Monday, November 10, 2014

Simple Marketing Ideas

I think authors get hung up on their marketing because they don't devote as much time to learn about the industry and their genre as they do on the craft of writing. For some reason, marketing is relegated to the back burner in such a way that when the book is done, there's a "sitting idle" time.

When I speak at conferences, I often remind authors that when they transition from being writers to authors, they transition from artists to business people. A writer, writes. An author sells her writing and a successful author does both well.

The book is paramount to the success, so make sure it's edited, polished, set aside for a week, then edited again after several beta readers, and critique partners have made it bleed. But once the book is in submission, your marketing platform needs to be strong in order to help your agent, editor sell the book to the publishers they are courting with your manuscript.

The old adage, "It's not what you know but who you know" applies greatly to publishing when authors are looking to market their books (regardless of the publishing route explored). When you're not writing, you need to be cultivating relationships with readers, reviewers, book industry people online and in person. This is where conferences and blog tours come in handy.

Research blog tour companies and talk with published authors in your genre who have recently used a blog tour company to get an idea of their experience and learn what works and what doesn't. If you're represented, reach out to your agent's other clients who write in your genre and introduce yourself. Pick up their books and familiarize yourself with their writing style. Is it similar to yours? Do you think their readers could be part of your target audience? If so, reach out and ask for information. Most authors like to talk about their experiences in the publishing industry (some a little more than others) and many like to help new authors or mentor them in some way. But be authentic in your desire for mentorship and/or help. If they are unwilling or unable to offer more than a recommendation for a blog tour company, for example, say thank you and engage with them via social media about anything BUT your book.

Expect review sites to take MONTHS to get to your book, so make sure to send out ARCs early and to a large number of sites. Cast a wide net. Join Goodreads groups that allow you to connect with readers. Talk to your publisher about reducing the price of your first book so the second gets a chance to pick up new readers. KNOW your genre and the heavy hitters in the genre and get to know what works for them and doesn't. When you're not writing, you need to be promoting. Set time aside each day to do something to promote yourself. Readers want more of you, they buy your books to get that so give them YOU!

Then start thinking outside the box for your marketing. Look for opportunities to talk about your book on social media without panhandling it. Talk about your writing process, your cat, your cat's inevitable desire to thwart your writing process at every turn. Anything that's not just blasting social media with your book every five seconds.

Then sign up to speak at conferences and partner up with other authors in your genre to help expand your reach. Be active in promoting yourself as an expert in your craft because you are! You have expertly written a book, sold it to a publisher and expected to sell it to thousands of readers. What works and doesn't work become part of your expertise. Talk about that at conferences and take these opportunities to also engage your readers one-on-one. Sign up for books signings at conventions. Schedule speaking engagements at our local writing group meetings. Get out there and make your name known!

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Assistant: Caitlin Spivey

Did not ever think that I would get such a huge response to my Help Wanted post but you guys surprised me, yet again!
Among the amazing resumes I received within the first 24 hours of that post was one from Caitlin Spivey whose cover letter was witty and personal. Her resume was even better!

While reading her resume and putting together a list of the candidates I wanted to speak with, I realized I approached the hiring of this intern the same way I approach my potential clients. It's not just about the query or the book. There needs to be a connection between us if a working relationships is going to work.
We share similar outside interests which is crucial to working with me as I tend to geek out over various things while working (multi-tasking brain) and it helps to have someone who can decipher my movie quotes and random Doctor Who and Harry Potter references for every day things without batting an eye.

But her editorial experience is what really won me over. I knew I need someone who could help me tame the inordinately large pile of manuscripts I need to review for clients and potential clients with a critical eye toward marketability as well as content. That's not always easy to find but it looks like, in Cait, I have.
So, please welcome Caitlin Spivey to the Corvisiero Literary Agency and keep an eye out for new opportunities within the agency.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Help Wanted: Interns

As many of you know I'm constantly working and my to-do list grows exponentially on a daily basis. So far, I've been able to manage the bulk of the work with little assistance but I've finally reached that point where I'm clawing at the walls in my attempt to get away from the piles of work that have grown like weeds!

