Literary Agent Spotlight: Caitlin McDonald of Donald Maass Literary

While technically not a New Agent Alert, we wanted to spotlight Caitlin McDonald of Donald Maass Literary Agency because she just came to the agency from Sterling Lord Literistic and is building her client list now. Check out all info on her below.




About Caitlin: Caitlin McDonald joined DMLA in 2015, and was previously at Sterling Lord Literistic. She represents adult and young adult speculative fiction, primarily science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and related subgenres, as well as contemporary fiction about geeky characters. She also handles a small amount of nonfiction in geeky areas, with a focus on feminist theory/women’s issues and pop culture. Caitlin grew up overseas and has a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Find her on Twitter here.

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She is seeking:

– All science fiction and fantasy fiction (and subgenres) for adult, YA, and MG — especially secondary world fantasy and alternate history
– Genre-bending or cross-genre fiction, and stories that examine tropes from a new angle
– Diversity of all kinds, including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and world-building

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Do not send:
– women’s fiction
– crime fiction
– picture books or chapter books
– screenplays or short stories

How to contact: To query, please email query.cmcdonald [at] with the query letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages of your novel pasted into the body of the email.

Response times:
Query letters — up to 4 weeks from receipt.
Partial manuscripts — up to 4 weeks.
Full manuscripts — overnight to 4 weeks.

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