Beth Phelan

Beth Phelan

The Bent Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

These days, I’m hungry for:

(young adult)

  • emotional, funny, UCB-inspired contemporary
  • Wet Hot American Summer for teens
  • Funny People for teens
  • contemporary story about a storm, flood, blackout, or other natural disaster
  • diversity in mental and physical health — any genre
  • diverse main characters — show me marginalized perspectives in any genre
  • dark, literary magical realism
  • family stories that explore sibling relationships
  • seldom-explored settings and locations — non-US, non-European
  • for fantasy, i want to see really rich world-building
  • i love a strong atmosphere and tone

(middle grade)

  • literary fantasy or magical realism
  • heavier, edgier themes in contemporary


  • steamy romance that’s emotional and funny
  • smart, upmarket suspense
  • really interested in human behavior so characters must be richly developed
  • stories with heart, like Where’d You Go Bernadette and The Memory Garden


  • cookbooks
  • the occasional funny blogger / pop culture project

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Send your query to phelanqueries[@]thebentagency[.]com. Include the first ten pages of your book pasted into the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, General, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Humor, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres: Magical Realism
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