Friday, December 4, 2009

New agent for young adult and middle-grade lit

The Bent Agency
204 Park Place
Number Two
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Susan Hawk is joining the Bent Agency.  "For the past 15 years, I've worked in Children's Book Marketing, most recently as the Marketing Director at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and previous to that as the Library Marketing Director at Penguin Young Readers Group.  While at Penguin, I also worked for a time in Dutton Editorial, acquiring projects for that list. My favorite part of that time was being able to read new submissions -- I love the thrill of finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go."

At the Bent Agency, Susan will work only with authors of young adult and middle grade books.  (no picture books, no books for adults.)   She is looking for both non-fiction and fiction, especially more literary fiction for young readers, but also fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction and mystery.

If you're writing for adults, send your query to Jenny Bent.

Jenny says:  "If you know you are a great writer with a story to tell, we hope you will be in touch. Tell us briefly who you are, what your book is, and why you're the one to write it. Then include the first ten pages of your material in the body of your e-mail. We regret that we cannot respond to each and every query, although we do our best. Rest assured that we read each one and we will certainly follow-up when we have interest.

"Please do not send an exclusive query. Queries are meant to be shared with multiple agents. Submissions are a different story. We rarely ask for an exclusive submission. However, if we do request material we ask that you check back with us before signing with anyone else."

To query Jenny, please email
To query Susan, please email

More info on submissions here:
The Bent Agency home page:

Note: For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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