Beth Phelan (hiatus On Here & Closed To Queries)

@beth_phelan

mg & ya literary agent. food, beer, dog person. INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & #EATTHEBOOK (IG). @PocPub subcommittee. on twitter hiatus.

Brooklyn, NY

The Bent Agency

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · Apr 22

authors! it's okay if your book doesn't match a #mswl exactly! you don't need to revise the book to fit, or write the book to meet it, or mention the mswl at all. you can just query and let it stand on its own! just because we tweet a mswl, doesn't mean that that is ALL we want.

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · Apr 22

i want more diverse mg fantasy with secondary animal characters that steal my heart #mswl

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

If your work fits the above, just FYI I am open to queries! This and more of my #MSWL can be found at bethphelan.com/wishlist. I’ll also be on HIGH alert at #DVpit for some new stuff. Hope all the #querytip #amquerying followers are listening! Thanks! <3

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

I would also like to see some heart-achey MG contemporary that doesn’t shy away from big issues. Socially and politically engaged, with humor and joy and hope but also courage and realness and empathy. #MSWL

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

I want urban fantasy in MG too please! Series potential and big friend groups, family-focused, heartfelt—would love to fight some surprise tears reading a fun, sweeping adventure. #MSWL

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

For my MG, right now I really want magical adventure! Send me something fantastical and fun, with a great hook, and friendships that shine. Especially if there are any non-human magical characters incorporated in a fresh way. #MSWL

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

Also for YA contemporary realistic: high-concept, epic romances—especially anything with extras like compressed timelines and other ambitious narrative risks. Experiment, innovate! Been on my #MSWL forever. Inclusive and intersectional most of all.

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

I love my YA contemporary list and still WANT MORE! Something a little offbeat, surreal, defffffinitely funny. Maybe surrounding a small thing/event that gets blown out of proportion/snowballs... Peculiar communities, histories... Maybe urban legends?? #MSWL

beth phelan (hiatus on here & closed to queries) @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

I’m still looking for my fresh take on vampires in YA, whether grounded in this world or else reimagined and renamed in a fantasy one. I’d love to see more unexpected urban fantasy in general too, with characters I’d follow anywhere. #MSWL