The Agency

Our Story

Booktale Literary Agency opened its doors in 1999. We specialize in representing fiction and non-fiction for all ages, and we proudly call many award-winning, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling authors and illustrators our clients.

At Booktale, we believe strongly in making publishing more inclusive through the titles, authors, and illustrators we represent. All agents are actively seeking books written and illustrated by marginalized creators. Our mission is to create a more diverse publishing industry. Our agents work closely with their authors to bring the books we have fallen in love with to the rest of the reading public. Our goal is to be the agency that makes authors’ dreams come true.

Our Team

Jessica Alvarez

Senior Literary Agent & Foreign Rights Director

After ten years as an editor, Jessica Alvarez joined Booktale Literary in April 2011. She began her publishing career in 2001 as an editorial assistant at Harlequin Books. There, she had the opportunity to acquire and edit a wide array of fiction, specializing in historical romance, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. Jessica left Harlequin in 2008 to pursue a freelance editing career, and completed projects for Harlequin, Scholastic Books, Thomas Nelson, and independent writers. She is a member of AALA and uses her editorial background to help writers hone their skills and develop strong, marketable books.

Maria Gomez

Head Acquisitions

Lexy Lennon

Project Literary Manager

Marky Alvarez

Senior Literary Agent

Liam Reyes

Senior Literary Agent