beth phelan

beth phelan

Beth has been working in literary agencies since 2010, holding positions at Scott Waxman Agency, Morhaim Literary, and The Bent Agency, before landing at Gallt & Zacker in 2017. A lifelong reader, she’s been caught reading by flashlight in hotel closets while on vacation and finishing stories in lieu of returning friends’ calls. She is a winner of the inaugural CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award, a Publisher’s Weekly Notable Person of the Year Reader’s Pick, nominated for The Ignyte Community Award for Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre by the inaugural IGNYTE Awards, and a Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Beth is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized creators, which she launched in April 2016. Most of her time is spent reading, editing, and trying new recipes that end in either disaster or total bliss. (Results have so far been mixed.) 

upcoming client book

Debut YA novel from Shveta Thakrar, STAR DAUGHTER will be released August 11, 2020, by HarperTeen.

recent release

THE SULLIVAN SISTERS published on June 23, 2020 from Simon & Schuster Children’s!

latest news

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING is a National Book Award Finalist in Young People’s Literature!

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quick bio

literary agent of middle grade and young adult books

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  • I am closed to unsolicited submissions. If I have requested your work, or when I reopen, submit by emailing your query letter and the first 10 pages of your work to with your book title and category/genre in the subject line

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