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Ms. Gemma Cooper

The Bent Agency


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Twitter: gemma_cooper

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from 1stMalone
Nov 19, 2015 5:31 pm

EQ 11/4
ER 11/19 FORM
from Celebfear
Oct 16, 2015 7:57 am

EQ: 9/17
Nudge due to offer of rep: 10/9
FR: 10/13
ER: 10/15 (very nice, personalized note saying that she didn't connect with the voice enough to offer rep.)
Oct 15, 2015 7:02 pm

EQ 7/15 (to Jenny Bent)
FR 7/22 from Gemma! Yay!
10/9 Nudged (response time is 10 weeks, but I gave it 11 since she went out of town)
ER 10/15

YA Fantasy
Sep 19, 2015 10:21 pm

EQ: 9/19/2015
ER: (sorta) 9/19/2015

history / narrative nonfiction


Geez, I am confused.

I queried Gemma Cooper after reading this on her Bent Agency bio page: "For non-fiction, I'm interested in history and science, but want very accessible books with an obvious hook."

Then I get this auto-reply email from her saying she got the submission, but in it she warns, "I am a children's literary agent, so do not represent adult genres for adult fiction or adult non-fiction. Queries for all adult manuscripts will be deleted unanswered."

So which is it, Gemma? You can't have it both ways.

Sounds pretty definitive that she doesn't want history/science nonfiction when she says she does want history/science nonfiction.

Agents, I tell ya. (At this point the tiny little Self-Publishing Obi-Wan on my shoulder is saying, "See? This is not the droid you're looking for... trust in the Self Publishing force, Luke,....")

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UPDATE: Just got an email from Gemma. She apologized for the confusion on the website. Basically, I scan agent bios and try to carefully ascertain if they do serious nonfiction, as in history. Hers mentioned science, history, nonfiction. So I queried. But then I went back to her site and noticed that buried in the fine print in a left-hand column, it says no nonfiction. She definitely needs to clean that up for poor authors. Anyway, confusion clarified, and I've taken her off my list (and, me hers :-)
from writeramc
Sep 01, 2015 7:59 pm

EQ 8/9/15 PB
ER 9/1/15

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