Amanda Jain

BookEnds Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I am a literary agent with BookEnds Literary Agency seeking adult fiction and nonfiction. After earning a BA in English, I worked in the trade department at W. W. Norton for seven years before leaving to pursue graduate studies. I graduated in 2011 with a MA in the history of decorative arts.

I am primarily interested in adult fiction in the following categories: horror; historical fiction (in all genres); book club, upmarket, and literary fiction; romance (particularly historical or rom-coms); mysteries, suspense, and thrillers; and science fiction; along with narrative nonfiction in the areas of popular science, history, biography, social history, cultural studies, archaeology, art history, material culture, and food history.

In all cases, what I'm most looking for is a story that completely immerses the reader in the world of the book.

Some particular things I'm currently looking for:

-Journalistic nonfiction

-Gothic or psychological horror that plays with expected tropes and comments on culture in an interesting way

-Diverse historical romance. I'd love to see well-known time periods from a different perspective.

-A fun, voicey mystery series (think Sunshine Vicram or Finlay Donovan)

-A mystery standalone or series with a setting so strong and atmospheric that it's almost another character in the book

-Engaging popular science that both entertains and informs


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to http://QueryMe.Online/AJain

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, General, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
Non-Fiction: Biography, Cookbooks, Crafts/DIY, History, Humor, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

Stranger Things

The League of Extraordinary Women series by Evie Dunmore

The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

My favorites include...

The Stand by Stephen King

Anything by Tony Horwitz or Bill Bryson

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

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