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Ms. Hannah VanVels

Belcastro Agency


Twitter: hannahvanvels

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from SaraCo
Yesterday 10:36 am

FQ (LGBTnPit request): 4/16/21
from awendel01
Apr 15, 2021 2:59 pm

Form Query: 4/13/21
Form Rejection: 4/15/21

110K Young Adult Magical Realism.
from BrittanyEvans
Apr 13, 2021 9:16 am

Form Query: 3/28/21
Rejection: April 11th

YA Thriller 83,000 words
from Claxton
Apr 08, 2021 10:36 am

Long form letters hurt more than short form letters because there's the brief thought that it's a personalized rejection given the length.
from SecretCat
Apr 05, 2021 5:28 pm

EQ: 4/5/2021

YA Horror 76k
from KristaVanDolzer
Mar 31, 2021 4:12 pm

Nowhere on their website does it say a no from one of them is a no from all of them. Unless an agency makes this policy explicit, I would certainly submit to another agent if the first one passes (and if there's another agent who you think would be a good fit for the book).
from kblythe
Mar 31, 2021 2:07 pm

Does anyone know if Belcastro allows multiple submissions, if another agent has rejected?
from thewhipslip
Mar 29, 2021 8:20 pm

Online Form 3/29/21

YA Queer Thriller 75k
from cjosep13
Mar 29, 2021 12:28 pm

FQ: 3/29/21

Hannah seems so cool. I have high hopes that she will like my story.
New Adult Fantasy Mystery, 78K
from ASMannai
Mar 27, 2021 5:11 am

Form Query: 3/10/21
Form Rejection: 3/26/21
MG Fantasy 57,000 words
from MichaelFields
Mar 27, 2021 4:56 am

EQ: 3/26/21
ER (form): 3/26/21
107k adult fantasy

Kind and encouraging form rejection:

Thank you for sending me the manuscript for [title]. Unfortunately, the opening pages weren't pulling me in as strongly as I had hoped in order to champion the work. I'm so sorry to have to share such disappointing news. The publishing industry is so subjective, so what may not be working for me could be just the thing another agent is looking for.

In your search for the perfect agent, you may want to check out Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents blog:, I have found it to be an excellent resource for finding new agents that are looking to build their lists.

I encourage you to continue your pursuit of publication. Keep honing your skills, learning about the industry, and always embrace a growth mindset. Remember, this pass is only a pass on this piece of work and not on you as an author. I would be delighted to be considered for future projects.

I'm rooting for you!
from catmarauder191
Mar 26, 2021 8:30 am

EQ: 3/25/21
ER: 3/26/21

98k YA fantasy
from alliewrote
Mar 25, 2021 10:34 am

EQ: 03/08/21 (PB - Full Manuscript)
ER: 03/25/21 (Encouraging and asked to be considered for future manuscripts)
from cdrebel11
Mar 24, 2021 10:48 am

FQ: 3/23/21
ER(Form): 3/24/21

Adult speculative action/political thriller 82K
from erinquill8
Mar 21, 2021 1:41 pm

FQ - 3/20/21
PB - 950 words
FR - 3/21/21

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