Blog Archive

  • Introducing: The BookEnds Literary Fellows!

    May 10, 2021

    Well hello there, BookEnds blog. I hope you all don’t mind me taking it over from Jessica for the week, because I’m beyond thrilled to share the work I’ve been doing this year and introduce you all (if you haven’t met them yet) to the six incredible women BookEnds has been collaborating with for our […]

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  • New Client Alert – James Ramos

    May 07, 2021

    Name: James RamosWhat you Write: Young adult fiction. Agent: Emily Forney!Why BookEnds? I’ve followed BookEnds for a long time on social media. The videos and the blog posts have been so insightful and so helpful and have helped me make sense of the publishing industry, and everyone seems so knowledgeable yet down to earth and genuine […]

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  • When Writing a Book You Do You

    May 06, 2021

    When it comes to writing a book the most common bit of advice is, “write what you know.” What we often get from that wisdom is too narrow and, frankly sometimes boring. I have a revised bit of advice, “you do you.” Write What You Know Write what you know doesn’t mean as a real […]

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  • Who Controls Your Rights

    May 04, 2021

    Here’s a thing that happens. An author writes and publishes 10 amazing books. They do well and the author has a really solid career and income. They were even able to quit the day job. Then the author dies. Because we all die. Who then controls the rights? Having been in business for over 20 […]

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  • New Client Alert – Stefani Goerlich

    Apr 30, 2021

    Name: Stefani Goerlich, LMSW-Clinical, LISW, CSTWhat you Write: Non-fiction books about human sexuality and mental health, usually focused on gender, sexuality, and relationship minorities. Agent: Jessica AlvarezWhy BookEnds? I appreciated the collaborative, mutually supportive, working culture of BookEnds.  What book do you wish you had written, and why? I wish I had the talent for writing fiction, because I desperately wish […]

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  • Navigating Mentorships in Publishing

    Apr 29, 2021

    One of the more exciting changes in publishing has been a surge in mentorship programs. Just some of which include We Need Diverse Books, but also POC in Publishing, the AALA, and Latinx in Publishing. I am so excited about these opportunities and what they offer young professionals and the industry as a whole. And […]

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  • New Client Alert – Pamela Courtney

    Apr 28, 2021

    Name: Pamela CourtneyWhat you Write: I write picture books in the following genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry. I am currently working on a Middle Grade novel in verse. Agent: James McGowanWhy BookEnds?: With your thoughtful, educational, and oh so personable YouTube videos, you’ve set yourself up as the GO TO resource for writers. They’ve become part of the […]

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  • Happy Gotcha Day Olive

    Apr 27, 2021

    This weekend we celebrated Olive’s Gotcha Day–the day we officially adopted her and she came to live in our home. Anyone who knows or follows me likely knows that I’m a big advocate for animal rescue. Olive is our fourth dog. All were rescues and all have been amazing and different and joyful. Olive’s Story […]

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  • New Client Alert – Sarah Burnard

    Apr 23, 2021

    Name: Sarah BurnardWhat you Write: Romance (rom-coms and contemporary)Agent: Jessica AlvarezWhy BookEnds? When I first started researching agents, BookEnds stood out for all the helpful resources they provide for the writing community, and for the friendly vibe of the agency.  What genres do you write? Read? I write Romance (romantic comedy and contemporary), and read […]

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  • Successful People Hear the Most No’s

    Apr 22, 2021

    We often look at successful people and authors and assume everything came easily to them. What we fail to see is the journey they took to get there. The truth is, to get to any level of success, those people are hearing no over and over and over again. In fact, to this day, they […]

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  • Join Jessica Faust for Another Speakeasy!

    Apr 21, 2021

    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a new venture for BookEnds President, and Literary Agent Jessica Faust… a workshop on Speakeasy! And if you missed signing up for those sessions, we’re thrilled to report you have another chance. Jessica will be doing another Speakeasy query workshop in May! If you’ve been following along, you […]

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  • The Books We Lost

    Apr 20, 2021

    Authors are always fascinated by stories from agents about the books we lost or, maybe better put, rejected. Most authors probably don’t care about those we offered on and didn’t get. They are more fascinated by those we didn’t bother to consider and later became big hits. In other words, everyone wants to know if […]

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