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Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Jackson

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jennifer Jackson, Vice President of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Status: Accepting submissions.

jennifer-jackson-altAbout: “Jennifer Jackson joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency of New York City in 1993. Growing up reading science fiction and fantasy led naturally to a concentration in that genre, which she continues to champion. She went on to pioneer the expansion of the agency into the areas of romance and women's fiction, and is developing her list in the mystery and suspense genres, as well as YA fiction. Her current roster includes New York Times best-selling fantasy writer Jim Butcher, Hugo Award winning science fiction author Elizabeth Bear, USA Today best-selling author Anne Bishop, Nebula and Hugo finalist Cherie Priest, and RITA Award Winner Shelley Bates. Previously, she worked as a bookseller for Waldenbooks, and also for Forbidden Planet, the retail division of London's Titan Books.” (Link)

About the Agency:

“The Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City is a literary agency for professional novelists.

“Donald Maass’s pioneering work and writing about the development of fiction careers has made DMLA a leading agency for fiction writers.

“Agents Donald Maass, Jennifer Jackson, Stacia Decker, Cameron McClure, J.L. Stermer and Amy Boggs together represent more than 150 novelists and sell more than 100 novels every year to leading publishers in the U.S. and overseas.” (Link)

Web Presence:

DMLA website.

Personal website.

Et in Arcaedia, ego (blog).



AgentQuery, QueryTracker , AuthorAdvance.

What She's Looking For:

Genres / Specialties:

Commercial Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Crime, Thrillers / Suspense, Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Multicultural, Young Adult. (Link, Link)

From Her Website:

“Jennifer is currently seeking new clients in all genres of fiction for the agency, which represents over one hundred authors of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, romance, YA, and other types of commercial novel-length fiction. She is interested in both new and established writers.” (Link)

From AgentQuery:

“First love is science fiction and fantasy; always interested in a variety of new projects. Pioneered the expansion of the agency into romance and women's fiction and continuing to look for more projects in these genres. She is actively expanding her list in the mystery, thriller, and suspense genres. Also looking for additional authors of young adult fiction.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

“Jennifer does not represent non-fiction, memoirs, poetry or children’s picture books.” (Link)

Editorial Agent?

Yes. “As an agent, she believes in a hands-on approach with a focus on career planning and editorial support.” (Link)


There is a list of DMLA clients on the website.

Ms. Jackson’s clients include: Adina Senft, Amanda Downum, Anne Bishop, Barbara Benedict, C.E. Murphy / Cate Dermody, C.M. Chan, Cherie Priest, Chris F. Holm, Craig Shaw Gardner, Ekaterina Sedia, Elizabeth Bear, Genevieve Valentine, Jay Lake, Jim Butcher, Jo Ann Ferguson, Jocelyn Kelley, Kameron Hurley, Ken Scholes, Kristine Smith, Laura Anne Gilman, Laura Reeve, Laurin Wittig, Lucy Taylor, Martha Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mike Shepherd, Mike Shevdon, P.C. Hodgell, Patricia Bray, R. M. Meluch, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Saladin Ahmed, Shannon Donnelly, Sharon Lee – Steve Miller, Shelley Adina, Shelley Bates, Susan Matthews, Teresa Wilde.


As 04/11, Ms. Jackson is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 18 deals in the last 12 months, 9 six-figure+ deals, and 113 overall.  Recent deals include 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy, 1 Inspirational, 1 Mystery/Crime, and 1 Women’s Romance.

NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (preferred).

Snail-Mail: Yes.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

E-mail:  E-query with the word “query” in the subject line.  Include a synopsis and the first five pages pasted into the body of the e-mail.  No attachments.

Snail-Mail:  Send a query, synopsis, and the first five pages with a SASE.

Query only ONE agent at DMLA.

See Ms. Jackson’s website and the DMLA website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.

Query Tips:

Read through Ms. Jackson’s “Query Wars” posts for query preferences, tips, and advice.

Response Times:

Ms. Jackson has stated response times of 4 weeks on queries, 8-10 weeks on partials, and 3 months or more on fulls, though they fluctuate.  Stats on the web suggests she often responds in less time, sometimes more.

Only queries sent directly to Ms. Jackson’s submission address are guaranteed a reply.  Queries sent to the group agency address may take longer.  Click HERE for more details.

The agency has the following policy:

“We will respond to every e-query that is properly addressed and follows the submission guidelines.  We will not respond to e-queries that are addressed to no one, or to multiple recipients.” (Link)

What's the Buzz?

Jennifer Jackson is a highly respected agent with the equally respected Donald Maass Literary Agency.  She mainly represents adult genre fiction but is expanding into the YA market.  From what I understand, she is not interested in MG submissions at this time.  She takes on very few new authors per year.

Follow her on Twitter at @arcaedia and subscribe to her blog, Et in arcaedia, ego. to learn more.

Worth Your Time:


None that I could find still available online.

Blog Posts:

Make sure to follow Ms. Jackson’s blog where she posts regularly.  In particular, see the labels for “Letters from the Query Wars” and “From the Mixed up Files of Agent Manners.”

Quick Guide to Writing a Query Letter (11/2010).

Dreaming with My Eyes Wide Open, guest post at Magical Musings (02/2008).

Around the Web:

Donald Maass Literary Agency thread on AbsoluteWrite.

Donald Mass Literary Agency on P&E (AAR, $). Jennifer Jackson on P&E (AAR, $).

See the left sidebar of Ms. Jackson’s website for upcoming conferences she will attend.


Please see the Donald Maass Literary Agency website or Ms. Jackson’s personal website for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 4/28/11.

Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.

Last Reviewed By Agent?  N/A


Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. Love her name!! I thought about querying her for that reason alone.

  2. That's funny J.L.! Great spotlight Casey. I'm so sad she doesn't represent MG fantasy because she seems to be a fantasy lover. Sigh. Sigh.

  3. She's on the list now. ;D Thanks, Casey!

  4. I like her name too, it has a nice ring to it. :)

    Love the one-stop shop place you all provide for agent info. This is definitely a must have blog on your reader list!

    Thank you.

  5. I love finding agents who represent authors I've read. Thanks!

  6. Nice article, thanks for the information.

  7. I think she's an amazing literary agent. I recently came across this interview online:

    It's fairly new and an interesting read.