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Agent Spotlight: Jason Anthony

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jason Anthony of Massey & McQuilkin Literary Agents (formerly Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents).
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “JASON ANTHONY (agent) is a former film executive who joined Massey & McQuilkin Literary Agents after a three-year affiliation with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. As a film executive, Anthony worked for the Disney, MGM and Sony Pictures studios and ran the New York offices of Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin and Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld. In his ten-year career in film, Anthony specialized in developing film and TV properties from books. Before becoming a literary agent in 2004, he worked in London as a film consultant for the TBWA/Chiat-Day advertising agency and originated the popular ‘Hollywood Reader’ column for Publishers Weekly, the industry's most influential trade magazine. Anthony graduated from Columbia University in 1993 with a B.A. in film and is the co-author of five published books. He specializes in young adult and commercial fiction and most areas of non-fiction, including pop culture, memoir, true crime, and general psychology.” (Link)
About the Agency:
Massey & McQuilkin Literary Agents is a full-service literary agency that focuses on bringing fiction and non-fiction of quality to the largest possible audience. We work closely with our clients at every stage of a project’s development, submission, and placement—staying involved in all issues of design, publicity and sales, long after the ink has dried on a contract, to ensure that the author’s needs are being met by his or her publisher.” (Link)
Web Presence:
MMQLIT website.
MMQLIT Facebook.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker.
What He's Looking For:
“He specializes in young adult and commercial fiction and most areas of non-fiction, including pop culture, memoir, true crime, and general psychology.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays; otherwise unknown.
Editorial Agent?
Unknown, though the agency prides itself on being involved in “every stage of a project’s development” and I’ve seen mention of client revision.
A list of clients is available on the MMQLIT website.
Mr. Anthony’s clients include: Craig Bridger, Rebecca Dana, T.M. Goeglein, Jesse Karp, Lish McBride, Roberta Marie Munroe, Rodney Peet, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Joanna Wiebe, Jen Violi, among others.
There are lists of recent deals on the MMQLIT website.
As of the date of the original posting, Mr. Anthony is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 1 deal in the past 12 months, 3 six-figure+ deals, and 20 overall.  Recent deals include 1 young adult.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query to the group e-mail address provided on the website.
“Be sure to include a brief description of the book project you would like to submit to the agency, 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), and specify which agent you would like to review your project.”
See the MMQLIT website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
Mr. Anthony usually responds within hours to a few days to queries, days to a few weeks to requested material.
What's the Buzz?
There isn’t a lot of extra information about Jason Anthony and his tastes online aside from what’s on the MMQLIT website.  He first became a literary agent when he joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an agent in 2005, and moved to Lippincott Massie McQuilkin in 2008.  His clients seem settled, and he has many confirmed sales.  Past YA sales have included dystopian, paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary, so he seems open to genre YA.
Worth Your Time:
None I could find online.
Around the Web:
Please see the MMQLIT website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 3/12/17. Updated 5/10/20 to confirm that he is still with his agency and open to submissions
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 natalieiaguirre7(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. There's not a lot that can be said to add to these posts, so I'll just say: thanks, Casey.

  2. You always post such great, detailed information! I'm familiar with this agent's name because he represents Lish McBride, and I loved "Hold Me Closer, Necromancer." Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Yes, thank you. I appreciate that this site exists.

  4. I had the good fortune to work with Jason when I was an editor at Hyperion, before I broke out on my own. He's great! Very professional and pleasant.

  5. Thanks so much for what you do here :)

  6. Thanks Casey. Another agent I didn't know about.

  7. Thanks Casey--your posts are such an amazing resource. Hi Natalie!

  8. Thanks for providing such great information.

  9. You're such a blessing, Casey! Thank you so very much for all these spotlights. so VERY helpful!

  10. I just realized that this is both Casey and Natalie's blog. So sorry about that! But I see you posted this one, Casey :)

    You guys rock!

  11. This name is new to me. Thanks for letting us know about him. :)

  12. I'm wondering why he's listed under agents who rep PBs as from what I can tell, he seems to represent YA and older.

    1. Hi Maryann,

      I checked the post labels and don't have him under Agents who rep PBs, so I'm not sure why he came up under that label for you.

      Hope you haven't had anymore trouble!