Senior Literary Agent, BookEnds Jr.
Tracy Marchini joined BookEnds in June 2016 as the first picture book and illustration agent. Prior to building a list at BookEnds, she had over ten years of experience in children's literature, either at an agency or as a freelance editor and children's book reviewer. She is thrilled to represent a list of debut and award-winning creators of fiction, non-fiction and illustration for children. 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 literature – and can still empathize with the soul-crushing feeling that is mandatory gym class. She is the author of Princesses Can Fix It! (Page Street Kids, 2021) and her picture book debut Chicken Wants A Nap (Creative Editions) was called "A surprising gem" in a starred Kirkus review and was nominated for the 2019 Bridge to Reading Picture Book Awards. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College and a BA in English, concentration in Rhetoric from Binghamton University.
Tracy is looking for picture book and middle grade manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary fiction, mysteries, magical realism, historical fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction. She is also looking for board, picture book, and/or chapter book illustrators and author-illustrators. She does not represent books for adults. Above all, she looks to build a just and inclusive list full of the sense of possibility and wonderment of childhood, and strives to uplift BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled voices in children's literature. You can find out more about her list on Twitter, Instagram and her agent/author website at www.tracymarchini.com, or check out how to submit to her in the wishlist section below. Watch our interview with Tracy on YouTube!