Beth Phelan

@beth_phelan

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.

Brooklyn, NY

The Bent Agency

beth phelan @beth_phelan · Apr 15

beth phelan, here sometimes @beth_phelan

I wanna troll @petejknapp by slapping my own mswl tag on his wishlist tweets 🤔😜

in seriousness, would love

-FUNNY stuff
-larger-than-life narrative voice
-MG fantasy series
-character ensembles
-YA after high school about teens not going to college
-family stories
-something that feels like a bottle episode

#mswl

beth phelan @beth_phelan · Mar 23

#MSWL in-this-moment:

- Fun MG fantasy with secondary non-human characters
- LOL MG and YA
- Undeniable VOICE
- Ensemble casts
- Monsters
- MG with non "trad" parents/guardians

beth phelan @beth_phelan · Mar 17

anxiety has been making it hard to focus very well, but i will say that in addition to the rest of my #MSWL i am also highly motivated to read more LOL MG fantasy adventure. have a few fantastic mss in my queue and would add some more… :)

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 · 21 Aug 2019

if anyone has a MG or YA with a PROTAGONIST who has ADHD, i'd love to see it. in particular, a type that isn't the more commonly associated hyperactive but features the inattentiveness, procrastination, disorganized thoughts, etc. would be open to realistic or fantasy #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 30 Jun 2019

technically closed to queries but aching for more submissions from Native / Indigenous authors, MG or YA, of course. send my way with “Native voice” in the subject line 💚💚 #mswl #amquerying

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 17 May 2019

#mswl for social justice topics in MG <3

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 22 Apr 2019

i want more diverse mg fantasy with secondary animal characters that steal my heart #mswl

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

I want urban fantasy in MG too please! Series potential and big friend groups, family-focused, heartfelt—would love to fight some surprise tears reading a fun, sweeping adventure. #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

For my MG, right now I really want magical adventure! Send me something fantastical and fun, with a great hook, and friendships that shine. Especially if there are any non-human magical characters incorporated in a fresh way. #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 31 Jan 2018

ICYMI, I’m open to queries! And last night, I requested my first full manuscript from slush at GZLA. These queries have been INCREDIBLE so far. Please keep them coming! For my #MSWL, check out this: bethphelan.com/wishlist

GIMME YOUR YA & MG!

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 27 Mar 2017

I close to queries this Wednesday, but a #MSWL exception in MG and YA: Joy as resistance.

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 · 21 Apr 2016

Creepy, strange, chilling (but not necessarily horror) for YA and MG. Like, really weird. #MSWL