Thursday, January 4, 2018

Molly has reopened to submissions

I took a break from submissions toward the end 2017 because I had a lot of client manuscripts that needed my attention, and because I had a fearsome backlog of requested manuscripts that I needed to read. I'm nearly caught up on both now, and so I'm once again open to queries—which I'm happy about, because I've really missed the thrill of spotting something brilliant in my inbox.

My stock line about what I'm looking for goes: 'I like wit, but not snark; I prefer books that lean more toward literary than commercial, but of course, my perfect book neatly bridges the two.' That's still true. I'm also looking for books that surprise me—stories and voices I haven't heard before. Books that have something smart and important to say about the world around us. Books that ask us to examine who we are and what we think. And most importantly, books that feel unexpected, unique, necessary.

For more on what I'm looking for, and our submission guidelines, see my page on the TBA website.

Here's to a new year full of great queries! I'm looking forward to reading yours.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

UPDATE - Adult Fiction Interns needed!

UPDATE on January 8th: Applications for the YA/MG internship are now closed. Thank you so much to all who applied, I'll answer you shortly! We are still accepting applications for the adult fiction internship. --Sam

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:

- Tana French
- Eleanor Brown
- Jacqueline Sheehan
- Gillian Flynn
- Lori Roy
- Megan Miranda
- Maria Semple
- Kristin Hannah
- Kate Atkinson
- Lori Nelson Spielman
- Anne Tyler
- Jane Austen
- Rosamund Lupton
- Jade Chang

This is an eclectic list, so obviously you don't need to like every author on it.

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. Also 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!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Subsidiary Rights Deals Announcements

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

Claire Fayers' ACCIDENTAL PIRATES series sold in Iran to Houpaa. 

Stephanie Garber's LEGENDARY sold in Norway to Aschehoug. 

Layla Hagen's YOUR ALLURING LOVE and YOUR TEMPTING LOVE sold in Germany to Piper. 

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES sold in Sweden to Lilla Pirat. 

Dominic Nolan's A WOMAN WITH NO MORE PAST sold in the Czech Republic to Euromedia, and in Slovakia to Ikar. 

Lygia Day PeƱaflor's ALL OF THIS IS TRUE sold in Russia to AST Publishers. 

Lori Nelson Spielman's QUOTE ME and THE LIFE LIST sold in Spain to Urano.

Anstey Spraggan's GOODBYE, PARIS sold in Spain to Urano. 

Robin Stevens' A SPOONFUL OF MURDER sold in Germany to Knesebeck, and in Italy to Mondadori. 

Jessica Townsend's NEVERMOOR sold in Croatia to Znanje, in Slovenia to Ucila, in a three-book deal, in Vietnam to Dinh Ti Books, in a three-book deal, and in Portugal to Penguin Random House, at auction, in a three-book deal. 

Gita Trelease's ENCHANTEƉ sold in the Czech Republic to Albatros Media. 

Francesca Zappia's ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS and MADE YOU UP sold in Serbia to Publik Praktikum. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Congrats to Emma Berquist for her recent film deal with New Regency for DEVILS UNTO DUST, forthcoming from Greenwillow/HarperCollins!!!

Read more here at Deadline Hollywood!