About Us

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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.

Jessica Faust

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 represents a number of bestselling and award-winning authors. Her areas of expertise include mystery, suspense, thrillers, upmarket, literary, and women's fiction. In nonfiction, her focus is primarily on business, entrepreneurship, career, personal growth, current affairs, health and wellness, and self-help. Specifics on what she's looking to add to her list can be found on our submissions page.

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 and passion 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.

In addition to nearly 15 years of blogging, Jessica has a regular role on the BookEnds YouTube channel, has taught at New York University's Continuing Education Program, been a columnist writing about publishing, and has been honored by a number of different publishing organizations. She is asked regularly to speak at writers' conferences throughout the world and is a member of MWA, SCBWI, ITW, and AAR.

While her heart will always be in Minnesota, Jessica now lives in New Jersey. Her weekends are spent attending hockey or lacrosse games, cooking, laughing with friends and family, and reading other people's books.

More information on querying Jessica can be found on our submissions page and the link to her query form is http://QueryMe.Online/Jessica_Faust.

You can learn more about Jessica by following her on Twitter  twitter.com/BookEndsJessica, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jfaust_bookends/ or email her directly at  [email protected]  You can also find information about new deals and clients on Publishers Marketplace.

Kim Lionetti

Senior Literary Agent

As the first literary agent to charm BookEnds into hiring her, Kim has been an integral part of growing the agency, along with her clients' careers.  Using the editorial skills learned during her first eight years in the industry at Berkley Publishing, Kim helps authors shape their works into books their readers will love. With twenty-five years of publishing experience, she's worked with award winners and bestsellers in a variety of genres.

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, "Schitt's Creek," Indian food and Frescaritas.

With a client list including women's fiction, mystery, young adult and romance, Kim enjoys working on a wide range of books.  She's currently eager to grow her list in the areas of women's fiction and romance. Most especially, as an Autism mom, she is dedicated to representing the stories and voices of individuals with special needs and their families.

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.

You can follow Kim on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BookEndsKim. Queries should be sent to http://QueryMe.Online/KimLionetti.

Below are just a few of the books written by her talented clients.

Jessica Alvarez

Senior Literary Agent & Foreign Rights Director


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 books. 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 son and three energetic dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, watching bad (but oh so good!) television, and volunteering with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

You can follow Jessica on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AgentJessicaA. Queries should be submitted here: https://querymanager.com/query/JessicaAlvarez.

Jessica's areas of interest include most areas of romance, women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She's particularly eager to grow her nonfiction list. You can find more specifics about what she's looking for on our Submissions page.

See below for some of the titles available from Jessica's talented team of writers. You can also look at Publishers Marketplace for more information on recent deals.

Moe Ferrara

Literary Agent

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.

A Pennsylvania native, she is mum of a rambunctious corgi who is a master at stealing treats and running agility courses. When not reading, Moe can most often be found in a pit orchestra, playing violin for her favorite musicals. She is also an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin's Creed or Destiny release.

You can follow Moe on Twitter at @inthesestones. Queries should be submitted here: http://queryme.online/mferrara

Moe is interested in fictional works for all ages from picture books through adult readers (and graphic novels!) in most genres. She's LGBTQ+ friendly across all age groups and always looking for more #ownvoices clients. She is also interested in select narrative nonfiction titles in the areas of LGBTQ studies, musical theatre, and classical music. At this time she's not looking women's fiction or cozy mysteries.

For Moe's most up-to-date wishlist feel free to check out her #MSWL on twitter or our Submissions page. You can also look at Publishers Marketplace for a listing of her recent deals.

Tracy Marchini

Literary Agent

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. With ten years of experience either at an agency or working as a freelance children's editor, she joined BookEnds in June of 2016 and is excited to grow her list of both award-winning and debut authors and illustrators.

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 (Creative Editions) was called "A surprising gem" in a starred Kirkus review.

You can follow Tracy on Twitter at @TracyMarchini, or learn more about how to submit to her on our submissions page.

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 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.

Some of her recent client books can be found below, but you can also find out more about her list on Publisher's Marketplace and at www.tracymarchini.com.

Rachel Brooks

Literary Agent

After three years as an agent at the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel Brooks joined BookEnds in June 2017. While at LPA she established a mix of romance, young adult, and mystery clients. Prior to that she was apprentice to agent Louise Fury.

Originally from Washington (and then from all over as an Air Force brat), Rachel now resides with her scientist husband and chatty rescue cat. When not working, her other interests include trying new recipes, playing World of Warcraft, and spending time by the ocean.

Fiction is still Rachel's focus, and she represents women's fiction (commercial or upmarket), romance, mystery, and YA. You can find more details about what she's looking for on our Submissions page.

You can follow her through Twitter at www.twitter.com/RachMBrooks. Queries can be sent via her form here http://QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks.

Below are some of the books written by her fabulous clients. Check out more of her deals at Publishers Marketplace.

Naomi Davis

Literary Agent

Authors have always been Naomi Davis's superheroes. Growing up in Minnesota, she spent her elementary years pretending she was every character in every book she read. Now a mother, gardener, and beekeeper, Naomi loves meeting readers everywhere she goes and finding out what makes them love the books that sweep them away. A life-long writer and author-fanatic, she has a mild to moderate obsession with slippers, and sings in two philharmonic choirs.

