Sharon Belcastro

@SharonBelcastro

Literary agent at Belcastro Agency. Lover of books, animals, gardening, the beach, working out and eating tacos.

Tarpon Springs, FL

Belcastro Agency

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · Jul 4

#querytip starting your query by letting me know I won't be able to put your novel down and that you can guarantee it will change my life isn't going to convince me to read it.

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · Jul 4

#querytip a 340,000 word novel is a bit outside the acceptable word count for any genre.

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · Jul 4

#querytip Include word count, market and genre in your query letter. Preferably at the open. For example, I wanted to see if you were interested in this 75,000 word young adult fantasy.

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · Jul 4

#querytip try to give a 1-2 sentence summary of your novel and a short 300 word synopsis. Agents are less likely to read a several page synopsis to find out what your story is about.

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · 19 Nov 2018

#querytip #amquerying Put the title of your manuscript in the the subject line of your query email. Makes it easier to find. Unless of course the agent or editor has other guideline specifics.

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · 17 Nov 2018

Another #querytip from our slush pile this morning. Note the genre and market of your manuscript in your query letter. For instance Contemporary YA. Adult Fantasy.

Sharon Belcastro @SharonBelcastro · 17 Nov 2018

Going through queries this morning. #querytip Don’t take away from your story by sending query in italics. It’s so hard to read.