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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: Currently closed 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.
Query Methods:
Jason Anthony is currently closed to queries.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines From the Agency Website (always verify):
"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.
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: 12/29/2022. 
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.


Matthew MacNish said...

There's not a lot that can be said to add to these posts, so I'll just say: thanks, Casey.

Stephsco said...

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!

Kim Lauer said...

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

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you Matt, Stephsco, and Kim!

Tamson said...

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.

Lori M. Lee said...

Thanks so much for what you do here :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

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

Lydia Kang said...

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

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for providing such great information.

Martha Ramirez said...

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

Martha Ramirez said...

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!

Stina said...

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

maryannjanecka said...

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.

Casey McCormick said...

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!