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The Bent Agency (Jenny Bent)

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OK, I checked the threads and didn't notice anything so.....has anyone ever heard of or had dealings with Jenny Bent of Trident Media? She's requested a partial of my chick lit. any info would be helpful, thanks.
 

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That's excellent news, because Jenny is terrific. In fact, you just reminded me-- she offered to do a little Q&A session here. :) I've heard nothing but wonderful things about her and she has a very good track record. So, congrats!
 

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oh, cool. I hope she likes quirky humor :D


Since I posted my query on the SYW board and fixed it up, i've gotten three requests for partials and two requests for fulls on that manuscript. This site rocks!
 

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That's great news! She wasn't interested in my paranormal mystery.

Ditto--this site rocks! Thanks Jenna
 

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Thanks for all the good wishes - I have all fingers and toes crossed she likes it and requests the full ;) But I am really encouraged to have come this far, and a lot of it is due to the tips/help that i've gotten from all the wonderful people on this board!

At the risk of repeating myself, I'll say it again...THIS SITE ROCKS!:)
 

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Hey there!

I had a tiny bit of dealings with Jenny Bent myself. Sent her a paper query, heard back from it about 4 months later. Sent the partial, and then her assistant (who is super nice) contacted me and asked me to rewrite the partial. I did, and sent it off, along with the full manuscript (per their request). A couple of months later, I got a response saying that Jenny really liked it, but her list was pretty full and my story was a bit 'darker' than what she would like to represent, so she passed me to another agent in house.

The other agent asked for rewrites as well, and then, unfortunately, passed on my brilliance. ;) But the minor dealings I had with Jenny (mostly with her assistant) were that she is a super-nice lady...just busy. :)

Good luck! Hope this helps you with trying to figure out response times. :)
 

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Irysangel said:
Hey there!

I had a tiny bit of dealings with Jenny Bent myself. Sent her a paper query, heard back from it about 4 months later. Sent the partial, and then her assistant (who is super nice) contacted me and asked me to rewrite the partial. I did, and sent it off, along with the full manuscript (per their request). A couple of months later, I got a response saying that Jenny really liked it, but her list was pretty full and my story was a bit 'darker' than what she would like to represent, so she passed me to another agent in house.

The other agent asked for rewrites as well, and then, unfortunately, passed on my brilliance. ;) But the minor dealings I had with Jenny (mostly with her assistant) were that she is a super-nice lady...just busy. :)

Good luck! Hope this helps you with trying to figure out response times. :)

I appreciate your feedback - and you actually answered one question that was floating around in the back of my mind. Would an agent ask for a rewrite if they thought the work has promise!
If she thinks it could be saleable with a rewrite, I'm more than willing to comply!
I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes. Like you said, so far all my dealings have been with her assistant, Victoria, who seems supernice!
 

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Hello all and thank you for making it possible to weed through all the biased info out there and ask point blank questions. I have a questions about agencies. How are these two: Trident Media and Ashley Grayson agency? They have both asked for my book and I want to make sure everything is good with them first. I know it's a long shot anyway but I should check them out. Thank you all for your time.
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Have you heard anything about either one or just no bad things about them? I'm still pretty knew and boy, everyone on the bad list loves me!
 

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Do they get angry if several agents are reading the work? Again thank you
 

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Rick,

Just to clarify, there is a Trident in D.C. that is not reputable, and a Trident Media Group in NYC that is very reputable (I'm a client of theirs and couldn't be happier).

As long as you haven't agreed to an exclusive with either of these agencies, they shouldn't care if multiple agents are reading your work.

Grommet
 

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grommet said:
Rick,

Just to clarify, there is a Trident in D.C. that is not reputable, and a Trident Media Group in NYC that is very reputable (I'm a client of theirs and couldn't be happier).

Grommet

I had trouble from Trident Media Group (NYC) back in December/January -- I email queried the agent (Scott Miller), he jumped up and down to get my manuscript on exclusive the same day he got the query. I gave him a six week exclusive, didn't hear anything even after a "reminder" mail. Right after the expiration, I called his assistant, she said he hadn't gotten to it. Then still nothing from him a month later. I finally signed with another agent, and mailed him to let him know the manuscript was no longer available. Again, not even a word back. Maybe he's a "big dog" sort, but I was not impressed. That sort of behavior toward writers is arrogant and unprofessional.