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Mr. James Mustelier

The Bent Agency

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James Mustelier

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10010
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Family Saga
Literary Fiction
Young Adult


Cultural/Social Issues
Pop Culture
True Adventure/Crime
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06/16/2022 06:37 PM
Email Query to Gemma Cooper: 9 March
Full Request from James: 18 March (sent same day)
Offer of Representation: 16 June

This man is a GEM.

Coming-of-Age, 89k
06/14/2022 03:10 AM
EQ 02/24
Form rejection 06/11

Lit fiction 120k+
06/13/2022 05:08 PM
His rejection was a form, but it was very kind
03/31/2022 10:52 AM
Prompt and kind response.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
03/22/2022 04:31 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
02/24/2022 03:10 PM
FQ: 15 January, 2022
CNR: 15 February, 2022
QR: 24 February, 2022

Very polite form rejection letter encouraging me to keep querying.

adult 83k LitFic
01/17/2022 08:24 AM
FQ 1/13/22
adult Domestic Suspense/Family Saga 97K
01/13/2022 11:18 AM
Landing page for QT says that he is open to queries. There are very few queries listed on his time line
Queried using his form Thriller 89K 1/13/22

Note that his form asks if you have submitted to any editors or publishing house. I have submitted to the Berkley Publishing Group through their open submission process. I hope this wasn't a mistake.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
01/12/2022 06:20 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
06/19/2021 04:33 PM
11/9/20 FQ
6/19/21 FR (longest wait for a form reject i've experienced)

"Thank you so much for sending me your project. I read and consider each query carefully and while I am respectfully passing on this, I have a great deal of respect for the work that has gone into it. I am grateful that you wrote to me, and I hope you will consider me for any projects in the future. Finally, please note that you can always query a different agent at TBA after one of us has passed.


04/21/2021 02:59 PM
10/29/20Submitted adult mystery fiction: 1st 10 pages on QueryManager form
4/21/21 Rec'd thoughtful rejection with reminder that another agent on this site could be queried
01/12/2021 06:15 PM
EQ: 7/22/2020
ER: 1/12/2021

Adult horror at 68k words

Mr. Mustelier apologized for the delay and stated he had "respect" for the project. He also encouraged submission to other agents at the firm. Cordial form letter, and I'm grateful he responded even after so long.
01/11/2021 04:00 PM
Got a full request on 1/11/2021 after 189 days. My book and query have both been extensively revised since I emailed him, so it was a nice surprise to get the request. I thought I'd burned bridges with the queries I sent out for the earlier draft, and I'd been kicking myself for sending too soon.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
12/15/2020 07:03 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
10/23/2020 11:13 AM
Profile Update: Now using QueryManager. Genres updated.
09/26/2020 06:19 PM
EQ 9/22/20
New Adult Fiction 50k
Confirmation Email went to my junk folder
09/26/2020 10:16 AM
EQ: 9/25

Confirmation receipt went to my spam folder
09/22/2020 02:03 PM
EQ 7/23/20

Closed: 9/11/2020 As it had been 8 and a half weeks with no word.

SUPRISE! Full ER: 9/22/2020. Submitted same day.

53k word Lovecraftian Horror.
09/11/2020 10:54 AM
EQ: 7/15/20
Nudge: 9/1/20
ER: 9/10/20 (guess this was in response to my original query)
Form letter, but a very nice one.
9/11/20: second rejection letter in response to the nudge.
09/10/2020 06:37 PM
EQ 7/25/2020
Adult Espionage Thriller 85,000 words
ER Form Letter 9/10/2020

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03/22/2022 - Closed to queries.
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