Katie Shea Boutillier

Literary Agent

Donald Maass Literary Agency

Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

This year, I want stories with depth. Complex, complicated, emotional depth. Storytelling is the core of our human existence. Bring me a story to prove this. #amquerying #querytip #MSWL

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

#querytip The query email's subject line is important to me. I suggest:

Query: [TITLE IN CAPS]

Try to grab my attention, even if it's just in the title. Keep it simple, make it powerful.

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

This weekend, I'm really trying to catch-up on my query inbox. Embarrassingly, I do have outstanding queries from the beginning of 2018. I advise all #queriers: if you don't have anything nice to say, plz don't say anything at all. #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

As an agent, whenever I start a new story, or read a new query, I think to myself: what was the reason for this artist to write THIS particular story? And how will this perspective enlighten my own mind? #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

Use all that anger and passion, and express it into your work. #querytip #pubtip #artist

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

Digging into my queries tonight... and I'm quite not sure what I'm looking for but I hope it finds me first! #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

And to mention, I have requested pages from queries that have been sent several months ago. You just never know. #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

I've been away from my query-inbox for months. Finally answered hundreds of them last night only to be reminded of the negative (and hurtful!) responses you sometimes get from writers.

Let me just say... don't do this! #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

I LOVE voicey projects. Please, please send them my way. #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

No pitching via Twitter please! Follow sub guidelines: maassagency.com/katie-shea/ Thank you! #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

#querytip Memoir/narrative non-fic ON REFERRAL ONLY. Focusing on commercial adult fiction and YA.

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

Hungry for submission-ready mss of YA & WF (all types). If you think I will be a good fit for your project, make sure to query me! #querytip

Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips
Katie Shea Boutillier
@AgentShea
Literary Agent
Rights Director & Literary Agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, specializing in commercial adult fiction and young adult.
13 MSWL
54 Tips

#querytip - I like shorter books b/w 50,000 - 80,000 words.