James McGowan

Associate Agent at BookEnds Literary
James McGowan
James McGowan is an associate agent and social media manager for BookEnds Literary Agency representing picture books, middle grade, and adult projects. James is also the author of the forthcoming picture book, GOOD NIGHT, OPPY! (Boyd’s Mills & Kane Press, 9/14/21).
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Manuscript Review with James McGowan

You've taken your brilliant ideas for a children's book and wrangled them into a manuscript. You're excited about what you've written, but you're not quite sure if you're ready to start querying agents. Or perhaps you've started querying agents, but you aren't getting the reception you were hoping for. Enter: personalized feedback from literary agent James McGowan. James will review your manuscript and share his feedback via direct mark-up, in-line comments, and a short written feedback summary. As a literary agent, James has reviewed countless children's books, so you'll get an insider's perspective to help you improve your chances of getting published.

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James has sold out of manuscript reviews this month, but he'll be adding more slots soon. In the meantime, if you're interested in getting a review from James, please email info@speakeasy.com to be added to the waitlist!

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Crafting a Picture Book Submission Package

Crafting a Picture Book Submission Package

Wednesday, July 14th, 4pm-5:30pm PT / 7pm-8:30pm ET

In this one-session, 90-minute seminar and Q&A, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding an agent for your picture books, whether you’re an author, illustrator, or author-illustrator. From selecting which manuscript to query with, crafting a query letter that grabs attention, choosing your additional manuscripts in the submission package, and keeping track of your queries sent -- you’ll come away from this session ready to dive into the query trenches confidently.

In this one-session, 90-minute seminar and Q&A, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding an agent for your picture books, whether you’re an author, illustrator, or author-illustrator. From selecting which manuscript to query with, crafting a query letter that grabs attention, choosing your additional manuscripts in the submission package, and keeping track of your queries sent -- you’ll come away from this session ready to dive into the query trenches confidently.

Bio

James McGowan is an associate agent and social media manager for BookEnds Literary Agency. He has been with the agency since the summer of 2015, where he began as an intern. In the years since, he has begun to build his own list of authors and illustrators working in picture book and middle grade fiction and non-fiction, as well as adult fiction.

 

James was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from the College of Staten Island.  He is also a picture book writer and author of the forthcoming GOOD NIGHT, OPPY! - which will launch September 2021 from Boyd’s Mills & Kane Press. When James is not reading, working, or writing, he might be found watching sitcoms or Jeopardy! To learn more about James, his work, and his clients, you can visit www.bookendsliterary.com or www.jmcgowanbooks.com. He can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @jmcgowanbks. 


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