Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Announcement: I'm Open to Submissions Again

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Had to take some time to catch up with client manuscripts as well as queries that I'd received before Christmas (yep, I was really behind on those) before being able to open my query inbox again but it's finally happened.

My submission guidelines have changed slightly and are now on my profile page of the Agency website which you can see here. Please follow these carefully to ensure our assistants and interns get your query to me right away.

So what am I looking for? I'm only going to focus on romance, erotica and GLBT fiction so please do not query me with your mystery/thriller, science-fiction work unless it is a romance, has romantic elements, features an out GLBT main character or is erotic. In order for your story to be considered a romance, it should center around a love story and if there are sex scenes (yes, please) they should move the story forward and progress the relationship you're establishing within the story.

I'm open to all romance subcategories and I'm partial to GLBT-themed love stories. While I don't represent Young Adult works, I am interested in Gay YA and NA (New Adult) fiction featuring Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered main characters in any genre.

Please review your work carefully prior to submitting it and ensure that it's been properly edited. I want to spend my time reading your words and immersing myself in your world and the lives of your characters not stopping to revise the work in my head in order to enjoy it.

Also, get to know the types of books I acquire by looking through my recent sales page.

Send your query with a complete synopsis and first five pages to query@corvisieroagency.com.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Blog Challenge #18: I did something today I haven't done in a long time...

My dog-eared copy
I dog-eared a paperback.

Let me explain why this is a big deal (at least for me).

I don't buy paperbacks much anymore. Ever since I got my first iPad a few years ago, I haven't really felt the need to spend $8.99 on a paperback when the ebook is available for $2.99 and I can read it or a dozen others on my iPad without having to carry them all. But, for Christmas, my daughter gave me The Perks of Being a Wallflower to read since she knows I loved the movie and wanted to read the book. I don't' have a lot of time to read for pleasure like I used to but today, I decided to pick it up and keep it as bathroom literature.

Don't look at me like that! It's a place of honor for me as I spend the most quiet of times on the can these days and the previous book to hold such an esteemed honor was Michio Kaku's The Physics of the Future. I didn't dog-ear that one. I just kept a bookmark in it but I also co-read it on my Kindle app when I realized there were so many great quotes I wanted to share. This may happen with TPBW as well but for now, I was just happy to be able to dog-ear a book again.

I am usually the one to tell my friends not to dog-ear the pages or crack the spine of the books I lend them but my reading purist ways appear to have gone by the wayside in the face of a great read.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome Annabeth Albert to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

It's a pleasure to introduce you to the latest addition to the Sary Posse: Annabeth Albert. 

Her male/male New Adult romance title, CHOIRBOYS about a couple of guys who hook up and find love during an Acapella competition is not just deliciously sexy, but an incredibly fun read! I kept giggling and smiling as I read through the manuscript then told everyone to leave me alone while I cuddled Silas in my mind during the dark period of the book. I'm so excited to showcase her talent to world and her fabulous pink hair! :D

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Welcome Annabeth Albert!

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. 
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.  
Please join her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website to learn what she’s working on and to join the pursuit of the perfect date-night movie, self-knitting yarn, and guilt-free chocolate.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Quick Tips On Branding

When I sign a new client, I ask about their marketing platform and what they consider their brand to be. Remember: YOU are your brand and no one can sell YOU better than YOU, so make sure your brand is well-represented and EVERYWHERE!

Photo courtesy: Charlie Wollborg - creative commons license
What should you have in place RIGHT NOW to get your brand out there?

1. A Website/Blog - This is critical. When I pitch a client's work, editors google them and they want to see a professional-looking website and/or blog. If you use WordPress (which I highly recommend) you can have both. Spend a little extra and hire someone to design a website you can maintain yourself but is easy to maneuver.

2. A Press Kit on your website - If you don't have one, take some time and get this done. Look at Damon Suede's, Heidi Cullinan's or Libby Drew's press kit pages if you're not sure what I mean. Make sure to include your agency, publicist or marketing representative as your points of contact for appearances, interviews and conference appearances so you can focus your time on your writing.

3. A Facebook Page AND Profile - Your FB Page is for your fans to get to know about your book, your promotions, etc. Your FB Profile is for everyone to get to know YOU. There are also some things you can do with a profile you can't do with a page, like being a member of a FB groups where you can network and/or market your book. Make sure these are in your pen name so it's easier for your fans to find you.

