Name: Brunella Costagliola
What you Write: Children’s books, memoirs, self-help, and more
Agent: Emily Forney
Why BookEnds? I have been following BookEnds for some time now and I truly appreciate how inclusive, supportive, and welcoming the agency is. I believe my values are mirrored by the agency’s and that is important to me, especially because my book aims at celebrating diversity.
What book do you wish you had written, and why?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I love her subtle humor, the in-depth study of human relationships, the highlighting of character flaws, while beautifully tugging at readers’ heartstrings. I also admire her perseverance in a time when it wasn’t easy for a woman to become a published author. She helped pave the way for many of us. And yes, I’m Team Darcy!
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
Cooking traditional Italian food for my family, travelling the world, and taking way too many pictures of my children and dogs—although I don’t believe in such a thing as “too many pictures.”
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
What’s the last book you read?
I’m a ghostwriter and editor, so the last book I read hasn’t been published yet. But I can tell you it’s going to be a page-turner!
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
A brightly colored one-bedroom cottage in the Bahamas overlooking the enchanting turquoise waters. I’d sit outside on the porch, caressed by a gentle breeze, surrounded by mouthwatering food, and enjoying the view with my beloved husband.
What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?
I was born and raised in Naples, southern Italy, where the Roman culture, lifestyle, and history is still predominant. As such, I grew up surrounded by imposing Roman ruins, majestic art, and inspiring life lessons. One of them tells of the importance of the written word: “Verba Volant. Script Manent.” It’s Latin for, “Spoken words fly away. Written words shall remain.”
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?
Let the characters tell you about their stories.
What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?
Working in the publishing industry, I am aware of which literary agencies are the best and the most coveted ones in the business. Obviously, BookEnds has always been at the top of the list. But most of all, I am happy to have found an agency that makes me feel right at home.
What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?
Finding the right agent and agency to represent you is just as important as writing a great book, so take the time to learn about the publishing industry, the agency, and agent you’re querying.