Friday, February 22, 2013

Four agents at Corvisiero Literary Agency seek authors – for commercial fiction & nonfiction for adults and young adult and middle-grade fiction

Corvisiero Literary Agency
275 Madison Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY  100016

The Corvisiero Agency bills itself as a boutique agency, meaning it’s fairly small. It was founded within the last couple of years by Marisa Corvisiero, which means that all four agents at the agency are new and need authors.

Prior to starting her own agency, Marisa Corvisiero was with L. Perkins Agency. She is also a Literary Consultant at Literary Powerhouse Consulting and Attorney. Marisa has over ten years of legal experience in New York City.

Marisa seeks creative stories with well developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. She will consider Romance, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and any combination thereof.

She will also consider the same genres for Young Adults and Middle Grade readers.

In non-fiction, she enjoys out of the box and high concept spiritual, self-improvement, parenting, science, business, and cookbooks.

Query Marisa at:
Put “Query for Marisa Corvisiero" in the subject line. Attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages of the manuscript as separate Word .doc files.

Stacey Donaghy likes thrilling stories, fantastical events, and even off the wall concepts. Stacey is currently seeking stories in AdultYA and MG fiction.  
When it comes to Middle Grade fiction, Stacey wants only stories that have series potential.   (Harriet the spy, and R.L. Stine books, paranormal, mystery and suspense all work for her)

in all sub-genres and especially loves Crime fiction (think The Krays’, Clockwork Orange, Seven, Silence of The Lambs, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs and is very interested in stories that focus on serial killers), high octane, suspense or mystery are all things that she seeks in her Thrillers.

Soft Sci-Fi  (I Robot, The Stepford Wives, generally anything well written where characters are defined by their behaviors)

Fantasy, especially High/Epic, Contemporary, and Dark (particularly where there is an alternate version of our own world, themes that include ghosts, psychics, shape-shifters, and other manifestations.  Also comic book or fairy tale characters)

Stacey loves well written Horror stories; the kind nightmares are made of!  She likes stories with surprising twists, strong characters that she can love despise, fear or shed tears over. This coupled with a strong plot development is the key to getting her attention.

Stacey is accepting Women's fiction and Romance.

Stacey is not accepting non-fiction at this time.

Query Stacey at:
Put “Query for Stacey Donaghy " in the subject line. Attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages of the manuscript as separate Word .doc files.

Saritza Hernandez specializes in the e-publishing world. Saritza represents both new and established authors and is currently looking for strong erotic romance in the following sub-genres:

  • Intercultural romance
  • BDSM erotica/erotic romance
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy romance
  • Steampunk & Cyberpunk romance
  • Historical romance (emphasis on Ancient Egypt, Caribbean/MesoAmerican)
  • Paranormal romance
  • M/M, F/F, GLBT-themed erotic romance, erotica & general fiction
  • GLBT themed YA
Query Saritza at:
Put “Query for Saritza Hernandez" in the subject line. Attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages of the manuscript as separate Word .doc files.

Junior agent Brittany Howard is the newest member of the Corvisiero agency. When reading, Brittany loves to be introduced to new and interesting people and places. She looks for strong voice, good storytelling, and fascinating relationships between characters—romantic or otherwise. More than anything, she loves when a book surprises her.
Brittany is interested in the following genres:

Her first love is YA 
– from High Fantasy to Paranormal to to soft Sci-Fi  to Contemporary – she loves it all.

She also likes high concept, adventure themed, and funny MG, but a strong voice is must for her in MG.

She's willing to look at Picture Books,
but is very selective. 

Brittany prefers that you paste the 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages directly into the query e-mail. Do not send Brittany attachments.

Query Brittany at:
Put “Query for Brittany Howard" in the subject line. Attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first 5 pages of the manuscript as separate Word .doc files.

See submissions page here.

Brian Henry will be leading a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Guelph on April 13 (see here). Also, Brian will lead "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here), Sun, March 17, in Kingston (see here), and Sat, May 4, in Barrie (see here). 
To register, email

Before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. Brian will be leading Next Step in Creative Writing classes on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (see here). He’ll be leading Intensive courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here). 
To register, email

Also, he’ll be leading Life Stories classes on Monday mornings in Mississauga (see here) and Monday afternoons in Brampton (see here and scroll down), and he'll lead a Welcome to Creative Writing course on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here). 
To register, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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