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Ms. Jenny Bent

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010



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Website: thebentagency.com

Blog: jennybent.blogspot.com/

Twitter: jennybent

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from Kensi99
Jan 19, 2017 8:02 pm


Ardenwolfe, not necessarily true. My first agent read my MS the night I sent it to her and offered me rep the next day. Unfortunately, a few years later she quit the biz.
from michaelaguil88
Jan 19, 2017 7:46 am


EQ:1-16-17
EFR: 1-18-17

57k - Thriller
from TenaRuss
Jan 18, 2017 9:52 pm


Ardenwolfe, Thanks for your comments. Yes, a fast response is much more likely a "no."
from Ardenwolfe
Jan 18, 2017 2:11 pm


TenaRuss, you need a lot more patience. Six months is absolutely nothing as far as waiting to get your full read. Also, keep in mind, always nudging indirectly tells an agent you might be a little more than impatient and not ready for this business. Again, remember publishing moves at a glacial pace.

Yes, we all want an answer to whether or not our novel will land an agent. But write another novel in-between waiting periods. This will actually give you good practice for what you'll be doing should you become an active writer in the business.

Is anyone else having that experience? Yes . . . everyone gets that experience from almost every agent unless they know right away that your MS won't work from the first few pages. If it's good, they put it aside to get to it later. If it's 'bad', you'll get a rejection quicker. A fast response tends to be more telling than a slow one.

Look at the comments below and see how that played out.

Hope this helps.
from TenaRuss
Jan 17, 2017 11:52 am


My two cents: Jenny, like most great agents, is BUSY. Consider how much time it takes time to read a full MS. She responded to my reminder that it had been a while since she requested my novel. She apologized, saying hopes to get to it soon. I'm good with that.

Original request for full was 8/24/16. Sent immediately. Sent a gentle reminder on 11/29/2016. On 12/3/2016 she replied that she hoped to read soon.

Update 1/17: Still waiting to hear anything: "yes, no, still working on it...." Anyone else having this experience? It's baffling. Of course I'm not hoping for the "no." LOL
from ArtsyAmy
Jan 17, 2017 9:46 am


EQ: 1-10-17
ER: 1-17-17 I appreciate the response, and it was quick too.
from CassandraFear
Jan 16, 2017 5:40 pm


EQ 1/13/17
ER 1/16/17

YA Fantasy
from Gambrill
Jan 14, 2017 4:57 pm


Query: 9/20
Full request: 9/22
Nudge: 1/9/17
Today: Response apologizing for the delay but that my MS got great readers reports and she hopes to get to it soon.

So... there's hope! :)
from huggsngiggles
Jan 10, 2017 7:02 pm


EQ: 1/6
ER: 1/9
from WritingJunkie
Jan 08, 2017 9:02 am


EQ 8/1/7
FR 8/10/17
ER 8/18/17

I was surprised this agent requested a full, because I wasn't sure from the start if this was up her alley. Her rejection reply indicated which parts of the book she appreciated and where she felt it needed to be developed.

narrative nonfiction 100,000
from leightongrey
Jan 05, 2017 12:43 am


EQ 11/15
FR 11/28
Full sent 11/29, with confirmation the same day
ER 1/4 - decided to pass. She was kind and complimentary, which helped, but rejection still sucks. Hope this timeline helps anyone still querying!

81K YA Fantasy
from jubilee
Jan 04, 2017 5:05 pm


Jenny favorited my #DVpit pitch on 10/05/16. After sending her my query and first ten pages, she responded twelve minutes later requesting the full. In two separate emails she asked me to let her know immediately if I receive an offer of representation elsewhere so that she can have the chance to read and respond. Still waiting, but know that it can take awhile for them to get to their requested fulls. Freaking out in the meantime because she's the number one agent I've always wanted to work with!

Update:
ER:10/28 very helpful, complimentary, and kind.
Update:
Emailed Jenny 10/2 requesting an R&R and she said she'd be happy to take another look.
Sent revision 11/01 and received confirmation that she got it.
ER: 1/3/17
Said I made significant improvements to character development and world building but that there wasn't enough behind the two MC's antagonistic relationship to convince her of the conflict.
from sriley1
Jan 02, 2017 6:48 pm


EQ: 12/17
FR: 1/2/17

Finally! Fingers crossed, etc.
81k lit fic
from Gambrill
Dec 24, 2016 3:35 pm


Nathang, I'd wait until the new year, probably. Christmas means some extra craziness and its only another week.
from nathang
Dec 22, 2016 2:57 pm


EQ 12/08/16

Like everyone else, I suppose, I received an email confirmation from Jenny when I queried that said to re-query in two weeks if I hadn't heard back. It has now been two weeks, and I see that several folks who queried after me are getting replies. Have any of you *actually* resent your query after only two weeks? Seems so fast. I just don't want to mess this one up if I have a chance. I have fulls out at three other agents . . . but getting a full request from Jenny Bent would be amazing.

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