James McGowan


Literary Assistant & Social Media Manager @bookendslit . PB writer repd by @NaomisLitPix . Sitcom junkie. jmcgowanbooks.com QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan

Staten Island, NY

BookEnds Literary Agency

James McGowan @jamerrson · Oct 8

Ashley Congdon @AshleyCCongdon

@jamerrson What themes, topics, styles, etc. excite you right now for picture books? #askagent

Replying to @AshleyCCongdon

Is it fair to say everything? If I had to choose, non-fiction is most exciting to me right now, and I’m especially looking for some climate/environment related stuff. But I always love funny pbs. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

Some favorites: Margaret Finnegan's WE COULD BE HEROES, GHOST, ONE AND ONLY IVAN.

Next up on my TBR: THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY Mason Buttle

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

On the contemporary fiction, if it feels like Jason Reynolds could have wrote it, I'd love to see it. Realistic stories that don't shy away from hard topics. With characters we all can love.#MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

I'm recently open to middle grade, and I'm primarily looking for funny projects, along the lines of THE BAD GUYS, LIONS & LIARS #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

I'd love to find more PB NF-- things like THE SEA BOOK or SEA BEAR. I like little known history and people, or climate/science geared topics. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

I gravitate towards humorous, sarcastic, clever books like Jory John. I love punny and clever, and ordinary things turned on their heads and made hilarious. Think THE GREAT INDOORS. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

James McGowan @jamerrson

It's #MSWL day! (pt. 2) (Children's Fiction)

My door will always be open to picture books, running the gamut.
Fiction, non-fiction, funny, heartwarming, STEM, arts, anything. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

I also love mysteries and thrillers that gravitate towards dark horror elements, like THE WHISPER MAN. One of my top reads so far this year. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

I've been on a #horror kick and would love some more in my inbox. I tend to gravitate towards psychological horror, or ghost stories. #MSWL

Think Jennifer McMahon, Hill House, Paul Tremblay.
I'm not one for demons and creatures or what have you.

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

I also *loved* LONG BRIGHT RIVER, and want to see a m/s/t that centers around addiction the way this one does.


James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 24

James McGowan @jamerrson

It's #MSWL day, and I don't make the rules, so here I go.
(Adult Fiction)

Adult #Mystery, #Thriller, #Suspense-- I love my dark mysteries and thrillers along the lines of Tana French. I will never do a #MSWL without Tana French's name. Ever. I've read a ton of Ruth Ware this year, and loved it all.

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 13

Here’s my top 4 novels of the year so far to constitute the #MSWL of my dreams, folks.

(Partially cheating because LONG BRIGHT RIVER is a 2020 pub) instagram.com/p/B2Wxhv2n3Mf/…

James McGowan @jamerrson · Sep 3


Ilove a good 2nd person/interactive picture book and Jory John’s I WILL CHOMP YOU is one of my favorites. Buford is a little mad he got no cake, though.

My best tip for writing these: have a very… instagram.com/p/B19EaQWHPvR/…

James McGowan @jamerrson · Jun 12

I watched #Oceans8 the other day and now I want a heist book. Who doesn’t want a heist book? #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

I don't think I've stressed how much I enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six, though. Seriously loved it. Send me something similar! #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

Lastly, I'm always looking for picture books. Of the funny and whimsical variety. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

And #YA #Thrillers. Nuff said. But I do like things that have an online component to them. Has anyone seen Searching? A YA version of that would be incredible. #MSWL