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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 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 jennadevillier
Aug 22, 2018 11:20 am


EQ: 8/22

YA Fantasy
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.
from holdthemellish
Aug 14, 2018 1:12 pm


Does anyone know if the four week policy applies to full manuscript requests? Likely not, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had experience with this agent in this regard. I received the request from this agent and sent her the full six weeks ago.
from desert_rain
Aug 13, 2018 2:16 pm


dear writer whose comment was taken down (or maybe you deleted it yourself? not sure) - looks like you actually achieved something and this agent started responding to queries instead of amassing fulls. good job for speaking out!
also looks like they now have a policy at the agency to respond within 4 weeks, and if there's no response you can either resend the query or query another agent
from whickey
Aug 13, 2018 10:30 am


EQ: 8/13

YA fantasy 84k
from Watchdog
Aug 10, 2018 10:11 am


EQ 6/8
ER 7/5

Form rejection
YA Contemporary, 63K
from saracnetto
Aug 06, 2018 3:44 pm


EQ 04/15/17
Resent EQ 05/21/17
FR 07/10/17 (sent three days later)
YA Fantasy 83K

Nudged: 11/07/17 (no response)
Nudged with New Revision: 03/06/18 (no response)
Nudge again to see if still being considered: 04/04/18 (no response)
Nudged for the last time: 07/10/18. (in request email chain)
08/06/18: Responded with a polite and friendly apology for not getting back to me.

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