Since BookEnds was founded in 1999, our agents have been proud to consider themselves an integral part of the author's publishing team. Our goal is to work together with the author to make all of her dreams come true.
Our agents are always looking for fresh new material from both published and unpublished authors. Before submitting to us, we ask that you read our submission guidelines to better ensure that the work you're sending is right for BookEnds and that what you send is as "rejection-proof" as you can make it.
BookEnds represents a number of genres for both adults and children. Look for our birds to help you identify which agents might be best suited for what you write.
BookEnds represents fiction and nonfiction for an adult audience. In fiction our agents specialize in romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, women’s fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction and upmarket fiction.
We are also seeking nonfiction in the areas of memoirs, history, food, current affairs, business and career, parenting, pop culture, and general nonfiction.
BookEnds Jr, represents fiction and nonfiction for the young adult, middle grade and picture book markets. In fiction we are looking for contemporaries, romance, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels, horror, thrillers, and mystery.
In nonfiction we are seeking narrative nonfiction and memoirs.
BookEnds does not represent short fiction, poetry, screenplays, or techno-thrillers.
BookEnds has worked hard to streamline all of our processes and save a few trees. For those reasons, we ask that all submissions be made electronically through the Query Manager database where you will have the opportunity to query the agent you think would best represent your work.
Links to each agent's submissions form, as well as a brief description of each agent's most current preferences, can be found below. The submission requirements for each agent will be found on her form.
To learn a little more about our experience and background, as well as to get a feel for some of the books we each represent, check out our About Us page.
Jessica is seeking submissions in women's fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary thrillers, historical mystery, cozies, and romantic suspense. She is also accepting submissions in select areas of nonfiction. Her goal for 2018 is to find more diverse characters and stories in all genres, especially a story about a transgender child or with a transgender protagonist. She has a personal passion for dark books and has always wanted to represent a great serial killer novel. She loves stories about returning home, facing past traumas, and mother/child stories, or just stories about mothers.
Titles and authors who inspire her list include Sarah Addison Allen, Pretty Little Lies, Gillian Flynn, David Bell, The Alienist, Bull Mountain and Linda Castillo. For even more immediate updates on what Jessica is looking for search our site for #MSWL.
Kim is actively looking for commercial women’s fiction with a unique, dynamic hook. Something that explores relationships between family and friends, but within a framework where stakes are raised, and the ordinary is explored amidst the extraordinary (as in Big Little Lies and Seven Days of Us). She enjoys dual timelines and/or multiple POVs when it’s done in a way that advances the plot and creates suspense. She’s hungry to find more #ownvoices in women’s fiction, romance, suspense and young adult, and as an autism mom, is especially interested in finding more stories featuring neurodiverse characters, and those with special needs. When it comes to suspense, Kim’s tastes tend to run very dark and gritty in both historical and contemporary, and she looks for stories that are very atmospheric with a defined sense of place.
Some of Kim’s favorite non-BookEnds authors are Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Cammie McGovern and Kate Morton. Her favorite TV shows are “Dark”, “Stranger Things”, “Mozart in the Jungle”, “Poldark”, and “This is Us”. For more updates on Kim's wishlist, check here: MSWL.
Jessica is looking for a wide range of prescriptive and narrative nonfiction, but is particularly looking for unique, entertaining voices (think Mary Roach or Sarah Vowell. She’d like to see more memoirs and true crime, and projects related to food and science. In terms of fiction, she wants romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), women's fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and suspense. She's open to light and funny reads, as well as darker ones. She's looking for books that celebrate diversity in all its forms. In no particular order, she'd especially love to see more books featuring Asian characters, adoption issues, the Amish, coroners and morticians, physically and emotionally tortured heroes, and women who kick ass. Please note that Jessica is not looking for paranormals, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult or children's books at this time. Check out Jessica's #MSWL tweets and #MSWL posts on the BookEnds site for more specifics on what she wants to represent.
Moe is interested in fiction for adults, young adults, and the middle-grade reader. When it comes to all subsets and ages for science fiction and fantasy, she loves easily-accessible sci-fi, imaginative fantasy locales, and pain-in-the-ass heroines. She's looking for most MG and YA genres including contemporary, horror, magical realism, and anything LGBTQ-centric. She also loves being surprised by books she never knew she wanted! On her adult romance radar are all things m/m and m/f—plus everything in between—within all heat levels and genres, including both category and single-title romance. For the most up-to-date wants, see her #MSWL tweets, #MSWL page, and various #MSWL posts on the BookEnds site.
She is not a good fit for picture books through early chapter books, contemporary YA without a strong romance element, women's fiction, or inspirational romances.
Tracy is looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction. She's also seeking picture book illustrators and author-illustrators. For picture book fiction, she’s particularly interested in manuscripts that are laugh out loud funny or deliciously dark. For middle grade and young adult, she’s interested in underdogs, strong female characters and/or unreliable narrators. She believes that it’s important for readers of all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in the media they consume, and is looking to bring that diversity to her list.
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, early chapter books or non-fiction for the educational market.
