Since BookEnds was founded in 1999, our agents have been proud to consider themselves an integral part of the author's publishing team. Our goal is to work together with the author to make all of their dreams come true.
BookEnds agents are always looking for fresh new material from both published and unpublished authors. Before submitting to us, we ask that you read our submission guidelines to better ensure that the work you're sending is right for BookEnds and that what you send is as "rejection-proof" as you can make it.
To submit to one of our agents, please click their name (highlighted in green) below. The agent's QueryManager form will open in a new tab.
What We're Looking For:
BookEnds agents believe strongly in making publishing more inclusive through the titles, authors, and illustrators we represent. All agents are actively seeking #ownvoices and diverse books across all genres. We strive to be a safe space for LGBTQ, BIPOC, and all marginalized creators, working to lift their voices in publishing.
BookEnds represents fiction and nonfiction in all genres for both adults and children. Look for our birds to help you identify which agents might be best suited for what you write.
In adult fiction, our agents specialize in romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, women’s fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, and upmarket fiction.
We are also seeking nonfiction for adults that focus on current events and social issues as well as memoirs, history, food, business and career, parenting, pop culture, and general nonfiction.
BookEnds Jr, represents authors and illustrators in young adult, middle grade, graphic novels, and picture books. In fiction, we are looking for contemporaries, romance, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels, horror, thrillers, and mystery.
In nonfiction, we are seeking narrative nonfiction and memoirs.
BookEnds does not represent short fiction, poetry, screenplays, or techno-thrillers.
BookEnds agents ask that all submissions be made electronically through the Query Manager database where you will have the opportunity to query the agent you think would best represent your work.
Links to each agent's submissions form, as well as a brief description of each agent's most current preferences, can be found below. The submission requirements for each agent will be found on their form.
To learn a little more about our experience and background, as well as to get a feel for some of the books we each represent, check out our About Us page.
Jessica is actively seeking fresh new voices and stories in literary and upmarket fiction, women's fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense and domestic suspense. She strives to bring more diverse and #ownvoices to all genres. Her fiction tastes tend toward the dark and she always loves a Midwestern perspective.
She is also accepting submissions in select areas of nonfiction, specifically, fresh perspectives on race and feminism. Her areas of preference include current affairs, 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.
Titles and authors who inspire her list include MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER, Abbi Waxman, AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, Kristin Hannah, Kevin Kwan, and Fredrik Backman. In nonfiction, she seeks more books like those by Seth Godin, Ijeoma Oluo, Jen Sincero, Simon Sinek, and Robin D'Angelo.
To submit to Jessica Faust click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form https://querymanager.com/query/jessica_faust
Kim is actively looking for unputdownable commercial women’s fiction, and is especially hungry for diverse #ownvoices in this space and all of the genres listed here. Whether dramatic and dark, or fun and quirky, she enjoys page-turners that pack a lot of emotion. As an avid romance reader, she’s also on the hunt for hilarious voices in romantic comedy that feel fresh and unique enough to stand out on what has become a rather crowded bookshelf. Combining those interests, she’s eager to find big, sweeping love stories that will appeal to book club readers, and straddle the romance and women’s fiction markets. Finally, Kim has long been a fan of gothic suspense. She wants creepy, atmospheric books that hug that line between horror and suspense, or even horror and women’s fiction. There’s nothing like that on her list right now and she’s desperate for more submissions in that space.
Please note: Kim is currently closed to YA submissions, and only accepting adult fiction at this time.
Some of Kim’s favorite non-BookEnds reads are Ayesha at Last, The Flatshare, The Au Pair, Mexican Gothic, How to Walk Away, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
To submit to Kim Lionetti click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form http://QueryManager.com/KimLionetti
Jessica is looking for a wide range of prescriptive and narrative nonfiction, but is particularly looking for unique, entertaining voices--think Mary Roach or Sarah Vowell. She’d like to see more self-help, pop science and true crime, and projects related to food, including cookbooks. She'd also like to see more projects relating to body image, women's issues, and LGBTQ+ topics. In terms of fiction, she wants romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), rom coms, upmarket fiction, women's fiction, and cozy mysteries. She's open to light and funny reads, as well as darker ones. Across the board, she's looking for books that celebrate diversity in all its forms, and would love to see projects with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters. In no particular order, she'd especially love to see more books featuring adoption issues, the Amish, coroners and morticians, physically and emotionally tortured heroes, and women who kick ass. Please note that Jessica is not looking for paranormals, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult or children's books at this time, and she is being extremely selective about memoir. Check out Jessica's #MSWL tweets and #MSWL posts on the BookEnds site for more specifics on what she wants to represent. To submit to Jessica, please go to the following link: https://querymanager.com/query/JessicaAlvarez
Moe is interested in fictional works for all ages, including picture books, middle-grade, young adults, and adult readers. Her favorite genres include contemporary, fantasy, historical, horror, magical realism, re-tellings, romance, science fiction and anything LGBTQIA-centric. She's particularly keen to find books with pain-in-the-ass heroines, dark and creepy settings with lyrical voices, and books with well-thought out twists and turns. SciFi should be easily accessible and horror should not make her need to keep the lights on! Send her your LGBT+ books that are about more than just a coming out story. Her list tends to skew towards children's fiction, but she is on the hunt for select authors in the above adult genres as well. Overall, though, she loves being surprised by books she never knew she wanted—so if it seems like a fit, query her!
