Query Caitlin McDonald at the Donald Maass Literary Agency

Thanks for your interest in querying me! For a detailed and current list of what I am looking for, please check out the #mswl tag on my website. As a general rule, I am always looking for quality science fiction and fantasy for adults and young adults, with an emphasis on compelling and diverse characters, unique concepts, and strong voices. If your manuscript is some form of speculative fiction but you don't see the exact subgenre available on the list, don't worry--I still want to see it! Just pick the closest option available. If your novel is straight crime, romance, historical, literary, or some other genre not listed and has NO speculative elements, then I am probably not the right agent for you.

To query, please fill out the form below with your basic information, your full query letter, your synopsis, and the first twenty pages of your manuscript. Not all fields are required. If I requested your submission at a conference or online event, please indicate that in the "Referral" box. I try to respond to all queries within 90 days of receipt, but please be patient if it takes longer to receive a reply. I do review and respond to all queries.

***SPECIAL NOTE*** Black Lives Matter. I have always sought to represent diverse books and authors, but after the events of May/June 2020, I see that maintaining this as a general policy without actively seeking out or providing additional support to systematically marginalized voices is not sufficient. Therefore, as of June 3rd, 2020, I have committed to providing personalized feedback to all queries from Black authors, as well as other support services detailed on my website and social media. If you have questions about this initiative, please feel free to reach out.

PLEASE NOTE: This page is ONLY for submitting queries for graphic novels. I am currently closed to all other queries. Submissions for prose novels and nonfiction will not be considered at this time unless they come with a referral from an existing client or colleague. If you wish to know when I reopen to general submissions, please follow me on Twitter or Tumblr @literallycait for updates.

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