Friday, May 22, 2009

Introducing Jessica Faust and Kim Lionetti

Jessica Faust

As a literary agent and cofounder of BookEnds, LLC, Jessica Faust prides herself on working closely with her authors to make their goals come to fruition. Her areas of expertise include historical, contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and erotic romance, urban fantasy, women's fiction, mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. In nonfiction, Jessica specializes in current affairs, business, finance, career, parenting, psychology, women's issues, self-help, health, sex, and general nonfiction. While open to anything, Jessica is most actively seeking unique fiction with a strong hook, and nonfiction with creative ideas and large author platforms.

A veteran of publishing, Jessica began her career in 1994 as an acquisitions editor at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan, and Wiley, where she had the unique opportunity to acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction. Jessica takes her editing experience to the agency, where she works closely with her authors to create the best possible proposal submissions.

You can contact Jessica directly at

Kim Lionetti

After eight years at Berkley Publishing, Kim Lionetti left her position as Senior Editor to join BookEnds in March 2004. In her editorial work, Kim enjoyed overseeing an eclectic list comprised of romances, westerns, mysteries, nonfiction, and general fiction. While at Berkley, Kim was responsible for creating several successful mystery series and developing nonfiction project ideas, such as The Science of Vampires by Katherine Ramsland, Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg by Lois Jones, and Jigsaw: Piecing Together a History by Anne Williams. While she enjoys bringing some of that variety to her agenting life, her particular areas of interest are women's fiction, mystery, true crime, pop science, pop culture, and all areas of romance.

Most important, Kim is looking for fresh voices in the fiction she takes on and fresh ideas in nonfiction. Given her extensive editorial background, she enjoys helping authors shape their work into more marketable products and seeing their writing as part of the "bigger picture."

You can contact Kim directly at

How Can I Be Represented by BookEnds?

So often we hear about authors caught in the middle of publishers who don't want to see their work if they are unagented and agents who don't want to see their work if they haven't been published. What's a writer to do? Luckily you've found BookEnds, a literary agency accepting queries from both published and unpublished authors.

As you might imagine, there are a lot of benefits to hiring an agent. An agent has contacts in publishing and knows exactly who might be interested in your particular book. An agent also understands the publishing contract and will make sure that you get the best deal possible. And most important, an agent can help you achieve your career goals and help you plan for what's ahead. BookEnds agents provide the added bonus of years of editorial experience in major publishing houses and can assist you in making your book the best it can be before it goes to the publisher.

As a member of the AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives), BookEnds does not charge reading or evaluation fees. In an attempt to run a "greener" business, BookEnds is no longer accepting unsolicited proposal packages.
To query BookEnds, please e-mail only one agent directly at:

Jessica Faust

Kim Lionetti

and include the word "query" or "submission" in your subject heading.

All snail-mail queries should include a SASE and can be submitted to:

BookEnds, LLCAttn: Agent (please specify agent)
136 Long Hill Rd
Gillette, NJ 07933

BookEnds is currently accepting queries from published and unpublished writers in the areas of romance (and all its sub-genres), erotica, mystery, suspense, women's fiction, and literary fiction. We also do a great deal of nonfiction in the areas of spirituality, new age, self-help, business, finance, health, pop science, psychology, relationships, parenting, pop culture, true crime, and general nonfiction.

For more information on how to successfully put together a proposal and query, please see the FAQs page.

BookEnds agents do reply to all submissions and queries, including e-queries, and hopes to do so in a timely manner. Our response times are traditionally 10 to 12 weeks on requested partials or fulls, 2 to 4 weeks on e-mail queries. If you havenÕt heard from us after that time has passed, please feel free to drop us an e-mail with the following information: which agent the submission was sent to, the date it was sent, the title, and the author name.

*****Please Note:

BookEnds does not handle children's books, science fiction, short fiction, poetry, screenplays, techno-thrillers, or military fiction.

While BookEnds agents will do their very best to respond to every submission in the proper SASE, they are not responsible for SASEs returned for improper postage.

Our e-mail service's spam filters are growing more aggressive by the day, and unfortunately even properly addressed e-mails are sometimes mistakenly identified as spam and deleted. If you haven't received a reply to an e-mail query after a reasonable amount of time, your best bet is to resubmit your query via regular mail.


  1. Hi Jessica and Kim:
    My stories are children's books which you do not accept, but I just want so say: Thanks for responding to all submissions. That is nice.

  2. Hi, Anahita:

    Since you write children's books, check out Lots of good resources!

    Take care,