Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

Literary Agent

Belcastro Agency

๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

If you've queried someone else at the Belcastro Agency and they've passed, you are welcome to query me. Please, only one at a time though. If you've queried me in the past but have *significantly* revised the project, you can query me again.

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

Random elements I'm into:
๐Ÿ‡Magic schools, carnivals, deserted islands
๐Ÿ‡Unreliable narrators
๐Ÿ‡MCs with questionable pasts
๐Ÿ‡Revenge stories
๐Ÿ‡Heists
๐Ÿ‡Ensemble casts
๐Ÿ‡Banter
๐Ÿ‡Angst

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Graphic Novels (young readers, MG, and YA), I'd love to see:
๐Ÿ“ท STEM topics for young readers
๐Ÿ“ท Tweens saving the world
๐Ÿ“ท Queer teens living their best lives

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In YA, I'd love to see:
๐ŸŒžQueer romance
๐ŸŒžThrillers with isolated settings
๐ŸŒžHorror with gothic and atmospheric vibes
๐ŸŒžHistorical that centers on POC stories
๐ŸŒžSubversive and dark fantasy

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Middle Grade, I'd love to see:
โšฝ๏ธFantasy inspired by myths, folklore, or legends
โšฝ๏ธHistorical that centers POC stories
โšฝ๏ธContemporary with an environmental bent
โšฝ๏ธHorror with ghosts, creepy crawlies, and witches
โšฝ๏ธGrowing up in non-traditional settings
โšฝ๏ธEarth-based sci-fi

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Picture Books, I'd love to see:
๐ŸŽFamily traditions and how they shape us
๐ŸŽSilly and fun wordplay (no rhyming books plz)
๐ŸŽPoetic, lyrical books that show emotional resilience ๐ŸŽBiographies and nonfiction focusing on people and eras that have been historically overlooked

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

I love identity-driven stories that reflect the first-hand, lived experiences of the creators. That means YOU. Not your child, not your sibling, not your friend. YOU.

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

Hannah VanVels Ausbury is ready for RevPit ๐Ÿชด๐ŸŒ™ @hannahvanvels

I am open to queries and would love to build my list in 2023.
๐ŸŒŸQuery: QueryManager.com/HannahVanVels
๐ŸŒŸMSWL: manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/hannโ€ฆ

First and foremost, I'm building an inclusive list with a variety of voices and genres. I'm looking for BIPOC authors, queer authors, neurodivergent authors, disabled authors, and generally, authors from historically excluded backgrounds. #MSWL

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

๐ŸŒŸWell-researched historical novels featuring underrepresented people and time periods
๐ŸŒŸEnsemble casts
๐ŸŒŸNovels-in-verse
๐ŸŒŸHeists
๐ŸŒŸBanter
๐ŸŒŸAngst
๐ŸŒŸHimbos

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

๐ŸŒŸIsolated settings such as islands, carnivals, and boarding schools and novels with a survival component
๐ŸŒŸCharacters growing up in unconventional or nontraditional settings
๐ŸŒŸRevenge stories with unreliable narrators
๐ŸŒŸStrong sibling relationships and misfit friends

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

๐ŸŒŸEvergreen themes: body positivity, self-love, coming-of-age, girls supporting girls, friendship and friendship breakups, sex positivity
๐ŸŒŸGhosts, creepy crawlies, witches, and things that go bump in the night

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

Things I love across the board:
๐ŸŒŸStories inspired by mythology, folklore, and legends
๐ŸŒŸMagical schools
๐ŸŒŸEmpathetic villains and morally gray heroes/antiheroes. Bring on the thieves, assassins, and characters with questionable pasts

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

Right now, my list is fairly PB heavy and fantasy heavy, and I'd love to find more in other categories I rep. I'm still looking for PB and fantasy, but I have fewer slots in my list to take on new projects in these areas.

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips
Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

I am NOT a good fit for:
๐Ÿ’” Not looking for adult fantasy right now
๐Ÿ’” Animal narrators
๐Ÿ’” Epic fantasy with dragons and elves
๐Ÿ’” Paranormal romance
๐Ÿ’” Word counts longer than 120k

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Graphic Novels (young readers, MG, and YA), I'd love to see:
๐Ÿ‘ป STEM topics for young readers
๐Ÿ‘ป Tweens saving the world
๐Ÿ‘ป Teens living their best lives

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Adult, I'd love to see:
โšก๏ธQueer rom coms
โšก๏ธ Contemporary stories of people navigating the start of professional life
โšก๏ธ Gothic, witchy horror

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In YA, I'd love to see:
๐Ÿ‘‘ Queer rom coms
๐Ÿ‘‘ Contemporary friendship stories
๐Ÿ‘‘ Thrillers with isolated settings
๐Ÿ‘‘ Horror with gothic and atmospheric vibes
๐Ÿ‘‘ Historical that centers on POC stories

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Middle Grade, I'd love to see:
๐ŸงขFantasy inspired by myths, folklore, or legendsโ€”especially if it's not European
๐ŸงขHistorical that centers POC stories
๐ŸงขContemporary with an environmental bent
๐ŸงขHorror with ghosts, creepy crawlies, and witches
๐Ÿงข Earth-based sci-fi

Hannah VanVels Ausbury ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ
@hannahvanvels
Literary Agent
๐Ÿ“š Literary Agent @belcastr | Editor | Writer | #RevPit | Devoted German shepherd & cat mom | Amateur baker | Lover of reality TV | She/her โœ๏ธ
55 MSWL
55 AskAgent
65 Queries
3 Tips

In Picture Books, I'd love to see:
๐ŸŽFamily traditions and how they shape us
๐ŸŽSilly and fun wordplay
๐ŸŽPoetic, lyrical books that show emotional resilience
๐ŸŽBiographies and nonfiction focusing on people and eras that have been historically overlooked