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Mr. Brooks Sherman

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010



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Website: thebentagency.com

Blog: brookssherman.com/

Twitter: byobrooks

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from belleheyoka
Nov 08, 2016 12:14 pm


I thought the same thing, Terri. Have a full with him for months now and he hasn't replied to my 2 followup emails re: R&R. Frustrating that at this point I'd rather just have a rejection than no answer at all so I can move on! There are so many great agents at the Bent Agency I'd like to query.

update: 11/8 -- I had sent him 2 followups and never heard back. NICE.
from smrobertson
Oct 28, 2016 3:27 pm


EQ:10/28/16 YA Fantasy #TBAwishlist
from KristenH
Oct 15, 2016 7:03 am


EQ 10/11/16 (Requery Chain Reaction via MSWL)
ER 10/14/16 (Passed--didn't connect.) Will try Beth with my new manuscript, Diplomatic Immunity, next month, if she's open, or try Victoria instead.
from DebHawkins
Oct 08, 2016 3:32 pm


10/5 - liked my pitch through DVPit on Twitter.
10/7 - EQ w/sample

85K YA Fantasy
from Maggie_Soares
Oct 06, 2016 10:35 am


#DVPit request for query/ten pages 10/05, FR a couple hours later! He's been really quick and nice so far.
from lmtuss
Oct 05, 2016 1:59 pm


#TBAwishlist
EQ 10/5/16.
ER within hours. Appreciate the quick response.
from KristenH
Sep 13, 2016 5:06 pm


#MSWL EQ 9/9/16 (Requery Venom)
ER 9/12/15 (Pass-same reason as last year). I'll might try him with CR or new ms this fall, or requery Vicoria Capello instead.
from kbird22
Jul 25, 2016 8:05 am


EQ in response to #MSWL 7/13/16
from slsaboviec
Apr 29, 2016 7:57 am


Queried 1/26
Nudged 3/28
CNR 4/29

Disappointed in the no response, especially since he's said he would respond to all queries by 3/1, that he's contemplating opening to queries in a month or two, and now QT shows responses to (presumably #MSWL) queries sent recently.
from jacelacob
Apr 28, 2016 1:35 pm


I'm still waiting since the beginning of August 2015 for any response to a full request. Have followed up since and he hasn't answered either of my emails.
from laura_lashley
Apr 28, 2016 9:10 am


I was lucky to be paired with Brooks as my mentor at the Rutgers 1-on-1 conference. We've emailed off and on through the year with questions. If you have a chance to meet him, do. He's really friendly and very insightful. He's closed to blind queries, but he's making exceptions for contests and conference meetings.

He favorited my tweet on #DVPit, and I queried three days later. He requested my full two days after that. Here's hoping!
from skifast
Apr 26, 2016 12:42 pm


You could also try asking him about this over Twitter. He seems pretty responsive on there. If you don't feel comfortable asking from your personal account you could always make a second one just for this purpose.
from skifast
Apr 25, 2016 8:34 pm


I don't know what the exact right answer to this is, but it seems like it might be okay if you sent a withdrawal email to him. Just saying you've decided to withdraw your submission. I agree that it's very annoying, and even more annoying that he is responding to people he want to see more from so clearly he's looking at his emails but not taking the time to send rejections.
from Terri_Martin
Apr 25, 2016 8:17 pm


The annoying thing about his lack of response is that it closes you out from subbing to any other agent at Bent until you do hear, and there's apparently no way to withdraw the query. Do you suppose sending the withdrawal notice to the agency's info address would do it?
from darshana
Apr 20, 2016 1:13 pm


he responded to a question about when he might be opening back up on Twitter.
"At this point, it’s looking like late spring or early summer."

So it seems he is starting to work through his backlog.

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