I'm so excited to announce that the fantastic Heather Flaherty has joined our agency! Heather was formerly a YA and Children's Literary Scout, and you can read all about her on our website here. Everyone at TBA has loved working with Heather in her previous role and we are thrilled to have her on board. And now, for a word from Heather... —Jenny
I am beyond psyched to join the incredible crew
at the Bent Agency. I’ve worked with the agency during my time as a
literary scout, and they remained among my absolute favorite people
ever. Moving from scouting to agenting is a pretty expected jump, and
I’m thrilled to bring that industry knowledge to the agent table. I’ll be
focusing on MG and YA fiction and non-fiction… but I’ll also be looking at
select New Adult, as well as humor and pop culture non-fiction. My current
wish list looks something like this:
• Dying for some dripping, twisted,
ghost stories and horror — I really want to see something like ANNA
DRESSED IN BLOOD done so sickly well they make a video game out of
it – a la American McGee’s Alice Madness Returns.
• Issue-related MG/YA that’s stripped
and real… not broody or self-indulgent. Can be straight or humorous. Along
the lines of Nic Sheff’s SCHIZO, Corey Ann Haydu's LIFE
BY COMMITTEE, and Meg Wolitzer’s BELZHAR.
• I want to see more extreme contemporary
stories with hard punch and a twist. Hot-Pink, Punk-Rock, Fangirl, Totally
Unreliable Narrator, Space-time Continuum, you-name-it-you-own-it YA.
• Contemporary YA with sci-fi elements –
not high sci-fi, but as part of a contemporary story, like Kimberly
Derting’s THE TAKING.
• For MG/YA fantasy, and historical or period fiction, I’m looking for worlds that feel real, not obviously
fabricated — a place you’re immediately part of, without any use of
brainpower to get you there. Like Vicky Alvear Shecter’s CURSES AND
SMOKE, or Saaba Tahir’s EMBER IN THE ASHES. I also enjoy cleverly respun
classic tales like Gregory Maguire’s CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY
STEPSISTER or WICKED.
• I love teen memoir about overcoming
traumatizing situations, especially when they involve bullying. One of my
must-reads is POSITIVE by Paige Rawl.
• But above all, GIVE ME VOICE! I crave
authentic teen voices, a unique personality, no faceless ingenue the
reader can “fit themselves into.” Let’s hear about a specific boy or
girl that the reader can actually relate to instead (even if it’s in the
Thank you for reading, and again, I’m so very happy to
be part of this stellar agency. I look forward to hearing from all you
wonderful writers out there, and heartily thank you for sharing.
Query me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
:) Heather Flaherty