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Ms. Gemma Cooper

The Bent Agency

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Twitter: gemma_cooper

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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Please paste the first 10 pages of your manuscript under your query. I always read pages. I accept submissions from authors around the world, and have lived and worked in New York, London and now Chicago. I have a global approach to agenting.

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from sorrowandchartreuse
May 13, 2022 9:12 am

EQ: 5/11
ER: 5/13
YA Adventure/coming of age

A polite form rejection
from slyceej
Apr 07, 2022 12:22 pm

EQ: 3/22
Form Rejection: 4/2
MG Fantasy 30k

The rejection was, though a form response, very polite. She seems like a thoughtful agent.
from jellicle_cat
Mar 18, 2022 8:12 pm

Email Query: 9 March
Full Request from her colleague, James Mustelier, after her kind referral: 18 March (sent same day)

Coming-of-Age, 93k
from msilkwolfe
Mar 17, 2022 12:41 pm

EQ: 3/6/22
FR: 3/7/22

YA sci-fi, 60k words
from writingbubbly
Mar 07, 2022 8:55 am

EQ: 2/28/2022
FR: 3/7/2022

MG Fantasy 39k
from ItalicsTheGreat
Feb 02, 2022 9:01 am

EQ: 9/13/21
Upper MG Contemporary Fantasy 64k

Full Request: 10/8/21
Submitted & confirmed receipt: 10/8/21

Nudge: 1/7/22
Gemma replied within the hour, letting me know my manuscript was next in line. She has been very professional & prompt with every correspondence. Really crossing my fingers for this one!

Personalized Rejection: 1/12/22
A kind and lovely (but still heartbreaking) personalized rejection. She explained that while there were many elements she loved in my manuscript, she ultimately couldn't represent it because it was too sad/heavy in tone. If you have the opportunity to work with her, snatch it. She seems amazing. I'll definitely be querying her with my next manuscript.
from g0rg0n
Feb 01, 2022 1:10 pm

EQ: 1/30/22
FR: 2/1/22

MG Fantasy
from lrbwrwriter
Jan 17, 2022 1:41 pm

EQ: 01/14
FR: 01/17

Fast turn around!
from EMimimi
Jan 10, 2022 7:20 am

EQ: 01/5
Personalized rejection: 01/10

She explained to me why she's not a good fit for my manuscript, which is wonderful! And she passed on my query to Desiree. Gemma is so nice. She's a dream.

MG fantasy 60k
from juliabean
Jan 07, 2022 11:53 am

EQ: 1-4-22 (MG mystery)
Form R: 1-7-22
from MartinPorter
Dec 10, 2021 2:35 pm

EQ - 11/17/21
ER - 11/29 (very polite and encouraging though!)

MG Mystery - 54k
from kimwritesbooks
Nov 15, 2021 10:50 am

EQ: 11/8
Form Rejection: 11/15
YA Contemporary 74K
from melaniekcole
Nov 01, 2021 11:16 am

Email Query: Oct 25, 2021
Form Rejection: Nov 1, 2021
YA paranormal 72k
from shariadri
Oct 15, 2021 6:37 am

Email query: 9/25
Form: 10/15

MG Fantasy Adventure 63k
from odufabi
Oct 14, 2021 6:14 am

Queried 6th October, 2021
Rejection Form 14th October, 2021

YA Historical 80k

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