Since opening its doors in 1999, BookEnds Literary Agency has never strayed from our original goal: Achieving dreams and doing what we love. Representing fiction and nonfiction for adults and children alike, BookEnds agents continue to live their dreams while helping authors achieve theirs.
First opened as a book packaging company, we were originally looking to take our own fresh and fun ideas and find just the right people to create the books publishers and readers were looking for. Over time, we missed working on fiction and seeing what could come from an author's imagination as well as an author's platform. So not two years after opening its doors, BookEnds changed its literary status to Agency.
While the industry has changed, and BookEnds has grown, the one thing we've never lost is our passion and love for books and the authors who create them.
President & Literary Agent
As owner and president at BookEnds, Jessica Faust prides herself on working closely with her authors to make their goals come to fruition. Jessica has worked with a number of bestselling and award-winning authors. Her areas of expertise are in the genres of mystery, suspense, thrillers, romance, women's fiction, and young adult. In nonfiction her focus is primarily on business, entrepreneurship, career, personal growth, current affairs, and self-help.
A veteran of publishing, Jessica began her career in 1994 as an acquisitions editor at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan, and Wiley, where she had the unique opportunity to acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction. Jessica takes her editorial experience to the agency, where she works with her authors to make their books the best they can be and build a career beyond just the first contract.
Jessica has been a regular columnist with Romantic Times magazine, taught at New York University's Continuing Education Program, been recognized as Agent of the Year by the NYC Romance Writers of America chapter, and is asked regularly to speak at writers' conferences throughout the world. She is a member of RWA, MWA, SCBWI, ITW, and AAR.
A native of Minnesota, Jessica now lives in New Jersey. Her personal interests include cooking, entertaining, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
See below for a look at just some of the books available from Jessica's talented clients.
After eight years at Berkley Publishing, Kim Lionetti left her position as Senior Editor to join BookEnds in March 2004. While there, Kim enjoyed overseeing an eclectic list comprised of romances, westerns, young adult, mysteries, nonfiction, and general fiction. While she's narrowed her focus a bit with the books she represents, she still enjoys using her editorial skills to help authors shape their work into more marketable products and helping them to see their writing as part of the "bigger picture."
Kim's journey into publishing began in middle school when she raided her grandmother's collection of Phyllis Whitney books and transformed into an incurable bibliophile. Her other addictions include honey cinnamon lattes, British period dramas, Ryan Gosling memes, Indian food and Frescaritas.
As an Autism mom, Kim is dedicated to representing the stories and voices of individuals with special needs and their families. Her other areas of interest include all areas of women's fiction, romance and young adult fiction.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim currently resides in New Jersey with her son (knock-knock jokester extraordinaire), daughter (budding Francophile and resident drama queen), husband (80s aficionado and sports trivia master) and Winston the twenty-pound cat.
Below are just a few of the books written by her talented clients.
After ten years as an editor, Jessica Alvarez joined BookEnds in April 2011. She began her publishing career in 2001 as an editorial assistant at Harlequin Books. There, she had the opportunity to acquire and edit a wide array of fiction, specializing in historical romance, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. Jessica left Harlequin in 2008 to pursue a freelance editing career, and completed projects for Harlequin, Scholastic Books, Thomas Nelson, and independent writers. She uses her editorial background to help writers hone their skills and develop strong, marketable stories. Jessica is actively building her client list and is proud to work with a wonderful group of clients. She is a member of AAR.
Jessica read her first romance at the age of nine when she pilfered from a friend's mother's Harlequin Presents collection and was instantly hooked. Though her pilfering has passed, her weakness for alpha heroes and exotic settings remains.
A New Jersey native, Jessica still resides in the Garden State. She is perpetually over-caffeinated in an attempt to keep up with her young son and three energetic dogs.
Jessica's areas of interest include most areas of romance, female-focused erotica, women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. In all areas of interest, she looks for books that will appeal to women and have strong female leads.
See below for some of the titles available from Jessica's talented team of writers.
Literary Agent and Subsidiary Rights Director
Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because "it has a hard cover." Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom's romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and the subsidiary rights director.
A Pennsylvania native, she is the former mum of a rambunctious guinea pig who was a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed release.
Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres--especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She's LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket! At this time she's not looking for nonfiction, women's fiction, or cozy mysteries.
