Veronica Park

Veronica Park

Corvisiero Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Veronica Park is an agent, author, journalist and marketing consultant with more than ten years of experience writing and editing for publication.

She graduated with a BA in print journalism with an emphasis in linguistics and business marketing from Brigham Young University and went on to expand her writing skills as a broadcast journalist and independent film producer, before running away with her husband to work on cruise ships in the Caribbean as a port lecturer and luxury goods marketing specialist.

In publishing, she has finally found an arena that requires her entire assortment of professional skills, while allowing her to read and write every single day. From editing to marketing and consulting on author platforms and campaigns, she’s been fortunate enough to experience the publishing industry from a lot of different angles. At the end of the day, V believes there’s nothing you can’t accomplish with the 3 Ps: Persistence, Perseverance and a Positive Attitude.

Favorite Categores/Genres:

YA/NA (anything with a unique voice, but particularly romantic and/or LGBT at the moment), Adult (particularly Romance in all sub-genres) and Non-Fiction that is funny and/or centered upon current events and controversial issues. (Because real life is funny…and full of issues.) Also, Middle Grade (MG) with a particular emphasis on diversity, high concept ideas and graphic novels. For Fall 2016: GIVE ME YA HORROR. Think Lovecraft, Gaiman, Koontz, but not too much gore. Creepy is the key, children.

In all categories (except PB), V is looking for diverse perspectives and #ownvoices projects that explore or expound upon marginalized experiences in an authentic, emotionally accessible voice. Upmarket is awesome, but quietly real stories can also change minds if they’re written from the heart.

In particular, V loves: High concept stories that sneakily illustrate real issues (such as: feminism in any era, racial and/or cultural identity, LGBTQIA as a fact of life, niche club memberships, social ethics, etc.), romances that make you laugh out loud and deeply love–or love to hate–some of the characters, gender swapping and/or historical/mythical events retold from an unexpected perspective. Plotting and pacing are VERY important, but character development is MOST important.

V’s Thoughts on Romance: Preferably, romances should be realistic (none of that “love at first sight” malarkey, or zero-mutual-respect fauxmance. Lust at first sight…is realistic, let’s be honest.) Pro feminist and pro consent, pro gender role swapping. Bonus points for princesses rescuing knights–i.e. modern day heroines that inspire teenage girls to be more bada**.

V is not currently crazy about: YA dystopian, children’s picture books, poetry or screenplay/regular play–unless it’s a rock opera about Conan O’Brian’s hair, in which case YES. No erotica please, unless it’s also loosely based on Conan O’Brian.

Themes to avoid: controlling boyfriends (unless your story is clearly anti), werewolves, vampires or zombies (unless you’ve somehow found a new spin I haven’t seen), Mary Sue heroines (look it up), edge for the sake of edge, or characters who do things for reasons which psychology can’t explain.

Books V recommends for getting your manuscript submission ready:

  • ROCK YOUR PLOT and ROCK YOUR REVISIONS by Cathy Yardley
  • FIRE UP YOUR FICTION by Jodi Renner
  • SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne
  • CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM by Chuck Sambuchino

 

Veronica is always accepting MSWL submissions, even if she’s currently closed to unsolicited queries.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to query@corvisieroagency.com

Please query Veronica Park for #MSWL submissions using this form: https://querymanager.com/query/QueryVP/MSWL


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Humor, Journalism, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast of friends, dealing with non-vampire-related catastrophes with plenty of gallows humor and awkwardness.


My favorites include…

Huge fan of the following:

  • Girl power characters with bad attitudes like Faith, Eretria, Bo, etc.
  • Suzanne Brockmann, Linda Howard, Lisa Jackson, Tami Hoag style romantic suspense/romantic horror
  • Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Series (seriously though, when will the movie franchise happen?)
  • Neil Gaiman and William Goldman; in particular their matter-of-fact world building
  • Veronica Mars
  • Unorthodox procedurals based on lesser known fields (i.e. not the usual cop/lawyer/M.E. thing)
  • High-drama historicals like Turn: Washington’s Spies (in particular, anything cool and Colonial)

 

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