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Formerly with The Bent Agency

Mr. Brooks Sherman

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

285 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10017

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Twitter: byobrooks

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from Patrick (admin)
May 22, 2017 11:16 pm

Profile Update: Changed agencies. Formerly with The Bent Agency.

(Thanks PaigeTurner)
from PaigeTurner
May 15, 2017 11:54 am

from Patrick (admin)
May 14, 2017 2:02 pm

Profile Update: No longer listed on the agency website.
from meg_mcd220
May 09, 2017 7:25 pm

EQ (#SFFpit): 12/09/16
ER: 12/14/16

YA Speculative Fiction, 64K
from happybeatle
Apr 07, 2017 8:34 am

Also want to add that I agree with the below commenters. YOU can always pull your manuscript. You don't have to wait for them to read it, especially if they've had it for 4, 5, 6+ months and haven't read it yet. Just send them a polite email saying, "Thank you for your interest in my manuscript, I have decided to pull it from consideration. Have a wonderful day!"
from happybeatle
Apr 07, 2017 8:30 am

I also heard that Brooks is really great for his clients and means well but gets behind. He supports his authors tremendously on twitter and they also sing his praises on twitter. I asked him some questions on twitter once and he replied right away.

Someone waaaaay down on this thread had a theory that Brooks might hold manuscripts until they get an offer of rep from another agent, then if the author tells him they have an offer of rep, he will read the manuscript right away and decide to offer or not. In other words, he doesn't respond aggressively to nudges, only offers or rep.

In AC Thomas's "How I got my agent" story she said she told him she had an offer of rep, but he didn't respond, then she got another offer of rep that same week so she emailed him again and told him she had 2 offers of rep. Then he responded right away, read her manuscript, went crazy over it, and signed her.
from diversewriter
Mar 24, 2017 11:53 am

Chiming in. Brooks is a great guy, had a chance to meet him at a conference. He is very passionate about his clients.And they seem to be very happy with him.
I had a similar experience to what others have mentioned. He requested my picture books stories after a pitch contest. Good communication in the days that followed and requested two R&Rs. Over the next eight(?) months I sent in the two revised stories but never received any response of yay or nay. I did send in a nudge or two that were unanswered. Later that year I did receive an offer from elsewhere, when I notified him we talked and he offered too. In the end, I decided to go with another agent that I felt was a better fit.
My thoughts are similar to coffeeandpens in that Brook has great intentions and gets excited up front, but then things seem to fizzle out. He has acknowledged publicly that he has a hard time staying on top of requests with his workload.
from coffeeandpens
Mar 22, 2017 10:37 am

Just chiming in to say that Brooks, who seems like a stellar guy and very committed to his clients, once had a full from me for two years. I followed up so many times and never heard a word back, which I admit was disappointing.

I eventually pulled my submission (no reply to that email, either) and had a lovely experience querying another agent at Bent. I ended up signing with an agent elsewhere, but they seem like a great agency.

My takeway from my experience with Brooks is that he has great intentions but doesn't stay on top of his requests and queries. He seems to jump quickly on what he is truly interested in. If you believe in your work and have been courteous and followed up (and waited the proper time, obviously), don't be afraid to pull your submission and query someone else. This is your career, and you can't wait forever!
from belleheyoka
Mar 20, 2017 7:57 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.

update: 03/20/17 -- I had sent him 2 followups and never heard back (FULL REQ MARCH 2016)
from Allister
Mar 05, 2017 7:52 am

Thanks whitewavedarling, just sent a followup!
from whitewavedarling
Mar 03, 2017 12:35 pm


I can't remember if I read it via email or via his twitter, but I saw him note one way or another that it's a real person sorting his mail, so that anything which isn't a blind/non-mswl query is getting to his desk/email. That said, it has been more than two months, so I don't think there'd be anything wrong with you checking in just to make sure he received the partial.
from Allister
Mar 03, 2017 10:25 am

Partial Sent: 12/8/16

Hey guys! Has anyone heard back from #SFFpit yet? I got a partial request and am excited but don't know if him being closed to queries means he didn't get the email? Who knows!
from WithinAPeriodPiece
Mar 02, 2017 12:03 pm

EQ- 4/14/16 (due to a contest)
FR - 3/2/17 - In response to an offer of rep

YA Historical 60K
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 09, 2017 9:27 am

Profile Update: Mr. Sherman was inadvertently marked as being open to queries. He is not open at this time.
from gowiththeflow
Jan 03, 2017 7:29 pm

EQ 10/30/16 - TBAwishlist
Never heard back as of 1/3/17

MG fantasy

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