Contact & FAQs
Frequently asked questions as an author:
How do I find out when you have a new book?
I'm interested in the publishing rights for one of your books. Who do I contact?
I am interested in your editorial services for my picture book/middle grade/young adult novel. Are you still editing?
Frequently asked questions as an agent:
What does a literary agent do and how do I get one?
The short answer is that a literary agent works on an author or illustrator’s behalf to sell their books to traditional publishers and guide them in their long term career. For more, I wrote this series on working with an agent:
Working with An Agent: What does an agent do?
Working with An Agent: Step 1 – Writing your query letter
Working with An Agent: Step 2 – Researching agents and submitting
Working with An Agent: Step 3 – Getting the call
Working with An Agent: Step 4 – Responding to an offer
Working with An Agent: Step 5 – Your author-agency agreement
Working with An Agent: Step 6 – After you sign
Working with An Agent: Step 7 – If you decide it’s time to part ways…
I'm interested in the foreign, audio or film rights for one of your client's books. Who do I contact?
Please contact BookEnds Literary for more information on subsidiary rights.
What's on your current #MSWL (manuscript wish list)?
From previous #MSWL tweets, I’m still looking for:
- Hitchcock-inspired pbs and mg
- stories of women in space
- a YA novel about Julie D’Aubigny, aka La Maupin – the bisexual fencing, opera singing and dueling badass
- a YA set amidst the struggle for the passage of the ERA – whether in the 1920’s or 1970’s
- deliciously dark picture books
- a middle grade mystery series featuring a spunky female protagonist
- more baseball, please! (I would love a middle grade about Negro league baseball and/or the AAGPBL – either historical fiction or non-fiction.)
- secular holiday stories (that don’t involve Santa Claus nor focus on material gift-giving)
And I’ll always be looking for:
- own voices stories in pb, mg, and ya – would love to see more neurodiverse, LGBT+ and/or stories from people (particularly women) of color. Intersectional stories always welcome!
- picture books where the child has a non-traditional family structure (preferably where that isn’t the main plot point)
- contemporary middle grade stories of friendship or family – potentially with a touch of magic
- middle grade non-fiction that doesn’t flinch or whitewash history and/or the subject
- middle grade and YA graphic novels
- non-fiction stories of untold heroes and heroines
Some things I’m not a good fit for:
- potty training books, or stories starring poop and/or boogers
- stockholm syndrome love stories
- YA romance with a huge age gap (e.g. a 400 year old vampire and a teenager – I can’t get past the difference in life experience. It creeps me out.)
- stories about Santa Claus
- picture books about household appliances
- memoirs from adults about their teenage years
Where are you in your queries? Do you respond to every one?
At BookEnds, we respond to every query and requested manuscript, as long as it was sent through QueryManager. Please note that I am currently closed to all queries except through client, agent or editor referral. I don’t have a specific date that I plan to reopen to queries on QueryManager at the moment, but to know as soon as I do, you can join the Quacktory or follow me on Twitter. (My query link, when I’m open again, is queryme.online/tmarchini)
As of November 13, 2019, I’ve answered all queries and have a handful of requested manuscripts still under consideration.
I have a question about how to get published, can you help me?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the bandwidth to answer individual questions at the moment.
That said, there’s a good amount of advice on my blog for Writers and Illustrators, and I continue to add more as I can – so hopefully there’s something here that can either answer your question or send you in the right direction! (You can also check out the archives, once they’re up and running.)