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agent : jmcgowan@bookendsliterary.com
James McGowan
Bookends Literary

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.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Picture Books, Young Adult Fiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Cheryl Hollon, Mary Ellen Hughes, James Queally, Susan Cunningham, Sherry J Lee
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
LINE OF SIGHT by James Queally [Polis Books]
MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
CROW FLIGHT by Susan Cunningham in Audio [Blackstone Audio]
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
After interning with BookEnds in 2015, James has been a member of the team in some capacity ever since, learning everything he could before opening submissions and building his own list. He is currently the Literary Assistant and Social Media Manager for the team in addition to building his own list.
SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
jmcgowan@bookendsliterary.com for Audio and Film Rights
foreignrights@bookendsliterary.com for Foreign Rights
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
James is seeking submissions in adult literary and upmarket fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary and upmarket thrillers, and historical mystery. He is also accepting submissions in all sub-genres of Young Adult fiction, and is actively looking for Picture Books. James is actively looking for #ownvoices and diverse characters and stories in all genres.He’s eager to find an adult fiction with the same feel as Station Eleven, The Road or The Book of M. He loves all things dark and creepy in adult fiction, and all things funny and silly in picture books.

Some of James’ favorite authors include Celeste Ng, Edwidge Danticat, Jesmyn Ward, and Tana French on the adult side; Jason Reynolds and Sabaa Tahir in YA; and picture book authors like Jason Carter Eaton, author/illustrator Elise Parsley, and our very own Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie.

To submit to James, please go to the following link: http://QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan