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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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E-Mail: Yes

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from MirandaintheMidwest
Sep 23, 2017 6:07 pm


EQ: 9/17/17
from Gavryll
Sep 18, 2017 9:18 am


I've yet to hear from a full sent after April 2017's DVpit.
from inktruffle
Sep 18, 2017 12:17 am


Most agents are very busy right now, but I don't think any of them mind if you politely nudge for a full after 12 weeks. I've nudged two agents, one after 12 weeks and one who says to nudge after 8 weeks, and both sent me quick replies saying they were just very behind due to a lot of summer conferences. Nothing to worry about, moongirl! I've learned pretty fast that the reality with fulls is that they'll take four to six months, and only on the rare occasion less than that.
from PilotKelson1056
Sep 17, 2017 3:14 pm


I don't think anyone has heard from her at all. This is certainly strange, I think she's so caught up in her diversity thing going on next month that she's taking a lot longer than usual.
from moongirl
Sep 17, 2017 11:39 am


Has anyone with a full out heard from her recently? I'm nearing the 3-month mark, so not sure if I should be worried aha.
from steph37
Sep 02, 2017 7:40 am


@PilotKelson1056 I feel your pain! This business certainly takes patience.
from HayleyNoelle
Aug 31, 2017 8:01 pm


EQ: 08/13/2017

YA/Fantasy 87k
from AliciaIsWriting
Aug 28, 2017 10:07 am


EQ 7/2
Nudge 8/28
ER 8/28 - personal
Oh well! :-/
from leightongrey
Aug 25, 2017 2:06 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
from PilotKelson1056
Aug 25, 2017 7:33 am


EQ: 6/14
Nudge: 8/9
Well, this is extremely disappointing. Can't help but wonder why. Two full requests since I've queried. It makes me sad when I feel like the agent just doesn't like me for some reason or another. I feel like at the very least, they could copy and paste their rejection letter to me instead of just never replying at all.

from wda101
Aug 11, 2017 2:15 pm


EQ: 07/03
YA Fantasy
FR: 07/03
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.

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