My colleague, Sarah Negovetich posted about her needs for an intern on her blog and it made me realize, I need to put my own Help Wanted sign as well.

So I'm totally copying and pasting from Sarah's Help Wanted post because it's exactly what I'm looking for as well:

Here's what it looks like:
The internship is unpaid for six months, and I cannot make any promises in regard to advancement within the agency. However, if the intern is a student, I am happy to file the appropriate paperwork needed for course credit if your college allows for it. I will also gladly write letters of recommendation (where it's appropriate) for interns looking to get into other areas of publishing. While the intern will be under my direction, they may work on tasks with other agents.

I am mostly looking for someone who can assist me with queries, manuscript evaluation and working on the back end of marketing projects with my clients. But publishing is unpredictable, so I'm sure there will be other fun projects to work on as well. An ideal intern will have experience beta reading and/or editing, though formal training is not needed, and a high level of organization. A borderline obsession with spreadsheets would be helpful.

If this is you, or someone you know, please send a resume (as a word attachment) to Saritza(at)CorvisieroAgency(dot)com and use "Intern" in the subject line. I don't have a deadline for this, but I'd like to get someone in place by the end of the month, so don't dally. I would really appreciate it if you guys could help spread the word for me.

I will also add that the perfect candidate will be comfortable reading erotic romance, erotica and GLBT works. Ideally, they are a fan of the work I represent and like to read all kinds of romance.

ETA: This is a remote position.

Monday, September 29, 2014


It's just a little prick
You know it’s coming. You know the diagnosis before you hear the words and you know it’s not going to be easy to hear but you know. How could you not? You’ve seen the signs for years now, you just didn’t want to have those fears acknowledged.

You knew it the moment you finally went in for your physical (at the end of the calendar year, as if postponing it to the latter part of the year would make the diagnosis easier to hear). You knew it the moment the blood tests were ordered and you knew it as you watched your sugary blood fill the vials.

Sure, it’s easy to say to yourself that it’s not going to be difficult and it’s probably going to be easier to finally shed some of the weight you’ve added on since starting one of the many “lifestyle” food changes you’ve started and stopped in the past 2 years. You’ve watched countless of celebrities, friends and family members shed the weight after their diagnoses so this is a good thing, right?

You know the answer to the rhetorical question even as you ask it. You know that it matters little how much you “hope” and “wish” and “try” to stop eating the foods that will inevitable cause your demise but you ask it anyway. You ask it because you cling to the hope that one day you’ll actually find the trick that will show on the scale, the clothes you wear, the mirror.

You know that your fight with food is not just of your own doing. It has been a battle since your first pregnancy where you craved hot fudge sundaes and sweet tea. Since you were in college and binged on late-night drive-thru tacos and burgers. Since high school where salads weighed 3 lbs and were laden with everything on the salad bar drenched in thousand island dressing. Since junior high school where greasy pizzas were the lunchroom norm with a large Dr. Pepper and homemade peanut butter bars.

Your fight with food has been a long one. Perhaps not as arduous as others’ but nonetheless tiring. You’ve watched yourself slow down. Sit longer. Eat more. Sleep more. Battle with depression, anger and self-loathing more. You’ve battled it without expectation of success because really, who has truly succeeded at winning a battle against sugar? Yes, there are the success stories and many are friends or friends of friends or those people who friend you on Facebook because they knew you in high school and they’ve succeeded. They’ve lost a kajillion pounds and they’re healthy and running marathons and winning at life while you’re sitting at your desk miserably avoiding the mocha creamer because it has 9g of Carbs and you hate yourself for knowing that so well.

