Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Three new agents at Corvisiero Literary seek Middle Grade, Young Adult and New Adult novels, plus genre fiction and nonfiction, including memoir

Make It Count, a New Adult novel
by Megan Erickson, represented by
the Corvisiero Agency 
Corvisiero Literary Agency
275 Madison Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY  100016

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The Corvisiero Agency bills itself as a New York City boutique agency founded by Marisa A. Corvisiero. Here’s what they have to say about themselves: “This agency is a place where authors can partner with professional and experienced representation, who will value and guide them toward a successful career in publishing. We offer international literary representation and management services to fiction and non-fiction authors of all ages, for all ages, in a wide spectrum of genres. We pride ourselves in our expertise and tailor fit approach to helping authors reach their maximum potential.”

Altogether, the agency has nine agents, including three apprentice agents: Vanessa Robins, Kaitlyn Johnson, and Justin Wells. Like all new agents, they need authors:

Vanessa Robins is a writer, reader, and lover of food. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in May of 2015 with a degree in English literary studies and a minor in professional writing. When she isn’t reading or working, Vanessa can be found playing rec league softball (her team is called “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman *and Women*,” in case you were wondering), experimenting in the kitchen, knitting, or screaming at her favorite sports teams (go Eagles and Phillies!). 

Vanessa is currently accepting queries within the following categories:
  • New Adult – all, but especially humor
  • Young Adult – gritty plots with diverse characters
  • Fiction – thought-out thrillers, romance with strong female leads, heavily based science sci-fi, and sports-centric plots
  • Nonfiction– memoirs including coming of age, cultural/ethnic/sexuality, survivor, and humor themed
  • Bonus points for Medical Narratives (characters with medical illnesses and chronic diseases, or MS told through a medical professional’s view point)
She will not represent Picture Books Middle Grade, Screenplays, or Erotica

Query Vanessa at: query@corvisieroagency.com
Put "ATTN: Vanessa Robins-Query [Book Title]" in the subject line.
Attach a 1–2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript in separate Word .doc files. Your query letter should include links to any social media or author websites.

Kaitlyn Johnson received a BA in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College. Then, as soon as her diploma came in the mail, she then started her own freelance editing company, K. Johnson Editorial.
Kaitlyn is proud to be on staff for the increasingly popular Muse and the Marketplace Conference held in Boston every April/May through GrubStreet. She currently works as both the Muse Conference Assistant and the Donor Communications Assistant at GrubStreet.
Young Adult and New Adult are her main interests. She mostly drools for fantasy (yes, that very much includes urban fantasy!), time travel, select dystopian, romance (with erotic elements is OK), and historical fiction if it is anything other than Henry VIII. Contemporary stories can grab her attention only if the concept is unique enough and executed well. Overplayed tropes/characters make her cringe. Same goes for upper Middle Grade.

LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all genres accepted above. No chapter books or picture books, horror, thriller/suspense, or nonfiction.

 Her favorite authors/books include the following: Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series);  John Green (more Looking for Alaska, less An Abundance of Katherines); Gayle Forman (Just One Year and Just One Day); Lois Lowry (The Giver series); Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). Her favorite TV shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly – basically the nerdier the fandom the better.

When not drowning in words, Kaitlyn can be found exploring beautiful Boston, working with a fabulous community of writers at GrubStreet, or home hanging with her fatty calico cat, Keiko. She blogs here.  

Query Kaitlyn at: query@corvisieroagency.com
Put: "Query: Kaitlyn Johnson, [name of manuscript]" in the subject line. Include the first five pages and a 1–2 page synopsis.

Justin Wells is going into his Senior year of college, and will be graduating with a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. He loves being able to utilize his skills in public relations to assist the agency, and his own clients through his work as a literary agent. 

Justin loves every aspect of the agent lifestyle. He loves learning new things every day, and being able to grow as an agent. Be it searching for that next amazing manuscript and client, helping current clients, or doing regular tasks throughout the agency. He loves all of it, and looks forward waking up every day and wondering what new adventure could be awaiting him in his query box. 

When it comes to reading, he is very open. His main focus is young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch out and explore other books that catch his eye.

His favourite authors include Markus Zusak, John Green, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Beth Revis, Susan Dennard, Gary Paulsen, Lauren Oliver, and Sarah Dessen.

Justin is seeking:
Middle Grade: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, and Historical Fiction. 

Young Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and Dystopian.

New Adult: Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Science Fiction 

Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction 

Query Justin at: query@corvisieroagency.com  
In the subject line, write: "Query - ATTN: Justin Wells, [name of manuscript]"
Include a 1–2 page synopsis, 10-page sample of manuscript included in the body of your email, and your social media links. No Attachments.

Author Kira Vermond
up for a Silver Birch Award
Note: Brian Henry will lead a Writing and Revising workshop Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here).

He'll will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin Uçar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Also, Brian will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat,Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

This spring – starting soon! – Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:

Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, with guest speakers authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.

Details of all classes offered this spring here

For more information or to register for any of the above, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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