Moe is also open to select narrative nonfiction titles dealing with LGBT+ history, theatre (including biographies or theatrical analysis such as Horowitz's Sondheim on Music), and music theory.
She is not a good fit for upmarket/literary fiction, cozy mysteries, true crime, women's fiction, high fantasy, hard sci-fi, or inspirational romances.
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's also seeking picture book illustrators and author-illustrators. For picture book fiction, she’s particularly interested in manuscripts that are laugh out loud funny or deliciously dark. For middle grade and young adult, she’s interested in underdogs, strong female characters and/or unreliable narrators. She believes that it’s important for readers of all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in the media they consume, and is looking to bring that diversity to her list.
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, early chapter books or non-fiction for the educational market.
*Rachel is currently closed to queries*
Rachel is selectively looking for fresh stories in women's fiction, romance, mystery and YA. She is especially looking for books that elevate marginalized voices and show love in their communities (such as #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy).
She tends to gravitate toward contemporary fiction more than historical, unless the story focuses on underrepresented events or perspectives in history (e.g. The Silence of Bones, The Downstairs Girl, When We Left Cuba).
Rachel is not currently seeking previously self-published works, novellas, short stories, or nonfiction. She is not the best fit for stories centered on: Greek gods/myths, bands/rock stars, outer space, paranormal activity, pandemics, sports, pet deaths, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.
Some non-client titles that inspire her list include: All Boys Aren't Blue, American Panda, Ayesha at Last, Black Enough, Hot Dog Girl, I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, and Wicked Fox.
To submit to Rachel, click on her name above or this link for her Query Manager form http://QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks
Naomi is currently looking for dynamic, character-driven adult titles in fantasy, science fiction, and romance. In science fiction, Naomi seeks stories that let the character development take priority over tech. The surprising time/relationship structure of the short story by Ted Chiang Story of Your Life and its counterpart film Arrival are examples of stories that really catch Naomi off-guard and drag her relentlessly into the pages.
In fantasy, Naomi seeks new fantasy settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso is a strong example exciting twists on the way magic is used and incorporated into the world using towering, global stakes. In romance, she particularly enjoys stories that embrace diversity, with confident characters and a voice that isn’t afraid to show vulnerability, like in Losing It by Cora Carmack.
She is not currently seeking urban fantasy, dystopian, or Tolkien-inspired worlds.
Naomi wants adult contemporary romance stories that show relationships from all angles in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. A particular desire would be a women's fiction or romance that shows bisexual protagonist(s) finding validity even in the face of a world that denies their sexuality.
In young adult, Naomi is always on the hunt for strong fantasy with edgy themes and exciting, realistic voices. Characters facing adversity due to disability, gender/sexuality, or race/religion are always on her wishlist. Something Naomi would really love to find are YA Contemporary stories featuring powerful female relationships... romantic OR friendship. She'd absolutely love to find an updated YA GIRL, INTERRUPTED, showing how fast-and-furious female relationships can consume a person in positive or negative ways (or both), and how girls must learn to establish and enforce boundaries in all relationships.
Trans and nonbinary characters always a plus in YA. Naomi is not seeking YA science fiction at this time.