Image courtesy: Lynn County Hospital District
You’re not surprised at the outpouring of support from family and friends who say things like, “You can do it” and “We’re in it with you” when you know that while well-meaning, it’s not any more helpful than the doctor telling you, “you’re a diabetic but I know you can win this fight.” You know they mean well and truly care for your well-being. You know they want the best for you but you don’t see that right now. You see the pantry full of Chef Boyardee cans, pasta and cake boxes, potato chips, soda, chocolate candies and the nutella spread you would gladly eat straight out of the jar in giant soup-spoon portions because it’s chocolate and peanut butter and you have no self-control. You see the sweet brisk tea cans in the fridge next to the water you’re supposed to drink.

Then you remember the way your sister looked after a sugar spike. How scared her children were despite knowing that mom’s sugar spikes from time to time and she’s battled worse but the fight with sugar is harder than the fight with the cancerous cells in her body. You realize that if you have to drink more water, stop eating the white stuff: bread, potatoes, rice and check your blood sugar at dinner with a Metformin chaser, you’re going to avoid scaring your children as well. You may even fit into the clothes you refuse to buy yourself now because really, what’s the point of having clothes that shrink every month.

You start to think about what the physical changes in your body will mean to your love life. What they’ll mean to your marriage. What a healthier body will mean to your children who fight their own sugar battles a lot younger than you. You realize that being a diabetic could affect change in their bodies by eating healthy along with you.

It’s a fight and it’s one you have to face alone despite the support from friends and family because in the end, it’s you, your mouth and that chocolate cake in the fridge you have the face.

You hate that you’re now “that” person who has to decline sweets at a birthday party while acknowledging that you don’t really like cake all that much. You accept that you have to do the things you ask your spouse to do because if you don’t do them, the one that gets hurt is you. You gird your flabby loins in preparation for this sugar battle and you don’t hope you’ll succeed. You go in glucose guns blazing and shoot down all of those poor choices knowing you’ll likely take some hits in the process. Eventually, you’ll get smaller and make for a smaller target.

You do what you have to to survive and if that means pricking your finger once a day, eating less and getting your ass out of your office chair, then you do it. Not because failure’s not an option. Not because you’re going to fight to live another day. You do it because no one can do this for you and if you don’t, next year’s diagnoses will include high blood pressure, enlarged heart, arteriosclerosis or worse.

You’re a diabetic. Suck it up, suck it in and fight!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

11 Things I’ve learned about being an agent in 2014

So, I was looking through my old blog posts for ideas to repurpose or update on my blog for this month and found my 10 Things I’ve learned about being the ePub Agent in 2012. It’s interesting but those 10 things are still important now and I will likely include them when I train our junior staff but I’m learning new things every year and I fall in love with my profession more with each new tidbit I learn.

If I were to write a letter to my 2014 ePub Agent self here’s what I would add (with gifs of course because it's 2014 and gifs just make everything better):

  1. Your instincts are sharper with time and experience. You trust your gut now more than you did in 2012 especially when it comes to market trends and the commerciality of projects.
  2. Authors will continue to need support and uplifting pep talks but understand that insecurities may paralyze some of them. It’s more important to help them out of that fear than it is to get another book from them. The book will eventually come about but not without the author feeling safe in their creative space.
  3. The author’s SOs will thank you for mastering #2.
  4. Contract negotiations continue to be your favorite thing to do because it’s protecting your author’s livelihood as well as your own.
  5. Respect the business but remember that it IS a business and if you’re not working it, you’re not earning money.
  6. Marketing will consume much of your time regardless of author’s platform or distribution because your first marketing step is the pitch and it can’t be weak!
  7. You don’t have time to do everything and it’s ok to delegate work to underlings who you train to one day be as good or better than you. They are your legacy after all.
  8. Don’t walk into a room with a bat unless you’re prepared to deal with the swing. Don’t let your authors walk into a room with a bat either. There’s no bashing in publishing.
  9. Cry in private and smile in public. No one likes a whiner.
  10. Digital unit sales are important but a mass market print run should be the goal for all of your clients so keep track of those units sold and don’t just take the author’s word for it. Read the royalty statements and ask for those units to be included or ask the publisher to provide those.
  11. It’s not an “us vs them” mentality around here. You’re the advocate for the author but you’re not against publishers (small, indie, traditional, digital or otherwise).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Storify: Curious Queries

