Monday, September 8, 2014

Deal Announcement: Three-Book deal for middle grade debut Claire Fayers



I am thrilled to announce a three-book deal for SCBWI-British Isles Undiscovered Voices winner Claire Fayers’ debut — THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH. This book is a rip-roaring middle grade fantasy adventure, reminiscent of the classic storytelling of Diana Wynne Jones, but with the humour of Jasper Fforde. With a cast of funny and engaging characters, it’s everything I always want in a MG book. Plus, it has pirates, magicians, invisible bears and man-eating penguins! How could I not fall in love?

Claire has found a fantastic home at Macmillan in the US and UK — they blew us out of the water (excuse the pun) with their enthusiasm during a heated auction. I can’t wait for you all to get to meet Brine, Peter and the eccentric crew of the pirate ship Onion!

Please go congratulate Claire on Twitter.

 Children's: Middle grade


Claire Fayers' debut THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH, when seeking her lost parents, twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne joins a pirate ship on a perilous adventure through ghost-infested storms and oceans teeming with man-eating penguins, all to find the magical top of world, to Noa Wheeler at Holt Children's and Rachel Kellehar at Macmillan Children's UK, at auction, in a three book deal, by Gemma Cooper of the Bent Agency (World English)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Recent #MSWL - by Beth


I love #MSWL. It’s such a great way to get specific, targeted submissions in my inbox that I can get really excited about. Not everyone participated in this week’s #MSWL, but I’ve decided to provide an updated summary of what the TBA agents are hoping to see in their slush. For a summary of the last #MSWL, and a bunch of other helpful tips on making the most of it, see here for Susan’s post. 



Jenny Bent  


#MSWL high concept women’s fiction, with a strong plot, great pace and lots of emotion. Like THE LIFE LIST by @lnelsonspielman

#MSWL bookclub fiction with an element of fantasy or magic like THE NIGHT CIRCUS or THE GHOST BRIDE by @yangszechoo

#MSWL contemporary YA with a strong plot and great hook, strong voice and lots of emotion

#MSWL suspense or crime with a strong female lead like anything by @LORIROYauthor, Tana French, Gillian Flynn, @LauraMLippman

#MSWL historical fiction (for adults) with a strong female lead and lots of plot

MG fantasy that reads like something Edward Eager would have written #MSWL


Earlier in the year, Jenny also shared her wishlist in this blog post




Victoria Lowes  


#MSWL YA historical fiction set in the early-mid 20th century with a hint of romance.

#MSWL Always looking for fun contemporary romances with a smart voice and a strong hook!

#MSWL Also looking for either YA or adult atmospheric mysteries that are filled with suspense


Victoria also shared a wishlist on the blog earlier in the year, which you can check out here.




Gemma Cooper

Gemma was a day early, but take note!


Reading submissions on the train - still really want a MG updated Homeward Bound or anything with quirky animal protagonists #wishlist





Brooks Sherman


I often have darker tastes with MG fiction: think THE WITCHES, THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, and the Bartimaeus Trilogy. #MSWL

That said, I also love straight-up comedy in MG books! Recent favorites have been BETTER NATE THAN EVER and (of course) ORIGAMI YODA! #MSWL

For YA fiction, I’m most interested in stories teens can relate to, rather than escape into. But speculative elements are fun, too! #MSWL

And for speculative YA projects, I’m most interested in fantasy (epic or historical) and horror (psychological or supernatural). #MSWL





Molly Ker Hawn

Molly didn’t get a chance to tweet updates to her #MSWL, although she’ll probably fight me for a cult book!  

But you can also find more details of what she’s looking for on the blog, over here.




Louise Fury

Sadly, Louise is closed to queries at the moment but she did run a really fun #pitchFURY event on the blog a while back. Check it out here and the results over here. And make sure you follow her on Twitter and keep up with the blog for more opportunities like that!




Susan Hawk

Susan is also presently closed to queries but mark your calendars because she’ll be reopening on September 22nd. Look here for her latest wishlist post and keep these in mind too:


A MG or YA novel in verse that's laugh out loud funny #MSWL

MG novels that include 'found' documents, like diaries, maps, journals, letters #MSWL

#MSWL YA or MG novels with historical element, and span generations, think Joy Luck Club for teens.

#MSWL YA or MG novels that are layered, rich with emotion, and include complex sibling and family relationships

#MSWL MG contemp novel that's fast-paced, with strong plot and big stakes, features 10/11 year old boy MC like the ones I know:

thoughtful, full of heart and affection for friends, loves sports and facts! #MSWL





Beth Phelan


Hungry for some dark, upmarket suspense. #MSWL

Can I also have more #YA with a laugh-out-loud kind of voice? #MSWL

Oh, and looking for beautiful, haunting, literary #YA that will make me cry. #MSWL

Still a sucker for creepy cults. Outstanding world-building, please! #MSWL

Also: islands, gated communities, small settings. #MSWL

Give me other cultures, diverse backgrounds. #MSWL





I’m also looking forward to the upcoming #PitMad (for details, see here) on September 9th, and will be hopping around the feed all day. You should also check out Victoria’s tips on how best to tackle these kinds of Twitter pitch parties; just go here!



Good luck everyone!  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TBA is looking for interns!

We are once again looking for interns! Specifically, we're looking for people who enjoy books by authors such as:

- Erin Morgenstern
- Tana French
- Eleanor Brown
- Jacqueline Sheehan
- Jodi Picoult
- Gillian Flynn
- Lori Roy
- Laurie Notaro
- Celia Rivenbark
- Elin Hilderbrand
- Kristin Hannah
- Jeannette Walls
- Kate Atkinson

This is an eclectic list, so obviously you don't need to like everyone on it. But basically, you should like at least two of the following genres: humor, memoir, upmarket women's fiction and literary suspense. (Please do not apply if you are primarily a young adult/middle-grade reader.)

You don't need to have any kind of publishing experience or even publishing aspirations. We're just looking for people who love books and love to read. You do not need to live in New York; our internships are remote. We ask for a commitment of at least a ten hours a week. Please note that our internships are unpaid.

To apply, please email intern@thebentagency.com and put "Generalist Intern" in the subject line. Tell us:

  • Why you want the internship
  • The last ten books you've read
  • Your ten favorite books

Attach a résumé if you have one, although it's not essential.

If you've applied for an internship with TBA in the past, you're more than welcome to apply again.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Susan Hawk closing to queries August 18th, opening September 22nd

I will be closed to queries from this Monday, August 18th, through Sunday, September 21st.  I’ll be away for the last two weeks of August, and will take the first weeks of September to get caught up.  On Sep 22nd, I’ll open again.

If you queried before this announcement was made (on Monday at 7:00 pm), I will reply to your query in the next couple of weeks. 

If I requested your material, or if you were referred by a client or someone I know, please go ahead and send your query.

If you are attending the SCBWI Carolinas Conference, you can query me immediately after the conference ends (on the 22nd, when I open).

All other queries will receive an auto-reply, reminding you that I’m closed, and requesting that you re-query when I open again.

Many thanks all, I look forward to seeing your pages in September!