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

i am still closed and catching up on lots of reading, but.... if you have a YA or MG with monsters rooted in underrepresented mythologies/cultures/folklore/history (#ownvoices only please)... well, i'd like to see that. can be fantasy or contemporary! #mswl

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

as i said, i am very much behind on queries/reading, but as i think this might be a long shot and it's super on my mind right now, i'm gonna put it out into the universe:

#mswl for #ownvoices BIPOC BPD YA 💚

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, 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
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

#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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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