Sometimes the work is not ready. Sometimes the work is not right for me. Sometimes, the query is not a query and the work is already published.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shihanisms with my Dad

I make this kick look pretty
My father's upcoming 64th birthday will include a surprise reunion for his martial arts students. We're expecting 60-75 people in attendance with 10-15 joining us via Skype from their various military locations. Many of my dad's students went on to join the military in the 90s during Desert Storm and were (some still are) part of the Navy Seals, Green Berets or Special Forces.

My dad, as the senior instruction and 10th degree Black Belt, has always been referred to as Shihan in the dojo. He's also a Shuseki Shihan but I won't go into that now. Anyway, we have put together a Facebook Page for his dojo, American Open Karate and asked his students to post their favorite Shihanisms: the phrases he would use to motivate them in his drill sergeant ways and remembering them has been a great blast.

The student becomes the master
So here are a few:

"Don't look at me! I know I'm good-looking!" - usually said while waiting for you to do the kata he's spent the last hour going over.

"Don't cry! Girls don't cry in Karate. They get even!" - self-explanatory.

"You're not having an asthma attack. You're just not breathing hard enough!" - as he's tossing you the inhaler and watching for any signs of oxygen deprivation out of the corner of his eye.

Orange Blossom Classic 1991
And the one all of them remember because it's how he'd calm the little ones before going to their board-breaking ceremonies:
Shihan: What's behind the door?
Student: A dinosaur
Shihan: What color is he?
Student: Pink and purple polka dot.
Shihan: What's he playing?
Student: A piano
Shihan: What's he playing on the piano?
Student: I feel good by James Brown
Shihan: Now, go break that board.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In Memoriam: Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

I'm staring at the blinking cursor willing the words the come. Willing the thoughts to stop swirling in my head so I can properly explain what Robin Williams has meant to me. But I just keep staring at the cursor and my eyes continue to water with every second that goes by. I need to put my thoughts down, you see. I don't know why it's such a fervent need but it is. I can't concentrate on work. Can't redirect my focus to the tasks on my to-do list. Can't even look at social media without gravitating to the thousands of memorial posts, pictures, videos of a man who was a part of so many lives, he was family and MADE us family through our shared love for him.

For me, his death is a reminder that even the greats suffer but most of all, he's a link my father and I share. He's a year younger than my dad and when he first appeared on the scene, he was one of my father's favorite comedians. I grew up listening to my dad retell the jokes Robin told on stage with a few of my father's one-liners thrown in for good measure.

In the 80s, when we moved to Florida from Puerto Rico, my dad and I would watch the Comic Relief specials on HBO and practically pee our pants with laughter over the golden trio: Billy, Whoopi and Robin!

When the news first broke about his death, I was at my parents' home singing happy birthday to my 15-year-old niece. I read the news in a text alert from my local news channel. I was instantly shocked and despite not really wanting to, found myself clicking on the link to read the full news report then mentioned his passing to my family who instantly stopped what they were doing and stared at me with the same shock I'm sure I was showing as I continued to read the news reports as thousands of people flooded social media with memorial posts. I couldn't look at my dad. He looks too much like Robin did in his final days and I couldn't see what it would mean to him to know another of his favorites is gone.

The Guardian, 2010 (Getty Images)
I don't know why we have such a fascination with death in the US and I guess Robin was right when he said that we mythologize people when they die but I can understand why we memorialize those who affected our lives one way or another. We do it to keep their memory alive. To share in the pain and to keep a part of the person we've lost close. I suppose we do it because we don't like to lose.

