Friday, June 16, 2017

Subsidiary Rights Deal Announcements

Congratulations to the following TBA clients on their subsidiary rights deals!  

Gary John Bishop’s UNF*CK YOURSELF sold in Greece to Esoptron; in Lithuania to Orizura; in Taiwan to Ba Fun; and in Turkey to Yayincilik.

Scarlett Cole’s THE PUREST HOOK and THE DARKEST LINK sold in France to JC Lattès.

L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid’s THE CAD & THE CO-ED sold in Germany to Bastei Lubbe.

Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL sold in Azerbaijan to Teas Publishing House and in Sweden to Wahlstroms.

Layla Hagen’s YOUR FOREVER LOVE and YOUR INESCAPABLE LOVE sold in Germany to Piper.

Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy sold in Romania to Nemira and in Russia to Robins.

Geneva Lee’s COMMAND ME, CONQUER ME, and CROWN ME sold in Poland to Illuminatio and CROWN ME sold in Turkey to Yayincilik.

Penny Reid’s NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN, FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS, and LOVE HACKED sold in Poland to Poradnia.

j. a. reynolds’ OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS sold in China to Beijing White Horse Time; in France to Pocket Jeunesse, at auction, in a two-book deal; in Germany to Carlsen, at auction; in Greece to Psichogios; in Italy to Piemme, at auction, in a two-book deal; in the Netherlands to HarperCollins Holland, in a pre-empt; in Poland to Zysk, at auction; in Russia to AST; in Spain to Montena, at auction, in a two-book deal; and in Turkey to Pegasus, at auction, in a two-book deal.

Roxie Rivera’s IVAN and CLOSE QUARTERS sold in Italy to Follie Letterarie.

Jacqueline Sheehan’s THE TIGER IN THE HOUSE sold in France to JC Lattès.

Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT and HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME sold in the Netherlands to Clavis and in Poland to Czwarta Strona.

Adam Silvera’s THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END sold in the Netherlands to Clavis.

Robin Stevens’ FIRST CLASS MURDER sold in Japan to Hara Shobo.

Robin Stevens’ MISTLETOE AND MURDER sold in Italy to Mondadori.

Angie Thomas’ THE HATE U GIVE sold in Georgia to Books in Batumi; in Japan to Iwasaki; and in Korea to Woongjin Think Big.

Jessica Townsend’s NEVERMOOR trilogy sold in Ukraine to Vivat.

Lynn Weingarten’s SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS and BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

Francesca Zappia’s ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS sold in Poland to JC Jacek Kaszyk and in Sweden to Modernista.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

TBA Monthly Wishlist - June 2017

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist! Here's the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

Middle grade fantasy with a strong voice and smart humour like THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers - Gemma Cooper

Adult fiction with a wide, diverse cast of millennial people of color; unflinching, honest, with smart, dark humor and a powerful voice - Beth Phelan

Dark, demented, crumbling, atmospheric, twisted YA fantasy - where the underdog thrives. Think SIX OF CROWS - Heather Flaherty

MG fiction that delves into thorny family relationships with thoughtfulness and authenticity; contemporary and 20th-century historical YA exploring the experience of the South Asian diaspora; and anything funny enough to make me forget for a few minutes what a mess the world is in right now - Molly Ker Hawn

I’d love to find a new thriller, suspense or crime novel. Two books I have recently fallen in love with are THE FINAL GIRLS and SOMETIMES I LIE. I’d also like to find an issue-led drama with an incredible voice and characters that really draw us in - Sarah Manning

I’d love a really dark, twisty suspense novel, particularly one with a female narrator - Victoria Cappello

Friday, May 19, 2017

Deal Announcement - HOUSE OF ASH by Hope Cook


Huge congrats to Hope Cook for her beautifully creepy dual perspective YA, HOUSE OF ASH, with Amulet Books/Abrams. Details here at Children's Bookshelf:



What's not to love? A cursed mirror, a gothic mansion, and a trapped but fierce girl fighting her way out...

