Laurel Symonds


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Laurel Symonds joined The Bent Agency in Fall 2018 building on nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began her publishing career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books where she worked with a number of award-winning and bestselling authors. She’s also worked in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. What she loves most about being an agent is being the author’s advocate through all the parts of the publication process.

She represents young adult and middle grade fiction, graphic novels, picture books, and select nonfiction for children and teens. In every category, she is seeking voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked. Laurel’s profile and submission guidelines are at and she can also be found online on Twitter and Instagram (@LaurelSymonds).