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Mr. James McGowan

BookEnds, LLC

136 Long Hill Rd.

Gillette, NJ 07933


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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from Onward_Upward
Jan 17, 2020 7:56 pm

Hilarious! Rejection in three hours flat. Very nice rejection to be fair though a standard one but three hours? I'm impressed...The submission form hadn't even left my screen.
from sgtkilljoy79
Jan 11, 2020 8:28 am

EQ: 28 Dec 19
FR: 4 Jan 20
ER: 9 Jan 20

Personalized rejection from James, certainly thoughtful which makes this rejection a bit more disappointing than some of the others. I appreciate that he took the time to have a look at my manuscript and he complimented the themes/elements of the story. I still love the BookEnds philosophy and will keep trying. Good luck to everyone!
from GEB2013
Jan 10, 2020 12:33 pm

EQ: 1/8/20
FR: 1/10/20

Just a basic form rejection.
from fepierce
Jan 06, 2020 12:00 pm

Form query: 1/4/20 (Horror, 70k)
Full request: 1/5/20, less than 24 hours later. Sent 1/6/20.
from KristenGJohnson
Dec 14, 2019 5:00 pm

EQ: 12/13/19 MG novel 32,000
ER: 12/14/19
from bzwriter
Dec 12, 2019 10:41 am

All agents at BookEnds respond quickly. Unfortunately, 3 agents rejected my work. Time to move on to new agency.
from kdsd731
Dec 05, 2019 9:36 pm

FQ: 10/10/2019 Adult Upmarket 98k
FR: 10/13/2019 (sent same day)
ER: 10/23/2019

Below is the email rejection I received and this one was a tough blow, but I so appreciate his quick response and that he gave a reason. Onward!

Thank you so much for allowing me and BookEnds the opportunity to consider the manuscript for THE SCARS WE CARRY, and for your patience while I did so. I had the chance to read through it, and unfortunately I don't feel I'm the right fit for this project. I loved the concept here, but I'm afraid I didn't connect with Chase as a MC and narrator. For this reason, I've decided to pass.
Please know that this is entirely subjective, and another agent might feel differently. Thank you again for the opportunity to review your work and good luck with other agents.
from RG_923
Dec 01, 2019 5:53 pm

FQ: 11/30/2019
ER: 12/01/2019

Adult horror at 68k words

Form response, but very quick turnaround.
from katrinadreamer
Nov 24, 2019 7:31 pm

FQ: 11/7/19 PB
FR: 11/9/19 Asked to see other work.
ER: 11/17/19

Nice personalized form rejection with encouraging remarks.
from sdewitthall
Nov 13, 2019 10:58 am

EQ: 11/12/19 87K LGBTQ+ Literary Suspense
ER: 11/12/19 Form rejection. Got to love the speediness!
from ElysiaRM
Oct 16, 2019 11:20 am

EQ and ER on Oct 16/19. Form response. Very quick though!
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

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