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Agent Spotlight: Jenny Bent

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.
Status: Open to submissions. 
headshot banana dressAbout: “Jenny Bent represents literary and commercial adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, humor and select narrative nonfiction.
I was born in New York City but grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia in a house full of books where I spent many lazy afternoons reading in a sunny window seat. I went on to England to get a BA/MA with first class honors from Cambridge University, and then worked at several boutique agencies before joining Trident Media Group in 2003. In 2009 I left to found The Bent Agency. In the course of my career, I have represented a great many New York Times bestselling authors, a list which currently includes Stephanie Garber, AG Howard, Governor John Kasich, Lori Nelson Spielman, Goldy Moldavsky, Yangsze Choo, Lynn Weingarten, Lynsay Sands, Lori Wilde and Julia London.
"I’m currently looking for commercial and literary fiction for adults and children as well as select nonfiction including memoir and humor. In adult fiction, I particularly enjoy women's fiction and crime/suspense. I also love novels—for grown-ups or children—that have an element of magic or fantasy to them or that take me into a strange and new world, whether real or imaginary. All of the books that I represent speak to the heart in some way: they are linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and story telling. I love books that make me laugh, make me cry, or ideally do both.” (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)
Web Presence:
The Bent Agency website.
Bent On Books (blog).
Twitter.
Facebook.
AAR profile.
What She's Looking For:
Genres/Specialties:
Middle grade, young adult, literary suspense, crime, women’s fiction, general fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of humor, memoir, and lifestyle. In all areas, she is particularly interested in hearing from diverse voices.
See her blog for current wishlist.
What She Isn't Looking For:
Science Fiction, Poetry, Picture Books, Comix, Graphic Novels, Erotica, Gay/Lesbian Literature, Western, True Crime, Textbooks/Academic Books, Serious History or Biography, Political Science/Policy, Business, Reference, Investment, Professional, Sports, Puzzles, Games, Arts, Cinema, Photography, Crafts, Hobbies, DIY, Health, Diet, Mind, Body, Spirit, Music, Musicals, Nature, Ecology, Politics, Current affairs, Science, Technology, Technical, How-to, Travel, World Cultures, Dramatic Works. (Link)
Editorial Agent?
Yes.
Quotables:
“This sounds trite, but you cannot give up and you cannot stop believing in yourself. So many incredibly successful writers spent years and years trying to break into this business and you should take inspiration from how hard they worked and how they never stopped trying. That, and brush up on online promotion—increasingly it is essential for publishing success, both for published and unpublished authors.” (Link)
Clients:
There is a list of agency clients on the website.
Ms. Bent’s clients include: Stephanie Garber, AG Howard, Governor John Kasich, Lori Nelson Spielman, Goldy Moldavsky, Yangsze Choo, Lynn Weingarten, Lynsay Sands, Lori Wilde and Julia London, among many others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
“First, review our agents' bios and decide which of us you'd like to query. Please do not simultaneously query our agents; submit your work to only one of us. If she passes, feel free to contact another.
“Second, email your chosen agent and tell her briefly who you are, about your book, and why you're the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).”
See the Bent Agency website complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tip:
“We have an auto response which acknowledges receipt and then we also respond to each query after we read it. There are different letters that we use but they all, I hope, convey a real respect and appreciation that the author wrote to me in the first place.” (Link)
Response Times:
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 that time, resend your query and indicate you are resending. 
Stats on the web show the agency responding to most queries within hours to a month. Requested material ranges from days to quite a few months.
What's the Buzz?
Jenny Bent is a highly respected agent with an established list of successful clients, including many New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.  Her clients seem very happy with her representation, and despite her full list Ms. Bent is always looking for brilliant new talent.
You can follow her on Twitter, where she’s very active, @jennybent, and at her fantastic blog, Bent on Books
Worth Your Time:
Interviews:
Literary Agent Jenny Bent on Foreign Rights and Comp Titles (3/2016)
Q&A With Jenny Bent (6/2015).
Agent Jenny Bent Wish List (04/2014).
Interview at Love Stories (10/2014).
Interview with Jenny Bent at FizzyFangirling (10/2014)
Query Questions with Jenny Bent at Michelle4Laughs (01/2014).
7 Questions for: Literary Agent Jenny Bent at Middle Grade Ninja (01/2013).
A Few Minutes With Jenny Bent at Where the Grey Matter Pours Out (10/2012).
LitChat Interview: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency at LitStack (08/2012).
An interview with Jenny Bent at Write Angles Blog (09/2011).
PitchFest Interview and Feedback at Pitch University (06/2011). The associated queries can be viewed here.
A BBCHAT with Jenny Bent at Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire (06/2011).
Q&A with Jenny Bent at Writer’s League of Texas (05/2011).
Jenny Bent Tells Us What Agents Want at WOW (12/2009).
Interview: Jenny Bent at A View from the Top (12/2009).
Interview with Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency at Much Cheaper Than Fiction (04/2009)
Around the Web:
Successful Queries: Agent Jenny Bent and “Oh. My. Gods.” at Guide to Literary Agents (10/2011).
Contact:
Please see the Bent Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 6/11/17.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/11/17.
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Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's 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.







7 comments:

  1. She seems wonderful. Thank you, Casey!

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  2. Great agent spotlight. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Is it horrible of me that one of the reasons I would love to have her as an agent is so I can tell peeps they should get bent?

    It's not like the main reason...

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  4. *grinning at Marsha* - that's just the coolest. Love it.

    Another great agent spotlight. Thanks Casey!

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  5. Thank you Casey! Your posts are marvelous! I'm just finishing a contemporary romance (I don't do YA), and this information is very helpful.

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  6. Thank you for compiling all this info for all of us, Casey. Informative and helpful, they could only be made better with random pics of wiener dogs. (hint hint) Hehehe. Thanks again!

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  7. Thank you, everyone. She really is fantastic. Good luck to those of you who query her!

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