Jessica Faust

Literary Agent
Jessica Faust
Jessica Faust is the President and Founder of BookEnds Literary Agency where she leads of team of 11 agents representing all genres in fiction and nonfiction for children and adults.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Wednesdays, Jan 26 & Feb 2, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Navigating the Submission Process

Navigating the Submission Process

Wednesday, February 23rd, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This workshop will give writers all the tips and tricks they need to navigate the query submission process. They’ll learn how to find agents, how to know if the agents they’re submitting to are reputable, how many to submit to, how to track submissions, and how to interpret feedback from agents.

This workshop will give writers all the tips and tricks they need to navigate the query submission process. They’ll learn how to find agents, how to know if the agents they’re submitting to are reputable, how many to submit to, how to track submissions, and how to interpret feedback from agents.

Handling an Offer of Representation

Handling an Offer of Representation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This is it! You’ve received an offer of representation. Now what? Attend this workshop to learn the next steps in leveraging that first offer to get your very best offer with the right agent.

This is it! You’ve received an offer of representation. Now what? Attend this workshop to learn the next steps in leveraging that first offer to get your very best offer with the right agent.

PAST EVENTS

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Thursdays, Apr 22 & Apr 29, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query during the writing process, its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Wednesdays, May 12 & May 19, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query during the writing process, its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Wednesdays, Jun 16 & Jun 23, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query during the writing process, its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal (and Query) that Sells

Turning Your Nonfiction Book Idea into a Powerful Proposal

Wednesdays, Jul 21 & Jul 28, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This two-part workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of the nonfiction book proposal—an essential component to getting any book deal. Together we will break down each aspect of the book proposal, including your query letter, and review how to make yours powerful, compelling, and rejection-proof. In the second part, Jessica will review and workshop each author's overview or query, and together we will deep dive into your idea to see if you're really focusing on the most powerful aspect of your expertise and pitching an idea that's rejection-proof.

This two-part workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of the nonfiction book proposal—an essential component to getting any book deal. You will learn how to examine your nonfiction book idea, what elements are needed to craft a strong nonfiction proposal, how to determine which information to highlight, and the steps to creating a powerful book proposal that will take you from agent to publisher.

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Wednesdays, Sep 15 & Sep 22, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Tuesdays, Oct 12 & Oct 19, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Rejection-Proof Your Book Query

Mondays, Nov 8 & Nov 15, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

Bio

As owner and President at BookEnds, Jessica Faust is honored to spend every day with some of the most talented authors and agents in the business. From its inception in 1999, Jessica has believed that her number one job is to be an author advocate. As BookEnds has grown, she now adds agent advocate to that responsibility.

In addition to constantly growing BookEnds in new and innovative directions, Jessica represents many bestselling and award-winning authors. Her focus is on bringing more under-represented and marginalized voices into publishing and her areas of expertise include mystery, suspense, upmarket, literary, and women's fiction. In nonfiction, she’s seeking books and authors in business, leadership, personal growth, and self-help.

Jessica began her career as an acquisitions editor at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan, and Wiley. In addition to nearly 15 years of blogging, Jessica has a regular role on the BookEnds YouTube channel, has taught at New York University's Continuing Education Program, been a publishing columnist, and has been honored by a number of different publishing organizations. In addition to speaking engagements throughout the world, Jessica hosts regular workshops on Speakeasyand is a member of AALA.

While her heart will always be in Minnesota, Jessica now lives in New Jersey with her family. Outside of BookEnds, Jessica’s passions include kettlebell lifting, walking with Olive, cooking, laughing with friends and reading other people’s books. 

 

 

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