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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 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 belleheyoka
Apr 26, 2016 7:08 am


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.
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.
from tone_milazzo
Apr 15, 2016 12:03 pm


No response after follow up.
from GoldenEagle
Mar 31, 2016 9:56 am


EQ 01/26/2016
CNR 03/31/2016

He is now closed to queries. Not sure this is worth keeping open.
from darshana
Mar 16, 2016 3:10 pm


I too am waiting.
In case you weren't aware he had a really, really big sale go through for a debut YA author last month.
Google "Angela Thomas Publisher's Weekly"
Also if you lookup on Publisher's Marketplace you will see that the various subrights are selling like hotcakes.
My guess is a lot of his time is taken up with this book and whatever time is left he is probably allocating to his existing clients.
Personally, I'm going to hold tight for a while and then nudge if need be.
from daneyuleb
Mar 16, 2016 11:51 am


Yep, no response after almost 4 months. Can't nudge due to auto-response. Sigh.

CNR.
from pigfontaine
Mar 16, 2016 9:17 am


I sent him a nudge at the beginning of this week and received his automatic "I'm closed" email. I'm on the fence if I should CNR this one or not. I sent my EQ early January, and it seems like people from last year still haven't heard back from him :-/
from baklava
Mar 15, 2016 5:01 pm


EQ: 10/30/2015
CNR: 3/15/2016

I was hoping to hear back from him, especially after reading his blog post that said he'd be catching up on queries, but since there are others who queried this year and have received a response, I'm going to close this one out. He seems like a great agent! I'm disappointed not to have heard back.
from jacelacob
Mar 15, 2016 8:45 am


@belleheyoka I have, with no response from him whatsoever.

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