Belcastro Literary Agency
Along with her freelance editorial business, Kaitlyn Katsoupis is a literary agent with Belcastro Literary Agency. Below, you can find her published titles as well as her wishlist for submissions.
Please note, any freelance projects Kaitlyn takes on will not be considered by her at Belcastro, as that is a conflict of interest. You may, however, query another agent at that agency.
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
Less gore, more psychological/haunting
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
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!
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
YA & Adult
Think gothic, spooky, and psychological
Not into Crime fiction or procedurals
Craving a locked room concept (whether contemporary, historical, or paranormal!)
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
AIN'T IT FUNNY
Margaret Gurevich's AIN'T IT FUNNY, when a girl's parents separate as her dad pursues his comedy dreams, she hatches a plan to bring them back together by performing stand-up in her school's talent show, no matter how difficult her undiagnosed anxiety and OCD makes that feel, to Alex Wolfe at Penguin Workshop, in a very nice two-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world).
HER LITTLE FLOWERS
Shannon Morgan's HER LITTLE FLOWERS, in which a single woman lives in her ancestral home with a little ghost; when an old evil invades her home, she is forced to confront a repressed family tragedy or lose all she holds dear, including her beloved ghost, to Elizabeth Trout at Kensington, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world).
NO BETTER THAN BEASTS
ZR Ellor's NO BETTER THAN BEASTS, pitched as a dark retelling of The Nutcracker, about two siblings who take opposite sides of a war between the rat king and the pinewood prince, to Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook Press, in a nice deal, for publication in winter 2024, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (NA).
DAUGHTERS OF VICTORY
Author of THE LAST CHECKMATE Gabriella Saab's DAUGHTERS OF VICTORY, a dual timeline in which a young Russian woman choosing to stand against the horrors of World War II also uncovers dangerous revelations about her family's past, linking them back to the 1917 revolution, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow, in a very nice deal, in an exclusive submission, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world).
PERIL AT PRICE MANOR
Laura Parnum's debut PERIL AT PRICE MANOR, about a young girl determined to play the damsel in distress in her favorite director's latest horror movie, but when she visits his home, she finds his household under attack by a mysterious creature; with the help of the director's uniquely resourceful twins, she must embrace her inner heroine, to Sarah Homer at Harper Children's, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world).
JAGUARS & OTHER GAME
Brynn Barineau's JAGUARS & OTHER GAME, in which two diamond smuggling sisters must prove their best friend innocent of murder, while also unveiling the corrupt police force and its ties to the Portuguese court, recently arrived in Rio, to Arielle Haughee at Orange Blossom, for publication in November 2022, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world English).
Jaime Berry's HEART FINDS, about a quiet, pun-loving girl who only feels like herself while extreme treasure hunting with her grandpa, but when real life starts to crumble around her, she must learn to let go of the past and embrace the future, to Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in fall 2022, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world).
ACTING THE PART
Author of the forthcoming MAY THE BEST MAN WIN Z.R. Ellor's ACTING THE PART, in which a teenage actor questioning their gender identity starts a fake relationship with a costar to convince their showrunners to give their on-screen f/f couple a happy ending, to Stephanie Guerdan at Harper Teen, at auction, for publication in fall 2022, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world English).
THE LAST CHECKMATE
Gabriella Saab's THE LAST CHECKMATE, pitched as THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT meets THE GERMAN GIRL, in which a young Polish resistance worker, imprisoned in Auschwitz, plays chess for her life, knowing any lost match could end with her death, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow, in a pre-empt, for publication in fall 2021, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world).
CALLED TO THE DEEP
Desiree Niccoli's CALLED TO THE DEEP, when the lone survivor of a shipwreck learns she's descended from the vicious sirens who attacked her crew, she must find ways to curb her flesh-eating instincts or endanger her humanity, her identity, and the sea captain who rescued her, to Tee Tate at City Owl Press, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2022, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency.
Literary agent Zabe Ellor's SILK FIRE, set in a planet-sized matriarchal city where magic and technology freely bleed together, in which a male courtesan's quest for vengeance against his aristocrat father draws him into an ancient struggle between dragons, necromancers, and his home district's violent history, to Kate Coe at Rebellion, in a nice deal, for publication in July 2022, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency (world English).
BEFORE WE WERE BLUE
E.J. Schwartz's BEFORE WE WERE BLUE, a dual POV story, pitched as Netflix's Cheer meets GIRL, INTERRUPTED, in which a former cheer-lebrity and a headstrong rebel question if their overwhelming bond as patients in an eating disorder treatment center helps or hinders recovery, to Mari Kesselring at Flux, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Corvisiero Literary Agency (world English).
THE SECRETS OF STAR WHALES
Rebecca Thorne's THE SECRETS OF STAR WHALES, a sci-fi novel in which a 12-year-old aboard a space station discovers the secrets of the most elusive creatures in the galaxy: star whales, to Mari Kesselring at Jolly Fish Press, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Corvisiero Literary Agency (world English).
MAY THE BEST MAN WIN
Literary agent at Jennifer De Chiara ZR Ellor's MAY THE BEST MAN WIN, in which a transgender teen challenges his ex-boyfriend for the coveted title of homecoming king and, as their campaign hijinks turn vicious, the two realize they may still have feelings for each other, to Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook Press, in a nice deal, for publication in spring of 2021, by Kaitlyn Johnson at Corvisiero Literary Agency (world).