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Belcastro Literary Agency

Along with her freelance editorial business, Kaitlyn Johnson 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.

 

MSWL

Currently acquiring:

- Graphic novels - all ages/genres


Upper MG
- Really on the hunt for more Contemporary; also eager for fantasy, Horror (more creepy dolls and curses, less blood and guts), and Historical

Young Adult
- Fantasy (all subgenres), Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Historical, Paranormal (ghosts, witches, and vampires if unique; looking for new legends/creatures)


Crossover/Adult
- Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical, Contemporary Romance

I do NOT accept:

Nonfiction
Chapter/Picture Books
Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
Romantic Suspense
Novellas/Poetry/Short Story Collections
Stories heavily dependent on religious motives/events/themes
Stories heavily dependent on rape, drug or physical abuse
Stories focusing on Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, or Greek gods/myths

 
 

Sales

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.

THE HEARTFINDS OF MABEL CUNNINGHAM


Jaime Berry's THE HEARTFINDS OF MABEL CUNNINGHAM, 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.

ACTING THE PART

Author of the 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.

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.

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.

SILK FIRE

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. 

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.

HOPE SPRINGS

Jaime Berry's HOPE SPRINGS, about one girl who is desperate to find the perfect home as she moves from one town to the next with her grandmother, to Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in summer 2021.

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.

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.