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Mr. James McGowan

BookEnds, LLC

136 Long Hill Rd.

Gillette, NJ 07933



Website: www.bookendsliterary.com

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Online Form: Yes

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from Nadler369
Oct 01, 2019 2:59 pm


10-01-19: Same day rejection with form letter. Literary Fiction/fantasy, 125k
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 24, 2019 8:55 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.
from KristenH
Sep 22, 2019 8:49 am


EQ 9/20/19 (Requery Diplomatic Immunity--same day rejection (not good fit)
from hipsterchocobo
Sep 12, 2019 5:39 pm


Form query: 09/12/2019
Form rejection: 09/12/2019
from swatithegeek
Sep 09, 2019 12:35 am


EQ (form): 09/06/19
ER, form letter: 09/08/19

YA Contemporary, 85k words
from thewriteradrian
Aug 24, 2019 12:30 pm


YA Contemporary - 70k-Words.

EQ - 8/17
FR - 8/19
ER - 8/22

He did not connect with the voice. I'm bummed, as the rejection seemed a bit like a form letter, but appreciate the quick response! I hope he finds a manuscript he really connects with.
from leilaboukarim
Aug 23, 2019 11:06 pm


EM - 8/21/19
FR - 8/21/19
ER - 8/23/19

PB Submission

Lovely agent. Response was kind and helpful.
from Teresa729
Aug 20, 2019 10:08 am


EQ - 8/5/19
ER - 8/5/19

Although I received a rejection, I did appreciate the quick response.
from AllisonAWritings
Aug 19, 2019 9:31 am


EQ: August 14th, 2019
ER: August 14th, 2019
from douglasesper
Aug 10, 2019 7:38 pm


Form Query: 7/29
Full Request: 7/30
Rejected after informed of offer of rep from another agent 8/10 said he didn’t connect with the writing.
Adult thriller 85k

I queried him after Jessica Faust rejected my full and suggested (as she always does) to try another agent at bookends. I enjoy his videos with Jessica. He comes across as smart and funny. Wont lie and say I’m not disappointed he passed.
from RickTreon
Jul 29, 2019 3:43 pm


7/11: Partial request after in-person pitch at PitchFest (ThrillerFest)
7/26: Personalized rejection, said he didn't connect with my voice like he'd hoped

Thriller, 79K
from Elantil
Jul 27, 2019 6:22 pm


EQ 7/15/19
FR 7/15/19
ER 7/27/19

Upmarket Paranormal

Kind rejection. Very quick responses which I highly appreciate. Liked my writing but didn't feel invested with the fantastical elements of the plot. Suggested Naomi Davis but won't be querying her as she doesn't technically represent my project's genre and the one closest to it (urban fantasy) is on her do not query list.
from tophersghost056
Jul 24, 2019 8:10 am


EQ: 7/23
ER: 7/23 (had my query all of eight hours)
YA LGBT

Bookends published a blog post saying he was looking for novels with missing kids. That's my novel. Got a form reject, so apparently not a compelling enough query. His genre list doesn't specify LGBT, so it's also possible he's not compelled by said characters.
from Swamppoodles
Jul 22, 2019 6:42 pm


requested full same day!
FQ 6/24/2019
Pitched at DFWCon this weekend- querying per his request
7/22- passed- not a good fit.

72k Thriller
from WhatAWriter
Jul 20, 2019 12:56 pm


EQ: 7/20/2019
Literary Suspense
ER: 7/20/2019 about midnight in NYC, so he probably dumped me during cocktails after a show.

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