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
60 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
60 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
60 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
60 Tips

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

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
60 Tips

Sometimes I respond to a query immediately. It's rare, but it happens. #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
60 Tips

#querytip It's gotta be a jump-out-of-your-seat kind of query for me to request.

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
60 Tips

#querytip Seeing lots with MC walking up with no memory of his/her death...

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
60 Tips

Seeing a lot of YA projects with the main character having a deadly illness. I wonder why! #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
60 Tips

Looking for realistic fic (YA & adult) set today, 90s or 80s, with flawed characters, emotional plotlines, and big life messages. #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
60 Tips

#querytip - I'm sick of seeing MC's starting out with "having it all."

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
60 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
60 Tips

#querytip - It's a nice gesture, but it is not required to let me know if another agent has requested a full.

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
60 Tips

#querytip The structure of your query could make it more appealing.

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
60 Tips

"According to your bio . . ." - this is a turn off to 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
60 Tips

Here's a big #querytip! You do not need to repeat what my bio says... I know what I am looking for! ;)

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
60 Tips

#querytip With a good query, some thoughts that race through my mind are: "Oh! (Name of editor) at (name of publisher) will like this!"

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
60 Tips

#querytip As a young agent, with the importance of building my list, I tend to have a narrow focus on the certain projects I take on.

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
60 Tips

#querytip Sometimes I pass on projects that I think are good and sellable, but I know I'm not the right advocate for it.

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
60 Tips

#querytip I'm seeing a lot of storylines that have too much build-up. Try to jump right into the tension of the story.

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
60 Tips

#querytip I will comb through my query inbox and star anything that simply looks good just by the subject line.