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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 16 Apr 2018

I’m still looking for my fresh take on vampires in YA, whether grounded in this world or else reimagined and renamed in a fantasy one. I’d love to see more unexpected urban fantasy in general too, with characters I’d follow anywhere. #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 16 Apr 2018

beth phelan @beth_phelan

Gonna drop a few #MSWL tweets as I’ve been going through my queries this weekend (sorry if you’re still waiting on a response—I’m getting there!) and trying to listen to what my gut is craving. I’m focusing on MG and YA, so let’s get started:

I would really love some character-driven YA fantasy that is both dark AND funny. Especially if there is a big eclectic cast and truly unique magic. Voicey characters but still high stakes and a world with details that awe, from city life to wildlife. #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 · 7 Jul 2017

Started Search Party (no spoilers pls). I really want a YA or adult mystery. Character-driven story w/ gripping mystery at its core. #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.