Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Agent Gemma Cooper Joins TBA!

Hi All, 

I'm thrilled to announce that I have joined the wonderful team at The Bent Agency! And I couldn't be more excited about this! I've already built up a strong working relationship with Molly Hawn here in London, and it seemed inevitable that we would end up as colleagues at some point. I'm looking forward to diving into the slush pile and adding to my current client list. I've written a wish list to help with what I'm looking for. I am only representing authors who write for children and teens.

      ·   I'm lucky to represent Mo O'Hara, author of MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH (Macmillan UK/Feiwel and Friends 2013) and I'd love to find other fantastic chapter books (7+ fiction) with an obvious hook and a laugh on every page.

·   One of my all time favourite books is WHEN YOU REACH Me by Rebecca Stead. I love that it blend genres, has an amazing voice and literary feel to the writing. Anything similar would make me sit up and take notice.

·    I love boy voice YA – it’s my favourite thing in YA and so hard to strike the right balance. Think John Green or Erin Jade Lange's BUTTER.

·    In YA, I’m seeing a lot of urban fantasy and am not really looking for this or paranormal romance. However, I’d love a nice juicy contemporary or issues driven YA. Think Jenny Valentine or Sara Zarr.

·    A YA or MG crime novel or some sort of heist would be great. My favourite detectives are Poriot and Sherlock Holmes, and I've love to read something with the same feel written for younger audiences - red herrings, opulent settings and gathering everyone in a room for the reveal!

·    Please send me historical fiction with a realistic narrator that almost has a diary feel to it. Think the ONCE, THEN, AFTER series by Morris Gleitzman

·    I would like to see some of the paranormal elements that work so well in YA filtered down into MG or chapter books - ideally with humour.

·    I'm obsessed with HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY and the TV series RED DWARF, so I’d love to see funny sci-fi stories for a younger audience. The more off the wall the better.

And one final bit of help - books I've read recently that I've LOVED:

·       WONDER by RJ Palacio
·       DOG DISASTER by Katie Davies
·       LIAR & SPY by Rebecca Stead
·       BARRY LOSER by Jim Smith
·       A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
·       MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner

Although I'm in London now, I lived in NYC for three years and regularly visit, so I'm going to be representing authors from the UK and the US. I look forward to reading your work and really appreciate you sharing it with me. Please query me at

Happy writing!
Gemma Cooper


  1. Gemma, we are so happy to have you on board!

  2. Congratulations Gemma! And congratulations to her lucky new colleagues : D

  3. Congratulations, Gemma. It was great to meet you last year at the SCBWI Annual Conference. Glad things are going so well. Here's to an exciting year and more...

  4. No one's happier than I am about this announcement! Thrilled to be working with Gemma.

  5. Wow congrats Gemma, really pleased for you, well done. I guess you're not looking for any books with spiders in though? ;-)

    Serious question now, if you (and by that I mean me obviously) recently submitted to you at your previous agency, do I now need to resubmit to you new home?

    All the best and have fun xxx

  6. Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Today as been rather overwhelming!

    George - I have emailed you. Always good to hear from you :)

  7. Congratulations! Can't wait to see what wonderful things you do in your new literary home x

  8. How can I resist querying an agent who shares my love of Hitchhiker AND Red Dwarf? Brilliant! Either way, I'll look forward to seeing the projects you undertake come to fruition. Comedic sci-fi for youth is not only what I write, but also what I love to read, and the literary world could do with a great deal more of it.


  9. This is fantastic news, congratulations!

  10. Hooray, Gemma! I love watching you rise. Congrats to the Bent Agency for snagging you!

  11. Congratulations Gemma.