Beth Phelan

Literary Agent

The Bent Agency

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

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

Zia Ahmed 🏳️‍🌈 @ZiaAhmed1641

#AskGZLA What're the advantages and disadvantages of writing in first person? Do literary agents and editors evaluate retrospective narrative versus third person narrative when considering an author’s work? Is there generally a preference?
Replying to @ZiaAhmed1641

both can be tricky. first person is very intimate and third gives you so more room and narrative distance but emotional access is built up a different way. so with first, being so close to the POV can be both an advantage and disadvantage. #askGZLA

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips

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
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
mg & ya literary agent (but closed to unsolicited submissions). INTP. she/her. creator of #DVpit (@DVpit_) and @DV_con . pronounced FAIL-inn. defund the police.
95 MSWL
116 AskAgent
26 Tips