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agent : jmcgowan@bookendsliterary.com
James McGowan
BookEnds Literary
illustration

James McGowan began his career right where he is: at BookEnds. He joined the team as an intern in the summer of 2015, and as the joke goes, they couldn’t get rid of him. He has worked in all departments at the agency and is now a literary agent representing a talented list of award-winning authors and illustrators. James’ list focuses on illustrated projects for young readers (board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade) as well as adult nonfiction and mystery/suspense novels.

In addition to being an agent, James is a children’s author. His debut picture book Good Night, Oppy! launched from Astra BFYR in 2021. He is born, raised, and currently living in Staten Island, NY. He is a professional snacker, a huge fan of Jeopardy!, and fluent in sarcasm. To learn more about James, his wishlist, or upcoming client books please visit the BookEnds website or his personal website. To send a query, please use QueryManager. And to find a growing archive of thoughts no one asked for, follow James on Twitter and Instagram.


years experience: 6
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, History, Children's books, Science, Picture Books, Picture Book Non-Fiction, Illustrators, Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Middle Grade Fiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Becky Scharnhorst, Valerie Bolling, Michelle Cusolito, Sana Rafi, Laura Lavoie, Malcolm Newsome, Cheryl Hollon, Olivia Blacke, James Queally, Emmie Caldwell
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Together We Ride by Valerie Bolling
Vampire Vacation by Laura Lavoie
Counting to Bananas by Carrie Tillotson and Estrela Lourenco
My School Stinks by Becky Scharnhorst
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke
Freaky Funky Fish by Debra Shumaker
Mi Ciudad Sings by Cynthia Harmony
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Brittany Mazique's MILLIE MAGNUS WON'T BE BULLIED, this chapter book series introduces a spunky girl who is the target of a bully; she knows standing up to him won't be easy, but she is not about to let him upset her friends or jeopardize their Field Day fun, illustrated by Ebony Glenn, to Susan Kochan at Putnam Children's, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Anne Moore Armstrong at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).

Space anthropologist Savannah Mandel's THE LAST ASTRONAUT, in which the author explores the questions many are asking about space travel: should we go, what are the benefits of human space travel, and is it worth its growing cost?, to Jerome Pohlen at Chicago Review Press, for publication in spring 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds (world).

Estrela Lourenco's WALKIES: A DOG'S TALE, a wordless story in which an excited dog and its reluctant young owner embark on an outdoor adventure, illustrated by Estrela Lourenco, to Melia Parsloe at Page Street Kids, with Kayla Tostevin editing, for publication in spring 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds.

Valerie Bolling and Kailei Pew's I SEE COLOR, turning the seemingly well-meaning phrase of "I don't see color" on its head by affirming the diverse palette of color in people's skin tones, while celebrating achievements of individuals who have worked to improve the lives of all people, illustrated by Laylie Frazier, to Luana Kay Horry at Harper Children's, for publication in winter 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds for Bolling and Emily Forney at BookEnds for Pew, and by Anne Moore Armstrong at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).

Author-illustrator DeAnn Wiley's debut HOMEGROWN, an ode to the homes and the people that raise us, illustrated in a style pitched as reminiscent of Ekua Holmes and Oge Mora, to Mark Podesta at Holt Children's, in a good deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds (world).

Debut author Pamela Courtney's FISH FRY FRIDAY, following a girl in preparation for her first time fishing with her beloved grandpa, where she discovers that the true magic of a Louisianan fish fry Friday is not the big catch, illustrated by Toni D. Chambers, to Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus Children's, for publication in winter 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Christy Tugeau Ewers at The CAT Agency for the illustrator (world).

Audrey Perrott's A HAT FOR HOUSE, in which an entire neighborhood pitches in to help House find a new hat after a gust of wind takes his right off the rafters, illustrated by Druscilla Santiago, to Susan Kochan at Putnam Children's, for publication in summer 2024, by James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Jessica Kulekjian's CLOUD DANCE, personifying and comparing the cycle of the water cycle to the emotions of a child, complete with nonfiction sidebars, and VOLCANO DANCE, personifying and comparing the cycle of an erupting volcano to the emotions of a child, illustrated by Zoe Si, to Kathleen Keenan at Kids Can Press, in an exclusive submission, in a two book deal, by Tracy Marchini and James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Lindsay Auld at Writers House for the illustrator.

Dazzle Ng's WHEN AN ELEPHANT HEARS NO, a little elephant's romp of encounters with the tiny, tricky word and its many nuanced meanings, illustrated by Estrela Lourenço, to Kayla Tostevin at Page Street Kids, for publication in winter 2024, by Lisa Amstutz at Storm Literary Agency for the author, and by James McGowan at BookEnds for the illustrator.

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
THE BUTCHER + UNTITLED by Laura Kat Young in Audio [Blackstone Audio]
CROW FLIGHT by Susan Cunningham in Audio [Blackstone Audio]
LINE OF SIGHT by James Queally in Audio [Tantor Media]
SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
jmcgowan@bookendsliterary.com for Audio Rights
foreignrights@bookendsliterary.com for Foreign Rights [Jessica Alvarez]
jgraham@bookendsliterary.com for Film and Merchandising Rights [Jenissa Graham]
KEY PERSONNEL
Jessica Alvarez, Foreign Rights Manager [foreignrights@bookendsliterary.com]
Jenissa Graham, Subsidiary Rights Manager [jgraham@bookendsliterary.com]
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