James McGowan

Since interning at BookEnds as an undergrad in the summer of 2015, James has (basically) never left. He's just continuously level-up-ed inside of BookEnds. Now he is the Literary Assistant and Social Media Manager for the team.

James is a Staten Island native, and just recently graduated with his Master's Degree in English from the College of Staten Island. He’s been a reader since his mom gave him the first A Series of Unfortunate Events book, and ordered the sequels regularly through Scholastic book orders. When he’s not reading/working, James can usually be found watching an unhealthy amount of sitcoms.

James is now open to submissions! He is seeking submissions in adult fiction, specifically in literary and upmarket fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense. On the children's side, he is actively looking for both fiction and non-fiction picture books, realistic and humorous middle grade fiction including mysteries, middle grade non-fiction and select young adult fiction.

What I'm Looking For

James is seeking submissions in adult fiction, specifically in literary and upmarket fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary and upmarket thrillers, and historical mystery. He loves all things dark and creepy, and lyrical writing like that of Tana Franch, Celeste Ng and Jesmyn Ward.

On the children's side, he is actively looking for both fiction and nonfiction picture books, realistic and humorous middle grade fiction including mysteries, middle grade non-fiction and select young adult fiction. James is primarily drawn to humor in his kidlit, and loves all things funny and silly. Some of his favorite kidlit creators include Jory John, Elise Parsley, and Aaron Blabey. One of his favorite writers is Jason Reynolds.

Sample Titles or Authors

PS Wildwood Elementary Stinks, Becky Scharnhorst
Line of Sight, James Queally

Specializes In

FICTION: Picture Books, Thrillers/Suspense

Considers

FICTION: Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult