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 28

#querytip #pubtip: Recently, the most common reason I've rejected submissions is due to info-dumping early in the book. Remember you need to hook your reader first. More information can be parceled out later. Also, just be sure to write tightly. Use words economically.

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 28

Inbox status: I've responded to all queries sent before today, and all submissions sent before Jan 1, 2020. #amagenting #querytip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 24

#querytip If your query blurb is overly long, it will seem that your book doesn't have a clear focus/or you don't have a clear idea of how to market it. If your query blurb is too short or focuses only on character, then it can appear that the story, itself, is weak.

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 24

#querytip Taking time to craft your query blurb is important. Agents base their decision both on what your book is about AND your ability to describe it. We want to see that you a) know the hook of your book b) can show there's a clear plot line and c) use your words wisely.

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 26 Jun 2018

The elements that pushed me to request these 5 were: setting, magical realism element, pop culture references that resonated with me. #querytip #amagenting

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 21 Jun 2018

#querystats Of the 26 queries I rejected about...
30% were because querier didn't understand their audience/genre
30% were because I didn't see enough story/plot
20% were because the idea didn't sound marketable
20% were because didn't feel different enough #amagenting #querytip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 3 Jun 2018

#QueryTip: Many queries I'm seeing spend lots of time highlighting how the book fits themes on my #MSWL. Great! BUT I also need to see you have a strong plot, or it's a reject for me. Those themes are at the top of my wishlist, but only when attached to a great story. #amagenting

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 12 Jul 2017

#querytip The #DIS #disability #DV subs I'm receiving are nailing authenticity & voice, but focusing on the condition at expense of plot 1/3

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 30 Sep 2015

#querytip That's backstory (hopefully). Focus on what happens after breakup. That's what will make your book different from other 75%. 2/2

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 30 Sep 2015

#querytip 75% of womens fic queries I receive start off w/ hubby cheats, they divorce, wife rediscovers/empowers herself. It's tired. 1/2

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 31 Aug 2015

Titles: I won't reject based on a bad title, but sometimes I'll request from a so-so query based on a really good, intriguing one. #querytip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 7 Jul 2015

Don't generalize characters'"dangerous encounters", life-changing events" & "shocking tragedies." Be specific. That's the meat. #querytip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 3 Jul 2015

Don't use bulleted points in your query or divide your blurb into parts (even if your book has parts.) #querytip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · 27 Jul 2014

New trend I'm noticing in queries: bulleted/numbered lists to describe plot points. I don't like it. #newpetpeeve #querytip