Since BookEnds was founded in 1999, our agents have been proud to consider themselves an active 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Our agents are always looking for fresh new material from both published and unpublished authors.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.
In fiction we represent all areas of romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, women's fiction, picture books, middle grade, and young adult.
In nonfiction we represent titles in the following areas: current affairs, reference, business and career, parenting, pop culture, coloring books, and general nonfiction.
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 specific 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 Faust is open to submissions in mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense thrillers, literary thrillers, historical mystery, cozies, romantic suspense, YA thrillers, and anything with a strong female protagonist. She's also looking for women's fiction, especially magical realism and diverse characters and stories. In nonfiction, Jessica would like to see more business, small-business, entrepreneur, management and personal growth titles. Titles and authors who inspire her list include Sarah Addison Allen, Pretty Little Lies, Gillian Flynn, David Bell, The Alienist, Bull Mountain, Jen Sincero, and The One Thing. For even more immediate updates on what Jessica is looking for search our site for #MSWL.
Kim Lionetti is actively looking for women's fiction, especially stories with strong female relationships (sisters, friends, mother/daughter) in addition to a compelling romantic element. She's also open to historical, contemporary and erotic romance, as well as romantic suspense. Kim's also eager to find more YA fiction with emotional and dynamic storytelling.
Jessica Alvarez is looking for romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She's open to light and funny reads, as well as darker ones--it's rare a book is too dark for her. 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, cozy mysteries, or young adult novels 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 Ferrara 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 Marchini 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 Morris 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. Search her #MSWL tweets on Twitter and follow her on Twitter for the most up-to-date tweets.
Beth Campbell is primarily interested in science fiction, fantasy, and YA books of all sub-genres. She's also actively looking for romantic suspense and mystery titles, particularly those with a darker flavor. She loves women-centered stories across all genres and has an immense affinity for narratives featuring strong friendships, found families, and diverse characters of all stripes (race, sexuality, gender--you name it).
Rachel Brooks's focus is fiction, specifically adult romance and young adult, as well as select women's fiction and cozy mysteries. To break it down further, in adult romance she's looking for high concept stories with sizzling chemistry. Some of her favorite tropes are enemies to lovers, fake relationship, and second chance romance. In young adult she especially wants to read manuscripts by authors of color and LGBTQIA authors (although this applies to adult projects too). In women's fiction she is selectively looking for modern, commercial stories with wit and humor, multicultural stories, and novels that explore the relationships between sisters. For cozy mysteries, she wants a lovable sleuth you can't help but follow for many books, with a strong series hook, humor, and pets serving as an extra brownie point.
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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We certainly understand that waiting can be the hardest part and thank you not only for giving us the chance to review your work but for your patience.