Beth Phelan

@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 · Jan 2

Happy 2020! I’m back open to queries!! Send me...

#MG:

LOL fantasy, contemporary tackling big topics, queer madcap ensemble adventures!

#YA:

Weird crimes/myths, underdog fantasy, dark paranormal, experimental shit!

#querytip #mswl #subtip #amquerying

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 10 Dec 2019

when i updated my website, i also updated my wishlist! please bookmark this for the new year, when i finally, at long last, reopen to queries! #mswl #amquerying #querytip
bethphelan.com/submission-wis…

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 11 Nov 2019

Catching up on subs and i notice i have excellent YA here, but not much MG! #mswl WHEN I REOPEN: I really want to work on more MG! Commercial or literary—give me your big series hooks, magic, light and fun contemporary, hopeful stories touching on tough topics, queer characters!!

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

I would also like to see some heart-achey MG contemporary that doesn’t shy away from big issues. Socially and politically engaged, with humor and joy and hope but also courage and realness and empathy. #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

Also for YA contemporary realistic: high-concept, epic romances—especially anything with extras like compressed timelines and other ambitious narrative risks. Experiment, innovate! Been on my #MSWL forever. Inclusive and intersectional most of all.

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

I love my YA contemporary list and still WANT MORE! Something a little offbeat, surreal, defffffinitely funny. Maybe surrounding a small thing/event that gets blown out of proportion/snowballs... Peculiar communities, histories... Maybe urban legends?? #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 12 Jun 2017

Open to queries! High on my #MSWL: millennial upmarket fic, literary mystery, dark/scary YA F & voicey contemp. Marginalized voices, always.

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 9 Feb 2017

Didn't have a chance to post any #MSWL yesterday but maybe later today I will. Meantime, there's some right here: bethphelan.com/wishlist

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 10 Mar 2016

Contemporary romance set around a craft brewery, preferably owned by women. #mswl

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 10 Mar 2016

Diverse romance -- I lean toward smart, sexy, high-heat, high-stakes contemporary. #mswl

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 10 Mar 2016

Would love a bright, funny, contemporary YA or MG (that still makes you cry) with a Muslim lead and author. #mswl

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 7 Feb 2016

Still looking for more #diversebooks in my adult fiction subs! Pleeeeease send! Contemporary romance. Suspense/thrillers. #mswl

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 28 Jan 2016

Dunno, but I'd really love a hot contemporary romance about women (and men, I guess) who brew their own beer. #mswl