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Ms. Heather Flaherty

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010



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Website: thebentagency.com

Twitter: HeddaFlaherty

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from jennadevillier
Nov 13, 2018 8:14 am


EQ: 8/22
Per submission guidelines, resent query: 10/11
(I know she's currently closed, but hopefully since my original query was before she closed, she'll consider it)
Update: asked Heather about it on Twitter (she's super sweet!). She said not to worry about it, she'll read my resend <3
CNR: 11/13

She may still answer my query someday, but I'm just going to close it out for now so I can move on.

79k YA Fantasy
from karenleespree
Nov 12, 2018 12:01 pm


EQ: 6/7
Full Request 7/3

MG Contemporary
Sent nudge: 10/22/18

"Thank you for your message! I am out of the office and at a conference from October 19th - 22nd, with very limited access to email. Unless your message is urgent, I’ll respond once back at my desk on Tuesday, October 23rd. "

meanwhile, I've begun an R&R for another project! O.O
from royalmcflea
Nov 06, 2018 1:45 pm


EQ 10/2
CNR 11/2

Heather requested my full MG fantasy, once revised and shorter, at a conference in Oct 2017. Queried according to agency's cold query guidelines but with conference name in header and asking if she was still interested in MG fantasy and the full. No reply, no auto-response on submission.

MG fantasy 77K
from jeasley
Oct 29, 2018 5:05 pm


EQ 8/17/18
CNR 10/29/18 95K literary fiction
from Ninjenaiya
Oct 18, 2018 3:43 pm


Queried Heather with a different project (SF/Thriller) earlier this year, which she ultimately declined based on length, but she invited me to query again with future projects. She was very nice and was the only agent to give a personalized response saying why she was passing, which I found very helpful. Rejections are never pleasant so its nice to receive feedback now and then. Yes, fiction is highly subjective, but a personalized rejection might help you spot a problem you were never aware of.
from tllehmann
Oct 09, 2018 9:28 pm


EQ: 9/7
FR: 10/9
Sent 10/9

YA Fantasy, 95K
from aalogan
Sep 17, 2018 1:37 pm


EQ 9/25/17 76k Adult Fairy Tale Retelling
Per Bent Agency website, resent query: 11/28/17
1/9/18 - been over 100 Days. CNR.
Checked my junk mail, and realized she replied with a full request on 1/8/18 (ironically, one day before I marked it CNR!). Sent full 1/19/18
Nudged 9/17/18. Less than an hour later I got an email: apology for wait, would love to see more from me in the future, but rejection.
from protagonist101
Sep 14, 2018 9:51 pm


EQ: 5/25/18
FR: 6/1/2018
Personalized rejection 9/14/18 after a nudge.

Judging by the full I had out with her last year for a different MS that I never heard back on, she often seems to be a no responder to fulls. You may need to nudge to get a response.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 10, 2018 11:17 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from Carpedm
Sep 06, 2018 2:44 pm


EQ: Sept 6, 2018
Thriller 83K
from DueleNinja
Sep 04, 2018 9:04 pm


EQ: 9/2/18
ER: 9/4/18
Nice and quick! I appreciate that.
YA sci-fi 93k
from writer832
Aug 29, 2018 3:35 pm


I certainly hope Heather starts reading all the manuscripts soon. I've been waiting to hear from a full request for awhile now.
from bwernicke
Aug 20, 2018 2:27 pm


EQ: 8/6
FR: 8/7
ER: 8/20
from dmw339
Aug 15, 2018 12:08 am


EQ: 7/12/18
CNR: 8/14/18

86k New Adult Dark Romance

Based on the 4-week rule, I suppose it is time to call this a CNR. Time to query other agents at Bent.
from Tiggercat2003
Aug 14, 2018 1:29 pm


@holdthemellish No, it does not apply to fulls. They actually always had the 4 week rule for queries on the site, but they don't specify a timeframe for fulls. An issue that had come up among commenters that many people had never received a response to fulls at all, and no responses to nudges. Thus, timeframe is unclear. I think the general standard for agents to get back on a full is 3 months before you nudge, but 6 months is not uncommon. However, some people have been waiting much longer than that.

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