Jenny Bent
Gemma Cooper
Heather Flaherty
Louise Fury
Molly Ker Hawn
Susan Hawk
Victoria Lowes
Beth Phelan
Brooks Sherman

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submissions guidelines
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Please send me:

  • Chapter Books (fiction for 5+)
  • Middle grade fiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Children's non-fiction

I'm not currently considering queries in the following genres:

  • Adult fiction
  • Adult Non-fiction

Gemma Cooper

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Gemma Cooper represents authors who write for children, from picture books to young adult, fiction and non-fiction.

Originally from London, I started my publishing career while living in New York . I have since moved back to the U.K., and I work with authors based in the U.K. and the U.S. Before joining the Bent Agency, I worked as a literary agent at Bright Literary Agency, representing a wide range of authors and author/illustrators. The best part of my job is getting to be the first fan of an unpublished book and then champion this book — nothing beats being able to talk up your passions to other book fanatics!

My client list is typified by character-led stories, and voice is the most important thing I look for in submissions. I love younger fiction, and have a soft spot for funny chapter books aimed at 7+ with series potential. For middle-grade, I'd love to see a good mystery or adventure, but really any MG with a strong voice will get my attention, whatever the subject matter or setting (historical, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, thriller). For young adult fiction, I prefer a contemporary setting and I'd love a standout YA romance or something with strong friendships or sibling relationships. For picture books, I prefer short texts that don't take themselves too seriously, and high concept ideas that can be sold on the title alone. Author/illustrators writing for any age will get my immediate attention, particularly in the chapter book and MG market. For non-fiction, I'm interested in history and science, but want very accessible books with an obvious hook.