Lauren Is Open for Submissions

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Jun 20 2011

Hi, everybody! I’m Lauren Ruth, the newest addition to BookEnds, and I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself to all of you faithful blog readers. I began my publishing career ages ago (okay, so it was really just a couple of years ago) at Simon & Schuster, where I was an editorial intern. Then, after interning at BookEnds, I was hired as a full-time literary assistant. I’ve been reading queries for a long time, but now I’m officially announcing that I’m open to submissions. I look forward to working with authors to build their careers and their voices, and to fine-tuning the brands and skills they already have. The following are the genres in which I’m interested:

In fiction:

  • Literary fiction (the love of my life)
  • Romance (all subgenres, but I’m particularly interested in erotic, historical, or paranormal—or any combination thereof!)
  • Women’s fiction
  • Chick lit
  • Young Adult
  • Middle grade
  • Mystery, (all subgenres, but especially cozies . . . I am, after all, working at BookEnds!)
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Historical fiction
  • Steampunk

In nonfiction:

  • Memoir
  • Parenting and family
  • Relationships
  • Food and lifestyle
  • Business
  • Popular science
  • Popular culture
  • Popular psychology

If your book falls under any of the above genres, please take a look at the submission guidelines on BookEnds’ website to learn how to query me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Lauren
Lruth@bookends-inc.com

33 responses to “Lauren Is Open for Submissions”

  1. Avatar SJ Drum says:

    Welcome! I will be sending queries soon for my new novel and will keep you in mind.It is Urban Fantasy with a bit of steampunk scenery and sounds like something that might interest you.

    Happy Hunting!

    sj-drum.blogspot.com

  2. Avatar Trisha says:

    Wow, that's a big range of genres! Love to see that 🙂

  3. Avatar wry wryter says:

    It's not quite 8:30 and I bet your inbox is full already. Yes I will be one of the masses who will be scratching at your door.
    Much luck.
    Ms Trite says:
    May all your dreams come true,twenty years from now. Gives you something to look forward to.

  4. Avatar Fred says:

    I note that your list of genre does not sync up with the guidelines for the agency. Will items, such as SciFi, that conflict be rejected unread?

  5. Avatar Nicole says:

    Welcome Lauren! Glad to hear the Book Ends team is expanding. Hope you find great queries (and novels!) to grow your list.

  6. Avatar Grant says:

    Welcome, Lauren! It's great to see an agent accepting Middle Grade here at Bookends.

    Best of luck in your search 🙂

  7. Welcome, Lauren. You're in great company at BookEnds!

  8. it's quite the happy coincidence that I'm querying today with a MG steampunk book! (it's already in your undoubtedly overcrowded inbox)

    enjoy the onslaught of queries!

    Tom

  9. Avatar ryan field says:

    Best wishes, Lauren.

  10. Fred, to answer your question, I am interested in science fiction while the other agents are not.

  11. Avatar Rebecca Kiel says:

    Welcome! You are now on my list.

  12. Congrats, Lauren! I wish you all the best. I just read your January reflections on "The Hunger Games" and YA literature, and it got me all a'flutter. I love your assessment of why adults flock to stories of that nature. I never thought of it that way, but it's so true!

  13. Welcome aboard! I'm always glad to see more agents willing to take on science fiction/fantasy! Best of luck with building a client list.

  14. Avatar ~Renate says:

    I'm quite curious how many queries you will receive in the first 24 hours.

    I will be querying you once my steampunk novel is finished. 😀

    literary-scribbles.blogspot.com

  15. Avatar Laila Knight says:

    Welcome Lauren. It's wonderful to see someone post that they represent sci-fi. I imagine you'll be bombarded.

  16. CONGRATS! *throws confetti*
    Let the deluge begin!

    I queried Kim not too long ago and haven't heard back. Otherwise, I would have loved to query you.

    Best wishes!

  17. Avatar Robena Grant says:

    The family is growing. ; )
    Welcome, Lauren. I hope you find some nice shiny gems in your inbox.

  18. Welcome! What a fantastic range of genres you're looking for! I hope you find some gems in there.

  19. Avatar Lauren Ruth says:

    Thanks for the welcome, everybody!

  20. Avatar Carrie says:

    Best of luck, Lauren! 🙂

  21. Congrats on joining Book Ends, Lauren!

    I now have two questions:

    1) Will Lauren (or Jessica Alvarez) join you and Kim on the blog?

    and

    2) Lauren is open to a vast number of genres–could she pinpoint some of her favorite books and/or influences in each, just to get a handle on the sort of books, writing voices, and/o styles she is attracted to?

  22. Avatar Rita says:

    Woot! congrat Lauren.

  23. Avatar Huntress says:

    ah, well. I don't know whether to congratulate you or offer sympathy.

    *joining the thundering herd*

  24. Avatar Jeff King says:

    Awesome… I hope to send you material, one day.

    Thx for the introduction.

  25. I'm glad to see BookEnds, LLC is expanding to MGs and YAs. I look forward to submitting to you.

  26. Welcome Lauren,

    I was interested to see you put chick-lit. I thought that genre was 'dead.'

  27. Congrats Lauren on your new position! Looking forward to querying with you soon!

    My first novel A Marked Past is coming out in Oct 2011.

    More details at: https://www.lesliedeaton.blogspot.com/

  28. Avatar Jessi Webb says:

    Congratulations! That's awesome news 🙂

  29. Avatar Emily says:

    Welcome and congratulations!

  30. Avatar Jodi R. says:

    Welcome Lauren! I was part of the stampede to query you yesterday. I woudl love to hear how many you got day one and/or week one!

    @Sally Hepworth – I don't think Chick Lit is dead – it's evolving!

    Jodi R.

  31. Avatar Melodie says:

    Welcome Lauren! Very jealous you get to read for a living (yeah, even the slush!) I think I missed my calling…be sure to post how it's going. 🙂

  32. Avatar Giora says:

    Congrats Lauren and best wishes from Canada in finding great books to represent.

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