Beth Phelan

Literary Agent

The Bent Agency

mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

after 10 months, i finally reopen to queries today. bethphelan.com/news/submissio…

i'm so looking forward to seeing new potential clients in my submissions inbox! i'm hungry. nom!

#mswl

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

To query me, please use QueryManager! QueryManager.com/querybeth

If QM is not accessible for you, I’ll also accept queries by email at querybeth@galltzacker.com.

thanks for reading my #mswl! looking forward to monday! 💖

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

7. Sensitive explorations of incarceration
8. Protagonists and authors with BPD and/or OCD with intrusive thoughts.

More can be found on my website at bethphelan.com/submissions

#mswl instructions ⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

2. Older YA, especially if you have a story about a teen who elects not to go to college
3. Hopeful, funny, romantic
4. Emotionally-fraught, grounded thrillers and mysteries
5. Paranormal!!
6. Experimental, inventive storytelling

#mswl cont ⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

In YA, i still love most genres and everything from light to dark. I love hope and depth and humor and stories that can change lives, whether from joy or empathy and validation. More specifically:

1. Super high concept contemporary and speculative contemporary

#mswl cont ⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

7. Queer and trans/nonbinary characters in fun settings, especially trans femme characters.
8. Something just right for that tricky space between MG and YA

#mswl cont ⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

2. Commercial fantasy adventure series, ensemble casts with or without a talking creature or two
3. Monsters!
4. Contemporary family stories
5. LOL high concept, character-strong stories
6. Hooky, character-driven contemporary series

#mswl cont ⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

More specifically in MG, i love a great, accessible voice and humor across the spectrum, but also more serious literary stories. MORE specifically:

1. Madcap adventures in any genre

#mswl cont ⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

beth phelan @beth_phelan

It’s my last weekend to get caught up before i open to queries on April 12!

I’ve responded to almost all outstanding queries (email me if you’re still waiting--i missed it) but still catching up on requested fulls (please keep being patient)!

#mswl ⬇️⬇️⬇️

First thing to note is that I only represent MG and YA. I love every genre from light contemporary to high fantasy and everything in between. I don’t represent artists or graphic novelists and don’t typically represent verse.

#mswl ⬇️⬇️⬇️

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

catching up on queries means tinkering with my #mswl.... i'll be updating my website and reopening soon 👀

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

#mswl indigenous authors writing their own stories 💚

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

i am still closed and catching up on lots of reading, but.... if you have a YA or MG with monsters rooted in underrepresented mythologies/cultures/folklore/history (#ownvoices only please)... well, i'd like to see that. can be fantasy or contemporary! #mswl

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

as i said, i am very much behind on queries/reading, but as i think this might be a long shot and it's super on my mind right now, i'm gonna put it out into the universe:

#mswl for #ownvoices BIPOC BPD YA 💚

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

beth phelan, here sometimes @beth_phelan

I wanna troll @petejknapp by slapping my own mswl tag on his wishlist tweets 🤔😜

in seriousness, would love

-FUNNY stuff
-larger-than-life narrative voice
-MG fantasy series
-character ensembles
-YA after high school about teens not going to college
-family stories
-something that feels like a bottle episode

#mswl

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (closed to unsolicited submissions). she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) & @DV_con . abolish police. JKR is a TERF. opinions are my own.
108 MSWL
125 AskAgent
26 Tips

#MSWL in-this-moment:

- Fun MG fantasy with secondary non-human characters
- LOL MG and YA
- Undeniable VOICE
- Ensemble casts
- Monsters
- MG with non "trad" parents/guardians