I'm going to spend most of my day playing Robin Williams videos in the background while I work today. Not just to memorialize him today but to keep his voice and spirit alive for one more day.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blog Challenge #20: Down time is critical

In her Mashable article: 7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer, Kyli Singh includes things like improved health, career and sleep among her reasons for giving your brain a tech break. In my house, we have had to implement a daily "no-tech" hour for our son who suffers from seizures. It wasn't until he pointed out how many hours I work in front of a screen that I realized how much I needed a break from the screen as well. This weekend, I vowed to spend less screen time reading and more paper time reading.

Reading for pleasure is such a rarity these days for me that when I can do so without guilt, I savor every second of it. This weekend, I did a full unplug and only read on my iPad if I was in a non-wifi area. Yes, I can just turn off the WiFi on my iPad and read without distractions but I like to play Frozen Free Fall and The Sims FreePlay on my downtime too so I tend to leave the WiFi turned on.

But because I also edit manuscripts on my iPad when I really want to unplug and not be tempted to check email, switch to iAnnotate or Evernote and do agency work, I pick up a paperback, sit in my reading chair (now comfortably located in my bedroom) and immerse myself in some good ole book reading!

Is there anything more incredible than the worlds you get to explore when you're reading? This weekend, I picked up two books: Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon and Tiffany Reisz's The Siren. Both books I've been dying to read for months and just couldn't find the time to sit and savor. Now, reading more than one book at a time is something I do regularly so it's not uncommon for me to have several books in my "Currently Reading" shelf on Goodreads. After finishing The Death Cure, the final book in The Maze Hunter trilogy last weekend, I decided to spend this weekend with kick-ass female authors writing about kick-ass female main characters.

It felt great to spend a little time with my paperback friends. Next weekend, I think I will truly unplug and see how long I can last without any technology. I'm thinking it'll only last one day, but hey... it's a start, right?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blog Challenge #19: What do you mean you're bored?

My teenagers are home for the summer so that means my house is a mess, my fridge is empty and the piles of laundry are threatening to consume us. It also means I get to hear things like, "there's nothing to do" and "I'm bored, Mom!"

Really? You're bored? Well, if you didn't stay up playing video games until 2 AM then woke at 2 PM to stare at the ceiling (which could use some dusting, just sayin') and actually did your chores on time, picked up a book, went outside (and take out the garbage while you're at it), you wouldn't be bored, son!

In the course of one day, I get more done than any of my teenagers (or husband) and I don't know if it's because I'm just a can't-sit-on-my-ass-all-day kind of person or if it's because they are! Either way, I know I've shared my workday with you before but today was all kinds of special in its ability to pack a whole lot of work in a short period of time.

Behold, my day of Thor! Or as the modern mortals refer to it: Thursday.

  • Attended three hour-long conference calls. Two which required me to actually pay attention!
  • Washed, dried and folded two loads of laundry. Actually have to move third into the dryer, don't let me forget.
  • Wrote two pitch proposals. Awesome proposals if I do say so myself.
  • Spoke with two clients over the phone and nine via emails.
  • Posted random Harry Potter Diagon Alley stuff to Facebook. Everyone needs a break, right?
  • Answered discussion board questions for Writer Digest Boot Camp for two hours.
  • Reviewed one query, synopsis and sample pages for a Brenda Novak auction winner.
  • Made revisions on a client manuscript. (Just 230 pages left to go on that one!)
  • Tested software systems for day job.
  • Cleaned up server files for day job.
All while maintaining my level of awesome. I'm sure there was more but I can't remember it all right now. Right now, I'm thinking of dinner and wherefore art thou, dinner?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Welcome Karen Stivali to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Please join me in welcoming new client Karen Stivali to the Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her two New Adult novellas, MOMENT OF IMPACT, a male/male romance and FOUR DAYS TO FOREVER, a steamy contemporary romance caught my ear (as well as that of several publishers) at this year's Romantic Times Booklovers Conference's Pitch-A-Palooza event and we have hit the ground running! Her debut male/male romance novella is currently in negotiation! 