Twitter:  @HopeAvaCook 


Friday, April 28, 2017

TBA Monthly Wishlist - May 2017

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist! Here's the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

Middle grade fantasy with a strong voice and smart humour like THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers - Gemma Cooper

I’d love to see YA fantasy with high political stakes and a smart, courageous protagonist (like Kestrel in THE WINNER’S CURSE) or a YA contemporary with a demonstrably strong feminist main character. And I’m always looking for MG contemporary, historical, or fantasy that feels timeless and emotionally powerful - Molly Ker Hawn

I'm feeling something upmarket historical right now, like ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE or THE BOOK THIEF - Heather Flaherty

I would like to see epic family dramas full of textured characters and dense plotting.  Ideally, they would grapple with issues like immigration, otherness, and economic strife but in a way that presents these themes with a broad range of emotion - John Bowers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CLOSED -- Adult Fiction Interns needed!

We have intern positions open for an adult fiction reader.  To become an intern reader for the Bent Agency, you do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories.  In particular, it’s helpful to be familiar with the books on the New York Times-bestseller list.

We’re looking for someone who enjoys 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.

You do not need to live in New York since this is a remote internship. We do ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment. Please note that it is unpaid.

The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers for children, children’s librarians, elementary school teachers, MFA students, and passionate readers.

The agency runs a monthly educational chat for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. (Past and upcoming topics include: How publishers create marketing plans, Do we need literary agents anymore?, Digital and social publishing, Literary scouts: What do they do? What are the entry-level jobs in publishing? -- we try to make them as useful as we can.) These are optional, and the days/times vary because all the interns have different 'day job' schedules.


Interested?

1. Send an email to intern@thebentagency.com and put “Adult Fiction intern” in the subject line.

2. Tell us why you want the internship and something about yourself, or include a resume if you have one (although it's not necessary).

3. Include two lists: the last ten adult fiction books you've read and your top ten favorite adult fiction books of all time.



If you've applied in the past, you're welcome to apply again. We usually get a great many applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space for details!


UPDATE on May 18th: Applications for this internship are now closed. Thank you so much to all who applied, I'll answer you shortly! -- Sam

Subsidiary Rights Deal Announcements

Congratulations to the following TBA clients on their subsidiary rights deals!  

Becky Albertalli’s THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED sold in Norway to Kagge Forlag, in Poland to Papierowy, and in Sweden to Rabén & Sjögren.

Emily Trunko’s DEAR MY BLANK sold in France to Bayard and in the Netherlands to Blossom Books.

Emily Trunko's LAST MESSAGE RECEIVED sold in France to Bayard. 

Francesca Zappia’s MADE YOU UP sold in Latin America to Diamante.

Francesca Zappia’s ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS sold in Italy to Giunti Editore, in France to Robert Laffont, and in Germany to DTV.

Lynsay Sands’ FALLING FOR THE HIGHLANDER sold in Germany to Lyx, in Turkey to Penguen Kitap Kaset, and in Italy to Mondadori.

Lynsay Sands’ TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD sold in Turkey to Penguen Kitap Kaset.

Lori Roy’s THE TRACKS sold in Sweden to Modernista and in France to Le Masque.

Jean Pendziwol’s THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS sold in Poland to Swiat Ksiqzki and in Russia to Family Leisure Club.

A.G. Howard’s THE ARCHITECT OF SONG sold in France to MxM Bookmark and in Spain to Oz Editorial.

A.G. Howard’s ROSEBLOOD sold in Spain to Oz Editorial, in Hungary to Maxim, and in Italy to Newton Compton.

A.G. Howard’s Splintered series sold in Russia to Exmo, in a four-book deal, in Romania to Univers Gold, in a two-book deal, and in Poland to Foksal, in a three-book deal.

Staci Hart’s CHASER and LAST CALL sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

Adam Silvera’s THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END sold in Spain to Urano and in Turkey to Pegasus.

