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 · 15 Nov 2019

Sammie Trinidad @TrinidadSammie

@beth_phelan What are the biggest “eye roll” cliche questions you get from aspiring authors?

Replying to @TrinidadSammie

I don’t think there are many eye roll-y ones specific to aspiring authors, it’s more that some authors (aspiring or not) ask questions they can find answers to on google or ask problematic diversity questions haha

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 15 Nov 2019

Noreen @naziaso

@beth_phelan If you query do u still CNR? Or no respons is rejection? #askagent

Replying to @naziaso

I’m trying my best lol but def cross me off if you have been waiting too long and i deserve that! Don’t wanna hold anyone up

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 15 Nov 2019

yui (📖: The Kiss Quotient) 💖💜💙 @hanallua

@beth_phelan Is urban fantasy really dead in adult fantasy? Or is it called contemporary fantasy now?#askagent How do you like your eggs? 🥚 #askbeth

Replying to @hanallua

I don’t think so! I don’t do much adult anymore but seems people still love reading it so i hope editors are still buying. But yeah some words do get people skeptical.

If I’m making them, scrambled. If a restaurant, poached. I prefer scrambled but most places make them too dry

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 15 Nov 2019

Darlene P. Campos 🇺🇸🇪🇨 @DarleneCampos91

@beth_phelan Does an MS absolutely need to be professionally edited before querying agents? It's a little pricey, but does it help with getting an offer? #askagent #askbeth

Replying to @DarleneCampos91

It never NEEDS to be professionally edited—from an agents POV. This doesn’t mean an author wouldn’t benefit from one if they can afford and think it’d be helpful to them. But critique partners and beta readers are great and i think those are great resources as well

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 5 Apr 2019

it's okay to say you don't know the answer to something. whether you're doing an #askagent/#askeditor or at a conference, it's better to say I DON'T KNOW than to give wrong information. don't pretend to be an authority on something you know nothing about. #revpit