Welcome, Karen Stivali!

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic love stories filled with sarcasm and sexy details.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tara Lain Signs New Three-Book Contract with Dreamspinner Press for LOVE IN LAGUNA Series


Tara Lain Signs New Three-Book Contract with Dreamspinner Press for LOVE IN LAGUNA Series

Publication Dates for the contemporary gay romances set for 2015 and 2016

Laguna Beach, CA., June 10, 2014 — Known for her romance novels set in Laguna Beach, a small, seaside town of artists and surfers in the middle of the huge southern California megaplex, author Tara Lain today announced the signing of a three-book contract with Dreamspinner Press for a new series entitled Love in Laguna. The individual book titles are Knight of Ocean Avenue, Prince of the Playhouse and Knave of Broken Hearts. The contract was negotiated by Tara’s agent, Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, New York.

“These books are very close to my heart,” said Lain, who is best known for writing Male/Male romance, which is growing rapidly in mainstream popularity. “Each of them is wholly or partly set in my favorite town and concerns real issues of ‘coming out’ or even realizing true sexual orientation in a man’s twenties or thirties versus his teens. Like all my books, they’re very romantic and concern couples who often have strong differences — and strong attraction.”

Among Lain’s most popular works are her Balls to the Wall series all of which take place in Laguna Beach. Most of the books in this series — Volley Balls, Fire Balls, Beach Balls, Snow Balls, and F.A.S.T. Balls — have appeared on the Amazon list of 100 top-selling gay romances in their publication years.

Lain is also known for her recently introduced paranormal series with Dreamspinner Press. Tales of the Harker Pack, the first two books of which — The Pack or the Panther and Wolf in Gucci Loafers — have been Amazon bestsellers and have reached number one at All Romance eBooks.

“I’m very happy to be working with Dreamspinner on this new series. We’re two books into my recently signed contract for the Long Pass Chronicles, and I’m enjoying their editing and publishing process so much. Love in Laguna couldn’t have a better home.”

The first book in the new series, Knight of Ocean Avenue, will be introduced shortly before the Romantic Times Conference in May 2015. Prince of the Playhouse will follow in the fall of 2015 and Knave of Broken Hearts in 2016.

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 25. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


Friday, June 6, 2014

For Immediate Release - CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE author wins Emerging Author Award


"CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE speaks to those of us who know what it’s like to search for ourselves, then turn away when we’re not sure what we see. Jonathan’s struggles go straight to your heart, and his decisions will have you both rooting for him and holding your breath." – Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN, 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist and 2014 ALA Stonewall Award winner

“Juliann Rich has written a coming of age story that is at once bittersweet, fun, and sexy, capturing the complex layers of angst and joy that teens encounter when caught between wanting to be accepted and being true to who they are.” — Alex Sanchez, author RAINBOW BOYS and THE GOD BOX

Minneapolis, MN — A PFLAG Mom who can be found walking Pride parades with her son, Juliann Rich was born and raised in Minnesota. The daughter of evangelical Christian parents, Juliann has been caught in the crossfire of the most heated topic to challenge our society and our churches today. She is committed to writing stories that shed light on the conflicts that arise when sexual orientation, spirituality, family dynamics, and peer relationships collide.

Juliann is available for interviews, Q&A discussions, blog posts and articles on topics relating to:
  • Faith and the GLBT youth
  • Faith in GLBT fiction
  • Writing for the GLBT Young Adult audience
  • Diversity in Young Adult fiction

When she is not writing, she enjoys hiking through a forest or canoeing the many lakes in the Minnesota River Valley.

ABOUT THE BOOK Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love. That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with S’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Contact Juliann Rich at to schedule interviews, reviews, signings and public speaking engagements and visit her on the Web at:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Announcement: I'm Open to Submissions Again

Dreamstime Image
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

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

Photo courtesy: Annabeth Albert
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.