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We love fiction with superb writing and a voice that jumps off the page. A twisted or colorful plot that compels us to keep reading is a must.

We look for a unique voice and a strong protagonist that a reader can relate to whether it be commercial or literary. We like dark and intense, but we won’t turn away something that’s a little on the lighter side. We enjoy a touch of humor when the genre demands it.

Profound young adult with a memorable protagonist is a must. A thought-provoking read, big writing, an entertaining story line, and a fast pace will get our attention.

***We use Query Manager. Please read each agent’s wish list to find the agent that best matches your manuscript genre. Then use the Submit a Story button and that will take you to the query form. Thank you.

Send a query to one of our Agents:

Sharon Belcastro

Her love of books goes back to early childhood where some of her fondest memories were spent with Gulliver in Lilliput and Ishmael and his voyage on the Pequod…Learn More

WISH LIST

Nonfiction

Young Adult

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Action/Adventure
  • Contemporary
  • Magical Realism
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Horror

Submit a story to Sharon


Ella Marie Shupe

Ella Marie has been a literary agent since 2008. She was drawn to helping authors achieve their dreams after she studied English at Youngstown State University…Learn More

WISH LIST

Adult

  • Mysteries
  • Thrillers/Suspense
  • Historical

Young Adult

  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Mystery/Detective
  • Historical

I am always looking for diverse authors. I love fast-paced stories that keep me on the edge of my seat.

Submit a story to Ella Marie


 

Kaitlyn Katsoupis

After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind….Learn More

WISH LIST

Historical Fiction

  • All ages
  • Not a huge fan of Henry VIII, Shakespeare, roman/greek legends and retellings
  • Would love non-Western world setting and situations
  • Would love some with a humor bend but open to the dark and decadent as well

Horror

  • All ages
  • Less gore, more psychological/haunting
  • LOVE ghosts
  • Would love lesser known creatures/legends (think vast stretch of shows like Grimm)
  • Horror Media I love: sinister, the conjuring, Cabin in the Woods, Yellowjackets, A Quiet Place, Hereditary, Oculus, Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass
  • For MG, would love Goosebumps vibe; also enjoy feels like Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Coraline, Corpse Bride, The Pagemaster. The Curse of Bridge Hollow

Contemporary

  • All ages
  • Dark, light, fun, sad, gimme!
  • Love to find LGBTQ+ storylines
  • Interested in mental health angles
  • Enjoy romance, though it doesn’t need to be central
  • Enemies to lovers, rivals to friends or lovers, sibling rivalry/loyalty stories
  • Still looking for an escape room story!

Fantasy

  • All ages (heavier on MG/YA & crossover)
  • Very selective at the moment
  • Looking for marginalized/BIPOC voices and settings/POVs
  • Not a fit for fae/fairies, elves, trolls/ogres/orcs, or most werewolves
  • Into vampires (Buffy always!) but need it to be super unique and strong writing

Suspense/Thriller

  • YA & Adult
  • Think gothic, spooky, and psychological
  • Not into Crime fiction or procedurals
  • Craving a locked room concept (whether contemporary, historical, or paranormal!)

Graphic Novel

  • All ages, though hunting for more kid lit
  • Interested in mental health stories, humorous MG, queer relationships, quirky casts and found families, and harrowing creatures/survival plots
  • Hoping for commercial hooks on MG titles

 

For all ages, I really want historical that focuses on perspectives and places not in the mainstream. Give me legends, myths, events, battles that aren’t the everyday titles we see all the time. I’m not huge on retellings unless it’s in-depth and really makes me dig to figure out what story we’re rediscovering. I also really want more LGBTQ+ storylines and mental health themes and love stories where the people are just PEOPLE and it doesn’t have to be expressly about an issue.

Kaitlyn is NOT accepting

– Nonfiction
– Chapter or picture books
– Romantic Suspense
– Novellas, poetry, or short story collections
– Storylines heavily dependent on religious motives/events/themes
– Storylines heavily dependent on sexual/physical/drug abuse

Submit a story to Kaitlyn


Hannah VanVels Ausbury

Hannah’s life is consumed by all things bookish, and when she’s not working on books, she can usually be found curled up with a good cup of coffee or a glass of wine…..Learn More

WISH LIST

Picture Books

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction focusing on biographies or eras that have been historically overlooked

Middle Grade

  • Historical (focusing on BIPOC stories and historically marginalized voices and characters)
  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy
  • Adventure
  • Horror or paranormal

Young Adult

  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy
  • Thrillers
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction

New Adult/ Adult

  • Romcom
  • Horror
  • Fantasy

I’m actively building an inclusive list with a variety of voices and genres. I love working with #OwnVoices authors, and I’m looking for voices from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, regardless of genre.

Submit a story to Hannah


 

Amy Giuffrida

After Amy earned her BA at the University of Kutztown and a M.Ed. from Lock Haven University, she incorporated her love of reading and books with being a middle…Learn More

WISH LIST

In all fiction, I am a sucker for dysfunctional families, messy and unlikeable characters, unreliable narrators, diverse casts, undercurrents of social commentary, and twists I couldn’t possibly see coming. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I love stories that are joyful and tender-hearted—it’s hard to make me laugh or cry, but if you have a story that will do either or both…I’d love to see it! I am especially passionate about stories with a feminist slant and about representing BIPOC and historically under-represented voices, so please send me your diverse #OwnVoice stories.