Amanda is currently looking for adult horror, mystery, romance, upmarket & book club fiction, and science fiction & fantasy projects, and always enjoys historical fiction in all genres. In horror, Amanda would love to see submissions that feature coming-of-age stories like Stranger Things, stories that trend more psychological than bloody, and fresh takes on Gothic or haunted house stories. In romance, she is particularly looking for #ownvoices historical projects that explore time periods often overlooked, such as 1930s America, or that show us well-known periods from a different viewpoint (eg South Asians in London during the Regency period). In any genre, she is most interested in those stories that transport the reader and provide a completely immersive reading experience. Some of her favorite non-BookEnds authors include Tana French, Simone St. James, Attica Locke, Tessa Dare, Riley Sager, Jesmyn Ward, and Brit Bennett.
In non-fiction, she is interested in projects that explore history, the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, social history, true crime, and popular science. She is particularly interested in seeing projects that look at the intersection of food and other topics such as gender, race, and economics, and would love to see a thoughtful exploration of food deserts in American cities. Some of Amanda's favorite non-BookEnds authors in nonfiction include Patrick Radden Keefe, Sarah Smarsh, Isabel Wilkerson, and Erik Larson.
Amanda is not currently seeking children’s books (YA and below), techno or cyber thrillers, erotica, hard or military sci-fi, or high fantasy.
To query Amanda, go to http://QueryMe.Online/AmandaJain.
James is currently looking for illustrators, and adult mystery and crime fiction. He is especially looking for books written by marginalized voices.
PLEASE NOTE: JAMES IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO PICTURE BOOK TEXTS. In picture books, James’ tastes run the gamut. He appreciates a good laugh, and is always looking for humorous books in the vein of Ame Dyckman or Tammi Sauer. A recent favorite is The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan and Tom Knight. He also loves heartwarming fiction (think Oge Mora or I Talk Like a River) and the intersection between humor and warmth (think Hug? by Charlene Chua). Lastly, James has a soft spot for non-fiction picture books. He is interested in historical and STEAM topics. Recent favorites include The Undefeated, The Next President and Pluto Gets the Call.
James is also looking to add more illustrators to his list, especially those with ambitions to write. He gravitates towards bright color palettes, witty and expressive characters, and creators who can tell a story in a single image. In addition to the creators he works with, some of his favorites include Juana Martinez-Neal, Charlene Chua, and Ryan Higgins.
In adult mystery, crime, and domestic suspense James’ tastes tend to be dark. He enjoys anything with a murder or missing person at the center. He enjoys exciting settings, old tropes in new ways, and/or deep family secrets. He is open to dual timeline or multi-POV works. Titles and authors that inspire James’ list include Tana French, Attica Locke, Angie Kim and Rachel Howzel Hall, as well as The Push, Take It Back, My Sister the Serial Killer and Eight Perfect Murders. James is not one for police procedurals. Lastly, he is also looking for grounded horror and speculative fiction that delivers on an eerie and unsettling reading experience. Think LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND, THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WOODS, and anything by Simone St. James.
To submit to James, please go to the following link: http://QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan
Emily is seeking fiction for middle grade and young adult audiences that feature new and progressive takes. She does work on picture books, but is focused primarily on non-fiction and historical stories, and is currently not taking on unsolicited picture books right now. She would like to see more fiction from BIPOC and stories that do not necessarily feature trauma at the forefront of these character’s arcs (although she is open to reading anything complex and well done). She would love marginalized characters to have room to share joy, celebrate, fall in love, and be messy. Send her the best summer lovers, middle grade fantasies, adventure stories, and fantastical worlds.
Across all age groups, Emily is especially keen on finding good genre fiction in the form of re-tellings, magical realism, high fantasy, and spooky. For young adult, she tends to lean more in the fantasy and speculative realm, but would also like to find Jenny Han-like cozy, sweet stories. She's also a sucker for classic YA tropes (fake dating, high school contests with rivals to lovers, etc.). For middle grade, she would love fantasy of all kinds, although it needs to be grounded and the world building cannot sacrifice the character development. Some of her favorite genres include speculative fiction, historical romances, the paranormal, spooky (not horror, please no horror), feel good camp stories, and fun historical fiction in the YA space.
She is not a good fit for thrillers, true crime, horror, war stories, science fiction, or memoir.
You can query Emily here: http://querymanager.com/emilyforney
BookEnds agents do reply to all submissions and queries and hope to do so in a timely manner. Our response time goals are 6 weeks for queries and 12 weeks on requested partials and fulls. Unfortunately, there are times when circumstances mean we fall behind. Should you not receive a response on your query within 6 weeks, please know that it is acceptable to withdraw and resubmit to another agent of your choosing. Query Manager will keep you informed of the status of your work and we also try to post updates through Twitter and Facebook.
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