About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Amy Giuffrida of the Belcastro Literary Agency.

Literary agent Bio: Amy Giuffrida is a literary agent with Belcastro Literary Agency. Amy’s life is consumed with all things bookish. In her spare time, you can find Amy either listening to, reading, or talking about books. She also loves binge-watching teen and reality TV shows—all while snuggling with one or more of her three rescue dogs.

She is seeking: “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.”

MIDDLE-GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT:

  • Horror- Give me your dark and twisted tales that make me question reality. I am especially looking for stories set around Halloween, since this is my favorite time of year—ghosts and hauntings with themes of friendship. I also love campy stories full of tropes, so send them my way!
  • Romance- Remember your first kiss? I really want to see sweet first love stories. I want to feel that wave of butterflies first love creates and the awkwardness of a first kiss or that tension of having a crush—no matter the type of coupling (F/F, M/M, or F/M).
  • Contemporary- I’m always in search of strong, young characters that fight to change the world. Also, enemies to friends, friendship break-ups, and feel good family stories are always at the top of my #MSWL—think MG or YA Schitt’s Creek.
  • Mystery- I’d love to see stories including a group of teens that band together to solve puzzles and mysteries. Think of a modern day Goonies or Scooby-Doo with diverse characters.

ADULT FICTION:

  • Horror- I want scary, smart stories.
  • Romance/Rom Com- Give me books that make me swoon, laugh, and cry all at the same time. Stories of best friends turned lovers makes me super happy, no matter the coupling. I’d love to see more of true love stemming from blind dates and making it in the face of diversity. I also seek f/f love stories—give me RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, but with female characters. Would also LOVE to see some stories set during holidays in non-Western settings.
  • Psychological Thrillers- Give me all the unreliable narrators and unexpected twists and turns.

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

What I am NOT looking for:

  • Pandemic stories
  • Angel, demon, werewolf, zombie, mermaid, or pirate stories
  • Political/military thrillers
  • Novellas, short story collections, screenplays
  • Previously published work
  • Historical stories in fiction or non-fiction
  • Chapter/picture books
  • Time travel
  • Science Fiction
  • Stories including religious themes, suicide, rape, physical/mental abuse, or abductions

How to submit to Amy: Queries should be submitted through her personal QueryManager. For fiction, please include your query letter, synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction, please send your query, proposal, and the first 10 pages.

ATTEND A WRITERS CONFERENCE IN 2021

Here are some conferences I’m (Chuck) speaking at or helping coordinate in 2021.
All of them have attending agents meeting with attendee writers:

Click here for an updated list of events and dates.