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The Bent Agency
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I first worked at Orion before doing a stint in script development for TV and film. I then moved to become assistant to Juliet Mushens and Diana Beaumont for two years. I am now an agent at The Bent Agency.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Sarah Waters (The Night Watch), JoJo Moyes (Me Before You), Robin Hobb (Assassins Apprentice), Donna Tartt (The Secret History), Harlan Coben (Long Lost), Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot)
Other loves & passions:
I still go to ballet and gymnastics classes when I can find the time. I am also training for my first triathlon, which I'm already regretting!
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An Interview with Sarah

Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women’s) Give us some examples and say why you liked these books/authors.

I absolutely love crime and thrillers, and it is all about the pacing for these kinds of novels. I recently enjoyed THE LIE by C.L. Taylor and found her exploration of toxic relationships incredibly compelling. I’m also a sucker for a love story and enjoy women’s fiction that has a bit of meat to it / anything that makes me cry; ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes is an absolute favourite of mine, and I always find Liane Moriarty’s characters so warm and interesting. I’m also keen to represent YA that explores big subjects in the same vein as Jodi Picoult, and one of my favourite books is I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith.

Q. What books/authors do you love in literary/historical/book group fiction? Examples and reasons, please!

I really enjoy reading stories that tackle difficult characters and issues. In these novels I love to be challenged to see things from other perspectives and taken on journeys I otherwise couldn’t have imagined. THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton is so beautifully written and I love how strong her female characters are. THE WASP NEST is another favourite of mine because the voice is so unique.

Q. How about sci-fi/horror/fantasy/paranormal/YA dystopian/erotic? What would you be interested in, and what’s a big no?

Anything with a clear and imaginative world! As long as I follow the rules of that world and believe in its characters, then I’m interested. Apart from erotica, I would happily consider a well-crafted novel from any of the genres listed above. I read and absolutely loved READY PLAYER ONE this year, and have recommended it countless times since.

Q. On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?

I am looking for narrative non-fiction; interesting people with interesting stories. I currently represent an amazing female survival expert as well as an incredibly inspiring blind hiker, and I see my list growing to encompass more sports authors. I also studied History at university and am interested in accessible non-fiction in this area.

Q. Is there anything in particular you’d love to see at the moment?

I have a varied taste but a few things I’m always delighted to find are believable but unreliable narrators, unique and complex female voices, and I’d love a historical novel that goes against the grain with an interesting and new perspective on events.

Q: What character (from any book) would you be and why?

Hermione Granger – unfortunately nothing to do with possessing magical powers – but because I auditioned for the role when I was 9 and still feel as if I had my future ripped away from me!

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The Bent Agency / London 21 Melliss Avenue Kew, Richmond TW9 4BQ
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Email only; see Submission type: Email only: query + first ten pages, both pasted into body of email message (no attachments) If you know you're a great writer with a story to tell, we hope you'll be in touch with us. Please review these submission guidelines before you contact us. First, review our agents' bios and decide which of us you'd like to query. Please do not simultaneously query our agents; submit your work to only one of us. If she passes, feel free to contact another. Second, email your chosen agent and tell her briefly who you are, about your book, and why you're the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please). If you're submitting a picture book, please include the complete text; for illustrations, please also include a link to your website if available, or two or three PDFs or JPEGs of your work. For graphic novels, please paste the first ten pages of your script in the body of your email, as well as the first five pages of your dummy. The dummy doesn't need to be entirely finished, but if it's not, please include up to three samples of your finished work, or a link to your online portfolio. Please do not send an exclusive query. Queries are meant to be shared with multiple agencies. The Bent Agency ONLY accepts email queries. If you send your query by postal mail, it will be recycled and not returned to you. It is our goal to respond to every query. If you don't receive a response within a month, please resend your query and indicate that you're sending it again. If the agent is interested in your work, she will respond with instructions for sending the rest of your material. If we do request material from you, we ask that you check back with us before accepting representation elsewhere. The Bent Agency is grateful for all queries and submissions. We understand that your work is important to you and we thank you for considering us.
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The Bent Agency is based in the United States, however two of their agents are based in the UK. For this reason we feel they are important to include on Agent Hunter. "At The Bent Agency, we work with authors to map the publishing career of their dreams and work with them to make it a reality. We pay careful attention to every detail, from the terms of a first contract, editorial work and cover design, to the publisher's marketing and publicity plan, royalties and sales figures. We offer the kind of representation that can only be born of years of agent experience in the atmosphere of a smaller boutique firm where every client gets our combined and total focus. We pride ourselves on nurturing and discovering authors whom we can help propel to the top of their category. We have represented over 30 New York Times bestselling titles, with many more on USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and other regional lists."
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