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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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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from LRSmith53015
Today 10:34 am

EQ: 11/3
Full Request!! 11/12
80K Adult Contemporary Romance
from royalmcflea
Nov 09, 2018 1:42 pm

Jenny tweeted today that she'll close to queries on Nov 16 until the New Year: "All queries that come in through the end of the day on November 16th will be read and responded to."
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 09, 2018 10:06 am

I think what she's saying, Hulagirl, is that it isn't a science, it's an art. Which is why an agent's track record is so important. And this agent has a very good track record.
from Hulagirl
Nov 08, 2018 11:32 pm

Posted on Twitter by Jenny Bent. I'm glad she's honest, but this really doesn't inspire me to have confidence in her. Maybe I'm being unrealistic, but you want to be represented by an agent who's going to be able to pitch and sell your work and who has some confidents in her ability to do so.

"One reason publishing is frustrating (for all of us) is that it's ALWAYS just our opinion or a guess. We have no idea what's going to work or not work or get published or not get published--no easy or scientific answers. We don't even do market research. Incredibly inexact biz."
4:22 PM - 7 Nov 2018

"I try to always really make clear that my assessments are just my opinion and I am --very often--wrong about things. Because none of us know, believe me." (Nov 7, 2018
from Hulagirl
Nov 08, 2018 11:27 pm

EQ: 8/23/18
ER: 8/29/18

Historical Romance 89K

Thank you so much for writing me about your project. I read and consider each query carefully and while yours is not exactly what I am looking for, I would certainly encourage you to keep trying. I know your work is important to you and I am grateful that you wrote to me
from Jrobb22
Nov 08, 2018 3:26 pm

She also requires the first 10 pages in the query
from Windmo
Nov 07, 2018 5:12 pm

EQ: Emailed first 10 pages 10/04/18- romantic comedy
EF: Full requested 10/10/18
ER: 11/07/18 Received a very detailed, VERY kind rejection, pointing out areas of concern. She gave great feedback and a direction for me to go and seemed genuinely sorry to pass :)
from aceafer
Nov 07, 2018 9:42 am

EQ: 10/30
FR: 11/06

YA paranormal/supernatural, 76K
from Mander_Pander
Nov 05, 2018 1:57 pm

EQ: 10/26
ER: 11/5

YA Suspense

Said that she admired the quality of the writing and the execution, then recommended I try querying a different agent at the agency. Thought it was personalized but I see other people below have gotten the same response. Still nice though!
from royalmcflea
Nov 03, 2018 11:09 pm

EQ 11/2/18

MG Fantasy 77K
from inkymeandering
Oct 27, 2018 12:50 pm

DVPit Request
EQ 10/17
Full Request 10/17
from mirlinz
Oct 25, 2018 10:23 pm

EQ: 10/9/18
Full request: 10//15/18 (Sent same day)
Very kind/complimentary rejection with specific feedback: 10/25/18
from gsc723
Oct 23, 2018 12:39 pm

EQ: 8/18
Full request: 8/23
nudge with offer of rep 10/17, she's supposed to give me her reply by 10/25
women's fiction
from hkral11
Oct 22, 2018 11:46 am

@Theknight - I got the same letter.
from Theknight
Oct 15, 2018 11:59 am

EQ 10/10/18
ER 10/15/18
Nice Rejection
Thanks so much for being in touch. I'm flattered that you thought of me for this, but it just didn't strike a chord. I do admire the quality of the writing and the execution and I'm sorry it wasn't a fit for me. Please do consider trying a different agent at the Bent Agency! Wishing you the best with your writing—

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