Naomi's first steps into the world of publishing came in grade nine, when she was invited to job-shadow the Editor-in-Chief of a newspaper. She then tip-toed into the world of journalism, having an article published by a magazine in her senior year of high school. Since then, her joy in the literary industry has taken many forms: blogging, critiquing, and writing fiction. Naomi has a passion for helping authors develop stakes, voice immersion, and tension to a story's highest possible potential, and often tweets about strategies for accomplishing those goals on her Twitter @NaomisLitPix

After five years with Inklings Literary Agency, Naomi is elated to join the Bookends team and grow her client list. She seeks dynamic, character-driven adult and young adult titles in fantasy, sci-fi, and romance. LGBTQ+ elements and diversity in all fiction are a particular plus, and Naomi will consider picture books featuring those elements. Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds.

You can contact Naomi at [email protected].

Amanda Jain

Literary Agent

Amanda came by her love of reading honestly, inheriting it from parents who always had books close to hand. She began her career in publishing at W. W. Norton, where she spent seven years before pursuing a masters degree in history of the decorative arts. She rejoined publishing shortly thereafter at Inklings Literary Agency, and is excited every day to encounter new writers and their stories.

Amanda currently reps adult romance, mystery, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, and science fiction & fantasy, with a special emphasis on historical fiction in all genres. She also represents narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, social history, and popular science. She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience.

Amanda currently lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two kids. When she’s not reading, she likes to cook, root for the Cubs, and spend as much time outside as she can.

You can contact Amanda at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @wensday95

James McGowan

Associate Agent and Social Media Manager

Since interning at BookEnds as an undergrad in the summer of 2015, James has (basically) never left. He's just continuously leveled up at BookEnds. Now he is an Associate Agent and the Social Media Manager for the team.

James is a Staten Island native, and holds a Master's Degree in English from the College of Staten Island. 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. He only recently learned he could be a writer... now, his debut picture book, GOOD NIGHT, OPPY, publishes in Fall 2021 from Boyds Mills Kane Press. When James is not reading/working/writing, he can usually be found watching an unhealthy amount of sitcoms.

James is currently closed to submissions. However, to find out more about him, information can be found on our submissions page, and you can query him here when he is back open: http://QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan.

If you have any inquiries regarding our social media accounts, please contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/jmcgowanbks or instagram at www.instagram.com/jmcgowanbks.

Emily Forney

Associate Agent

Emily is, as she likes to say, a professional fangirl. From the early days of crafting fiction prompts on Tumblr to writing miniseries on how to write a successful fantasy battle scene, she fell in love with the minor details of storytelling. After receiving her MFA in Creative Writing, emphasizing in YA fiction, she worked for a popular fiction press as an editor until she realized she wanted to stay with her favorite authors throughout their careers. She was a publishing and editorial fellow for the LA Review of Books,where she trained with her editorial background. Becoming an agent, especially at BookEnds, was fate.

Growing up, Emily would stay awake until sunrise to finish new YA releases, and honestly, she just desperately wants the vampire trend to return. She enjoys the whimsy, the complexities, and the warmth young adult and children’s books offer, and she hopes to work with authors interested in turning their speculative worlds into series. With a BA in History and certificates in Classics and Latin studies, she’s also a big fan of historical fiction and mythological works.

She writes about identity and youth through her experiences as a young black woman, particularly focusing on genre fiction as a means to explore tropes otherwise dominated by white voices. Emily would particularly like to read #OwnVoices stories and is always on the lookout for new Black authors.

You can follow Emily on Twitter at @EmilyKaitlinnn. Queries should be submitted here.

Umaima Saleem

Literary Assistant

Umaima discovered BookEnds Literary Agency in July of 2019 and knew she wanted to work with them. Her wish was granted and she began her publishing career as an intern for BookEnds prior to becoming the Literary Assistant. Umaima was a recipient of the 2020 We Need Diverse Books Internship Grants.

She was born in England (no she does not have an accent sadly) and raised in New Jersey. Her love for reading can be traced back to a course she took at Seton Hall University her senior year titled Romantic Literature. There she fell in love with classics such as Belinda and Persuasion. Since then, she has become a voracious reader of the romance genre and hopes to write her very own romance novel one day. Umaima holds a degree in political science.

When not working, reading, or writing, Umaima can be found watching reruns of M*A*S*H* and The Golden Girls, rooting for THE Ohio State University football team, and perfecting her smoky margarita recipe.

You can contact Umaima at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @UmaimaSaleemLit.

Kasey Poserina

Contracts Coordinator

Kasey Poserina handles contracts for BookEnds. Most recently, she worked at Simon & Schuster as a Contracts Director where she handled all aspects of contract drafting and negotiation for the following imprints: Free Press, Touchstone, Howard Books, and Simon & Schuster Audio. Prior to working at Simon & Schuster, Kasey was the Associate Director of Business Affairs at a major New York literary agency, where she worked with over ten literary agents reviewing and negotiating book publishing agreements, audio publishing agreements, publishing agreements with British and foreign language publishers, first serial licenses, film agreements, and author-writer collaboration agreements. She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband, Ron P., and their son, Ben.

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Olive

It was Jessica Alvarez who we thank for guiding us to Olive. Earlier in the year she adopted her own Sidney from Rescue Dogs Rock and urged me to check out their rescues. The minute I saw Olive’s sweet face I just knew. She was the dog for us. Since we were looking during the 2020 pandemic things were slow and, I’ll admit, I was panicking. Dogs were being adopted at a record rate and I feared we wouldn’t even get a chance to meet her. But we did and it was love at first sight. Olive was rescued from an abusive home in Texas and brought to New Jersey where she lived with a wonderful foster family for six months while receiving physical therapy on a pelvis and leg damaged when she was hit by a car in Texas.  She still limps slightly, but it certainly doesn’t slow her down. This boxer-mix now lives with Jessica Faust’s family and spends her days in the office lounging and napping. Olive does not read and is not open to submissions

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