Beth Phelan (july Hiatus + Closed To Queries)

@beth_phelan

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

Brooklyn, NY

The Bent Agency

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Anna Moritz @onearmfight

Should query's come with content warnings? #askagent #askGZLA

speaking for myself, i wish we could normalize trigger warnings in queries and conference submissions etc. agents/editors are people with trauma sometimes and we think about our own safety too. #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Erik Thurman @ErikThurman

#AskGZLA Thoughts on an author submitting to mid-sized publishers that don't require representation while also querying agents?

Replying to @ErikThurman

i always prefer to be the one sending things out so i can secure the author's career from the start. but i also know authors need money. ultimately i would just want them to do their due diligence researched and vetting a contract so they don't sign away anything big #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Caroline McNamara @cmcnamara1110

What is the best way to get into traditional publishing? You’ve written your book, now what? #AskGZLA

Replying to @cmcnamara1110

for trad pub most of the time the next step is getting an agent. but you should also look at critique partners and beta readers so you're in the best position possible to approach agents. #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Aaron Morell @Aagathon

In researching potential agents for representation, how much value should I give recent deals (or lack of) on publishers marketplace? #askagent #askGZLA

i love this question. PM sales are a piece of it but not the whole pie. sometimes it takes a long time to have permission to announce a deal. the quantity of deals also isn't important--it's the quality. also look at the overall *agency*'s sales. #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Aaron Morell @Aagathon

In researching potential agents for representation, how much value should I give recent deals (or lack of) on publishers marketplace? #askagent #askGZLA

Replying to @Aagathon

it's a piece of the puzzle but not the whole thing. sometimes it takes a long time to have permission to announce a deal. the quantity of deals also isn't important; it's the quality. also look at the overall agency's sales. #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Jody Gerbig Todd @jodygerbig

#askGZLA Any thoughts on querying a short-story collection and a novel at the same time (not in same query or necessarily to same agents)? Any reason I should wait on one?

Replying to @jodygerbig

i would say put your best foot forward but be ready to talk about the other. i would also suggest thinking about how you want your agent relationship to look like--do you want separate agents? or someone who would rep both? #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Noemi Gamel @NoemiGamel

#AskGZLA What does it mean when an agent says “I did not connect with the voice “. Does this mean they just didn’t like it and there’s not much the author can do to change in the writing?

Replying to @NoemiGamel

not necessarily. voice can be subjective and sometimes more about THE WAY you are telling the story and whether they are into that. and sometimes it's just a gut thing. or something altogether. i think it means different things to different agents. #askGZLA

beth phelan (july hiatus + closed to queries) @beth_phelan · May 16

Annabelle Simons @BelleSimons

What sort of word limit do you think a YA fantasy should be? #AskGZLA

Replying to @BelleSimons

i think most people will say no more than 100k, but i think you can get between 80-130k. it's good to have a range to aim for, but the most important thing is how much you need in order to tell your story well and effectively. #askGZLA