Meet the Agent: Jessica Faust

As president of BookEnds, Literary Agency Jessica Faust represents a number of award-winning and bestselling authors in the areas of romance, mystery, women’s fiction, young adult, and nonfiction. JFaust

Jessica has been a blogger, a regular columnist with Romantic Times magazine, taught at New York University’s Continuing Education Program, been recognized as Agent of the Year by the NYC Romance Writers of America chapter, and speaks regularly at writers’ conferences throughout the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and the Association of Authors’ Representatives.

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. 

Check out 5-in-5 with Jessica Faust for more on what she looks for, her interests, and advice.

5-in-5 with Jessica Faust

5 books and/or authors you love that you don’t represent:

(In no particular order)

5. Sarah Addison Allen

4. Chelsea Cain

3. Ina Garten

2. Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles

1. Elizabeth Hoyt


4 plot points you can’t get enough of:

4. serial killers

3. the physically and emotionally damaged romance hero

2. missing or abducted children

1. magical realism


3 common mistakes authors should avoid when querying you:

3. Not writing a really powerful blurb for the story. It’s all about that blurb.

2. Telling me more about why they write than what they wrote.

1. Querying me along with 50+ other agents.


2 things you look for in the first 50 pages:

2. voice

1. a compelling plot and compelling characters


1 single piece of advice you have for authors seeking literary agent representation:

Remember that a query letter is your one chance to grab an agent’s attention. It’s like your resume when on a job interview. My suggestion is to write the query before you even start to write the book. If you’re struggling to describe your story in one short paragraph than it’s probable you need to take a second look at the book overall.


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