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Ms. Jenny Bent

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010

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Twitter: jennybent

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from Laurnsaurus
Feb 11, 2018 2:12 pm

EQ 7/19
FR 7/25

On 11/6, I sent her a note suggesting a revised version of the manuscript based on an R&R from another agent. On 11/15, she said she would be happy to see the revision. She confirmed receipt same day.

ER 2/7, with very concrete reasons for passing on the project. It was clear that she'd taken the time to read the entire manuscript. All throughout the process, she was kind and professional. It seems she is very busy, and a bit of a super hero in my opinion!

YA fantasy
from Beckstah
Dec 19, 2017 2:46 pm

EQ 11/29 as part of her Twitter exclusive
FR not even an hour later
ER 12/19 with really kind, concrete reasons for passing

YA magical realism
from bestseller1980
Dec 08, 2017 6:13 pm

EQ: With first ten pages- (#pitchmad request) 12/7/17
FR: 12/8/17

YA Contemporary 74K
from StaceyTrombley
Dec 06, 2017 7:44 pm

Ugh. Missed it
from chibichibi
Dec 04, 2017 8:07 pm

Yup, looks like she unloaded a bunch of ERs today. Got mine too.
from Utopiandreams
Dec 04, 2017 6:42 pm

I queried 11/30, chibichibi. No response other than the autoreply. I'm crossing my fingers I'm in a "maybe" pile. **edited to add: nope :( Not this door either**
ER: 12/4
from dandydo
Dec 04, 2017 6:25 pm

EQ: 11/30 with #twitter tag
ER: 12/4 (very polite) form rejection.

MG contemporary 51k
from Newsgal
Dec 04, 2017 3:59 pm

I queried Jenny on Nov. 29 based on her #twitter message and received an email request for the full on Nov. 30. After I sent it, Jenny emailed to say "thank you." Very quick response.
from chibichibi
Dec 04, 2017 3:15 pm

Anyone still waiting from Jenny's open window? Seems like from the comments the requests and rejections came quickly. I queried early in the window and nothing yet. I realize typically it takes *much* longer to hear and I would normally be much more patient, but this opportunity seemed to have been an exception in turnaround time? Now I'm wondering if she just CNR some or put some aside or...?
from emwrites
Nov 30, 2017 4:42 pm

EQ: 11/29 (though technically closed, she opened for a brief window if #twitter was included in subject line)
ER: 11/30 form rejection. Sounds like she got inundated with queries, so I wasn't shocked, and appreciated any kind of response.
101K Upmarket women's fiction
from Mradcliffe8
Nov 30, 2017 12:00 pm

Rocket, yes, and she told someone on Twitter that it's okay if you receive the auto response, not to worry
from Rocket
Nov 30, 2017 11:48 am

Those querying during her #twitter open window - are you getting the "Thank you for your query, but I'm currently closed to queries until further notice" auto-response?
from eqb123
Nov 29, 2017 6:07 pm

From Jenny's twitter account: "So I'm going to do a twitter exclusive: open for a short window from Nov. 29th through Dec. 1 and then close again until the New Year. Put #twitter in subj line."
from leightongrey
Nov 21, 2017 3:11 pm

I actually sent my first full to Jenny a year ago at this point, and got a rejection about a month after that. I queried Beth Phelan through Dvpit (new manuscript) this October, and after I got an offer of rep, she sent the manuscript along to Jenny. I got the *sweetest* step aside from Jenny ever a few days later. It's funny how things work out. Jenny seems like a gem!
from Kensi99
Nov 11, 2017 3:05 pm

Tromboli, after a couple of nudges she did finally get back to me with a personalized reject. The comments weren't as detailed as I'd come to believe she normally offers on full reads (a couple quick paragraphs, which left me wondering if she'd only skimmed the MS), so either it just wasn't up her alley or she's incredibly busy these days.

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