Tracy Marchini / Bookends Literary Agency

marchini-agent-photo-webTracy Marchini is an agent at Bookends Literary Agency. She began her career as a Literary Agents Assistant at Curtis Brown, before leaving to pursue her own editorial business and MFA in Writing for Children. She joined BookEnds in June 2016 as a Literary Agent and is actively seeking picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, and non-fiction.

As an author, Tracy’s debut picture book CHICKEN WANTS A NAP is forthcoming from Creative Editions.

Agent Profile

Like many agents, Tracy Marchini of BookEnds Literary Agency has always had a passion for reading and writing. That passion led her to begin attending writer’s conference when she was in college, and it was at those conference that she started to consider a career in publishing. Through attending conferences, she was also able to make the connections that eventually led to her first internship at a literary agency.

“As an agent, I love finding books that speak to me and that I think will speak to others,” Tracy says. “I love helping my clients revise in order to grow their craft and make a stronger book.”

Tracy says she also enjoys the business side of being an agent, namely the need to understand the current publishing market and what the future could hold for her clients.

In clients, Tracy seeks writers who are secure in their narrative voice and genuinely want to improve their craft. She also prefers authors who are saavy about what the market is looking for.

“But mostly, I wan an author with a story that I can’t put down and the work ethic to push through the ups and downs of publishing,” she says.

In order to get Tracy excited about representing you, Tracy says, “Besides a great manuscript and a professional (which can still be warm and friendly) demeanor, I think it’s always great to have good questions ready when you get the call. Questions that show you’ve done research about me and my agency and have though about how we might work together and what you envision for your career.”

At Killer Nashville 2017, Tracy would love to find a YA thriller or suspense story with a concept she hasn’t seen before, or a middle-grade mystery with a unique, memorable sleuth.

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