Kaitlyn Katsoupis

Literary Agent

Belcastro Agency

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

H.W. Johnston @hwjohnston7

@RedPenKaitlyn #askagent
How well is adult fantasy doing? Is there a market for fantasy not set in medieval times?
Replying to @hwjohnston7

Adult Fantasy is hard. It's worth it, but hard because it really needs to be a great story w/ great worldbuilding and characters. There are far fewer editors for A Fantasy so sometimes it's harder to find the right fit #askagent

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

Elizabeth Holden @LizHolden1981

@RedPenKaitlyn Are there any topics in MG that you see all the time and are sick of? (Particularly, are there some that querying authors may not realize just how common they are?)
Replying to @LizHolden1981

I see a lot of bullying storylines where that's all there is to it. I want it to be a bit deeper than simply dealing with bullies. Also still seeing a bunch of "suddenly having powers awaken" in a kid #askagent

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

Deborah Byington @ByingtonDeborah

@RedPenKaitlyn @JoleneHaley What is the key to a good query?
Replying to @ByingtonDeborah

Show what is unique. What sets your story apart from those on shelves? Give us a reason to really want to dig into those pages #askagent

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

Michelle Young @michelle13136

@RedPenKaitlyn 1) What is the recommended word count for a YA fantasy?
2) Do you have any author pet peeves?
Replying to @michelle13136

Try to stay b/w 100-110k right now.

Mine really are authors who either really fight on every edit or aren't good at keeping up communication. Makes it very hard to do my job #askagent

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips
Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

Jamie Lee Tucker @500daysofjamie

@RedPenKaitlyn Thank you for doing this!

1. What is the highest wc you’d find generally acceptable for YA Fantasy if you saw it in a query? I’m looking at coming in around 110k and nervous that will be too high.

2. Do you feel like YA publishing is moving away from fantasy right now?
Replying to @500daysofjamie

Try not to go over 110k. Many editors are asking for nothing over that. It's hard and there are outliers, but shoot for b/w 100-110k

Fantasy is always a hard sell, but it's worth it for fantastic pieces. I don't think it's so much looking away as taking a harder look #askagent

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

Laken Slate @LakenSlate

@RedPenKaitlyn Hello! Many agents say they allow a submission of another manuscript after a rejection, but is this actually off-putting? If not, should one mention that they recently queried with another ms, or just start the letter fresh, without referencing the last query? Thank you!!
Replying to @LakenSlate

I don't think it is unless we see we've passed on multiple from the same author. We know writers grow with time and with each new work so we don't judge based off passing on a past title #askagent I would start the letter fresh, though, and not mention the past rejection

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips

Michelle Young @michelle13136

@RedPenKaitlyn How much say does an author have in the cover design for their novel? What can an author do if they don't like it?
Replying to @michelle13136

Depends on the publisher. In my experience, the editors have talked with the author to get a sense of their vision for character, color scheme, type of cover they've pictured. But end decision is usually in the hands of the editor #askagent

Kaitlyn Katsoupis
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
277 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
378 Tips