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Jessica Alvarez
BookEnds Literary Agency

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.
After ten years as an editor, Senior Literary Agent 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 stories. 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 is looking for a wide range of nonfiction, but is particularly looking for unique, entertaining voices (think Mary Roach or Sarah Vowell). In terms of fiction, she wants romance of all heat levels (including inspirational and category romance), women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and suspense. She’s open to light and funny reads, as well as darker ones. She’s looking for books that celebrate diversity in all its forms. In no particular order, she’d especially love to see more books featuring Asian characters, 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, or young adult novels at this time.

years experience: 17+ in publishing, 6 as an agent
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, African-American, Science
USA Today bestsellers Stacey Kennedy and Sharon Cullen, Andrea Laurence, Lara Lacombe, Melissa Cutler, Jennifer Delamere, Terri Reed, Tina Radcliffe, Minerva Koenig
Amity Steffen's DELAYED JUSTICE to Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Laurel Blount's A PROMISE FOR ANNA to Harlequin Love Inspired
Amy Rose Bennett's HOW TO CATCH A WICKED VISCOUNT to Berkley
Julia Bennet's THE MADNESS OF MISS GRAY to Entangled Amara
Minerva Spencer's NOTORIOUS to Kensington
Christina Elle's WHERE THERE'S FIRE to Entangled Amara
Liz Lincoln's ON THE LINE to Loveswept
Sherri Shackelford's HER COVERT DEFENDER to Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Sharon Cullen's WED TO A SPY to Loveswept
Sherri Shackelford's story in the MAIL-ORDER BRIDES collection to Barbour
Lara Lacombe's KILLER EXPOSURE to Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Tina Radcliffe's SECOND CHANCE RANCH series to Harlequin Love Inspired
Jennifer Delamere's THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER to Bethany House
Shelly Bell's AT HIS MERCY to Grand Central Forever
Melissa Cutler's ONE HOT SUMMER to St. Martin's
Lorrie Thompson's A MEASURE OF HAPPINESS to Kensington
Andrea Laurence's SEDUCED BY THE SPARE HEIR to Harlequin Desire
Melissa Cutler's TEMPTED INTO DANGER to Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Minerva Koenig's NINE DAYS to St. Martin's
Stacy Henrie's HOPE AT DAWN to Grand Central Forever
Melissa Cutler's THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS to Kensington
Jennifer Delamere's AN HEIRESS AT HEART to Grand Central Forever
I'm actively seeking new clients. Please submit your query and first three pages via online form at

I respond to all queries and submissions. Response time on queries is anywhere from minutes to two weeks, and within three months (ideally) on submissions.

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