Stacia Decker


Stacia-Decker-photoStacia Decker joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2009. A former editor at Harcourt and Otto Penzler Books, she began her career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux after earning an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University. She represents noir, crime fiction, thrillers, literary fiction, literary suspense, and cross-genre fiction with speculative elements. Among her clients are Frank Bill, Joelle Charbonneau, Adam Christopher, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Matthew C. Funk, John Hornor Jacobs, Owen Laukkanen, Fiona Maazel, Matthew McBride, Jon McGoran, Dan O’Shea, Todd Robinson, Shya Scanlon, Kieran Shea, Jeff Shelby, Jay Stringer, Steve Weddle, Chuck Wendig, and Frank Wheeler, Jr.


Stacia Decker is currently looking for commercial thrillers, literary thrillers, literary novels, and speculative or cross-genre fiction with big hooks, memorable characters, fast-paced plotting, and distinctive prose.

She is NOT looking for: children’s books, cozy mysteries, erotica, hard sci fi, high fantasy, historical, humor, inspirational, memoir, middle grade, nonfiction, novellas, poetry, romance, satire, screenplays, true crime, women’s fiction, incomplete work, or previously or currently published work.

Email her at with a query letter and the first 10 pages of your novel pasted into the body of the email; no attachments, links, mass emails, or newsletters. Only queries that are sent to and that follow guidelines are guaranteed a reply.

Response times:
 up to three months.


For matters other than queries, email her at


February 5: Mystery Writers of America monthly meeting panel (New York, NY)

June 6-7: Moravian Writers’ Conference (Bethlehem, PA)

August 14-8: World Science Fiction Convention (London, UK)

November 6-9: World Fantasy Convention (Washington, DC)

November 13-16: Bouchercon (Long Beach, CA)