Adam Silvera’s HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME sold in Turkey to Pegasus. 

Lori Nelson Spielman’s QUOTE ME sold in the Netherlands to Muelenhoff Boekerij and in Russia to Atticus-Azbooka.
Lori Nelson Spielman’s THE LIFE LIST sold in Russia to Atticus-Azbooka.

Jen McLaughlin’s BLURRED LINES sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

Jessica Townsend’s NEVERMOOR trilogy sold in Slovakia, at auction, to Ikar and in the Czech Republic to Albatros Media, at auction.

Angie Thomas’ THE HATE U GIVE sold in Portugal to Presenca, in Turkey to Penguen Kitap Kaset, in China to Pioneer, in Taiwan to Global, and in Indonesia to Gramedia.

Lori Wilde’s TRUE LOVE QUILTING CLUB and I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS sold in Germany to Weltbild. 

Stephanie Burgis’ THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART sold in France to Gallimard, at auction, in a two-book deal, in Romania to Storia Books, in Poland to Nasza Ksiegarnia, in Russia to AST, and in Turkey to Marti. 

Geneva Lee’s COMPLETE ME (Royals Saga Book 7) sold in France to Hugo & CIE.

Geneva Lee’s CROWN ME (Royals Saga Book 3) sold in Italy to Mondadori.

Robin Stevens’ MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE and ARSENIC FOR TEA sold in Russia to AST and in the Czech Republic to Albatros Media.

Robin Stevens' MISTLETOE AND MURDER and CREAM BUNS AND CRIME sold in Germany to Von Dem Knesebeck.

Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL sold in Denmark to Turbine, in Iran to Behdad Publications, and in Lithuania to Balto Trader.
L.H. Cosway’s HEARTS series sold in France to MxM Bookmark.

Cherrie Lynn’s Larson Brothers series sold in Germany to Lyx.

Heidi Heilig’s THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE sold in Turkey to Pegasus.

Nancy Scanlon’s THE WINTER LAIRD sold in Germany to AmazonCrossing.  

Kristen Ciccarelli’s Iskari trilogy sold in the Czech Republic to Alpress. 

Scarlett Cole’s THE PUREST HOOK sold in Germany to Ullstein.

Scarlett Cole’s THE STRONGEST STEEL and THE FRACTURED HEART sold in Italy to Fabbri, at auction.

Matt Killeen’s ORPHAN, MONSTER, LIAR, SPY sold in Spain to Roca, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, in Poland to Rodzina, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, in Italy to Garzanti, at auction, in a two-book deal, and in Brazil to Planeta, at auction, in a two-book deal.

Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy sold in Iran to Houpaa Publishing House.

Jessica Cluess’ A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING and A POISON DARK AND DROWNING sold in Russia to Ripol.
Seressia Glass’ NAUGHTY & NICE sold in Germany to Droemer.

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES sold in Italy to Rizzoli Ragazzi.

Friday, March 31, 2017

TBA Monthly Wishlist - April 2017

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist! Here's the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

YA Dark Epic Fantasy, whether gritty and urban, or sweeping and otherworldly. High stakes and taut emotions please, with strong females I would stand and fight beside! - Heather Flaherty


A fun YA romance that still has a hooky concept. I want to read about first love and romance; lots of kisses an added bonus. Think LOVE & GELATO, or LOVE, LIES & LEMON PIES - Gemma Cooper

I want reading group women’s fiction with lots of heart and preferably set in the UK; a love story that makes me cry, or something a little darker in the vein of Liane Moriarty - Sarah Manning  

I’d love a super suspenseful, atmospheric suspense/procedural novel like the ones in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series - Victoria Cappello

Friday, March 24, 2017

Deal Announcement - DEVILS UNTO DUST by Emma Berquist

Huge congrats to Emma Berquist for her awesome new YA, DEVILS UNTO DUST, with Greenwillow/HarperCollins. Pitched as True Grit meets 28 Days Later, details here at Children's Bookshelf:



What's not to love? Old West, virus strain, the rabid-dead, and a hard girl fighting for her family… 

Twitter:  @eeberquist

Friday, March 3, 2017

CLOSED -- Generalist & YA/MG Interns needed!

