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Ms. Gemma Cooper

The Bent Agency

Chicago



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Website: thebentagency.com

Twitter: gemma_cooper

AAR Member: No

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from samiott
May 10, 2016 6:44 pm


EQ: 5/10
PB
from blanghinrichs
May 10, 2016 10:01 am


4/22 Queried
5/10 Received a very pleasant rejection with a couple of helpful suggestions

Lower MG Fantasy - 33K
from Bailey01
Apr 28, 2016 4:17 pm


Query 4/26
Rejection 4/28

Very "nice" rejection. Seems like someone who would have been great to work with.... :)
from scifictionwriter
Apr 16, 2016 5:08 pm


EQ: 4/6
FR: 4/16

YA Sci-Fi
from hgirlla
Mar 21, 2016 11:32 am


EQ 3/10/16
ER 3/20/16
nice form
from koleksiw
Mar 02, 2016 6:27 am


EQ: 02/16/16
ER: 03/02/16
from fr0sting
Mar 01, 2016 5:36 am


EQ 2/24/16
ER 3/1/16

Form Rejection
Children's Chapter Book
from dclawr
Feb 16, 2016 10:48 am


2/15 EQ

MG mystery 50,000 words
from Freckleface94
Dec 22, 2015 1:55 pm


EQ on 12-09
ER on 12-21

She was very nice in her rejection letter.
from InconstantMoon
Nov 30, 2015 3:09 pm


EQ: 10-18
ER: 10-24

YA Contemp.
from tracycgold
Nov 29, 2015 5:04 pm


EQ 11/8
ER 11/29

Form--YA contemporary
from 1stMalone
Nov 19, 2015 5:31 pm


EQ 11/4
ER 11/19 FORM
PB
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.)
from turtlefairy1
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
from tracker_of_agents
Sep 19, 2015 10:21 pm


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

history / narrative nonfiction

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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 :-)

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