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Mr. James McGowan

BookEnds, LLC

136 Long Hill Rd.

Gillette, NJ 07933


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Online Form: Yes

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from AllisonAWritings
Today 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)

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.
from fjcavallo
Jul 19, 2019 12:08 pm

EQ: 7/18/19
ER: 7/18/19
He said in a youtube video recently (BookEnds does a ton of videos) that he reads queries "in passing", and often just scans them on his phone while he's doing something like sitting at the doctor's office or watching his nephew's little league game. Good to know.
from danniemolguin
Jul 18, 2019 7:27 am

EQ 7/1/19
FR 7/11/19
ER 7/19/19

Met James at a conference and he was awesome.
Full+synopsis. Seriously, do need a synopsis before you start querying. I know they're a pain to write, but I'm so glad I don't have to stress-write one before sending off this ms.

Kind rejection. Liked my MC right away but didn't connect with the voice as much as he'd hoped.
from KristenH
Jul 13, 2019 5:03 pm

EQ 7/5/19 (Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 7/11/19 (Passed--not right fit)
from mimblewimble
Jul 13, 2019 9:55 am

EQ: 6/20/19
FR: 6/24/19
ER: 7/13/19

Re-query with new project that fits PB #MSWL
from ndabling
Jul 09, 2019 11:14 pm

EQ 7-5
ER 7-9

Form rejection, but I have a lot of respect and appreciation for his turn around time.
from dhamm29
Jul 04, 2019 9:53 am

7-4-19 form rejection letter...on the 4th of July?
from dhamm29
Jul 03, 2019 5:33 pm

EQ 7-3-19
from meltorrefranca
Jun 29, 2019 1:43 am

EQ: 6/5/19
FR: 6/5/19
ER: 6/10/19
Kind rejection. Intriguing, but he didn't have the "feeling."

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