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

James McGowan is an Associate Agent and Social Media Manager at BookEnds Literary Agency. He began his career interning at BookEnds in 2015, and has been with the agency in some capacity since then.

James represents a range of projects in picture book fiction and non-fiction, illustrators, and select adult fiction. You can learn more about his MSWL at www.bookendsliterary.com/submissions. You can query James here: http://QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan.

James is a Staten Island native, and holds a Master's Degree in English from the College of Staten Island. His debut picture book, GOOD NIGHT, OPPY, launches in Fall 2021 from Boyds Mills Kane Press.

If you have any inquiries regarding our social media accounts, please contact him at jmcgowan@bookendsliterary.com. Follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/jmcgowanbks or instagram at www.instagram.com/jmcgowanbks.


years experience: 4
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Children's books, Picture Books, Picture Book Non-Fiction, Illustrators, Mystery, Suspense, Crime
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
My School Stinks by Becky Scharnhorst
Killer Content by Olivia Blacke
Freaky Funky Fish by Debra Shumaker
A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Author of MY SCHOOL STINKS! Becky Scharnhorst's THIS FIELD TRIP STINKS!, a second adventure with Stuart and his animal friends from Wildwood Elementary, in which the group goes on a field trip to study in the wild, illustrated by Julia Patton, to Cheryl Eissing at Philomel, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2022, by James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Claire Easton at Painted Words for the illustrator (world).

Author of THRILL SEEKERS Ann McCallum Staats's HIGH FLYERS, profiling 15 modern women excelling in a profession that propels them high above the earth's surface, including aviators, astronauts, and aeronauts, for the Women of Power series, to Jerome Pohlen at Chicago Review Press, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2022, by James McGowan at BookEnds.

Debut author Brittany Mazique's DELPHINE DENISE AND THE MARDI GRAS PRIZE, set in New Orleans at Mardi Gras, following a girl who will stop at nothing to win the dazzling prize for best float in this year's parade, illustrated by Sawyer Cloud, to Christina Pulles at Albert Whitman, for publication in January 2022, by James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Samantha Groff at Advocate-Art for the illustrator.

Author of LET'S DANCE Valerie Bolling's TOGETHER WE RIDE and its sequel TOGETHER WE SWIM, both stories follow a pair of siblings as they learn to bike or swim on their own, with the help and support of their parents, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, to Elizabeth Lazowski at Chronicle Children's, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022 and spring 2023, by James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Charlotte Sheedy at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Author of THE NOISY AIRPLANE RIDE Mike Downs's BEFORE THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: OTTO LILIENTHAL, THE WORLD'S FIRST PILOT, following Lilienthal's attempts at flight, becoming the first person to fly by building a glider and inspiring the Wright Brothers, who used Lilienthal's method before attempting the first powered flight, illustrated by David Hohn, to Joy Bean at Kane Press, for publication in fall 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Natascha Morris (while at BookEnds) and James McGowan at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Jessica Kulekjian's HIDERS SEEKERS, FINDERS KEEPERS, a look at the way animals respond to cold weather, illustrated by Salini Perera, to Kathleen Keenan at Kids Can Press, for publication in fall 2022, by Tracy Marchini and James McGowan at BookEnds for the author (world).

Carrie Tillotson's debut COUNTING TO BANANAS, a mostly rhyming picture book in which a banana and a narrator can't agree what their book will be about and the banana goes from star waiting in the wings to potentially…lunch?!, illustrated by Estrela Lourenco, to Cheryl Eissing at Philomel, for publication in spring 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by James McGowan at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Author of FLYING DEEP Michelle Cusolito's INTO THE DEEP UNKNOWN: EXPLORING THE OCEAN TWILIGHT ZONE, a photo-illustrated investigative dive that chronicles Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's cutting-edge research to uncover deep sea OTZ ecosystems, the animals living there, and the science helping us learn about them, to Karen Boss at Charlesbridge, for publication in summer 2023, by James McGowan at BookEnds (world).

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
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 and Film Rights
foreignrights@bookendsliterary.com for Foreign Rights [Jessica Alvarez]
KEY PERSONNEL
Jessica Alvarez, Foreign Rights Manager [foreignrights@bookendsliterary.com]
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