Heather Flaherty

The Bent Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

I represent authors of Adult, Young-Adult, and Middle-Grade Fiction, as well as select Nonfiction. For YA, I consider all genres from fantasy to contemporary. For MG, I’m looking for realistic stories about coping or coming-of-age. In Adult, I want upmarket fiction, female-centric thrillers, commercial women’s fiction, and really good complex horror. In Nonfiction I lean towards humor, pop-culture, social-media projects, and true-crime.

I began my publishing career in editorial, and then worked for numerous years as a Literary Scout, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood to find the next big books. As an agent, I’m thrilled to grow authors for that same success.


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to flahertyqueries@thebentagency.com

Query + First ten pages pasted in the email to: flahertyqueries@thebentagency.com


As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s educational sister company, we are now offering ten-minute e-meetings with a select group of our agents and editors to discuss your work, what you can do better–and how to maximize your chances of success in the submissions process. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our step-by-step guide to booking your meeting, a list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process.

Please note: Meetings are posted once monthly, and then often sell out. If there are meetings available, you’ll see them bolded on the calendar below after clicking “Set Time Zone.” 

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