Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome Mayra Cuevas to Corvisiero Literary Agency

Allow me to introduce the latest #TeamCorvisiero member, Mayra Cuevas, whose contemporary YA romance TETONKA WILDERNESS CAMP FOR YOUNG LADIES (and tiny pigs) hooked me with just the title. I mean, there are tiny pigs in the title! You can’t go wrong with that, right?

Mayra still remembers the exact moment when she decided she would write novels one day. She was twelve years-old curled up with a copy of Isabel Allende’s Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) in her home in Puerto Rico. Inspired by Allende and later by Gabriel García Marquez she decided journalism was the best career choice for someone who wanted to tell stories.

Since then, Mayra has worked as a TV and digital journalist for CNN, HLN, In Session on truTV (Court TV) and EFE International News Agency.

She has reported on domestic and international events but nothing compares to the thrill of finishing her first fiction manuscript.

Mayra has a bachelor’s in communications and master’s in investigative journalism. She has taught workshops on research for writers at the Romance Writers of America national conference. She also volunteers with the We Need Diverse Books organization.

When she is not working on a story, Mayra volunteers at her local Buddhist meditation center, where she serves on the board of directors. She is also an avid traveler and cook.

Mayra lives north of Atlanta with her husband, also a journalist, two teenage step-sons and their cat. Their family’s claim to fame was appearing in Season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers.

In her blog, she writes about craft, publishing, culture and spirituality.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ATTENTION: Change in Submission Guidelines

In order to keep up with the volume of queries I'm receiving and spare my computer the hundreds of attachments I'm downloading every day, I've decided to stop accepting attachments in my queries. Most of my colleagues, if not all of them, have their queries include the synopsis and sample pages pasted in the body of the email to avoid downloading viruses to their computers. As an avid Mac user, I've never really worried about viruses so I was fine with attachments. But I've noticed that having attachments limits my time and ability to access queries when I want to get through them quickly.

I've started using my iPhone and iPad more and more for agency work and realized that it's just easier to scroll down and read the full work while I'm waiting for the kid to get out of band practice, or in line at Starbucks waiting for my Venti Soy Iced Vanilla Chai than it is to wait for the attachments to download to my phone (if I have room, curse you beloved iTunes Music). Yes, I check my queries while standing in line, sometimes while waiting for the previews to begin at the movie theater!

I want to be able to respond to queries faster so I've decided to do away with attachments and have changed my submission guidelines to reflect the change.

Paste it all in now!
Please continue to keep your synopsis to 2 pages and only include the first 5 pages of your manuscript pasted immediately following the synopsis in the body of the email.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome Michaela Grey to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

I’m super stoked to welcome Michaela Grey to #TeamCorvisiero. Her male/male erotic romance, BUTTONS certainly pushed all of mine in the best way with her deliciously kinky men exploring their relationship in the BDSM lifestyle while confronting their demons.

Welcome Michaela Grey!

Michaela Grey told stories to put herself to sleep since she was old enough to hold a conversation in her head. When she learned to write, she began putting those stories down on paper. She and her family reside in the Texas hill country with their cats, and she is perpetually on the hunt for peaceful writing time, which her four children make difficult to find.

Michaela started her career with Dreamspinner Press. Her first book is called Coffee Cake, published in May of 2015, and its sequel is Beignets, coming in October of 2015.

Queer romance is her happy place, and she delights in pushing her limits, testing her abilities and forcing herself to write scenarios she’s not familiar with. Angst is her lifeblood, and she wants you to know that your tears are delicious. (But don’t worry, she’ll always give you a happy ending.)

When she’s not writing, she’s knitting while watching TV or avoiding responsibilities on Tumblr, where she shamelessly ogles pretty people and tries to keep her cat off the keyboard.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome Julia Rubin to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

I’m so excited to introduce you guys to my new client, Julia Lynn Rubin whose LGBTQ YA manuscript I fell in love with the minute I read the query. It’s a young adult gritty tale about best friends who come to terms with who they are in their California town and who they can be if they ever escape.

It’s a modern The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets The Outsiders with a raw and honest depiction of life as a high school sophomore in a town that is as vivid a character as the main characters, Jesse and Jack. I can talk about this book for hours and find nuances I’d missed on the back-to-back reads I did of the manuscript.

Welcome Julia Rubin!

Julia Lynn Rubin lives the writer’s life in Brooklyn, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School. She earned her BA in Anthropology & Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been writing books, poems, and stories since first grade, and loves reading about everything from film analysis to psychology. Her short stories have appeared in the North American Review, The Lascaux Review, and Black Denim Lit, to name a few.

She is passionate about realism and diversity in teen literature, and hopes to one day own a French bulldog, a Boston terrier, or perhaps a mix of the two.

Welcome to ‪#‎TeamCorvisiero, Julia!

Monday, August 24, 2015

When to offer representation

While working with one of our agent apprentices, we discussed how and when it's appropriate to offer representation and how do we know if the author is going to be a good fit for both the agent and the agency. It's important to be mindful of our time and resources when we know the quality of the work is there from the author. So, I put together a quick list of questions I ask myself when I find that manuscript I love and want to offer representation.

Photo by Ben Terrett
When I read a manuscript for representation, I'm not just reading for fun. I'm looking at a lot of different factors and deciding on whether I'm the right fit for this project.

So I ask myself:
  1. Is the work engaging?
  2. Does the author have an established platform?
  3. Does the work need a lot of editorial work or just a quick polish?
  4. Do I have the time to devote to the editorial needs of this work?
  5. Do I have the time to devote to the needs of this author?
  6. Off the top of my head, how many editors can I pitch this to?
  7. Is this too similar to something I already represent?
  8. Is this a topic I'm passionate about?
  9. Does the book have series potential? Does it need it?

I'm also mindful of the industry and where it's going. If the book is a stand-alone, will the author be able to crank out other books that will keep the pipeline full and establish a readership?

So many questions but the most important have to do with time management. If I can't devote the time to the author that they need to be a success then I can't, in good judgment, offer representation.