Jessica Faust

Literary Agent

BookEnds Literary Agency

President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

A week ago @jmcgowanbks & I did a video on whether to Query in December youtu.be/k3NPk-i2_7U I'm still getting a ton & I'm not all that hungry this month (I will be in January). Therefore, I'm rejecting more. Just a hint. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Nonfiction authors--please get in the habit of adding a good bio and platform to your query. Platform is critical in considering NF, including it matters. #querytip More on platform here: youtu.be/2ZnV8BDjaPk

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Authors did you know that Query Tracker automatically updates an agent's genres anytime an agent makes changes to their Query Manager--even before they announce it? I can't recommend Query Tracker enough. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

If you’re describing a female character by looks first, ask yourself if you’re doing the same with your male characters. Women characters need to be more than their looks. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Formatting, font and design matter. Obviously we read with our eyes & if we are reading submissions with poor margins, inconsistent formatting, or a weird font it gives us an impression before we even read a word. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Just as you've been told to show and not tell in your manuscript, you need to show and not tell in your query. Show me how this is a thriller and the plot. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Replying to @brookgideon

Don't think of writing the query as the next step. Work on it before you work on the manuscript and during. Does the manuscript still match the vision you had with your query? Does the query need to change with the ms? #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

The art of writing a query is as much a part of your career in writing as writing the manuscript. Work on your query as you would your manuscript. Take time each week to hone & craft your blurb. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica

When querying nonfiction platform is critical and often the first thing I look for. Tell me who you are and what makes you special. #StPatricksDay #querytip #NF

An agent's earnings are commission-based. Offering to pay more in commissions or an upfront fee for editing is not needed & any agent accepting a deal is unethical. If you have the means to offer this to an agent there are many editors worthy of hire. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

When querying nonfiction platform is critical and often the first thing I look for. Tell me who you are and what makes you special. #StPatricksDay #querytip #NF

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

When submitting sample pages always submit the first pages or chapter. If you feel that material is not important to the book then it shouldn't be in there at all. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Kim and James continued on to talk about the top 10 reasons your submission was rejected! #QueryTip youtu.be/ZtnV52WITbw?a

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

I don't mind that authors query me in genres I don't represent (SFF), but it seems like a waste of your time when other great agents at @bookendslit would be better. Our query forms make it easy. If you don't see your genre on the form, she's probably not for you. #querytip

Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips
Jessica Faust
@BookEndsJessica
Literary Agent
President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
377 MSWL
574 AskAgent
191 Tips

Think of your query blurb as the back cover copy of your future book. In fact, knowing that it might actually be used as the basis for your actual cover copy might help you understand its importance. #querytip