4. A Twitter Handle - You may not like social media, but books sell on social media more than they do anywhere else and while Twitter may not gain you as many sales as Facebook, it is a great way to not only connect with your readers but with other authors as well. It's also a great place to hear from Agents and Editors directly.

5. A Logo - Who are you? What do you write about? Can that be represented in a logo that's easily recognizable and will make your swag, swagtastic? Hire someone (likely the same person who designs your website) to help you design a logo that will fit the bill. Remember, your logo needs to fit on business cards, bookmarks AND giant posters. It needs to be visible and legible across a crowded room as well as in the hands of your fans and it needs to represent YOU.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Welcome K.A. Mitchell to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Join me in welcoming K.A. Mitchell to the Corvisiero Literary Agency. 

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To say I've been a fan of her work is an understatement as I completely stalked her at the RWA National convention in Orlando, Florida in 2010 and totally walked away with a signed copy of her Florida Series book: DIVING IN DEEP and a deeper resolve to be part of the evolving publishing industry that gave me the male/male romance books I love. Her passion and love for her craft is infectious and was evident in her Keynote speech at the Writer's Workshop at GayRomLit 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Bio: K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.  
K.A. Mitchell is a multi-published author with sixteen works currently in publication; the latest, Bad Attitude, having released in April 2013. Her books receive consistently high praise, even from such critical sites as Dear Author. Reviewers and readers alike comment on her skills in characterization. She has a master's degree in reading and taught high school English for over twenty years.  
Critical Praise: USA Today “Oh how I love K.A. Mitchell books.” Dear Author "...the undisputed queen of Show, Don’t Tell, and these two characters are so brilliantly constructed, they felt like they should have walked off the page into my living room..."

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Welcome Rie Warren to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Allow me to introduce Rie Warren to the Corvisiero Literary Agency! I fell in love with Rie's raw and gritty, male/male romance novel IN HIS COMMAND and couldn't stop singing its praises when it was released as the first male/male title by Grand Central Publishing's Forever Yours imprint.

As a trendsetter in the traditional publishing market with a debut title featuring a same-sex couple, Rie doesn't shy away from the edgy aspects of love and her writing is unapologetically bold and fresh. I'm so excited to work with her and I guarantee we're going to see big things from her.
Photo courtesy Rie Warren

Bio:  Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is the author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series—a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command
She lives in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina with her small family where she basks in the sunshine during the day, and adjourns to her woman cave at night. A nocturnal creature, she stays up way too late talking to herself, her characters, and anyone who will listen. She’s all about writing with heat, heart, and a hint of the dark, and she doesn’t shy away from the impossible.   
Rie’s work has been called “edgy”, “daring” and “some of the sexiest smut around”.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome Kate McMurray to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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Please help me in welcoming romance author, Kate McMurray to the Corvisiero Literary Agency! I'm so excited to be working with her! Her vast knowledge of historical setting is evident in her upcoming historical romance novel SUCH A DANCE. Set during the prohibition era in New York City, featuring a love story between a mobster and a stage dancer, the star crossed love story hooked me from the start! 

Already a published author with 12 titles under her belt, McMurray's romance include sports stories, historical novels and a few supernaturals set in New York City.

Bio:  Kate McMurray picked up her first romance novel when she was thirteen and has loved the genre ever since. Her first published novel, In Hot Pursuit, came out in February 2010, and she’s been writing feverishly ever since. She likes stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities. She is Vice President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America and President-Elect for 2014.

When she’s not writing, Kate works a nonfiction editor. She also reads a lot, plays the violin, knits and crochets, and drools over expensive handbags. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a pesky cat.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blog Challenge #16: Weekends are for resting, right?

Many of you know that I have a day job in addition to the agency duties which means I tend to work 75-80 hours per week, Monday-Friday. When I started agenting, I would spend my weekends doing agency work that would leave me exhausted and groggy since I lived on coffee and sandwiches for the most part. Hubby would take the kids out on the weekends to get them out of my hair but that just meant more work for me since the housework didn't get done without them home to do it. I realized rather quickly that I needed to establish a better work-life balance or I would work myself into an early grave. Two cancer scares later, and a fortieth birthday milestone achieved, I decided to take back my weekends. I still "work" a little on the weekends, but it's only reading and revising manuscripts. I spend time with my family, clean the house on Saturdays and, as I did this morning, spend a little time pinning things on Pinterest, playing Candy Crush (OMG, it's so addicting) and meditating. 