We have intern positions open for an adult fiction reader and for a young adult/middle grade reader.  To become an intern reader for the Bent Agency, you do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories.  In particular, it’s helpful to be familiar with the books on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Additionally, for adult fiction readers, we’re looking for someone who enjoys 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. 

You do not need to live in New York since this is a remote internship. We do ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment. Please note that it is unpaid. 

The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers for children, children’s librarians, elementary school teachers, MFA students, and passionate readers.

The agency runs a monthly educational chat for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. (Past and upcoming topics include: How publishers create marketing plans, Do we need literary agents anymore?, Digital and social publishing, Literary scouts: What do they do? What are the entry-level jobs in publishing? -- we try to make them as useful as we can.) These are optional, and the days/times vary because all the interns have different 'day job' schedules.


Interested?

1. Send an email to intern@thebentagency.com and put “Adult Fiction intern” or "YA/MG intern" in the subject line. If you’d like to read for both, put “Adult/YA/MG intern” in the subject line.

2. Tell us why you want the internship and something about yourself, or include a resume if you have one (although it's not necessary). 

3. Include two lists: the last ten adult fiction or YA/MG books you've read and your top ten favorite adult fiction or YA/MG books of all time.




If you've applied in the past, you're welcome to apply again. We usually get a great many applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space for details! 

UPDATE on March 29th: Applications for this internship are now closed. Thank you so much to all who applied, I'll answer you shortly! -- Sam

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TBA Monthly Wishlist - March 2017

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist! Here's the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

I need some FUN in my inbox. Chapter books and middle grade that will make me laugh, and young adult books that read like a rom-com - Gemma Cooper

I want reading group women’s fiction with lots of heart and preferably set in the UK; a love story that makes me cry, or something a little darker in the vein of Liane Moriarty - Sarah Manning  

I’d love to see YA fantasy with high political stakes and a smart, courageous protagonist (like Kestrel in THE WINNER’S CURSE) or a YA contemporary with a demonstrably strong feminist main character. And I’m always looking for MG contemporary, historical, or fantasy that feels timeless and emotionally powerful - Molly Ker Hawn

YA Dark Epic Fantasy, whether gritty and urban, or sweeping and otherworldly. High stakes and taut emotions please, with strong females I would stand and fight beside! - Heather Flaherty

Monday, February 20, 2017

Heather is looking for Adult Fiction Interns

I have openings for interns! I’m looking to fill positions for Adult Fiction interns focusing in Women’s Fiction, Female-Centric Thrillers, Horror, and general Upmarket and Literary Fiction.
You do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories, particularly with books on the New York Times bestseller lists. The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers, librarians, teachers and educators, MFA students, and passionate readers. You do not need to live in New York—this is a remote internship. We ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment. 

While this internship is unpaid, TBA values our interns' contributions, and holds monthly educational chats for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. And in between those events, I answer as many questions about the publishing process that I can. I ask for a six-month commitment, but most of my interns have ended up sticking around for a year or more! 

Interested?

To apply for the Adult Intern position, send the information below to: HeathersAdultInterns@gmail.com, with subject line "Adult Intern."
  • Tell me why you want the internship, and a little about yourself, including relevant experience. Feel free to attach a resume if you feel it would help – though it’s not necessary.
  • List your top 10 favorite books of all time
  • List the last 10 books of fiction you read

If you've applied in the past, you're welcome to apply again. Watch this space and @HeddaFlaherty on Twitter for details! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome John Bowers to TBA!

Hi all, I’m thrilled to begin building a list here at the Bent Agency.  We already have an amazing roster of writers, and it will be my great pleasure to find talented authors of adult literary fiction, science-fiction and nonfiction to join under the Bent Agency banner. 

