Amy Giuffrida

Belcastro Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

In all fiction, I am a sucker for dysfunctional families, messy and unlikeable characters, unreliable narrators, diverse casts, undercurrents of social commentary, and twists I couldn’t possibly see coming. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I love stories that are joyful and tender-hearted—it’s hard to make me laugh or cry, but if you have a story that will do either or both…I’d love to see it! I am especially passionate about stories with a feminist slant and about representing BIPOC and historically under-represented voices, so please send me your diverse #OwnVoice stories. Some of my favorites: Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Jenny Han (The Summer I Turned Pretty), Rory Power (Wilder Girls), Kirsten Chen (Counterfeit), Shelby Van Pelt (Remarkably Bright Creatures), and Taylor Jenkins Reid (all of her books),

In all horror, I love stories fraught with social commentary, as well as tension-filled psychological horror. Literary or lyrical, please send it my way. Some of my favorites: Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism and How to Sell a Haunted House), Yomi Adegoke (The List), Agustina Bazterrica (Tender is the Flesh), Oyinkan Braithwaite (My Sister, the Serial Killer), and Samantha Allen (Patricia Wants to Cuddle) just to name a few.

In YA contemporary, I am searching for diverse characters that star in stories like The Bear, but with teens working in the restaurant business. Stories with teen hackers or card hustlers – underground, backroom, illegal card games. I am especially looking for friendship break-up stories.

Picture Books

I am ONLY currently seeking picture books with human characters focused on BIPOC and historically marginalized voices.


If you have a strong platform and love what you do, feel free to pitch me a concept. But I’m always on the hunt for:

  • Narrative non-fiction

  • Blogger cookbooks

  • Popculture

  • Self-Help – especially for teens

Young Adult

  • Realistic/Contemporary

  • Fantasy grounded in our world

  • Horror

  • Thriller/Mystery


  • Book Club/Commercial Fiction

  • Upmarket Fiction

  • Romance – Rom-Com and Contemporary

  • Gothic Horror

  • Psychological Horror

  • Thriller

  • Mystery

Please do NOT send to me:

  • Erotica

  • New Adult

  • Historical

  • Pandemic stories

  • Witches, zombies, ghosts

  • Summer camp stories

  • Science fiction

  • Military, political, or medical-based stories

  • Novellas, short story collections, screenplays

  • Previously self-published work

  • Chapter Books, Middle-Grade

  • Stories that include: religious themes, suicide, rape, physical/mental abuse, sexual abuse

Submission Guidelines

Queries should be submitted through QueryManager: http://QueryMe.Online/AmyGiuffrida

For fiction, please include your query letter, synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction, please send your query, proposal, and the first 10 pages.

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