Monday, November 4, 2013

Beth Phelan & Gemma Cooper at the Bent literary agency seek children's books and YA; Beth also wants adult books

The Bent Agency
159 Twentieth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Beth Phelan  is the newest addition to the staff at the Bent Agency. Beth represent fiction for young adults and middle-grade readers, select commercial and literary fiction for adults, and nonfiction, particularly lifestyle, cooking and food writing, humour, pop culture, LGBT, and pets and animals.

She started as an intern at the Levine Greenberg Agency and has held positions with  Waxman Leavell Literary and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She lives in Brooklyn with a neurotic Chihuahua.

Beth says: “As a literary agent, I am looking fro comple fiction that pulls you in immediately, characters that you wish were your real friends, and plot lines that drag you away from reality to a world you never want to leave. My favourite stories are told with humor and sprinkled with surpsises.”

Include the first ten pages of your work in the body of your email.

Gemma Cooper is also fairly new to the Bent Agency. She lives in London, England, but represents both British and North American authors.  She was previously with the Bright Agency. Gemma specializes in books for younger readers, chapter books through young adult novels.

Gemma says: “My client list is typified by character lead stories, with voice being the biggest thing I look for. I love younger fiction and have a soft spot for funny books aimed at age 7+ with series potential. With Middle Grade, I’d love to see a good mystery, but really any MG with strong voice will get my attention whatever the subject matter. For Young Adult, I’m a sucker for boy point of view. Author/illustrators writing MG or chapter book would get my immediate attention!”

Include the first ten pages of your work in the body of your email.

Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published" workshop with guest speaker Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid literary agency in Oakville on Feb 22, 2014 (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Caledon at the Bolton Library on Jan 18 (here).

New York Times #1 bestselling author 
Kelley Armstrong will be Brian's guest
speaker at workshops Nov 30 in 
Guelph (see hereand Feb 15 in 
(see here).
He’ll lead “How to make your stories dramatic" workshops in Kingston on Nov 16 (here), Orillia on Nov 23 (here), and in Brampton on Dec 7 (here).

He’ll lead “Writing a Bestseller” workshops with #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong in Guelph on Saturday, November 30 (see here) and then in Oakville on  Saturday, February 15 (see here).

Brian also has a number of weekly course coming up in January. He'll lead a “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and a “Welcome to Creative Writing” course on Tuesday evenings in Burlington (here).

Brian will lead Next Step courses on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here); and he'll lead “Intensive” courses for more experienced writers on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Bolton, Caledon, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Guelph, London, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Thessalon, Algoma, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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