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 · 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