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Our agents are always looking for fresh new material from both published and unpublished authors.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.
To submit to one of our agents, please click their name (highlighted in green) below. The agent's QueryManager form will open in a new tab.
What We're Looking For:
BookEnds agents believe strongly in the need to bring more diversity to publishing through the titles and voices we represent. We are all actively seeking #ownvoices and diverse books across all genres.
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. 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 their 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 actively seeking fresh new voices and stories in women's fiction, literary and upmarket fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary and upmarket thrillers, and mysteries. She strives to bring more diverse voices to all genres and would particularly like to see more LGBTQ protagonists in fiction.
Jessica loves emotional stories that explore friendships and women's lives. She is looking for edgy new suspense and has been on the hunt for both women's fiction and suspense that explore motherhood.
She is also accepting submissions in select areas of nonfiction, specifically in current affairs, personal development, self-help, health and wellness, and business. Her current goal is to represent more broad-based business books by women and business leaders of color. She also seeks books that offer fresh perspectives on both race and feminism.
Titles and authors who inspire her list include Sarah Addison Allen, BIG LITTLE LIES, NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA, David Bell, Kevin Kwan, and Fredrik Backman. In nonfiction, she's been inspired by Seth Godin, Ijeoma Oluo, Jen Sincero, Simon Sinek, and Robin D'Angelo.
To submit to Jessica Faust click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form http://QueryMe.Online/Jessica_Faust
*Please note that Kim is temporarily closed to queries.*
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. She's especially keen to find an edge-of-your-seat YA thriller à la One of Us Is Lying.
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.
To submit to Kim Lionetti click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form http://QueryMe.Online/KimLionetti
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 self-help and true crime, and projects related to food and science, including cookbooks. She'd also like to see more projects relating to body image, women's issues, and LGBTQ+ topics. In terms of fiction, she wants romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), upmarket fiction, 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. To submit to Jessica, please go to the following link: https://querymanager.com/query/JessicaAlvarez
Moe is interested in fictional works for all ages, including picture books, middle-grade, young adults, and adult readers. Her favorite genres include contemporary, fantasy, historical, horror, magical realism, re-tellings, romance, science fiction and anything LGBTQIA-centric. She's particularly keen to find books with pain-in-the-ass heroines, dark and creepy settings with lyrical voices, and books with well-thought out twists and turns. SciFi should be easily accessible and horror should not make her need to keep the lights on! Send her your LGBT+ books that are about more than just a coming out story. Her list tends to skew towards children's fiction, but she is on the hunt for select authors in the above adult genres as well. Overall, though, she loves being surprised by books she never knew she wanted—so if it seems like a fit, query her!
Moe is also open to select narrative nonfiction titles dealing with LGBT+ history, theatre (including biographies or theatrical analysis such as Horowitz's Sondheim on Music), and music theory.
She is not a good fit for upmarket/literary fiction, cozy mysteries, true crime, women's fiction, high fantasy, hard sci-fi, 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.
You can query Natascha at http://QueryMe.Online/1067
Rachel represents adult and young adult fiction. In both categories she's looking for more authors from marginalized communities. For women's fiction she is looking for commercial or upmarket stories with a strong hook. Some examples of her taste in women's fiction include Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune and Next Year in Havana. For adult romance she gravitates toward high-concept stories that can stand out in a crowded market. She represents a variety of young adult genres, but is particularly looking for YA contemporary and YA thrillers.
Some of Rachel's favorite recent reads include China Rich Girlfriend, Love Hate & Other Filters, When Dimple Met Rishi, American Panda, The Way You Make Me Feel, and The Kiss Quotient. Some favorite shows include Great British Bake Off, Downton Abbey, and too many K-dramas to list.
To submit to Rachel Brooks click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form http://QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks
Naomi is currently looking for dynamic, character-driven adult titles in fantasy, science fiction, and romance. In science fiction, Naomi seeks stories that let the character development take priority over tech. 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 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 voice that isn’t afraid to show vulnerability, like in Losing It by Cora Carmack.
She is not currently seeking urban fantasy, dystopian, or Tolkien-inspired worlds.
Naomi wants adult contemporary romance stories that show relationships from all angles in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. A particular desire would be a women's fiction or romance that shows bisexual protagonist(s) finding validity even in the face of a world that denies their sexuality.
In young adult, Naomi is always on the hunt for strong fantasy with edgy themes and exciting, realistic voices. Characters facing adversity due to disability, gender/sexuality, or race/religion are always on her wishlist. Something Naomi would really love to find are YA Contemporary stories featuring powerful female relationships... romantic OR friendship. She'd absolutely love to find an updated YA GIRL, INTERRUPTED, showing how fast-and-furious female relationships can consume a person in positive or negative ways (or both), and how girls must learn to establish and enforce boundaries in all relationships.
Trans and nonbinary characters always a plus in YA. Naomi is not seeking YA science fiction at this time.
Amanda is currently looking for adult mystery, romance, women’s fiction, upmarket, and science fiction & fantasy 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 Tana French, Deanna Raybourn, Hannah Kent, Fiona Davis, Alyssa Cole, and Sonali Dev.
In non-fiction, she is interested in projects that explore history, the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, social history, and popular science. 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.
To query Amanda, go to http://QueryMe.Online/AmandaJain.
James is seeking submissions in adult literary and upmarket fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary and upmarket thrillers, and historical mystery. He is also actively looking for Picture Books, and select Young Adult fiction. James is actively looking for #ownvoices and diverse characters and stories in all genres. He’s eager to find an adult fiction with the same feel as Station Eleven, The Road or The Book of M. He loves all things dark and creepy in adult fiction, and all things funny and silly in picture books.
Some of James’ favorite authors include Celeste Ng, Edwidge Danticat, Jesmyn Ward, and Tana French on the adult side; Jason Reynolds and Sabaa Tahir in YA; and picture book authors like Jason Carter Eaton, author/illustrator Elise Parsley, and our very own Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie.
To submit to James, please go to the following link: http://QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan
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. Should you not receive a response on your query within 6 weeks, please know that it is acceptable to withdraw and resubmit to another agent of your choosing. 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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