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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.


years experience: 3
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Picture Books, Picture Book Non-Fiction, Middle Grade Non-fiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Adult Mystery: Cheryl Hollon, Mary Ellen Hughes, James Queally
Picture Books: Becky Scharnhorst, Jessica Kulekjian, Sana Rafi, Laura Lavoie
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Line of Sight by James Queally [Polis Books]
PS Wildwood Elementary Stinks by Becky Scharnhorst [Philomel]
Williamsburg Mysteries by Olivia Blacke [Berkley]
Vampire Vacation by Laura Lavoie [Viking]
Thrill Seekers by Ann McCallum Staats [Chicago Review Press]
MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
CROW FLIGHT by Susan Cunningham in Audio [Blackstone Audio]
LINE OF SIGHT by James Queally in Audio [Tantor Media]
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
KEY PERSONNEL
Jessica Alvarez, Foreign Rights Manager [foreignrights@bookendsliterary.com]
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
James is seeking submissions in adult, middle grade, and picture book fiction, as well as middle grade and picture book non-fiction. In all age categories, he's looking for more authors from marginalized communities.

In the adult market, James is currently only seeking fiction. Specifically: 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 loves all things dark and creepy, and lyrical writing like that of Tana Franch, Celeste Ng, and Jesmyn Ward.

On the children's side, he is actively looking for both fiction and non-fiction picture books of any style, realistic and humorous middle-grade fiction including mysteries, middle-grade non-fiction, and select young adult fiction. James is primarily drawn to humor in his kidlit, and loves all things funny and silly. For non-fiction, he's particularly interested in books about science, climate and environment, little known people or events in history, and other STEM-related topics. Some of his favorite kidlit creators include Stacy McAnulty, Jory John, Elise Parsley, and Aaron Blabey. One of his favorite YA writers is Jason Reynolds.

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