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 · 5 Oct 2018

Marloe Press @MarloePress

@sharpegirl @byobrooks There are people at this press who have experienced *real* go-to-the-police harassment. Trust us -- a letter is not that. Or maybe you think it is -- in which case, go to the police. Presumably you know who sent it...

a #querytip for you: why is this press still out here trying to dictate what counts and doesn't count as harassment? agents (many of them women) have also rec'd this sort of mail at home and felt unsafe, and now get to watch their fears dismissed as not "real".

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 4 Oct 2018

your periodic reminder to take what you read on #querytip with a grain of salt.

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 29 Dec 2017

Writers, please remember that not all #querytip / #subtip advice is necessarily *good* advice, even from pub professionals. Agents & editors have very different rules / expectations, & sometimes ridiculous hoops—and that’s all frustrating, I know. :\

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 21 Apr 2017

Declaring May my month of manuscript catch-up. So sorry to the writers who I've kept waiting! Will reopen to new queries in June. #querytip

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 24 Mar 2017

I’m closing to queries on Wednesday! For all of April. [Still open to conference & contest requests, or if I know you somehow.] #querytip

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 1 Aug 2016

Attn! I am CLOSING to queries after 8/5, until further notice! Query me before midnight this Friday for a response. :)

#querytip #subtip

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 21 May 2016

I've signed & sold authors that I'd previously passed on. Take heart. Keep going. <3 #querytip…

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 14 Apr 2016

ICYMI: I made one final update to the list of participating #DVpit agents/editors! #amquerying #subtip #querytip

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 23 Mar 2016

ICYMI: There are resources available and an important update on the #DVpit webpage! Scroll down: #querytip #subtip

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 19 Jan 2016

So far, most common query mistakes: 1. Abstract/vague story/plot/stakes. 2. What is driving the main character, external+internal? #querytip

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 14 Jun 2015

#Querytip: If you are querying based on my #MSWL, you should put that in the subject line along with the title!

beth phelan @beth_phelan · 20 May 2015

#querytip: if you query me, I'll assume it is because your ms is ready to be considered! I want to read it, so be ready!