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Ms. Marisa Corvisiero

Corvisiero Literary Agency

275 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10016



Website: www.corvisieroagency.com

Blog: thoughtsfromaliteraryagent.blogspot.com

Twitter: CorvisieroLit

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from AletheaStauron
Oct 14, 2018 4:28 pm


Thank you, Fj2018.
I hope it shines light on your success. Agents open the door where you would otherwise be unable to go. However, the author isn't suppose to go on vacation, stop the work and rest, or think they're finished. On the contrary, it's where the real work begins. There are many great stories out there that I, as a reader, will never hear about. These are, mostly anyway, from authors who just... well, stopped. This isn't the moment to go into silent mode. Publishing and the word LAUNCH means an author is propelled into a new realm of writing and advertising. There will be speaking engagements, opportunities with the writing associations you're a member with, tweets, blogs, vlogs, daily website updates, merchandising possibilities etc. The list only goes as far as the fight pumping in the writer's veins. YOU are the leading champion of your work and the agent is your major fighter chosen by you. Together you work as a team, but if you give up as a fighter your chosen champion can only go so far. This is the author's baby. Raise it, and it will grow.
from KBooye
Oct 14, 2018 12:37 pm


EQ: 10/14/18
New Adult/Paranormal
Online Form
89,527 words
from Fj2018
Oct 12, 2018 9:02 pm


Very helpful post, AletheaStauron.

Thank you.
from AletheaStauron
Oct 12, 2018 1:58 pm


Ms. Corvisiero received my query via form on her website on 10/07
Waiting on reply for 145k suspense, thriller, sci-fi.

While I wait, and I encourage y'all to do the same, get the mailing list together for pre-launching. Update your blogs, twitter, face-pages, and other social media memberships you're a part of. Maybe even become members with the slant of your author status. Clean your profiles of unwanted advertisements and do some networking with those you're linked to. Not pushy but letting people know you exist and are a positive individual. Make it easy on your future agent, will ya? Set-up your website or do your research for what website provider you'll use and supplies you'll need to accommodate visitors. Start marketing initiatives and pre-launch ideas for success.
You see, the thing is that agents know the business, but they can't do ALL the heavy lifting. Your books are, and will only be, as good as your continuing effort. Here's a tidbit for you guys. Fifty Shades of Grey was a self-published novel based on a fan fiction dialog for Twilight lovers. The writing was poor, BUT... the fan base was already there. She had done her marketing and became a success. She was an Indie author, y'all.
from LonWheels
Sep 28, 2018 1:00 pm


Queried via online submission comic fantasy 8/28/18, 102,500 words. Received form letter rejection by email 9/27/18, from Maria Heater, Literary Apprentice. However, their "form" rejection email is the most helpful I've come across, as well as kindly encouraging. It included quite a number of suggestions of sites to research about finding the right agent. I give them 5 stars for that!
from alisebradford
Sep 15, 2018 10:33 pm


EQ: 5/13/18
PR 17 days later
I conversed with Marisa via email about the controversy with one of her clients. She was super nice and professional and told me she loved my query and that my submission would be "the next thing [she] reads."
Nudged 3 months later. She hasn't even looked at it.
I submitted a full MS request for my #1 pick, so I'm praying things go well with her.
I wouldn't expect much from Marisa. She seems to promise a lot and then doesn't follow through. Just my two cents.
from ELRowe
Sep 14, 2018 12:14 pm


#DVPit Request from Kat Kerr, who isn't on QT: Apr 25
EQ: May 02 (took a little while to revise some stuff)
ER: May 07 Kat said it wasn't right for her list, but mentioned Marisa was interested and wanted me to query her.
FQ: May 07 As requested, I sent my query to Marisa
Accidentally withdrew query: Jul 9 (Long story) Felt stupid and thought this one was a wash.
Email from Cortney Radocaj, asking if I'd meant to withdraw my query, which they hadn't gotten to yet. I replied I hadn't, and thankfully, it was still in Marisa's inbox and they said it wasn't a problem: Jul 11
Nudged with Offer: Aug 08
FR: Aug 08, in which she said she loved the first few pages, requested the full, and suggested we communicate through her personal email from now on. She had some great pointers and advice for me, regarding my current offer. She also offered her legal expertise, when it comes to publishing contracts, even if she and I don't end up working together.
Nudged with Offer #2: Aug 17 Replied she'd get me an answer ASAP.
Never ended up hearing back from her, and now I've signed with an agent who's wonderfully responsive: Sep 10

