Kim Lionetti


Literary agent of adult and young adult fiction, looking for #ownvoices . Autism mom. British period drama addict. Gosling aficionado. Penn State alum.

New Jersey

BookEnds Literary Agency

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 29

Jasmin Nyack @101mystic

@BookEndsJessica #askagent is having dyslexia an issue with getting representation if they are at least trying to tidy up the grammar/spelling?

Replying to @101mystic

Dyslexia won't hold you back from publication (I have a bestselling client who's dyslexic), but if grammar feels like a struggle, then consider finding a critique partner, beta reader or hiring a professional to help you polish your work before sending it to agents #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 29 @vsam90807591

@BookEndsJessica #askagent I see lots of companies/individuals offering to edit books for a hefty sum prior to submitting a query. Is this recommended or does the editing take place after an agent has taken on your project?

Replying to @vsam90807591

It's best to have the most polished manuscript possible before submitting to agents, but not absolutely necessary to pay a professional to get you there. Some agents are more editorial than others, but it's always a good idea to send them your strongest, cleanest work. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 29

Viggy Parr Hampton @viggyhampton

@BookEndsJessica If you’re querying multiple agents, is it a good idea to mention that in your query letter? Thanks in advance for your answer! #askagent

Replying to @viggyhampton

Agents assume you're submitting widely, so no need. At most agencies, like BookEnds, it's best though not to send to more than one agent in the same agency at the same time.

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 11 Sep 2018

Mark Salzwedel @markdsalzwedel

#askbookends #askagent I know editors at major publishing houses, and I could pitch them myself (one liked 2 pitches, declined 2 others), but I'd like to see if I could get a better deal with more competition. Better to go with the personal relationship alone, or shoot higher?

Replying to @markdsalzwedel

You should think about what an agent could bring to the table after the deal too.. Contract negotiation, middle-man for the less pleasant conversations w/ publisher, career strategizing, growing your brand... A lot comes after the offer. Something to consider. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 11 Sep 2018

R Scott Mather @rscottmather

@BookEndsJessica Are movie comps acceptable in a query?
#askbookends #askagent

Replying to @rscottmather

For sure. Movies, tv, anything with an audience, because that's what we're really looking for. The comp is really to tell me more about the audience for your book. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 27 Jun 2018

Cʀʏsᴛᴀʟ L. Kɪʀᴋʜᴀᴍ @canuckclick

@TLSherwood1 @BookEndsJessica #AskAgent Since I am curious about the answer.

Replying to @canuckclick

Yes, I would check the agent website. If they do not have a "no reply means no" policy then look to see if they have an estimated response time listed and check in after that period of time has passed. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 27 Jun 2018

Shan Nawaz @_ShanNawaz

What's a day in the life of an agent like? #askagent

Replying to @_ShanNawaz

But really, we spend a lot of time on the phone, answering emails, reviewing contracts... Most of the submission reading and client revisions (for me, anyway) comes at night or on the weekend. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 27 Jun 2018

Julia Martins @books_by_julia

@BookEndsJessica What are your thoughts on using a book the agent represents as a comp? (For context: they're similar in voice/style, but not in theme/plot) #askagent

Replying to @books_by_julia

This is great, as long as it's accurate. I get a lot queries referencing my clients' works when it's clear they don't really know anything about the book and there's no similarity. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 27 Jun 2018

Chelsea Covington Maass @chelseasfiction

@BookEndsJessica What's your current dream submission? #askagent

Replying to @chelseasfiction

Ohhh... I'd love commercial women's fiction with a dual timeline ala Kate Morton. Also compelling YA, WF or romance with diverse characters, that doesn't sacrifice plot for themes. #askagent