Jessica Faust

(President & Literary Agent)

As owner and President at BookEnds, Jessica Faust is honored to spend every day with some of the most talented authors and agents in the business. From its inception in 1999, Jessica has always believed that her number one job is to be an author advocate. As BookEnds has grown, she now adds agent advocate to that responsibility. In addition to constantly growing BookEnds in new and innovative directions, Jessica represents many bestselling and award-winning authors. Her focus is on bringing more under-represented and marginalized voices into publishing and her areas of expertise include mystery, suspense, upmarket, literary, and women's fiction. In nonfiction, she’s seeking books and authors in business, leadership, personal growth, and self-help. Jessica began her career as an acquisitions editor at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan, and Wiley. 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 publishing columnist, and has been honored by a number of different publishing organizations. In addition to speaking engagements throughout the world, Jessica hosts regular workshops on Speakeasy and is a member of AALA.

While her heart will always be in Minnesota, Jessica now lives in New Jersey with her family. Outside of BookEnds, Jessica’s passions include kettlebell lifting, walking with Olive, cooking, laughing with friends, and reading other people’s books. Specifics on the types of books she’s seeking to represent as well as more information on querying Jessica can be found on our submissions page and the link to her query form. You can learn more about Jessica by following her on: Twitter and Instagram or email her directly. You can also find information about new deals and clients on Publishers Marketplace. Watch our interview with Jessica on YouTube!


Jessica Faust Wishlist

Jessica has set a 2021 goal to take on 10 new clients and is actively looking to represent more under-represented and marginalized voices in all genres listed here. Her fiction list focuses on literary and upmarket fiction, women's fiction, mystery, and suspense. In nonfiction she is looking for books that will make her a better person, specifically fresh perspectives on race and feminism, personal development, self-help, mind, body, and spirit, and business. Her current goal is to represent more broad- based business books by women and business leaders of color. Some recent reads that both inspired and informed her list include MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER, AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave, Kevin Kwan, and BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman (because she loves all things hockey). In nonfiction, she seeks more books like those by Rachel Rodgers, Ijeoma Oluo, Jen Sincero, and Luvvie Ijayi Jones. Jessica (along with James) regularly discuss their recent reads on YouTube where you can see what she’s most excited about and what latest reads are informing her list. You can also get a sense of the books she's reading and representing by following her on Instagram. To submit to Jessica Faust click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form

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