Adult Fantasy w/ LGBTQIA characters
from KristenH
Sep 02, 2018 7:12 am


Eq 6/18/18 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 8/13/18 (Passed--no reason why)
from worddance
Aug 16, 2018 8:22 pm


PitMad Request 6/7

EQ subbed via form: 6/10/18 - 30 pages
ER: 816/18 (form reject)

YA Fantasy - 79,000
from Cashwinne
Aug 15, 2018 6:29 pm


EQ: 5/1/18
ER: 7/25/18 on the grounds that the manuscript wasn't complete. The intern mis-read my query letter, and rejected it. Emailed to let them know about the mistake.
PR: 7/25/18 from Kat Kerr.
ER: 8/15/18

80k (Complete) YA Urban Fantasy
from AprylBaker
Aug 08, 2018 9:45 pm


EForm: 8/8/18

YA Paranormal Romance
from fictionalpieces
Jul 31, 2018 1:35 pm


FQ: 3/29/2018
DVPit: 4/25/18 - partial request from Kat Kerr who I think is now handling my query/requests, but doesn't have a page.
FR: 5/2/18
R&R from Kat Kerr: 7/28/18
from Hulagirl
Jul 16, 2018 12:43 pm


EQ: 6/15/18
ER: 7/16/18
Historical Romance 89K

Thank you for submitting your query for MILLER'S COVE to Corvisiero Literary Agency for our consideration. Unfortunately, we're going to pass at this time, as we weren't able to get a feel for the stakes of your story and weren't hooked by your pages. We know you've put a lot of time and effort into your project, but do keep at it!

The publishing industry is very subjective, so what may not work for us could be just what another agent is looking for. We encourage you to continue your pursuit of publication. Keep honing your skills, learning about the industry, and always embrace a growth mindset.

Best Regards,

Cortney Radocaj
Agent Apprentice
Corvisiero Literary Agency
from duke_of_lilywhite
Jun 28, 2018 3:57 pm


EQ: 5-16-18
ER: 6-27-18

Thank you for submitting your query for GLITCH to Corvisiero Literary Agency for our consideration. Unfortunately, we're going to pass at this time, as we just didn't connect with the main character and weren't hooked by your beginning. We know you've put a lot of time and effort into your project, but do keep at it!

The publishing industry is very subjective, so what may not work for us could be just what another agent is looking for. We encourage you to continue your pursuit of publication. Keep honing your skills, learning about the industry, and always embrace a growth mindset.

Best Regards,

Cortney Radocaj
Agent Apprentice
Corvisiero Literary Agency
www.corvisieroagency.com
from goldygirl94
Jun 21, 2018 6:15 pm


Bad experience with this entire agency.

I signed with Jennifer Haskin and Marisa Corvisiero in December. Jennifer quit in early April, literally days before I was supposed to go out on submission. Marisa said she'd consider taking me on as her own client and needed a week to read my book. I said okay, and held off on querying other agents since our contract was still valid. Two months went by and I heard nothing. I sent several check in emails to Marisa and none of them got a response, not even the email I sent that said I was uncomfortable giving out an exclusive for this long with no guarantee that Marisa wanted to represent me. I finally checked Marisa’s recent sales and saw she doesn’t have many (except for digital romances, which isn’t my genre) so I decided to send one more email saying I was going to start querying other agents. Did I get a response? No.

Corvisiero has a high turnover rate in agents. Check out their website and you’ll see a bunch of clients who are still listed even though their agents are no longer active. It’s weird. And if you sign with another agent here and they end up quitting, like so many over the years have ended up doing, get ready for a frustrating, very silent process.

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