Laurel Symonds

@LaurelSymonds

Literary agent at The Bent Agency repping kid's and YA fiction and nonfiction. Writer, traveler, baker, and dog lover.

United States

The Bent Agency

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · Jul 1

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 · Jun 15

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

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · May 1

Veronica Mars @veronicamars

The taser's making a comeback, #marshmallows. #VeronicaMars season 4 drops July 26th, only on @hulu. pic.twitter.com/8NFVKeUeQG

Ahhh! There are few tv shows I'm more passionate about than this one*. I can't wait!

*Pushing Daisies is the only rival.**

**I would love the YA versions of both of these! #MSWL

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · Mar 26

Time flies when you're having fun! In my first 6 months of agenting I've built a client list I'm SO proud of. Here's an updated #MSWL (for the next 6 months & beyond!): author-illustrators, slice-of-life chapter book series, girly middle grade (all genres), and contemporary YA.

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · 27 Sep 2018

How about some middle grade #MSWL today?

- Classic feel + animal POV (ONE AND ONLY IVAN, PAX)
- Fantasy, both lighthearted and dark (Thickety series, UNICORN QUEST)
- Quirky + puzzles + complex plots (Mysterious Benedict Society, YORK)
- Historical (WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE)

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · 26 Sep 2018

- Blended genres, especially with historical settings (MY LADY JANE, GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE, Jackaby series)
- Groundbreakers that make you say wow (THE HATE YOU GIVE, CODE NAME VERITY)
#mswl
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Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · 26 Sep 2018

While we’re getting to know each other, how about some #mswl? Today I’ll talk about YA:

- Contemporary with earnest, engaging voices (WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, TO ALL THE BOYS, DUMPLIN’)
- Lush fantasy (CARAVAL, Grisha series)
- Sassy girl detective a la Veronica Mars
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Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · 25 Sep 2018

Jenny Bent @jennybent

hey everyone we have a cool announcement #TBA @LaurelSymonds thebentagency.com/laurel-symonds pic.twitter.com/JiUlv5RzL4

I am so thrilled to join The Bent Agency as a literary agent!

Writers, send me all* your books!

*Specifically good ones that fit the linked criteria. Bonus points if they include mighty girls, dogs, sisters, baking, or magical happenings.