In horror, I love stories fraught with social commentary, as well as tension-filled psychological horror. Literary or lyrical, please send it my way.

Nonfiction

If you have a strong platform and love what you do, feel free to pitch me a concept. But I’m always on the hunt for:

  • Narrative non-fiction
  • Blogger cookbooks
  • Popculture
  • Self-Help – especially for teens

Picture Books

I am ONLY currently seeking picture books with human characters focused on BIPOC and historically marginalized voices.

Young Adult

In YA contemporary/realistic fiction, I am especially seeking diverse characters that star in stories with teens working in the restaurant business. I’d also love to see stories with teen hackers or card hustlers – underground, backroom, illegal card games. And I am always looking for friendship break-up stories.

  • Realistic/Contemporary
  • Fantasy grounded in our world
  • Horror
  • Thriller/Mystery

Adult

  • Book Club/Commercial Fiction
  • Upmarket Fiction
  • Romance – Rom-Com and Contemporary
  • Gothic Horror
  • Psychological Horror
  • Thriller
  • Mystery

Please do NOT send to me:

  • Middle-Grade, chapter books, new adult
  • Erotica
  • Historical
  • Pandemic stories
  • Witches, zombies, ghosts
  • Summer camp stories
  • Science fiction
  • Military, political, or medical-based stories
  • Novellas, short story collections, screenplays
  • Previously self-published work
  • Stories that include: religious themes, suicide, rape, physical/mental abuse, sexual abuse

Submit a story to Amy


Carey-Blankenship-Kramer

Carey Blankenship-Kramer

After growing up surrounded by books and people who loved to read them, Carey dreamed of bringing more books to the hands of avid readers like herself. She graduated from Berry College with a dual degree in English and Creative Writing. She later received her master’s…Learn More

Specifics Across All Genres and Age Groups:

If you have a strong platform and love what you do, feel free to pitch me a concept.

  • #1: Diverse stories from Ownvoices.
  • HORROR. Horror, horror, horror! If you have something remotely spooky, Carey wants to see it.
  • Neurodiversity rep. As someone with ADHD, anxiety, and depression, neurodiversity is extremely important to Carey.
  • Queer stories, especially those with happy endings.
  • Quiet, coming of age stories for MG audiences, especially if the word count is on the smaller side with a twinge of magic.
  • Stories with animal sidekicks / main characters / or just fluffy pals. Especially horses.
  • Video game stories.
  • Dragons! Or anything with mythological creatures.
  • Tennis centered books.
  • Stories set in the South.

Middle Grade

  • Adventure
  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novel
  • Historical
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Paranormal
  • Science Fiction
  • Literally everything. Carey LOVES Middle Grade.

Young Adult 

  • Adventure
  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novel
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Paranormal
  • Science Fiction

New Adult/Adult

  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction

Carey is NOT accepting

    • Nonfiction
    • Stories where the animals die. I’m so sorry, I am weak and cannot handle it.

Above all, I am committed to building a list that is diverse and represents children from all backgrounds and lifestyles. I am always on the hunt for #Ownvoices and am dedicated to supporting those communities however I can.

Submit a story to Carey


Syrone Harvey

Syrone is an impassioned literary professional, a vibrant force of creativity in the world of books. With an eclectic background in publication, editorial services, and project management, Syrone is dedicated to supporting authors at every step of their writing journey…Learn More

Nonfiction

If you have a strong platform and love what you do, feel free to pitch me one of the following concepts:

  • Autobiography/Memoir
  • Food/Drink
  • How To/DYI
  • Humor
  • Religion
  • Self-help
  • Christian
  • Women’s Issues
  • Lifestyle
  • Inspiration
  • Cultural/Social Issues

Across the board, I am currently focused on finding stories with strong diverse and multi-cultural voices. I am drawn towards picture books filled with humor, whimsy, heartfelt, make-me-giggle storytelling, and fun, SEL concepts. In middle-grade fiction, YA fiction, graphic novels, I’m eagerly seeking strong, distinct voices, multi-dimensional characters, compelling stories of friendships, coming-of-age, emotional angst, family saga. Throw in a little fun, adventure, humor, edginess and overall engaging. If you think your MS might be a good fit, feel free to query me.

Picture Books

Middle Grade

Young Adult

I am eagerly seeking diverse, underrepresented voices and perspectives. In Adult fiction I’m looking for rich, compelling, character-driven stories, multi-layered, realistic characters. In Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction I’m craving a sweet, inspirational, compelling story. I am partial to contemporary but will consider carefully crafted historical. In all areas I am looking for unique voices and deep, edgy storylines that evoke around-the-table conversations. Books that are gripping, heartfelt and highly relatable. Stories of faith, redemption and forgiveness that hook me after the first few pages. Some humor, fun and adventure would be enticing. If you’re not sure if your book fits one of my must-have categories, query me anyway. I may consider it if it’s a fit.

Adult

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Christian Fiction
  • Family Saga
  • Historical Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Funny Women’s Fiction
  • Humor/Satire
  • Commercial
  • Multicultural

Submit a story to Syrone

 

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