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Claire Draper
The Bent Agency

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About me:
I fell in love with books later than some, when my high school best friend dragged me to the theater to see Twilight. I became a book fanatic after that. There was not a time you could catch me without a book on my person or FanFiction open on my phone. I read every YA novel available and quickly moved on to the Adult romance section, which was decently large at the local Borders. I decided I wanted to be involved in books anyway I could. I ended up moving from California to New York to try and get a degree and weasel my way in to book publishing, no matter what it took.

While studying Queer Diversity in Children’s Literature at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, I interned at Rare Bird Lit, InkWell Management, and the Children’s Book Council. After graduating I spent a fantastic (if albeit short-lived) two weeks working as a bookseller for The Strand, before ending up joining InkWell Management as a receptionist and agent assistant in 2016. In early 2019, I moved to the Bent Agency to start building my list with a collection of very queer books for kids of all ages, including graphic novels, picture books, middle grade, and young adult. And then I also embarked on books for adults, when I decided to return to my favorites with particularly queer memoir and queer romance novels.

I live in New York City with my partner, our two sneaky cats who teach each other bad habits, and too many plants to count (I am just glad my partner hasn’t actually tried counting them). I am often found with either gardening gloves, sewing shears, or some other house craft.

years experience: 5
Romance, Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Graphic Novels
In order of publication: KD Fisher, Stacey Chomiak, Taylor Rouanzion, Jonny Garza Villa, Cait May, and Trevor Bream. More to come in 2022!
In order of publication: The Secret Ingredient, Rainbow Boy, Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, Another Kind, and Still Stace

Anna Kopp and artist Gabrielle Kari's THE MARBLE QUEEN, a Sapphic YA graphic novel with sword fighting, political intrigue and magic, where the princess needs a marriage alliance for the welfare of her kingdom, but she unknowingly accepts a proposal from a mysterious kingdom, having come not from the prince, but the recently coronated queen, to Brett Israel at Dark Horse, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency (world). (Posted February 2021)

Leslie Barnard Booth's A STONE IS A STORY, answering the question "where do rocks come from?", illustrated by Marc Martin, to Nicole Fiorica at Margaret K. McElderry Books, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2022, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency for the author, and by Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions for the illustrator (world). (Posted January 2021)

Queer cartoonist Samantha Benc's LAST SHIP TO MARS, a speculative YA graphic novel set on a deteriorating Earth that follows an aspiring scientist's relationship with a humanoid android—a connection that will forever alter the course of her life, forcing her to choose between abandoning her planet for a better life on Mars or working to rescue the only home she's ever known, to Mark Podesta at Holt Children's, at auction, for publication in winter 2024, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency (world English). (Posted January 2021)

Detroit-based illustrator and designer Oli Franey's MONSTER CRUSH, pitched as BEETLE AND THE HOLLOWBONES meets Teen Wolf, in which a 16-year-old closes herself off from the world after her parents split, until she meets a girl; as the two of them fight off school bullies, the girl accidentally reveals her ability to transform into a monstrous beast, and reveals the world of monsters, to Brett Israel at Dark Horse, for publication in 2023, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency (world English). (Posted December 2020)

Creator of #TheKentTest and culture critic Clarkisha Kent's FAT OFF, FAT ON, a humorous memoir about a fat Black woman, telling the story of how a fat body isn't a cosmic punishment and is one you can grow into, how sometimes family doesn't always mean home, and sharing ill-fated love affairs of the bisexual kind, to Lauren Hook�at�Feminist Press, for publication in fall 2022, by�Claire Draper�at�The Bent Agency (world English). (Posted November 2020)

Creator of�BLOODLUST AND BONNETS�Emily McGovern's TWELVE PERCENT DREAD, about two 20-something women living in 10-minutes-in-the-future London who are doing their best to navigate an anxiety-inducing modern world characterized by relentless technological advancement, looming climate catastrophe, political turmoil, and systemic prejudice, to�Brett Israel�at�Dark Horse, by�Claire Draper�at�The Bent Agency, on behalf of Nicola Barr (world, excl. UK). UK rights to�Paul Matrinovic�at�Picador, by�Nicola Barr�at�The Bent Agency. (Posted October 2020)

Author of LOVE ON THE HUDSON KD Fisher's THE SECRET INGREDIENT, in which two very different female chefs in small-town Maine find a way into each other's hearts and families, to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press Adores, for publication in November 2020, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency (world). (Posted June 2020)

Author/illustrator Cait May and author Trevor Bream's debut ANOTHER KIND, the story of six cryptid kids in search of a new place to call home, to Rose Pleuler at Harper Alley, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency (world). (Posted May 2020)

Jonny Garza Villa's FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN, an #OwnVoices debut pitched as SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets One Day at a Time, about a Texas high school senior who accidentally comes out to the world on social media and must now juggle the joy of first love and fear of his socially conservative father finding out before he's ready, to Carmen Johnson at Skyscape, at auction, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency (world). (Posted April 2020)

Author and illustrator Stacey Chomiak's STILL STACE: MY GAY CHRISTIAN COMING OF AGE STORY, an illustrated memoir about her teenage and young adult years of wrestling with her gay Christian identity, trying to become "ex-gay," and ultimately finding peace, to�Naomi Krueger�at�Beaming Books, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2021, by�Claire Draper�at�The Bent Agency�(world English). (Posted March 2020)

Taylor Rouanzion's debut RAINBOW BOY, in which a gender nonconforming boy explains why he can't choose a favorite color, illustrated by Stacey Chomiak, to Naomi Krueger at Beaming Books, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2020, by Claire Draper at The Bent Agency for the illustrator (world). (Posted November 2019)


By submitting a query to me, you are agreeing to address me as Claire or Mx. Draper and that your manuscript will NOT contain the following or it will be considered an automatic pass:

  • Suicide ideation
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual assault
  • Gratuitous violence

Please do not send an exclusive query. Queries are meant to be shared with multiple agencies. The Bent Agency ONLY accepts electronic queries. If you send your query by postal mail, it will be recycled and not returned to you.

It is our goal to respond to every query. If you don’t receive a response within four weeks, please feel free to resend your query or to query another agent at the Bent Agency.

If I am interested in your work, I will respond with instructions for sending the rest of your material. If I do request material from you, I ask that you check back with me before accepting representation elsewhere.

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