Beth Phelan

Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

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. 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.) These experiments can be found on #EATTHEBOOK on Instagram (@beth_phelan), where she pairs new releases alongside food that looks like the book’s cover. She can be found on Twitter at @beth_phelan.
Beth represents authors of the kinds of books that drove her to love reading in the first place: middle grade and young adult fiction. She gravitates toward stories and characters that inspire, and anything with a touch of humor and the bittersweet. She is very interested in powerful and unique storytelling, offbeat contemporary fiction, immersive fantasy, and profoundly resonant voices.

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