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
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

If it's still available, we can reject it.

If it's still available, we can request it.

Keep this in mind when you think about "time" in a creative business. #pubtip #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

Some perspective to #writers: We (as in agents and editors) cannot say 'yes' to everything. And trust me, if we could, we would, but many variables come into play when we make our final decisions to either pass or take on a new project. #querytip #pubtip

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. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Because of the sheer volume of #queries agents receive, we often respond to queries with a general rejection email. Please do not take this personally. This is a standard practice of the business.

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

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
60 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
60 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
60 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
60 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
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

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
60 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
60 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
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

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
60 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
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 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
60 Tips