Amy Giuffrida

Literary Agent

Belcastro Agency

Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Karin is writing a Roswell book 🛸 @BiggsWrites

@kissedbyink Has there been a decrease in YA word count range and….what are your thoughts on UFOs? 🛸
Replying to @BiggsWrites

I don’t think there’s been a decrease, I think agents and editors don’t want to read books that break the ceiling on word counts any more. And UFOs? I believe in them 👽 I loved the show Roswell and The X Files.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

JenSinger @JenSinger

@kissedbyink Should an author follow up on a full ask after 6 weeks?
Replying to @JenSinger

Depends what the agent’s policy is—should be listed on their website. But generally 6 weeks is a short amount of time for an agent to read a full (definitely NOT a short time for an author to wait).

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Kate Downton @kate_downton

@kissedbyink How do you determine an offer of representation over an R&R? Is it more of a gut feeling, something in the query, something about the writing quality?
Replying to @kate_downton

For me it’s that I love the writing, but it needs something larger developmentally. I have to have a vision for it, and a R&R will show me if the writer can take it to the next level.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Marie Lestrange @LestrangeBooks

@kissedbyink Is 75k a suitable length for an Adult Horror?
Replying to @LestrangeBooks

That is on the lighter side, but I wouldn’t discount it. I’m welcoming lower word counts at the moment. Lol.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Kelly Santana Banks @ksantanabanks

@kissedbyink Thank you for providing this agent Q&A! Do accept MG with a focus on diversity? If so, do you have any specific aspect you'd hope to see?
Replying to @ksantanabanks

Yes please! I love MG! I really want to see more joy in diverse stories, rather than just trauma. Family and love—no matter how the characters get there. I will always read a good angsty story, but to balance that with happiness would be amazing.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Brian Watson @iambrianwatson

@kissedbyink What kind of writers do you like working with?
Replying to @iambrianwatson

Hmmmm…I feel like this is a trap. Haha. The writers I work with aren’t afraid to try new things. They write what they love and don’t apologize for it. They are true storytellers who don’t follow trends. 🙌🏼

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Hannah Bonam-Young (She/Her) @BonamYoung

@kissedbyink Is it worth replying to 'rejections' with the genuine interest in improving through feedback?
Replying to @BonamYoung

Agents use QM so we aren’t getting submissions in email—this is for editors & clients only, so anything else may get deleted unread. This keeps us organized. We always root for writers and hope you continue to hone your craft & welcome revised subs.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Great question! There’s never an expiration on a R&R. Agents truly want to see how you execute their notes, not how fast you can write. The timeline really depends on how deep the revisions are. And yes. Always inform all agents about any offers—even those with just your query.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

KateYorkAuthor @author_york

@kissedbyink Thank you for your time, Amy! What are your thoughts about addressing the pandemic in YA contemporaries? Is it part of our lives and history enough now that it is a fact or should it still be avoided for escapism for the reader?
Replying to @author_york

Avoid at all costs! I am not the only one saying this…I’ve heard from fellow agents and editors that none of them want to read about this—I think there have been one or 2 exceptions so far, but small %. We are still in the throes of the pandemic, so too soon.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Kelly Malacko @KellyMalacko

@kissedbyink What makes a suspense stand out in a saturated market?
Replying to @KellyMalacko

The uniqueness of the plot and characters. Suspense needs that fast pace and hold your breath and wait rise of tension, so if you can find a new twist…and I always say that voice is everything. Twisty and lyrical words can be everything to a story.

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent

Masha Kisel @MashaKisel1

@kissedbyink Is it worth it to attend in person conferences where agents might be present? Are relationships between writers and agents often built this way?
Replying to @MashaKisel1

Conferences are worth it if you personally take something from it & connections can be made between authors and agents here, which can never be a bad thing. We do remember the writers we chat with. ☺️

Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent
Amy Giuffrida
@kissedbyink
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr & wrangler of #TheATeam Lover of books, reality TV, Buffy, coffee, rescue dogs, and tattoos. 💀 My opinions are my own. She/her.
104 MSWL
92 AskAgent