Ella Marie Shupe

Belcastro Agency

My Manuscript Wish List


  • Mysteries
  • Thrillers/Suspense
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Historical

Young Adult

  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Mystery/Detective
  • Historical

I am always looking for diverse authors. I love fast-paced stories that keep me on the edge of my seat. I do not accept nonfiction or self-published books.

My biggest joy is recommending new books, so I began my career as a literary agent with the goal of helping writers realize the dream of becoming a published author—so I can share them! The stories that draw me in are full of complex characters and simmering with suspense.

Through both adult and young adult titles, I acquire mysteries and suspense/thrillers. Historical thrillers are especially intriguing. I lean toward female and diverse protagonists engaged in complex relationships. Also, a well-developed atmosphere is crucial. If the only woman in your story is the victim, please do not submit.

Adult science fiction, fantasy, and women’s fiction are all on my list, but I am extremely picky. Only a standout science fiction, a well-developed fantasy world, or an emotionally charged women’s fiction will get my attention.

Young adult historical needs a bit of suspense for me to request.

Please no extreme blood/ gore.



Fun facts about me:

I have a dog named Chewy (short for Chewbacca).

I enjoy a cup of tea but also a sip of whiskey.

I'm a night owl.


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to http://QueryManager.com/EllaMarie

Belcastro Agency uses Query Manager.

I will answer every query that comes through Query Manager, but it takes time. Please know that I appreciate every submission, and I wish every author much success!

What I require on QM:

  • Query letter
  • Author bio
  • Synopsis
  • One-sentence pitch
  • Similar book titles
  • First 3 chapters


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

Mare of Easttown

We Were Liars

The Undoing

The Silence of Bones

A Quiet Place

My favorites include...

My favorites: Ruth Ware (The Turn of the Key and The Death of Mrs. Westaway); Megan Miranda (All the Missing Girls); Kimberly McCreight (Where They Found Her); Oyinkan Braithwaite (My Sister, the Serial Killer); Harlan Coben (The Boy from the Woods); Lucy Foley (The Guest List); Alyssa Cole(When No One is Watching); E. Lockhart (We Were Liars); Karen M. McManus (One of Us is Lying Series); June Hur (The Silence of Bones).

Fav shows and movies: Mare of Easttown, Big Little Lies, Manhunt, Stranger Things, Westworld, Manifest, A Quiet Place, Get Out, Star Wars.

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