Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Agent Laurel Symonds- The Bent Agency

Hi Everyone! I had a great time last weekend at the Seattle Writers Workshop. I was able to meet several agents and get the inside scoop on their wishlists. So today, let's get to know agent Laurel Symonds from The Bent Agency.

Who is Laurel?
She told us that though she is new to agenting, she has over ten years of publishing experience. Everything from editing, to marketing and bookselling. She has a well rounded perspective and feels qualified to wear an agent hat.

On the personal side, I noticed she mentioned Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Game of Thrones as favorites.

What is she looking for?
She is seeking young adult fiction (all kinds), middle grade fiction (all kinds), chapter books, and picture books (both text only and author-illustrator work). She also seeks excellent illustrators and children’s nonfiction.

She is actively building her client list :)

Her Do List-
Write what you know.
Make the first ten pages your best ten pages.
Choose great character names.
Build solid worlds.
Read more books.
Follow submission guidelines.

Her Don't List-
Don't use cliches, racist tropes or stereotypes.
Don't be lazy with your research.
Don't let your world building overshadow the elements of your book.
Avoid information dumps.
Watch your social media. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Want to query?
Please review their submission guidelines.
Then email: symondsqueries@thebentagency.com

Find her on Twitter @laurelsymonds

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