Get to Know an Agent: Cortney Radocaj of Belcastro Agency

Screen Shot 2019-10-27 at 2.58.15 PMCortney Radocaj is a literary agent with Belcastro Agency.

She is seeking:

Young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in the following genres & categories:

  • LGBTQIA+ (particularly F/F)
  • Neurodiversity
  • Contemporary
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Steampunk
  • Cyberpunk
  • Mythology/fairytale retellings
  • Gothic fiction, particularly Southern gothic
  • Paranormal
  • Magical realism

She is NOT seeking:

– MG
– Children’s/Picture Books
– Crime/detective fiction
– Mysteries
– Political/military thrillers
– Nonfiction
– Novellas, short story collections, poetry collections, or screenplays

“Born and raised in Eastern Washington, I’m currently an associate agent at the Belcastro Agency. When I’m not doing book-related things, I’m spending time with my husband, my animals, or attempting a new craft I’ll never spend enough time on to truly get good at. Supernatural and The Office are constantly running on my TV, and I adore watching creative shows (i.e. baking shows and Project Runway are my ish).”

“I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community (#BisexualPride! <3) and of the neurodiverse community. I love to see healthy representation of queer and neurodiverse identities, espcially in SFF, and I’m ecstatic to find and represent books that would have benefited me as a teen. I adore seeing works that celebrate and normalize these experiences, particularly in YA. Compelling characters are what grab me the most; I love books with strong, dynamic, complex characters that have complicated and nuanced relationships with others—especially romances! I love romantic threads that weave in seamlessly with the plot and characters’ motivations, particularly in SFF. In regard to POVs, the closer, the better; I want to live inside characters’ heads when I read, and love as little distance as possible. I enjoy when authors break stereotypes and tropes, and I love when plots and characters surprise her, leaving her breathless on the edge of her seat.”

“Some of my favorite books: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; The Shining and IT by Stephen King; Tithe by Holly Black; Skinned by Robin Wasserman; This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab; The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth.”

“I’m a Hufflepuff to the core with a penchant for punk, a weakness for puns, and the ferocity of dragons.”

 

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