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Yes, I've started meditating. It's something Kele Moon told me to do ages ago and I just kept putting it off. Mainly because I didn't really know how to do it. I didn't want to just spend time sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed, doing "ohms" and picturing myself looking silly. (Not that, that's what she told me to do, it's just what my very silly mind kept picturing when I heard the word meditation.) Thing is, I've learned that mediation is a very personal thing. What works for one person may not work for another. My meditation may sound odd to you but it's what works for me. So what does meditation look like for me?

Well, I start with reading a Bible passage. I have a few meditation books with affirmations and things like that but I really enjoy reading the Bible and tying a verse to a thought that I can release into the Universe is soothing for me. Today's verse was Ecclesiastes 1:3, "What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun?" I read my Bible in Spanish in the KJV version and in Spanish, the word labor is translated into an equivalent of "work"so the text really spoke to me. I concentrated on what profit I have in all of my work. Not just monetary profit, but profit for future generations, a legacy. What legacy am I leaving by all the work? What do I have to show for it and is it something I'm giving back to the Universe or something I'm selfishly keeping? Then I prayed. Just a simple prayer, nothing fancy. Asking for guidance and to be led to that work which will be fruitful to my legacy. I concentrated on what I want for my children and their children, what I want to be remembered by and what I want my work to mean in the future. Then I sipped my coffee and went on my merry way. It was my moment of rest, relaxation and most importantly, revitalization of spirit. I need to make this a daily habit.

Do I still work on the weekends? Of course, I do but I don't let it consume my day. Unless, it's a blog post, these suckers do take up a bunch of time to think through and post, I tell ya!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Welcome AJ Albinak to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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It's a great pleasure to announce the signing of contemporary romance novelist, AJ Albinak to the Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her #PitMad pitch caught my attention and that of several editors who have all expressed interest in acquiring her THREE completed works, a contemporary romance novel, a Christmas-themed novella and a New Adult male/male contemporary romance novel! She's getting ready to head to RWA Nationals to take Atlanta by storm so if you see her, say hi! :)
Bio: Amy Jo Cousins has been writing since before she knew you could get paid to do it. Even after she grew up and learned that there were people out there who spent their whole lives just writing, she hedged her bets by starting a career in commercial real-estate development. This led — naturally — to bartending, being a music buyer for a bookstore, more bartending, spa management, and HR in the world of chocolate and caramel. She is pleased to be able to enjoy writing and living with her kid in the greatest city in the world, Chicago.
Welcome AJ! I'm very excited to work with you!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Welcome Amy Lane to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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Please help me in welcoming new client Amy Lane to the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Amy's best known for her male/male romance novels but what many don't know is that she's got an incredible story to share about how being a teacher and an erotic romance author can mean having to take the long route to a happily ever after. So many erotic romance authors have found themselves in the unbearable situation of being ousted from a job they love (and are very good at) simply because their books feature erotic elements. It's even harder to be an author of gay romance when anything with homosexuality is stigmatized as pornography. Amy's struggle to beat the system and remain true to herself is the topic of her memoir tentatively titled The Rubber Room.

I've been a huge fan of her work and have been hoping she'd someday write her memoir and my wish has come true. We will be representing her nonfiction titles and helping her share her incredible story with the world.
Amy Lane was born in Northern California in 1967, and has lived there for her entire life.  She worked her way through college and married her beloved Mate along the way.  Together they have four children, two in college and two in grade school, and a crumbling house, because Amy doesn’t believe in housework, and Mate doesn’t believe in home improvement.  
Amy received her B.A. in English in 1991 and her secondary school teaching certificate from C.S.U.Sacramento in 1992 and she was on her way to earning a Masters degree in Creative Writing when the Twin Towers fell, and she decided to spend time with her children instead.  She worked in a suburban school with an inner-city population from 1995-2010, and has been a published author since 2005.  In the fall of 2010, she was pulled out of her classroom for "disseminating pornography," and has been writing full time ever since.

Welcome Amy! Looking forward to a great and prosperous relationship!