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.) 

recent release

Sophomore YA novel from justin a. reynolds, EARLY DEPARTURES, published September 22, 2020, by Katherine Tegen Books.

upcoming release

KING OF THE RISING will publish on December 1, 2020 from Orbit!

latest news

KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature!

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quick bio

literary agent of middle grade and young adult books

send me a query

  • 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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