Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™

Literary Agent

Belcastro Agency

literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
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Kaitlyn Blackman @KaitlynBlackman

@CortneyRadocaj I’ve got another one! If you are a named finalist in a literary comp, do you let the agents you’ve queried know? Or only notify of an award/winning designation?
Replying to @KaitlynBlackman

you can, sure! it's not something i put a ton of stock in (i.e. i'm not going to jump on a project SOLELY bc an author was a finalized/even winner of anything) but it's nice to know, and something you should be proud of and can absolutely include in your bio :)

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
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jem (ze/zir) | #StopTheShock @jem_zero

@CortneyRadocaj (open-ended Q) how does your neurodivergence affect your agenting experience? i see so few agents open about being ND & how they engage with ND authors, both querying and as clients
Replying to @jem_zero

ohhh HMMM that's a good question. i have to be very aware of where my mental health is; when i'm in a depressive episode, i work very hard to make sure i'm giving every query as much of my energy as i can, to ensure i'm not passing on things bc Depressionℒ️. same with the anxiety

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
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Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips

Mister Hand @MisterHand1

@CortneyRadocaj 30% of my requests for more material (9 fulls, 1 partial) were ghosted after I sent the novel without even a form rejection. Is this the new normal, or just bad luck?
Replying to @MisterHand1

depends on agency policy. some agencies have a "no answer means no" policy; others state they'll answer everything; others only answer requested materials. look at each agency site and see what their policies are, and on how soon they're okay with being nudged!

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips

πŸ›ΈπŸΏFenley Cooper #SF # mystery #thriller🎧✍🏻 @FenleyCooper

@CortneyRadocaj Do you follow the pitch days, like pitmad, et al?
Replying to @FenleyCooper

absolutely! sometimes i sit out if i've got too much going on in my personal life, or too many submissions on my docket that i need to get through, but i do participate in most of them

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips

Jacquelyn Dohoney @tattooedjackie

@CortneyRadocaj I have two questions! What are your thoughts on prologues? Also do you ever accept r&r’s after a rejection of substantial revisions have been made with a professional editor? I submitted BEFORE I used my brain πŸ™„
Replying to @tattooedjackie

i don't tend to love prologues and usually think they can be cut; i absolutely prefer not seeing them in the initial 5 pages i ask for when authors query, since it's not *actually* the start of the story. i'm perfectly happy with them on requested materials, though!

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips

Eliza Petrin @elizapetrin

@CortneyRadocaj How quickly do you typically decide whether you're interested or not? How often do you pass work onto a colleague? Thank you!
Replying to @elizapetrin

super dependent on the query - some i know right away aren't going to be up my alley (genre isn't right, huge red flags re: racism/homophobia/fatphobia, etc.) that are pretty quick rejections. most queries fall into a middle ground space where the query is decent, opening

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips

πŸŒšπŸŒ’πŸ’« Madelyn πŸ’«πŸŒ˜πŸŒ @MadelynKnecht

@CortneyRadocaj If you liked an author’s writing and concepts but not one single book, would you be more likely to offer an R&R, representation or reject?
Replying to @MadelynKnecht

it more depends on whether i have a vision for edits. more often than not it ends up being a rejection; there's a lot more to choosing clients than just liking the book, i also have to make sure i'm confident i can help improve it in a way that aligns with the author's vision!

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips

Lily Mehallick she/her @LilyMehallick

@CortneyRadocaj How do you like scene breaks in novels? Paragraph space, hashtags, stars, etc.
Replying to @LilyMehallick

however you like! it honestly doesn't matter to me - paragraph space is maybe the only one i'm not a huge fan of, mostly bc formatting can be weird when reading on a kindle/pasting into QM sometimes. but hashtags, stars, anything else - it's all the same to me :)

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips
Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ she/they β€’ queer β€’ neurodivergent β€’ CLOSED TO QUERIES
111 MSWL
43 AskAgent
74 Tips