Agent Friday: Jenny Bent

Jenny Bent is the founder of The Bent Agency, and has been in the business for 15 years. She blogs over at Bent on Books, and is fabulous not only for being a fantastic agent, but she lives in Brooklyn, where I grew up.

Here's a quote from Bent: “This sounds trite, but you cannot give up and you cannot stop believing in yourself. So many incredibly successful writers spent years and years trying to break into this business and you should take inspiration from how hard they worked and how they never stopped trying. That, and brush up on online promotion—increasingly it is essential for publishing success, both for published and unpublished authors.”

Jenny Bent has lots of great posts on her blog, including a series from her clients on how they got an agent. Here are some highlights:
Sometimes a little stalking is a good thing: how getting to know an agent can increase your query chances.

"Overnight Success": the agent story of Bent's client Lori Roy, who didn't write a good query letter. She shares the timeline of querying through publication.


On agent regrets: how agents feel about passing on particular manuscripts.

Think of me as a conduit, not a gatekeeper: Bent has a refreshing view of how important agents and editors are in the publishing process.

How writers disqualify themselves with their query letters: one of Bent's interns shares what she's learned reading piles of slush.

How I sold three 'first' novels in three different genres: Bent's client Jennifer Archer broke the 'rules' of writing different genres, and shares how it worked out.

Social media: Bent showcases her authors who do a great job with social media.

Even nepotism isn't enough: Wish you had a niece who was a literary agent? Read the story of Bent's aunt, Marta McDowell, and how she fought for representation.

There are lots more Agent Friday posts to check out. Don't miss them. And today is the last day of the Muse Online Writing Confrerence!

10 comments:

  1. Great articles to look through. Thanks for sharing! :O)

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  2. You're welcome. It's so fun to browse agent blogs! I always learn something new.

    ~Debbie

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  3. Awesome - good reads for the weekend!! THANKS!

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  4. You're welcome, Nancy. Hope it's a wonderful weekend. We're expecting snow.

    ~Debbie

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  5. Ooooo, I love Jenny Bent! Thanks for the links :)

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  6. I don't think I've visited her blog before. This list will keep me busy. Stay warm, if it snows.

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  7. You know, Jess, I had heard of her, but hadn't researched her. She seems awesome.

    Stacy, it sounds like we might be making snowmen tomorrow!

    ~Debbie

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  8. Hi Debbie, I've queried this agent, along with hundreds of others lol! I'm still at it but I am beginning to think that I am meant to publish my book myself. Either way, I have confidence in the results. My book will find her readers;) Thanks for once again posting an informative post. I am following her blog now as she has so many good things to share.

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  9. Thanks for the link - I'm going to add her blog to my roll!

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  10. Leah- I keep wondering what will happen when I finally get around to querying. That's one reason I save a lot of info on self-publishing. And I agree: your book and readers will find each other.

    Trisha- This was a 'new' agent for me, too. Glad I didn't overlook her for too long!

    ~Debbie

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