Sign In
Literary Agents

This Agent is Closed to Queries.

Mr. James Mustelier

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010



Website: thebentagency.com

AAR Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Closed

E-Mail: Closed

Online Form: Closed

Learn more about this agent, including:

  • Genres of Interest
  • Typical Response Times
  • Best Query Methods


Become a QueryTracker Member (Free)

Leave comments about your experiences with this literary agent, or read what other authors have to say.

from RG_923
Jan 12, 2021 6:15 pm


EQ: 7/22/2020
ER: 1/12/2021

Adult horror at 68k words

Mr. Mustelier apologized for the delay and stated he had "respect" for the project. He also encouraged submission to other agents at the firm. Cordial form letter, and I'm grateful he responded even after so long.
from anwynnauthor
Jan 11, 2021 4:00 pm


Got a full request on 1/11/2021 after 189 days. My book and query have both been extensively revised since I emailed him, so it was a nice surprise to get the request. I thought I'd burned bridges with the queries I sent out for the earlier draft, and I'd been kicking myself for sending too soon.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 15, 2020 7:03 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 23, 2020 11:13 am


Profile Update: Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.
from lindsaysmith818
Sep 26, 2020 6:19 pm


EQ 9/22/20
New Adult Fiction 50k
Confirmation Email went to my junk folder
from ChozoMidna
Sep 26, 2020 10:16 am


EQ: 9/25

Confirmation receipt went to my spam folder
from dnicejallen
Sep 22, 2020 2:03 pm


EQ 7/23/20

Closed: 9/11/2020 As it had been 8 and a half weeks with no word.

SUPRISE! Full ER: 9/22/2020. Submitted same day.

53k word Lovecraftian Horror.
from Catsamoa79
Sep 11, 2020 10:54 am


EQ: 7/15/20
Nudge: 9/1/20
ER: 9/10/20 (guess this was in response to my original query)
Form letter, but a very nice one.
9/11/20: second rejection letter in response to the nudge.
from Woodside
Sep 10, 2020 6:37 pm


EQ 7/25/2020
Adult Espionage Thriller 85,000 words
ER Form Letter 9/10/2020

from Steinbeck
Sep 01, 2020 1:47 pm


EQ: July 11, 2020
Re-sent EQ: July 28, 2020 (his automatic response to my original query said to re-query after 2 weeks if he hasn't responded)
ER: September 1, 2020

YA Historical Fantasy 128,000

@anwynnauthor: I'll probably go ahead and reach out in 2 weeks (July 25th?) if still no word since he says to do so in the automatic response. :-)
from giannifranco
Aug 12, 2020 2:11 pm


horror 07/18/2020
cordial denial
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 21, 2020 2:41 pm


Profile Update: Genres updated.
from anwynnauthor
Jul 20, 2020 1:55 pm


Has anyone gotten a reply (of any kind) from him? His auto response email says he responds to all queries and encourages you to reach out if you haven't heard from him in two weeks, but I'd feel silly doing that even after three since it doesn't look like he's responded to anyone at all... Two weeks is a really tough timeline to live up to, anyway, but I just like to stay aware of the time status of all my queries and submissions and try to guess what's going on. because I am obsessive.
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 24, 2020 5:15 pm


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from Sidney1031
May 21, 2020 11:32 am


@Dreamland0516 My critique partner is rep'd by The Bent Agency. I believe they are (mostly) closed because of the current pandemic.

To read more comments about this agent, or to leave comments of your own, become a QueryTracker member.


Agent Reports.

QueryTracker Members can view the data gathered by all other members, organized into reports showing...

  • The Number of Queries Sent and Their Replies
  • Query Response Times
  • Most Popular Manuscript Word-Counts
  • Most Popular Genres
  • Historic Trends
  • And Much More