James McGowan


Literary Assistant & Social Media Manager @bookendslit . PB writer rep’d by @NaomisLitPix . Master of English. Sitcom junkie. QueryMe.Online/jmcgowan

Staten Island, NY

BookEnds Literary Agency

James McGowan @jamerrson · 6d

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

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

I'm also looking for #YA! At this point, I'm leaning more towards Contemporary YA (think funny like The Field Guide to the American Teenager, or books dealing with important topics like On the Come Up or Heroine). #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

I remember reading Let the Great World Spin two years ago and being amazed by it. I love fiction that follows a cast of characters through their respective stories like that. Or the way The Immortalists does it. #MSWL Bonus points for something "near-historical" like that.

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

Some things I'd love to see in these genres. Family Saga, Small Towns, Missing Persons, Cold Case, Something dealing with Alzheimers/dementia, Anything Irish related or set in Ireland. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

I'm also actively on the look out for #upmarket fiction along the lines of Daisy Jones & The Six and/or Where the Crawdads Sing. Something with really great writing and characters that grab you instantly. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 30

James McGowan @jamerrson

Hey #AmWriting Twitter-- I'm all caught up on submissions and dying for something good right now. Here's an up-to-date #MSWL:

I'm admittedly savoring the Tana French books I still haven't read. I'm currently reading Broken Harbor, and would love some twisty #mystery books with hard to read characters. Can be set anywhere, but I'd love a setting I've not seen before (preferably in the US). #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 4

I also would love a good missing kid story. (I know I sound crazy, but that’s publishing for ya.) Anyway, think The Child Finder #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Apr 4

I love “near” historical fiction (for lack of a better term). Books set in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Mar 19

My turn for #MSWL Madness over on the @bookendslit blog today. Here’s a cheat sheet, but you can find the rest here: bookendsliterary.com/2019/03/19/jam…

James McGowan @jamerrson · Mar 18

.@BookEndsJessica and I have been super interested in this "sharenting" craze. We think it would make for so many good books. #MSWL fastcompany.com/90315706/kids-…

James McGowan @jamerrson · Feb 27

There have been a ton of picture books in my inbox lately and I am loving it. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Feb 26

L'homme sans Pantalon @buddhatree

February 26, 2015. Never forget 🦙 pic.twitter.com/JVTsjW7CjU

Still think there’s a picture book in this. And if I missed it, please direct me to where I can purchase a copy #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Feb 7

Since I'm caught up on queries and subs to Jan 11th, I will take this time to say that for 2019, I'm on a major hunt for some diverse YA (in any genre). It's my #1 goal this year to find some books like those by Samira Ahmed & Jason Reynolds, or Neal Shusterman & Marie Lu #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Jan 23

Send me a YA as badass and edgy as @DeadlyClassSYFY. Preferably something lower on the fantasy scale, but who am I to tell you how to write the books? #MSWL