Natascha is looking for picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts across most genres. Stories about first generation immigrants are especially welcome, since she is a first generation. Right now, she’s dying to find the book that will leave her with a book hangover. Anything that will make her grip her Kindle and feel the need to tell everyone about this new manuscript. Natascha would love to see more fantasies (a major love), more thrillers in the vein of Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species and This Darkness Mine, and more historical fiction that spotlight hidden figures and time periods. For middle grade, she is looking for historical fiction, fantasy, and quirky books (as in The Mortification of Fovea Munson).
Natascha is also open to illustrators. With illustrators, she is mostly drawn to bright colors, and lush settings. Some of her favorite illustrators are Zoe Persico, Cale Atkinson, Dan Santat, and Molly Idle. Search her#MSWL tweets on Twitter and follow her on Twitter for the most up-to-date tweets. And to see the books she wished she had on her list, check out her Pinterest.
Beth is primarily interested in science fiction, fantasy, and YA books of all sub-genres. She's also actively looking for mysteries. Her favorite manuscripts are character driven with an important emphasis on plot, though a strong atmosphere and setting will immediately enchant her. She loves women-centered stories and has an immense affinity for narratives featuring strong friendships, found families, and diverse characters of all stripes. When it comes to diversity, she is most passionate about genre stories that feature diverse characters, as opposed to issue books where the diversity and oppression of the protagonist is the hook. She would particularly love to see a fantasy with a disabled protagonist--where the magic of the world affects but does not cure the disability. She would love to see cybernetic prosthetics in sci-fi. She wants to get her hands on a book that explores a culture where being LGBTQ+ is inherently accepted--where people may need to come out but otherwise do not need to explain themselves. Likewise--and perhaps related--she would love to see a setting that is based in non-western cultures and ideals.
Beth is not a good fit for contemporary YA without a strong hook, middle grade of any type, noir, or hard science fiction.
Rachel represents adult romance, young adult, women's fiction and cozy mysteries. In adult romance she's looking for high-concept stories. She's seen the tropes before, so the voice has to feel fresh and stand out in the market. In young adult she especially wants to read manuscripts by authors from marginalized communities (although this applies to adult projects too). In women's fiction she is selectively looking for commercial stories with a strong hook. She likes lighter reads in the vein of Sophie Kinsella, while also darker ones like Liane Moriarty. She enjoys women's fiction with dynamic multi-generational or sister relationships. She's open to multiple POV stories, so long as the voices are distinct. She's not the best fit for inspirational or mother/child stories.
For cozy mysteries, she wants to see the protagonist-turned-sleuth tied to the hook with their fun job (like how she runs the pet hotel in Krista Davis’s Paws & Claws series, the library cat bookmobile in Laurie Cass’s Bookmobile series, and the family restaurant in Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop series.) She would love to find one set in the Pacific Northwest. (No cold cases.)
Naomi is currently looking for dynamic, character-driven middle grade, adult, and young adult titles in fantasy, science fiction, and romance. In science fiction, Naomi seeks stories that are light on the sci, heavy on the fi. Stories that let the character development take priority over tech, such as Ender’s Game and its sequels by Orson Scott Card, particularly the ‘90’s books (Xenocide; Children of the Mind; Speaker for the Dead), for the focus on challenges blending human and alien cultures into a cohesive society. The surprising time/relationship structure of the short story by Ted Chiang Story of Your Life and its counterpart film Arrival are examples of stories that really catch Naomi off-guard and drag her relentlessly into the pages.
In fantasy, Naomi seeks new fantasy settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso is a strong example of world rules changing just enough to be new, while retaining its familiarity to an Earth-based historical society, with exciting twists on the way magic is used and incorporated into the world using towering, global stakes. In romance, she particularly enjoys stories that embrace diversity, with confident characters and a unique, honest voice that isn’t afraid to show vulnerability, like in Losing It by Cora Carmack.
Naomi is also seeking middle grade and picture books with LGBTQ+ and diverse characters, particularly stories that normalize being on/having parents/friends on the gender and sexuality spectrum. These diversity elements are a plus in all age ranges and genres, particularly in middle grade and young adult.
Amanda is currently looking for adult mystery, romance, women’s fiction, and upmarket projects, and always enjoys historical fiction in all genres. In romance, she is particularly looking for diverse historical projects that explore time periods often overlooked, such as 1930s America, or that show us well-known periods from a different viewpoint (eg South Asians in London during the Regency period). In any genre, she is most interested in those stories that transport the reader and provide a completely immersive reading experience. Some of her favorite non-BookEnds authors include Deanna Raybourn, Hannah Kent, Fiona Davis, Alyssa Cole, and Sonali Dev.
In non-fiction, she is interested in projects that explore the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history. She is particularly interested in seeing projects that look at the intersection of food and race, or food and feminism, and would love to see a thoughtful exploration of food deserts in American cities.
Amanda is not currently seeking children’s books (YA and below), erotica, horror, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy.
BookEnds agents do reply to all submissions and queries and hope to do so in a timely manner. Our response time goals are 6 weeks for queries and 12 weeks on requested partials and fulls. Unfortunately, there are times when circumstances mean we fall behind. Query Manager will keep you informed of the status of your work and we also try to post updates through Twitter and Facebook.
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