Beth Phelan


mg & ya literary agent. INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.

Brooklyn, NY

The Bent Agency

beth phelan @beth_phelan · Apr 3

Moon @__soleilune

@beth_phelan ! #askDVpit…

Replying to @__soleilune

a unique situation, so i think there probs isn't a norm re word limit--depends how much it takes to tell the story well. re illos, i think you want a variety of samples done, some sketches, but wouldn't need to have everything #askDVpit

beth phelan @beth_phelan · Apr 3

kerine. @KayAyDoubleU

I'm interested in publishing a short story collection and would like to know what agents look for in query letters and if having published stories is a plus if I have no previous book publishing experience? #askDVpit

Replying to @KayAyDoubleU

i would look for overall theme of the collection/what makes it a collection, and what the collection wants to convey. definitely helps if you already have short stories published, and i personally would like to see an unpublished sample and your biblio. #askDVpit

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 17 Oct 2019

Drew Egan @DrewEgan1

Same question for me. I’m new to Twitter :) #askDVpit…

Replying to @DrewEgan1

yep! you might get hearts from editors too, if they are the kind that can consider un-agented materials. just be ready to send your query and sample pages to the agents/editors who like your pitch. they are instructed to tweet submission instructions before particpating #askdvpit

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 17 Oct 2019

Lexi J. Lee is temporarily MIA (Damn deadlines) @LexiJLee

Whoops, realizing this is better addressed via #askDVpit…

Replying to @LexiJLee

editors who retweet are signaling to agents and you should keep a list of those editors to give to your eventual agent. they're not requesting unless they LIKE the pitch #askdvpit

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 17 Oct 2019

Noreen @naziaso

Since agents can differ on how prepared your MS is (some may think it’s ready some don’t connect) is it best to go by CP feedback? #askDVpit

Replying to @naziaso

i think it's best to go by what feedback resonates with you. getting more eyes on your work is good and you should keep an open mind, but everything is subjective and ultimately we want YOU to be happy with your book #askdvpit

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 17 Oct 2019

Kel Thee Stallion🦄 @keliswrites

Best Practice: How long does a writer have, to respond to a request for query materials/full requests? #askDVpit

Replying to @keliswrites

we rec 3 weeks bc the of-the-moment excitement but we hope that agents/editors will still be interested even if it doesn't come in immediately. that said, if it makes more sense to just wait for the next dvpit then that might be the better option, depending #askDVpit