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Mr. James Mustelier

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010



Website: thebentagency.com

AAR/AALA Member: No

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from jellicle_cat
Jun 16, 2022 6:37 pm


Email Query to Gemma Cooper: 9 March
Full Request from James: 18 March (sent same day)
Offer of Representation: 16 June

This man is a GEM.

Coming-of-Age, 89k
from gridarmour
Jun 14, 2022 3:10 am


EQ 02/24
Form rejection 06/11

Lit fiction 120k+
from mohayeswriter
Jun 13, 2022 5:08 pm


His rejection was a form, but it was very kind
from wsingletary
Mar 31, 2022 10:52 am


Prompt and kind response.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 22, 2022 4:31 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from banaesma
Feb 24, 2022 3:10 pm


FQ: 15 January, 2022
CNR: 15 February, 2022
QR: 24 February, 2022

Very polite form rejection letter encouraging me to keep querying.

adult 83k LitFic
from lckain
Jan 17, 2022 8:24 am


FQ 1/13/22
adult Domestic Suspense/Family Saga 97K
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.

Sincerely,
James"

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.

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