After four years as a Literary Agents Assistant at Curtis Brown, Tracy Marchini left to pursue her own editorial business and to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. Her editorial clients have gone on to secure representation, sell books to traditional publishers, win awards and become bestsellers. She’s looking forward to being able to work with her BookEnds clients throughout their careers and to (hopefully!) see them grow as authors in the same way.
Growing up, Tracy made it a personal goal to read every Nancy Drew Case Files in her school’s library and still has a soft spot for a good girl detective story. As an adult, she loves the sense of possibility in children’s and young adult literature – and can still empathize with the soul-crushing feeling that is mandatory gym class.
As a children's author, her picture book debut Chicken Wants A Nap will be published in August by Creative Editions.
Tracy is looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, and non-fiction. She is also looking for picture book illustrators and author-illustrators.
She is not a good fit for YA horror, true crime, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy. At this time, she is not looking for board books or early chapter books.
Natascha spent most of her childhood in a leather chair with her nose in a book. Formerly an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster, her passion for books across genres and her desire to finding amazing talent drove her to make the transition from editorial to literary agent.
Her editorial philosophy stems from the idea that all books should be well written and entertaining. Some of her favorite authors include Molly Idle, Sherwood Smith, Ann Rinaldi, Sabaa Tahir, and Meg Cabot. Check out her Pinterest for a quick look at her favorite books. https://www.pinterest.com/nataschamorris/
A Texas native, Natascha can often be found hunting for the best Tex-Mex in New York. Outside of reading, she is interested in urban farming and cooking.
Natascha is primarily looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical fiction, and narrative non-fiction. She is also looking for artists that speak to her creatively.
She is not a good fit for adult literary fiction, horror, true crime, or serious nonfiction.
Assistant Literary Agent
After an academic career filled with publishing internships, Beth joined BookEnds as a literary assistant in September 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Literary Agent in 2015. She's diligently building her client list and is always excited to meet an author with an excellent story. She's also spent years as the company's rights coordinator and now works alongside Moe to continue selling foreign and audio rights.
Beth's obsession with books began with a distinct fantasy/sci-fi flavor, and she's happily never kicked the addiction. She is primarily interested in signing clients within those genres, YA, romantic suspense, and mystery. She loves seeing diverse characters (sexuality, gender, race, you name it!) and strong friendships across all genres.
Beth currently lives in New Jersey with her cat Noodle. Outside of reading, her personal hobbies include drawing, cooking, gaming, and spending far too much time on the Internet.
Her authors include Cheryl Hollon, Jennie Davenport, Lynn Balabanos, Nathan Brown, Heidi Bleackley, Theo Nicole Lorenz, and Marissa Doyle.
Digital Content Manager
With more than twenty-five years in book publishing, Bill joined BookEnds in 2013 as Director of Digital Content. He oversees all aspects of BookEnds authors' ebook editions.
Bill began his career in the managing editorial department of Berkley Publishing (later Penguin USA), where he handled a wide variety of genre fiction and general nonfiction. He eventually held the position of senior managing editor of Penguin's NAL division, while also honing his skills in web development and digital editing. He left Penguin in 2000 to pursue a freelance career in editorial services and web development.
In his free time, Bill enjoys playing the ponies, playing poker, and playing pétanque, not necessarily in that order, and occasionally at the same time. He lives in Brooklyn.
Since interning at BookEnds as an undergrad in the summer of 2015, James has (basically) never left. He became enamored with the world of publishing, and was awed by the best team in publishing, though he is biased. Now, he’s thrilled to be assisting that team and learning everything he can from them. All while cracking the far-too-often occasional terrible joke.
A Staten Island native, James is an alumnus of the College of Staten Island, and is currently working towards his Masters in English Literature at the College. He’s been a reader since his mom gave him the first _A Series of Unfortunate Events_ book, and ordered the sequels regularly through Scholastic book orders. When he’s not reading, James can usually be found watching an unhealthy amount of Friends re-runs, or tweeting about them.
James looks forward to putting good books into the world in the future.
You can follow James on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jamerrson.
When we met Buford at St. Hubert's, our first thought was that his name fit him perfectly. A big lug of a dog, he reminds us a little of Beethoven (the St. Bernard, not the composer). Buford is a 70-pound "puppy" who loves to sit on laps, lounge in the sun, and play tug. He was removed from a Newark, New Jersey, shelter by St. Hubert's rescue workers and taken home by Jessica Faust's family a few weeks later. Buford does not read and is not open to submissions