This week's Agent Spotlight features Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.
Status: CLOSED to submissions as of 1/2014.
About: "A native South African, I now live in New York City and travel to Cape Town every year, where I spend time educating South African writers, meeting with international publishers and distributing books. Before agenting, I worked in marketing and advertising for both the consumer markets and publishing. Prior to joining The Bent Agency, I worked as a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency. I represent numerous New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors. I encourage my authors to have one foot in traditional print publishing and the other in the digital-first arena and am a huge advocate of utilizing secondary rights—I have sold film/TV, audio and foreign rights for my clients. I believe in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it." (Link)
About the Agency:
“At The Bent Agency, we work with authors to map the publishing career of their dreams and work with them to make it a reality. We pay careful attention to every detail, from the terms of a first contract, editorial work and cover design, to the publisher's marketing and publicity plan, royalties and sales figures. We offer the kind of representation that can only be born of years of agent experience in the atmosphere of a smaller boutique firm where every client gets our combined and total focus.
“We pride ourselves on nurturing and discovering authors whom we can help propel to the top of their category. We have represented over 30 New York Times bestselling titles, with many more on USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and other regional lists.” (Link with more)
Bent On Books (agency blog).
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Young adult, middle grade, new adult, commercial fiction including romance, and select nonfiction. (Link)
From Her Bio (as of 1/2014):
“I'm looking for writers with a unique voice and an unforgettable story. I'm particularly drawn to stories with a strong protagonist. In young adult, I look for manuscripts that are written with an unforgettable voice—this can be deep, dark and gritty or literary, lyrical and emotional. I'd love to find a young adult novel that has a bone-deep sense of danger that haunts me from page 1 and doesn't let go of me for days. I want delicious adult romances with creative plots, sexy liaisons and unique characters who sweep me up in their love story. I want to feel something unforgettable when I read your pages. I want manuscripts that I can't stop thinking about.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Memoir, Poetry, Textbook/Academic books, Self-Help/How-to, Reference, Westerns, Serious nonfiction, Screenplays, Short story collections (Link).
"Don’t give up. Read, write, edit and submit. If given the opportunity, revise and resubmit. Be open to learning how to develop and refine your craft, but most importantly don’t forget that even the bestselling authors were once unpublished writers looking for their big break. I am in awe of anyone who completes a manuscript. It is a difficult job to do and if you have managed to string up to 100,000 words on a page and they make some semblance of sense, I am already impressed." (Link)
"Sending queries to agents who don’t represent your genre. Queries that are way too long and/or include links to other sites where I am supposed to search for information. Queries that include a list of multiple books, many of which are incomplete. " (Link)
“I used to be very hands on with editing, but I found that it handicapped some of my clients into depending on me to be their beta readers, their critique partners and their editor. So I still edit, but not as much as I did in the beginning. I focus on big picture edits, common editorial mistakes and plot and character development.” (Link)
There is a list of agency clients on the website.
Ms. Fury’s client include: Lindsay Cummings, Hunter Shea, Christine & Ethan Rose, Cindy Nord, Fabio, Hope Tarr, Katrina Snow, Kwana Jackson, Lynn Dickinson, Megan Frampton, O.M. Grey, Tracey Engelbrecht, W.D. Gagliani & David Benton.
Check out the “Recent Deals” page at Ms. Fury’s blog.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
NOTE: Ms. Fury is currently CLOSED to submissions.
Query only if your manuscript falls under Ms. Fury's interests, is complete, well-written and ready to be seen by an editor.
Send a query letter including a brief synopsis, your bio, and the first five pages in the body of the e-mail. No attachments.
Subject line: Genre: Title by Author e.g.. Romance: LOVE BITES by Authors Name
Ms. Fury keeps her response times listed on the sidebar of her blog.
The agency has a stated response time (or goal, rather) of responding to queries within a month. If you do not receive a response within the time posted on Ms. Fury’s blog, resend your query and indicate you are resending.
"I'm a fan of the author nudge. Keep me on my toes, people. Please email me if I don't get back to you within the time specified on my blog." (Link)
What's the Buzz?
Louise Fury is a popular conference goer and is respected for her response times and the feedback she includes with many rejections. Her clients seem happy with her representation. I recommend following her on twitter and subscribing to her blog for up-to-date information on what she's looking for.
Worth Your Time:
Agent Louise Fury – L. Perkins Agency at Writing and Illustrating (04/2013).
Welcome Wednesday: Agent Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Agency at Honestly YA (04/2012).
Interview with Literary Agent Louise Fury at Stacey O’Neal’s site (02/2012).
On Agents – A Discussion with Louise Fury at Nerine Dorman’s site (11/2011).
Interview with Louise Fury at Bitten by Books (04/2011).
Agent Advice: Louise Fury of L. Perkins Associates at the Guide to Literary Agents blog (08/2010).
Q&A with Agent Louise Fury at RWANYC Blogging in the Big Apple (07/2010).
Around the Web:
Read through the archives of her blog where she posts query advice, client news, and updates on what she’s looking for.
Books on a Plane, guest post by Louise Fury at Borders True Romance (02/2010).
Client Lindsay Cummings success story at DFW Writer’s Conference (4/2012).
Last updated: 1/21/14.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 10/22/10.
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Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's and/or teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.