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Mr. James Mustelier

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010


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E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from SewellThompson
Jan 13, 2022 11:18 am

Landing page for QT says that he is open to queries. There are very few queries listed on his time line
Queried using his form Thriller 89K 1/13/22

Note that his form asks if you have submitted to any editors or publishing house. I have submitted to the Berkley Publishing Group through their open submission process. I hope this wasn't a mistake.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 12, 2022 6:20 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries.
from mike_yaffe
Jun 19, 2021 4:33 pm

11/9/20 FQ
6/19/21 FR (longest wait for a form reject i've experienced)

"Thank you so much for sending me your project. I read and consider each query carefully and while I am respectfully passing on this, I have a great deal of respect for the work that has gone into it. I am grateful that you wrote to me, and I hope you will consider me for any projects in the future. Finally, please note that you can always query a different agent at TBA after one of us has passed.


from lynnie
Apr 21, 2021 2:59 pm

10/29/20Submitted adult mystery fiction: 1st 10 pages on QueryManager form
4/21/21 Rec'd thoughtful rejection with reminder that another agent on this site could be queried
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 SteinbeckFan
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

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