Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 28, 2019

Agent Kaitlyn Johnson

KAITLYN JOHNSON – Corvisiero Literary Agency

After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. As well as being an associate agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and has worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. She has written various articles for Writer’s Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.

Kaitlyn Manuscript Wish List Favorite 

As an Associate Agent with Corvisiero Literary Agency, Kaitlyn loves seeing contemporary from voices not already flooding our bookshelves, perspectives that not everyone can claim to be familiar with. She wants fantasy/urban fantasy from non-American/non-European myths and legends, paranormal relevant to the culture and plot. Her paranormal tastes fluctuate, but she’s dying for a great ghost story or ghost hunter story! Also, she’s totally interested in vampires (contemporary or historical) if you give her the humor and whimsy of What We Do In The Shadows. Give me historical from places we never hear of, battles and events and changes that shifted worldviews, but never make mainstream discussions. Reading of people completely unlike herself, in places she’d love to explore and learn of, captivates her.

Kaitlyn loves more LGBTQ+ storylines in all genres and ages. Especially MG and YA. People just being people and living life and not necessarily focusing on being forced to explain themselves. She loves enemies-to-lovers and blind dates and villain romances.

For some specifics, she’d love a gender-swap of Hercules retelling and an Atlantis retelling (yes, the freaking amazing movie version). A great ghost story from the ghost hunter perspective. Funny, witty contemporary romance that makes me laugh or heart-squishing romance the likes of Gayle Forman. She absolutely loves darker voices in YA if tackling mental health issues and she’d love to see MG take on some deeper themes (homelessness, foster homes, autism, racism, feminism, etc.). Kaitlyn is still looking for an amazing creepy mermaid/siren book as well as a Madame de Pompadour historical! Parent/teen dynamics like those in Easy A. A rom-com b/w workers in a house redesign or the client/contractor of that would be hilarious. She really is wanting contemporary, modern Wiccan, too, like with homes of hanging herbs and jars of remedies and cats!

Here’s a run-down of genres she wants in age groups:

MG – contemporary, historical, light sci fi, fantasy, paranormal, magical realism

YA – contemporary, historical, fantasy, contemporary romance, magical realism

Adult – contemporary romance, historical, fantasy, paranormal

She does NOT accept:

  • Nonfiction
  • Chapter/Picture Books
  • Horror/Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Novellas/Poetry/Short Story Collections
  • Stories heavily dependent on religious motives/events/themes
  • Stories heavily dependent on rape, drug or physical abuse
  • Stories focusing on Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, or Greek gods/myths

At the end of the day, though, she just wants great writing! Lyrical, literary, commercial—if the voice is strong, She’ll take a look. You may just surprise her!

Fun facts about Kaitlyn:

  • She has a calico cat named Keiko and a gray tabby named Nilly who often star on my Twitter feed
  • She LOVES pickles, especially fried
  • While she can’t drink red ones (damn tannins),she’s always happy with a full wine glass or a whisky ginger
  • Karaoke Queen

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Corvisiero Literary Agency utilizes Query Manager for all submissions. To query me, please be sure to follow this link and fill out all mandatory blanks (she requires a query, synopsis, and first five pages). Submit here: 

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Talk tomorrow,



  1. Great information. Life resembles a novel. It’s loaded up with anticipation. You have no clue about the thing that will occur until you turn the page. Thanks for sharing.


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