For any general inquiries about Massie & McQuilkin or our subsidiary, Russell & Volkening, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are open to submissions and will happily review your query per the guidelines below. We accept electronic submissions only; please do not call about or mail a hard copy of your submission. If you have any query- or submission-related questions that are not answered on this page, please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Note that we do not represent screenplays.
Massie & McQuilkin
27 West 20th Street, Suite 305
New York, NY 10011
Please send us a query letter that briefly describes your project as well as any personal or professional information that may be relevant (for instance any awards you have won, regular media appearances you make, and/or professional or academic affiliations you may have). Do not query more than one agent at the agency at one time, though if one agent passes on your work, you are welcome to query another. Include the word “Query” in the subject line of your email. Please also include the first 5-10 pages pasted into the body of your email. We look forward to reviewing your work.
Maria Massie seeks literary and upmarket commercial fiction (including select young adult), memoir, and narrative nonfiction.
Please send queries to the attention of Maria Massie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that she only responds to queries in which she is interested. If you haven’t heard from her in 4-6 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her.
Rob McQuilkin focuses on literary fiction as well as narrative nonfiction and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, history, biography, art history and cultural criticism.
Please send queries to the attention of Rob McQuilkin at email@example.com. Please note that he only responds to queries in which he is interested. If you haven’t heard from him in 4-6 weeks, your project is not a good fit for him.
Jason Anthony is interested in commercial fiction of all types, including young adult, and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, pop culture, true crime, and general psychology and sociology.
Jason Anthony is not accepting new clients at this time.
Laney Katz Becker specializes in book club fiction, historical fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, suspense, thrillers, narrative non-fiction and memoir.
Laney Katz Becker is currently closed for unsolicited submissions.
Rayhané Sanders is interested in literary fiction, historical fiction, upmarket commercial fiction (including select YA), narrative nonfiction (including essays), and select memoir.
Rayhané only accepts electronic queries. Please query her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the word “Query” in the subject line. Please also include your first 5 pages pasted into the body of the email. Please note that Rayhané only responds to queries in which she is interested. If you haven’t heard from her in 2-4 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her.
Stéphanie Abou seeks literary and upmarket commercial fiction (including select young adult and middle grade), crime fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.
Stéphanie Abou is currently closed for unsolicited submissions.
Renée Zuckerbrot is looking for voice-driven fiction, short story collections, narrative nonfiction (especially science, history, biography, memoir, and pop culture). She can be reached at email@example.com. See below for submission guidelines.
Renée only accepts electronic queries. Please query her directly and include the word “query” in the subject line. You should include a synopsis of your project, your publication history, a brief bio, and your contact information. Please also attach an excerpt, up to three sample chapters, as one Word document. The attachment should be paginated and double-spaced, and, for novels, the excerpt should be the first three chapters. Please note that Renée only responds to queries in which she is interested. If you’ve haven’t heard back from her in 2-4 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her.
Julie Stevenson represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and YA.
Please query Julie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Julie only responds to queries in which she is interested. If you haven’t heard from her in 2-4 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her.
Elias Altman specializes in sharp and moving narratives featuring psychological insight, timeless themes, and strong characters whether in reported non-fiction by journalists, popular history by scholars, memoirs by people who’ve really lived, or literary fiction by writers with precision, honesty, and heart.
Elias only accepts electronic queries and pitches that are sent to him directly at email@example.com that include the word “Query” in the subject line. Please note that while Elias carefully reviews every query and pitch, he only responds if his particular interest is sparked. If so, he will respond to you within a day or two.
Neil Olson is primarily interested in fiction, history, biography, travel and environmental issues.
Please send queries to the attention of Neil Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that he only responds to queries in which he is interested. If you haven’t heard from him in 4-6 weeks, your project is not a good fit for him.
Sandra Pareja is looking for authentic, unconventional literary voices in fiction, non-fiction and sometimes poetry. She reads and edits in English, Spanish and Italian at a native level, and could tackle manuscripts in French, Portuguese and Catalan. She would consider works from other languages if they are attached to an English translator.
Please query Sandra directly at email@example.com and strive to include as much reading material as possible. If you haven’t heard from her in 4-6 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her.
Massie & McQuilkin seeks intelligent and versatile interns interested in a career in book publishing. The ideal candidate will be able to commit 10-15 hours a week, 2 days a week, though we are flexible in regard to scheduling. Internships last about 3 months, with academic credit available. Due to COVID, all internships for the spring semester will be remote.
The intern’s main duties will revolve around managing and responding to unsolicited queries and manuscripts, and will involve evaluating this material with an eye to its quality, relevance to the agent queried, and its viability in the marketplace. A critical eye is necessary for this position. Additional projects may be assigned that will address other aspects of agenting, including foreign rights and contracts. As with any internship, a part of the position will be general administrative work, but we will do our best to work with individual interests.
To apply, please email Max Moorhead (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maddie Woda (email@example.com) with a cover letter in the body and your resume as an attachment.