Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 29, 2020

Marisa Corvisiero – Corvisiero Literary Agency

Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, an attorney, and our Senior Literary Agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L. Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant, Speaker, Author and an Attorney practicing law with a focus on Corporate Law and Estate Planning in New York City.

Marisa will judge each story not just on the writing, but also with an eye toward finding creative stories with well developed plots and rich characters with unique voices.

For Adults she will consider Romance, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, or any combination thereof.

In Romance she is specifically looking for Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedies, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance with angsty and sexy plots where both characters are very well formed with their own issues or shortcomings, and an overall creative obstacle they need to overcome to reach that happily ever after.  Heat level can vary from Hallmark Sweet to Chocolate Havanero Pepper Hot. However, the language, details, and plot must be suitable for each heat level and the market the story is targeting. I.e. Hallmark sweet will need toned down language and situations; whereas a super hot story can use more crude and direct language; and have explicit or graphic situations.

For Middle Grade and Young Adult she likes character driven stories with humor or grit, and very unique concepts in Fantasy, Adventure, and Science Fiction in any time period and setting with authentic and standout voices. Issue and event driven stories, still need well formed and relatable or redeemable characters. Looking for intimate character driven plots with unique voices a la Thorne of Glass (YA) and Jed and the Junkyard War (MG).

She seeks Picture Books with special stories to deliver a subtle non didactic message, with unforgettable characters that have special value. (Illustrations not needed.)

She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, space, science, magic, superpowers, marginalized voices, conspiracies, and special relationships themed stories. She is a fan of heavy science and high concept, high stakes, out of the box plots. Marisa likes to be surprised by unexpected twists (as they should be). She enjoys the challenge of figuring out villains who have logical motives that give them a good reason for being who they are and seeking what they seek, and when the morality line is blurred enough to make the reader wonder who is actually in the right.

In non-fiction, she seeks well focused books in spiritualism, self-improvement, science, business and cookbooks. This includes non fiction books especially science, finance and cookbooks for kids! Although these are her interests, her acquisitions are not limited to these topics. Marisa is always looking for new and amazing concepts that will add new and unique information, visions, levels or other value to their respective fields. Significant platforms preferred.

Submission Guidelines
Marisa prefers that you submit your query letter, a 1-2 page synopsis (double spaced), and the first 5 pages of your complete and polished manuscript, by uploading everything to our Electronic Database. The link and the button below will bring you directly to the form for completion and uploading. Please be sure to follow the instructions and complete all of the required boxes. Picture book submissions require the full manuscript. Illustrations are not necessary. Non-fiction projects require a proposal.  Your submission should include links to your social media profiles. An author platform isn’t always a requirement, but we do like to see that you are working toward creating a following of readers for your work, and brand recognition.

E-mailed, paper, or  faxed submissions will NOT be reviewed and will be deleted. Please DO NOT query Marisa via her direct agency email unless specifically requested to do so. Thank you!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for this, Kathy!


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