You can learn a little bit more about me here, and take a look at the agency’s submission guidelines here.  For those considering sharing your work with me, the following should give you a good sense of my overall tastes. 

In general, I’m most intrigued by fiction that:

·      Is smart, edgy, and dark
·      Is timely (particularly politically)
·      Features an unreliable narrator
·      Is atmospheric and gritty
·      Delves into conspiracy theories
·      Features down-and-out characters (especially from the South), but crafts them so that they 
       exist well beyond stereotype
·      Has a charged sense of hyper-realism
·      Offers a character-driven story with a sweeping, historical scope
·      Evokes a sense of internal and/or civil unrest
·      Treats the lives of regular people as though they existed on a grand scale

With that said, here’s some of the fiction that I love: 

·      STONER by John Williams
·      ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
·      THE SHIPPING NEWS by Annie Proulx
·      BARKSKINS by Annie Proulx
·      COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER by Michael Ondaatje
·      SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy
·      FAY by Larry Brown
·      THE OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER by Eudora Welty
·      ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Falkner
·      THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
·      100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
·      A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS by Marlon James
·      CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE by George Saunders
·      THE DISPOSSESSED by Ursula Le Guin
·      THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood
·      WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo

As far as nonfiction goes, I’m looking for books that:

·      Help us understand the world
·      Showcase hard truths
·      Uplift and enlighten us

Some of the titles that have most affected me include: 

·      THE WORST HARD TIME by Timothy Egan
·      FACTORY MAN by Beth Macy
·      ALL THE SHAH’S MEN by Stephen Kinzer
·      KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST by Adam Hochschild
·      RIVER OF DOUBT by Candice Millard
·      THE ASCENT OF MONEY by Niall Ferguson
·      THE POWER BROKER by Robert Caro
·      DIRTY WARS by Jeremy Scahill
·      THE LOOMING TOWER by Lawrence Wright
·      CONSIDER THE LOBSTER AND OTHER ESSAYS by David Foster Wallace
·      OUTLIERS by Malcom Gladwell
·      MONEYBALL by Michael Lewis
·      BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan

For anyone curious about my tastes beyond books, I enjoy:

·      Literally every one of the Coen brothers’ films
·      Westworld
·      Mr. Robot
·      The Wire
·      Hypernormalisation
·      Citizen Four
·      Ex-Machina
·      All of Wes Anderson’s films (but not equally, and yes, it’s true)

Alternatively, here’s a short list of what I’m NOT interested in: 

·      Epic, high fantasy
·      Space opera (I like science-fiction, but the kind that’s geared towards the near future and 
       is also technology-based.)
·      Stories that romanticize a particular time or place
·      Stories that primarily explore the lives of college students

If you have something you think I’ll like, I’m currently open to queries and invite you to query me at bowersqueries@thebentagency.com.  I’m very much looking forward to the stories you have to send me.  

Thank you so much for taking the time to read! 


John

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

TBA Monthly Wishlist - Feb 2017

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist! Here's the project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

A fun YA romance that still has a hooky concept. I want to read about first love and romance; lots of kisses an added bonus. Think LOVE & GELATO, or LOVE, LIES & LEMON PIES - Gemma Cooper


I want reading group women’s fiction with lots of heart and preferably set in the UK; a love story that makes me cry, or something a little darker in the vein of Liane Moriarty - Sarah Manning 


I would love to see some diverse, poignant, young women’s fiction with a magical realism slant - Beth Phelan 


I’d love to see YA fantasy with high political stakes and a smart, courageous protagonist (like Kestrel in THE WINNER’S CURSE) or a YA contemporary with a demonstrably strong feminist main character. And I’m always looking for MG contemporary, historical, or fantasy that feels timeless and emotionally powerful - Molly Ker Hawn


I’m still dying for a literary novel set during the thirteen-day span of the Cuban Missile Crisis in small town USA - Victoria Cappello

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gemma's 2017 Wishlist

2017 is here and I’m opening again to queries. I’m looking for a few wonderful authors and author/illustrators to join my list, and to help me find you, here are some detailed wishlist requests and a bit more about me.

