Laurel Symonds

Literary Agent

The Bent Agency

Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

I recently reread ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME and it’s truly one of my all time favorites. I’d love to see more projects in my inbox exploring the things—names, food, places—that connect us with the generations before us. PB (author-illustrator only), MG/YA novel, GN. #mswl

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds

I’m reopening to queries today! Please see The Bent Agency’s website for full querying guidelines and an overview of what I’m looking for. thebentagency.com/laurel-symonds

I’m on the hunt for: cozy and/or witty YA romcoms, grounded MG and YA fantasy, MG historical fiction from an underrepresented perspective, contemporary MG & YA graphic novels, really quirky nonfiction. In all categories I’m especially seeking projects by and about BIPOC. #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

It is always around this time of year I realize that at least 25% of my middle grade tastes could be summed up as: can you comp this to Disney's The Haunted Mansion ride? Happy Halloween! #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds

A couple reminders: If more than one agent at The Bent Agency ❤️ your pitch, please send to both and let us know. We’ll figure it out on our end.

And, as always, I’m not going to be able to see every pitch today but I am ✨very actively✨ seeking GN clients. If you think we’d be a good fit, please query me! My query inbox is always open to submissions. More info at: thebentagency.com. #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds

I’m celebrating my two-year agenting anniversary this week! I’m so proud of my clients, thankful for my TBA colleagues, and excited for all the things to come. pic.twitter.com/cjj3FMeJ1t

I’m also still actively building my client list. Please see The Bent Agency’s website/MSWL for some updates on what I’m looking for. Right now I’m all about contemporary: YA, MG, and GN, especially from underrepresented communities. #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

I'm constantly catching up on queries (which have gone up 200% since the pandemic hit). One category I'd love to see more of are graphic novels for kids and teens. Contemporary/fantasy/historical. Always diverse voices! Especially if an author/illustrator. #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Other things that make my agent heart sing: high concepts, voicey narration, fantasy (especially with a unique twist), lush historical settings, fresh paranormal, boarding schools, sister stories, falling in & out of friendship, dark & atmospheric, setting as character. #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

My picture book #MSWL changed recently: I’m looking for author-illustrators (instead of text only projects) but I will make an exception for contests (like DVPit!), critiques, and conferences.

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

I’m especially on the lookout for YA rom coms (TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE; RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE), MG contemporary (A SONG FOR A WHALE; EVENTOWN), MG historical (WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE; PRARIE LOTUS), and graphic novels (NEW KID, LAURA DEAN) #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Starting the New Year with some updates to my #MSWL: I’m primarily looking for contempory novels right now! Especially if they are upbeat & include: Sisters. Crushes. Friendship Breakups. Sex-Positivity. Gender Expression. Hopeful Endings. Kids/Teens Acting Like Real Kids/Teens.

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

This time every year I wonder why we don't have a YA retelling of the Christmas story (Mary, Joseph, etc): the characters are the right age, the conflict is strong and, depending on your beliefs, it could be read as miracle or magic a la GRAVE MERCY. Hard to pull off, but...#MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Other random elements I love: historical fiction, witches (historical and contemporary, but less on the humorous side), boarding schools, food, slow build romance, whimsy, retellings...#MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Literary MG, whether that's contemporary (a la Corey Ann Haydu) or an animal POV (PAX), I want the books that are going to pull at my heartstrings but leave me uplifted. I'd also love to see something girly (UNICORN QUEST) or with complex puzzles (BENEDICT SOCIETY). #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Fantasy, but make it fresh: unique settings, unusual formats, underrepresented mythology, magical realism, paranormal (yes, paranormal!). I've seen a lot of queries comping to GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE and MY LADY JANE. Keep 'em coming! #MSWL

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

Contemporary YA! Especially commercial and high concept YA that can be pitched as x meets y. Especially especially a rom com. The next TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, a younger RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE, etc. Diverse voices!

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips
Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

I had such an amazing time at #alaac19 and in New York! After wonderful conversations with my TBA colleagues and many editors, a few updates to my #MSWL: coming of age literary MG, young illustrated MG, and (still!) contemporary YA, especially diverse voices and/or a rom com.

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips

There must be a YA novel told entirely through Instagram posts, photos and comments and all, already, right? If not, #mswl.

Laurel Symonds
@LaurelSymonds
Literary Agent
Literary agent at The Bent Agency. I tweet about books and desserts in equal measure. My dog is the best office assistant ever. She/her
29 MSWL
1 Tips