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Ms. Beth Phelan

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010



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Website: thebentagency.com

Twitter: beth_phelan

AAR Member: No

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from wda101
Aug 11, 2017 2:15 pm


EQ: 07/03
YA Fantasy
FR: 07/03
from PilotKelson1056
Aug 11, 2017 11:27 am


EQ: 6/14
Nudge: 8/9
from PilotKelson1056
Aug 10, 2017 8:31 pm


Steph, I went ahead and sent in my nudge. Hope to hear something!
from reiterwriter
Aug 10, 2017 9:09 am


EQ: March 3, 2017
First 50 pgs
Fulfilling PR from SiWC 2015

May 1, 2017 update: "Ashley, sorry for the delay. Just wanted to confirm that I received this and look forward to checking out the partial."

Nudge: June 15
Nudge: Aug 9
Beth responded and apologized for taking so long. She said she didn't want to hold me back from querying other Bent agents, so go ahead and do that. I responded saying I was still really looking forward to hearing from her, and sent her updated pages and query.

YA/Fantasy 96K
from steph37
Aug 10, 2017 2:29 am


@PilotKelson1056
I was nervous, too but her website and automated response clearly said it was ok. My nudge was pretty basic: "Just checking in on my query letter for [title] that was sent on [date]." Good luck!
from PilotKelson1056
Aug 09, 2017 1:46 pm


Wow maybe I should nudge. I have always been a little uncomfortable doing so.
from steph37
Aug 09, 2017 11:08 am


EQ: 7/2/17, automated response "Thanks for your query. I do my best to respond to each submission, but if you do not hear from me within four weeks, please feel free to follow up."
nudge 8/8/17
FR: 8/9/17
women's fiction, 80k
from JessyMontgomery
Jul 25, 2017 8:05 pm


EQ: 7/25/17


YA Dark Fantasy, 92k
from bookmaid
Jul 13, 2017 5:51 pm


EQ: 6/24/17
ER: 7/13/2017
(form)
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 10, 2017 8:27 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.

from LynnMC
Apr 12, 2017 7:59 pm


Queried: 3/8/17
Nudged on twitter the day she closed queries. On 4/12/17, i received a very nice personalized rejection from her. She really appreciated the chance to take a look but it "just wasnt resonating" with her.
Literary Thriller/paranormal 72k
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 29, 2017 10:18 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from amandamarieo
Mar 18, 2017 2:00 pm


ER: 3/16/17
YA Contemporary

Friendly form letter! "Thanks so much for your query! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to consider your project and happy you chose to submit. Unfortunately, this particular work isn’t clicking with me. I’m sorry to pass, but while this one isn’t a good fit, I’d be happy to see submissions from you in the future. "
from KristenH
Mar 15, 2017 4:02 pm


EQ 1/27/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 3/15/17 (Passed-not a good fit.) I'll try Victoria with DI next month.
from EmCeeWrites
Mar 15, 2017 10:18 am


EQ 2/15/17
ER form 3/14/17

YA Contemp adventure 84K

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