Friday, March 3, 2017

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.


1. Send an email to 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! 

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! 


To apply for the Adult Intern position, send the information below to:, 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
·      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
·      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  I’m very much looking forward to the stories you have to send me.  

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!