Since BookEnds was founded in 1999, our agents have been proud to consider themselves an active part of the author's publishing team. Our goal is to work together with the author to make all of their dreams come to fruition.
Our agents are always looking for fresh new material from both published and unpublished authors. Before submitting to us, however, we ask that you read our submission guidelines to better ensure that the work you're sending is right for BookEnds and to ensure that what you send us is as "rejection-proof" as you can make it.
BookEnds accepts and looks for queries from both published and unpublished writers.
In fiction we represent all areas of romance, young adult, mystery, steampunk, science fiction and fantasy, new adult, and women's fiction.
In nonfiction we represent titles in the following areas: current affairs, reference, business, parenting, pop culture, and general nonfiction.
BookEnds does not represent children's picture books, short fiction, poetry, screenplays, or techno-thrillers.
When querying BookEnds we ask that you send a one-page query letter in the body of the e-mail. At this stage in the submission process we will not accept or open attachments.
As a green agency, we ask that all submissions be made electronically. Snail mail queries will be answered, but only if an SASE is provided.
At BookEnds you have the opportunity to query the specific agent you think would best represent your work. To learn more about our agents and who to submit to you can read the About Us page. A brief description of each agent's preferences and the links to contact them are provided below.
- Jessica Faust is open to all submissions in mystery, historical mystery, cozies, suspense and thriller, including YA mystery. All other genres are accepted by referral only.
- Kim Lionetti is open to all submissions in historical and contemporary romance, women's fiction and cozy mysteries. She's currently only accepting YA and NA submissions by referral.
- Jessica Alvarez is looking for romance (but no paranormal at this time, please), romantic suspense, female-focused erotica, and women's fiction.
- Beth Campbell is accepting submissions in urban fantasy, soft or dystopian science fiction, YA and NA, suspense, romance (particularly sharp Regencies and smart contemporaries), and women's fiction.
BookEnds agents do reply to all submissions and queries and hope to do so in a timely manner. Our response time goals are 6 weeks for queries and 12 weeks on requested partials and fulls. Unfortunately, at times circumstances mean we fall behind in our responses. We do try to post status updates through Twitter and Facebook. For updates on where we are with queries and submissions, as well as what we're most actively looking for, please check out our Facebook page:
If you wish to check in on a requested partial or full after the time period listed above, please don't hesitate to send an e-mail to the agent you sent your material to, requesting a status update. The e-mail should include the title of the work, the date the submission was sent, the name of the author, and any other information you have that might help us remember your book.
If you haven't received a response to a query after 8 weeks, we ask that you simply resend the query. It's possible that it was eaten by a spam filter on either our end or yours.
We certainly understand that waiting can be the hardest part and thank you not only for giving us the chance to review your work but for your patience.