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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

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from motherofdragons
Jan 16, 2018 12:57 pm


EQ: 11/28 #DVPit request
FR: 12/8
nudged with offer: 1/15, responded with congratulations and said she'd get back to me before my deadline.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 14, 2017 12:06 pm


Profile Update: Moving to Gallt & Zacker. Details will be posted when they become known.

(Thanks turtlefairy1 & zpinwheel)
from turtlefairy1
Dec 13, 2017 12:56 pm


Patrick, here's the agency switch announcement: https://twitter.com/beth_phelan/status/940721451258302464
from zpinwheel
Dec 12, 2017 5:11 pm


Now with Gallt and Zacker
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 09, 2017 8:52 am


Profile Update: No longer listed on the agency website.

from DebHawkins
Dec 08, 2017 10:31 am


EQ: 10/7/17 #DVPit Request
Nudge: 11/10/17 Per Bent Submission Guidelines
ER: 12/7/17 Personalized form

YA Fantasy 94k
from MR_Work
Dec 07, 2017 9:41 pm


Met at a conference in July, requested query + 30 pages
Submitted 9/21/2017
email rejection 12/7/2017 - form, somewhat personalized and nice:
Thanks so much for your query and I am so sorry that it’s taken me this long to finally respond. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to see more of your project and it was great meeting you. You may have by now already gotten an agent for this, which sounds great, but in case you were still waiting to hear from me, I wanted to make sure I got back to you Unfortunately, I have to pass, and I apologize again for being so slow to answer.
from KChowrites
Dec 04, 2017 12:03 am


EQ: 7/29/2017
Nudge: 11/10/2017 (Pitch Wars)
ER: 12/2/2017 (form rejection with an apology for being slow)

MG Contemporary 40k
from JJProbe
Dec 03, 2017 5:57 pm


EQ: 8/28/17
ER: 12/2/17
97K Mystery/Thriller
Form letter with apology for being slow:

Thanks so much for your query and I am so sorry that it’s taken me this long to finally respond. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to consider your project and happy you chose to submit. Unfortunately, I have to pass, and I apologize again for being so slow to answer.

Best wishes,

Beth Phelan
from PilotKelson1056
Dec 02, 2017 9:45 pm


EQ: 6/13
ER: 12/2

I think the reason this rejection is hurting me so bad is because I queried her with the same book a year ago after she favorite it at DVPIT, but then rejected it saying she wished it was YA. So then after a year I changed it to YA, query her again, wait for 6 months to get a rejection with zero explanation.
from LightofBeauty
Dec 02, 2017 9:40 pm


EQ: 8/29
ER: 12/2

One of the longest waits ever only to get a form rejection lol. Gave me no explanation as to why she had to pass. Oh well.

"Thanks so much for your query and I am so sorry that it’s taken me this long to finally respond. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to consider your project and happy you chose to submit. Unfortunately, I have to pass, and I apologize again for being so slow to answer."

from jennylane
Nov 28, 2017 2:00 pm


EQ: 6/8/17
FR: 6/17/17
Nudge with offer of rep: 11/21/17
Lovely step-aside 11/28/17:
Thanks so much for keeping me posted and congratulations!! I’m excited to hear you’ve got an offer, but I’m going to step aside and defer to the offering agent. Thank you again and best of luck with your decision!
from leightongrey
Nov 07, 2017 11:10 pm


Don't take it personally –– she's just busy.

Beth said on twitter 8/22: FYI all: I’m very sorry I’m behind on queries! Things have been hectic. Planning to spend next week getting thru them all. <3

Update on my end 11/7: Beth requested for DVpit a month ago, I nudged with an offer of rep yesterday, and she passed my manuscript on to her colleague Jenny. Beth is really nice/professional, and I'm so happy I was able to showcase my MS with her event DVpit. I really don't think I would have gotten an offer otherwise. Whoever gets repped by her is very lucky, and she's worth the query. :)
from Hulagirl
Sep 27, 2017 12:57 am


EQ: 7/18/17
Nudge 9/26/17

Their submission guidelines say if we haven't heard after a month, to follow up.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 26, 2017 3:05 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

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