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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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May 22, 2015 7:02 pm


alibryn, that's a lot of fulls! If you're antsy, start a new manuscript...
May 22, 2015 9:33 am


alibryn 12 fulls is a lot! I've only got 3 fulls so far and queried 30 agents. I could only wish for that many fulls! I'm sure something will pan out.
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May 22, 2015 7:42 am


Authorsaurus -- I'm running out of people to query I think ;) I've got about 12 fulls out right now so I'm a little antsy, I admit! I'll have to have another crack at researching new agents soon. Thanks for the heads up!
May 21, 2015 7:04 pm


alibryn -- She has probably just set your query aside because she saw something in it she likes, and wants to give it a read when she has time. The quicker full reqs probably came because it happened to be a day that she wasn't as swamped with other things. I think I saw on her twitter that she moved offices, so... Send out more queries!
May 21, 2015 3:39 pm


You'll never understand how agents work. They're all people and all have different work ethics.

Also, publishing is an extremely busy industry with meetings, conferences, and all kinds of things that arise daily without any warning. Agents have a responsibility to their current clients, which means reading queries is not their priority. They have books to sell, contracts to negotiate, travel arrangements for themselves to set up, taxes to pay, editors to meet with, client manuscripts to read/edit/pitch, and a whole multitude of other things.

The best advice is to just sit tight, nudge when the appropriate time frame happens, and not take things personally. No agent wants to bring you down. They're just people that sometimes miss things and are busy. Querying is tough, but hang in there.

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