Beth Phelan (closed To Unsolicited Queries)


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 (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 25 Nov 2019

Anup 📝📚 @anuponthenet

#askgzla I have wondered what you are trying to look at when you ask, "How you came to write that story"

Is there a deeper meaning?

Replying to @anuponthenet

I love knowing why a story is important to a writer! It’s something i usually ask when offering rep. I wanna know why they’re invested because i wanna be just as invested #askgzla

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 25 Nov 2019

S. Beard @ABeardedScribe

How would one query with Multi-POV (more than 2-3) when each MC has equal time and importance to the plot? Or would it still just be to focus one of them and mention it is Multi-POV in the comp section?


Replying to @ABeardedScribe

When I’ve written pitches for those i put like two sentences for each one (status quo, stakes/obstacle), separate paragraphs. Then one paragraph connecting them all on the major plot. Then last is two lines hinting toward the climax. #askgzla

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 25 Nov 2019

LC Milburn @LCMilburn

Hope this Q makes sense! If you sign an author for a project (book A) and they have another MS you’re not as interested in (book B) would you still help them shepherd book B (presumably after book A) to publication because they’re your client and you love them?? 😂 #askGZLA

Replying to @LCMilburn

This is a hard question lol. I think it’s case by case but really if i think my opinion of the book will be a detriment to the author then i would let them go forth on that book with another agent. They don’t benefit from having an agent who doesn’t like their book. #askgzla

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 25 Nov 2019

Suz Page @SuzPageWrites

How important are comp titles. And what do you feel a comp title should convey. #askGZLA

Replying to @SuzPageWrites

They’re so hard. Supposedly they indicate two things: there is a market for it as evidenced by other similar books and also it’s a way to describe the book in a hooky way. They can be important for publishers to anticipate sales (and offers). #askgzla

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 25 Nov 2019

Taylor Kemper @Taylortac

#askGZLA What makes you automatically say “pass!” when you read the first few sample pages?

Replying to @Taylortac

It really depends! There can be a whole bunch of like clinical reasons but a lot of the time for me it’s a gut thing. I need to be able to read it again and again, so i have to LOVE it personally. #askgzla

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 25 Nov 2019

Michelle Lindo Rice @mlindorice

What are some reasons that an agent might reject a full manuscript request #askgzla

Replying to @mlindorice

Sometimes it’s a really strong opening that gets us to request, but maybe the rest of the book didn’t get enough polish or the plotting went somewhere that didn’t resonate ultimately #askgzla