Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™

@CortneyRadocaj

Associate Agent @belcastr . Writer. Hufflepuff. ISFJ. She/her. Bisexual. Punk at heart.

Spokane, WA

Belcastro Agency

Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™ @CortneyRadocaj · 17 Jan 2019

#querytip Reconsider including comp titles if the only two you have are over 10 years old.

If all youโ€™re including are older titles, it makes me question whether or not youโ€™re in touch with the current market and popular tropes and such in your genre.

Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™ @CortneyRadocaj · 17 Jan 2019

Yโ€™all.

If youโ€™re querying an agent, I donโ€™t recommend a) disparaging the entire job of an agent, or b) ranting about how stupid you think writing queries is.

THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO GET AN AGENTโ€™S (positive) ATTENTION

#querytip

Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™ @CortneyRadocaj · 24 Nov 2018

#querytip Remember when youโ€™re sending a query, youโ€™re pitching ONE bookโ€”not a series! Telling me your book is the first in a series is fine, but the query itself needs to be focused on ONE book.

Show me it has an arc and conflict of its own!

Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™ @CortneyRadocaj · 24 Oct 2018

#querytip I am NOT the right fit for novels that use an epistolary format! It just doesnโ€™t grab me; I need to be immersed in the POV, and epistolary dilutes that for me

(Plus, Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™m scarred from reading every single word of CLARISSA in one month during college ๐Ÿ™ˆ)

Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™ @CortneyRadocaj · 7 Oct 2018

#querytip A common theme Iโ€™m seeing today in my boxโ€”dry beginnings.

It doesnโ€™t matter how interesting your starting point is if thereโ€™s no emotion, no sensory details to ground us.

Keep the reader immersed! Bring them into your MCโ€™s head! THAT is what will hook readers.

Cortney Radocaj ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™ @CortneyRadocaj · 20 Sep 2018

Iโ€™ve seen several queries in my box this morning for books that are previously publishedโ€”PLEASE donโ€™t send these to me!

The majority of an agentโ€™s work is already done if a book is already published, and youโ€™d need STELLAR sales for a big house to pick it up.

#querytip