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Beth Phelan, The Bent Agency

these days, i’m hungry for:

(young adult)

  • emotional, funny, UCB-inspired contemporary
  • Wet Hot American Summer for teens
  • something fun but hearty to do with LARPing
  • Funny People for teens
  • contemporary story about a storm, flood, blackout, or other natural disaster
  • stories that happen over short timelines (like over 24hrs or a weekend) — a short but impactful story that changes your characters’ lives
  • protagonists living with more obscure emotional and physical disorders and disabilities — diversity in mental and physical health — any genre
  • diverse main characters — show me multicultural experiences in any genre
  • dark, literary magical realism
  • family stories that explore sibling relationships
  • seldom-explored settings and locations — non-US, non-European
  • for fantasy, i want to see really rich world-building
  • i love a strong atmosphere and tone

(middle grade)

  • really only looking for literary fantasy or magical realism


  • steamy romance that’s emotional and funny
  • smart, upmarket suspense
  • really interested in human behavior so characters must be richly developed
  • stories with heart, like Where’d You Go Bernadette and The Memory Garden


  • cookbooks
  • the occasional funny blogger / pop culture project
  • dog / pet stories

See all of Beth’s #MSWL tweets. 

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