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.


1. Send an email to 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.