lastname@example.org address). Your e-mail or letter will
serve to query all agents at DMLA.
If there is a specific agent at DMLA whom you would like to represent
you, then of course query that agent specifically, but please do not
send multiple queries.
How long will it take...
To answer your query letter, up to four weeks. To read your sample
chapters and outline, about the same. To read your whole manuscript,
overnight to a few months. (If we request it, please check with
Do we work with new, previously unpublished writers...
Yes, all the time.
Donald Maass, Jennifer Jackson, Cameron McClure, Stacia Decker, and Amy Boggs
are all members of the Association of Authors’ Representatives
(AAR). Additionally, the agency is a member of the Author’s
Guild, Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and the Romance Writers of America
(RWA), and several other organizations.