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Ms. Molly Ker Hawn

The Bent Agency

London



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Website: thebentagency.com

Twitter: mollykh

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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"I live in London and I work with authors and publishers both in the U.K. and the U.S."

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from mskriswolf
Oct 13, 2018 4:40 pm


Polite rejection: Thank you so much for writing me about your manuscript. I read each query I receive carefully, and I'm sorry to say that I'm not quite the right fit for yours. I do appreciate that you thought of me and wish you the very best luck finding the ideal agent for your work.
from ln2018
Oct 06, 2018 10:15 am


EQ - 13th September
ER - 14th Septmeber

Polite form rejection, after careful consideration doesn’t feel right for her list.
from TheWrite1
Aug 31, 2018 9:42 am


EQ: 8/27
ER: 8/31
from michele42
Aug 31, 2018 8:30 am


EQ: 8/19/18
ER: 8/31/18

YA fantasy 70k
from ergotcake
Aug 19, 2018 8:38 pm


EQ: 8/6/18
ER: 8/19/18 (Form)

MG Mystery 44k

Interesting tweets from Molly today:

"I'm reading queries and seeing a trend that's dismaying me: so many very long books. I ask every bookseller I meet what they want to see published, and virtually of them mention that they need shorter MG and YA books for their customers.

...or book fanatics like authors/agents/publishers, I think it can be hard to remember that not every young reader is like you (we!) were. A lot of 11-year-olds are daunted by a 90K-word MG novel."

from MReyesWrites
Jun 29, 2018 2:51 pm


EQ: 6/28/18

YA fantasy
from Salmaun
Jun 29, 2018 10:46 am


EQ: 06/27/18
ER: 06/28/18

Thank you so much for writing me about your manuscript. I read each query I receive carefully, and I'm sorry to say that I'm not quite the right fit for yours. I do appreciate that you thought of me and wish you the very best luck finding the ideal agent for your work.
from KaylaMKing
May 30, 2018 8:26 pm


EQ: 5/28/18
ER: 5/30/18 (form letter)

Dear Kayla,

Thank you so much for writing me about your manuscript. I read each query I receive carefully, and I'm sorry to say that I'm not quite the right fit for yours. I do appreciate that you thought of me and wish you the very best luck finding the ideal agent for your work.

Best regards,
Molly
from Hearthstone
May 07, 2018 12:42 pm


EQ: 5-4-18
ER: 5-7-18

Thoughtful response
from cameohitch
Apr 21, 2018 3:01 pm


EQ: 04/19/18
Form Rejection: 04/20/18
from A_Flores
Mar 12, 2018 6:39 pm


EQ: 3/7
Form Rejection: 3/9

Thank you so much for writing me about your manuscript. I read each query I receive carefully, and I'm sorry to say that I'm not quite the right fit for yours. I do appreciate that you thought of me and wish you the very best luck finding the ideal agent for your work.

90k MG / F
from DNE424
Mar 08, 2018 10:01 am


EQ: 2/28/18
ER: 3/8/18
Kind form rejection.
YA Fantasy, 97K
from scritrice
Feb 21, 2018 9:28 am


From her twitter:
"My queries are heaving with time travel projects. I get it, I get it, we'd all like to escape from 2018. But writing good time travel is hard, folks."
Update: "Totally agree (cf. @heidiheilig's THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE). But it's HARD to do time travel well."
from aemwrites
Feb 17, 2018 1:46 pm


EQ - 31st Jan
FR - 2nd Feb
Nudge with offer of representation - also 2nd Feb
Polite rejection - 8th Feb

Molly also gave advice to me on the industry expectations when you get an offer and how much time you should give agents to read which was really helpful and going well out of her way to help me!
from Buddrcup
Jan 29, 2018 4:14 pm


EQ: 1/26/18
ER: 1/29/18 (Kind form rejection)
(Received immediate response of receipt saying to resend query if no reply within 2 weeks)
53,000 word MG Contemporary Supernatural Mystery

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