James McGowan

Literary Agent

BookEnds Literary Agency

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I’ve opened to picture books. I’ve missed my PB community. (Go easy on me.)

I’ll be prioritizing authors and/or illustrators from marginalized communities, books with side-splitting humor, and fascinating nonfiction (that’s not a bio).

Querymanager.com/jmcgowan - #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I think that is everything. Reminder: QueryManager.com/jmcgowan

I have 0 submissions and am caught up on queries as of NOW (or like 10 minutes from now...). Would love to see what you're working on. #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

To the picture book creators, I'm not sure when I'll be opening to manuscripts next. My clients keep me busy and I feel awful passing on things so frequently. I hope to see y'all soon. However, I remain open to client and industry referrals for #picturebooks #MSWL.

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

In #horror, I'm not afraid to go dark and am open to supernatural of some kind. However, I do prefer things be grounded. Like how Midnight Mass was OUT THERE, but also very realistic? Somehow? I also love the psychological horror that overlaps with #mystery or #suspense. #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

If you follow me, you probably know I read a lot in this space. My favorites are: Tana French, Attica Locke, Ashley Audrain, SA Cosby. I recently read and enjoyed THE PLOT and also ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS. #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I'd really like to work on a great novel or two this year. I'm looking for propulsive #suspense, edgy #mysteries, and grounded #horror. I love dark books that keep you guessing, with characters that are well drawn and memorable. #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I would also love to work with more #kidlitart #illustrators this year. I like bright, bold color palettes, expressive characters, creators who can tell a whole story in one image. My tastes range. See? jmcgowanbooks.com/clients

Try me! #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I like sarcasm and humor. I like nonfiction narratives that read like fiction. I like books that deal with current issues, but that teach you the history of a thing. Have you read IMMUNE by Phillipp Dettmer? Fascinating!

In nonfiction, when in doubt, try me. #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

This year, I'm focusing on growing my #nonfiction list. I'd love to work on popular science, social science, and food books. Voicey writing. Think Mary Roach, Adam Grant. Climate, space, the ocean, biology. Mental health, personality science. Cookbooks! Chemistry of cooking #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

Hello Book Creators of Twitter. I seem to be the last agent to tell you fine folks what I'd like to see in my inbox this year. Allow me... #MSWL

First, QueryManager link: QueryManager.com/jmcgowan

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips
James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

The second season of #TasteTheNation is out, and this is just to say… #MSWL!! Any nonfiction that celebrates culture through food like this is for me 🍽

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

Some favorites: FAKE BLOOD, BE PREPARED, I just read Garlic & The Vampire which was quirky and a ton or fun.

Bad Guys will always be a favorite. Of course Narwhal and Jelly. I’m only human. #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I’d love to find some laugh out loud contemporary and/or some spooky middle grade #graphicnovels #mswl

Also eager to find some fun early reader graphic novels!

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I am super interested and passionate about #scicomm and would love to find more experts interested in writing on their fields — for adults and children! #nonfiction #MSWL

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

I’m caught up on queries and have 4 submissions from September in my inbox. I’d love to find some adult nonfiction, mysteries, and suspense. #MSWL

Querymanager.com/jmcgowan

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

Anything with the vibes of Only Murders in the Building #MSWL — dark but humorous mysteries with cool, fun hooks

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

Working on projects that communicate cutting edge science in exciting ways. He’d love to see projects on psychology, astronomy, biology, ecology, and climate. Think: Adam Grant, The End of Everything or Finding the Mother Tree. #mwl (4/4)

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker… the usual. @bookendslit (he/him)
98 MSWL
18 AskAgent
5 Tips

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks

James is newly seeking adult nonfiction projects that explore history, social sciences, and popular science. He enjoys reads that center in on and expand little known aspects of history, like The Address Book or works by Patrick Radden Keefe. He particularly enjoys books… #mswl

that tie history into current events like How the Word is Passed. He’d love to work on projects that discuss food, food insecurity, the education system, mental health, or race. Additionally, as a self-proclaimed science nerd, James is excited about the possibility of… #mswl