BookEnds Literary Agency first opened its doors in 1999 as a book packaging company. At the time, we were looking to take our own fresh and fun ideas and find just the right people to create the books publishers 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.
Despite a change in name, BookEnds continues to operate with the same attitude as when we started: We're about achieving dreams and doing what we love. Representing fiction and nonfiction primarily for the adult and young adult markets, BookEnds agents continue to live their dreams while helping authors achieve theirs.
As owner and literary agent at BookEnds, Jessica Faust prides herself on working closely with her authors to make their goals come to fruition. Jessica has worked with a number of bestselling and award-winning authors. Her areas of expertise are in the genres of mystery, suspense, romance, and young adult. She's also worked in a number of areas of nonfiction, most specifically in business, parenting, current affairs, and health and wellness.
A veteran of publishing, Jessica began her career in 1994 as an acquisitions editor at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan, and Wiley, where she had the unique opportunity to acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction. Jessica takes her editing experience to the agency, where she works with her authors to create the best possible proposal submissions.
Jessica has been a regular columnist with Romantic Times magazine, taught at New York University's Continuing Education Program, been recognized as Agent of the Year by the NYC Romance Writers of America chapter, and is asked regularly to speak at writers' conferences throughout the world. She is a member of RWA, MWA, SCBWI, ITW, and AAR.
A native of Minnesota, Jessica now lives in New Jersey with her family. Her personal interests include cooking, entertaining, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Just a few of Jessica's very talented clients include Jenn McKinlay, Sally MacKenzie, Ellery Adams, Kate Douglas, Shelley Coriell, Michelle Painchaud, Emily McKay, and Sharla Lovelace.
After eight years at Berkley Publishing, Kim Lionetti left her position as Senior Editor to join BookEnds in March 2004. While there, Kim enjoyed overseeing an eclectic list comprised of romances, westerns, young adult, mysteries, nonfiction, and general fiction. While she's narrowed her focus a bit with the books she represents, she still enjoys using her editorial skills to help authors shape their work into more marketable products and helping them to see their writing as part of the "bigger picture."
Kim's obsession with books began in middle school when she was introduced to her grandmother's collection of gothic romances by Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, and Mary Stewart. To this day, Kim harbors a soft spot for dark, tortured heroes, but also enjoys a good romantic comedy. A member of AAR, Kim is looking for fresh voices and compelling storytelling.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kim currently resides in New Jersey with her son, daughter, cat, two guinea pigs, and very patient husband, who puts up with her crushes on Mr. Darcy, Eric Northman, blind dukes, and Ryan Gosling.
Kim's areas of interest are historical and contemporary romance, women's fiction, cozy mysteries, and contemporary new adult fiction and young adult fiction (except fantasy or sci-fi).
Her authors include Christie Craig/C. C. Hunter, Elizabeth Joy Arnold, Sofie Kelly, Lily Dalton, and Bailey Cates.
After ten years as an editor, 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 read her first romance at the age of nine when she pilfered from a friend's mother's Harlequin Presents collection and was instantly hooked. Though her pilfering has passed, her weakness for alpha heroes and exotic settings remains.
A New Jersey native, Jessica still resides in the Garden State. She is perpetually over-caffeinated in an attempt to keep up with her young son and two energetic wheaten terriers.
Jessica's areas of interest include most areas of romance (but no paranormal at this time, please), romantic suspense, female-focused erotica, and women's fiction.
Her authors include Stacey Kennedy, Andrea Laurence, Stacy Henrie, Lorrie Thomson, Melissa Cutler, Shelly Bell, Minerva Koenig, and Cate Price.
After an undergraduate career filled with publishing internships, Beth joined BookEnds as a literary assistant in September 2012. In addition to managing the office, she is constantly occupied with building her client list and working with existing BookEnds authors as the company's rights coordinator.
Beth's obsession with books began with a distinct fantasy/sci-fi flavor, and she's happily never kicked the genres. Now she's working hard to build BookEnds' list in those areas and is eager to help the company branch out in that direction. Other areas of interest include romantic suspense, cozy mysteries, and YA.
Beth currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat. Outside of reading, her personal hobbies include drawing, cooking, gaming, and spending far too much time on the Internet.
With more than twenty-five years in book publishing, Bill joined BookEnds in 2013 as Director of Digital Content. He oversees all aspects of BookEnds authors' ebook editions.
Bill began his career in the managing editorial department of Berkley Publishing (later Penguin USA), where he handled a wide variety of genre fiction and general nonfiction. He eventually held the position of senior managing editor of Penguin's NAL division, while also honing his skills in web development and digital editing. He left Penguin in 2000 to pursue a freelance career in editorial services and web development.
In his free time, Bill enjoys playing the ponies, playing poker, and playing pétanque, not necessarily in that order, and occasionally at the same time. He lives in Brooklyn.
When we first met Buford at St. Hubert's, our first thought was that his name fit him perfectly. A big lug of a dog, he reminds us a little of Beethoven (the St. Bernard, not the composer). Buford is a 75-pound "puppy" who loves to sit on laps, lounge in the sun, and play tug. He was removed from a Newark, New Jersey, shelter by St. Hubert's rescue workers and taken home by Jessica Faust's family a few weeks later. Buford does not read and is not open to submissions.