My client list is typified by character-led stories, and voice is the most important thing I look for in submissions. Fun fact I’ve recently realised: Almost all my clients count THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams as one of their favourite books. That shared sense of quirky humour is something we all have in common, and something I look for in all my projects.

In general:
  • Funny chapter books aimed at 7+ with series potential
  • Any MG with a strong voice will get my attention, whatever the subject matter or setting (historical, fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, contemporary, thriller)
  • For young adult fiction, I prefer a contemporary setting and I’d love a standout YA romance
  • Author/illustrators writing for any age will get my immediate attention, particularly in the chapter book and MG markets
  • I’m looking for diverse voices, illustrators and stories across my list, but particularly for chapter books and MG. #ownvoices 

More specifically, I would like to see:
  • Animal POV for fiction
  • Romance, romance, romance for YA – I love to fall in love
  • Big concept, commercial MG
  • Murder She Wrote for YA – a little campy, with great settings and mysteries
  • Funny sci-fi – like HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE for MG
  • ‘Movie X’ meets ‘Movie Y’ pitches – I love a good one-line pitch
  • Gripping psychological thriller for YA that leaves you guessing until the end.
  • YA or MG with a unique way of telling your story – nonlinear narrative, novels in verse, multi POVs, letters, illustrated novels, or something else really creative!
  • Books that have obvious potential for animation
  • Fantasy MG with a strong voice and smart humour like THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers.
  • Graphic novels for young fiction – on a big reading kick of these recently
  • A parody on the paranormal trope, with heart and real stakes. Think a Buffy spoof.
  • Funny characters, funny concepts, funny storytelling
  • Fiction set during WWII or the Chicago World’s Fair (I love most MG historical fiction)
  • Contemporary-ish YA – YA with a twist, like THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
  • My own DASH AND LILY’S BOOK OF DARES – I love dual POV
  • Meta books — books that break the fourth wall, a book within a book, books with in-jokes, books that reference themselves
  • Chapter books that remind me of shows like Phineas & Ferb, Danger Mouse, Ren & Stimpy
  • Author-illustrated picture books
  • I love living in Chicago, so if your book has a Chicago setting, please send
  • Clever twists on fairytales and nursery rhymes
  • Children’s non-fiction — I’m interested in history and science, but want very accessible books with an obvious hook

Things that aren’t for me:
  • Very high fantasy – but if your fantasy is more romance than revolution, then I’m your gal. I need the epic romance in my epic fantasy!
  • I’m not the best person for a very depressed MC, teen suicide books or books involving self-harm
  • Historical fiction that is very American – Civil War-era for example.
  • American sports books – I don’t really understand baseball, American football or hockey as much as I’d need to enjoy these
  • Picture book texts – I’m taking a break from these while I focus on my current picture book authors

Other facts:
  • I am a twin, so I love twin or sibling stories
  • I currently live in Chicago, but previously have called London, New York and Cambridge home – all these settings make me feel nostalgic
  • As a kid, I was obsessed with Egyptian history, and could write in fluent hieroglyphics

Favourite movies
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Heathers
  • Groundhog Day

Favourite TV shows
  • Red Dwarf
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Murder She Wrote

Best book I read in 2016
  • THE RADIUM GIRLS by Kate Moore - I would love something similar for the YA or MG market. 

Favourite Authors
  • Douglas Adams
  • Robert Rankin
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Jasper Fforde
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Rainbow Rowell
  • Erin Jade Lange
  • Jenny Valentine
  • Rebecca Stead
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Katherine Applegate
  • Morris Gleitzman

I’m so excited to be open to queries as I’ve found most of my clients in my submissions – I can’t wait to read your work. You can follow me on twitter for more wishlist requests as the year continues @gemma_cooper

Email your query letter and your first 10 pages pasted into the body of the email to cooperqueries@thebentagency.com