iWriterly Video: Literary Agent Interview: Kaitlyn Johnson | When to Query & the Realities of Submission

Literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency answers our questions on:

  • An overview of what a typical day looks like as a literary agent
  • What an editorial agent is
  • How many clients are agents acquiring each year and how it differs between established and up-and-coming agents who are looking to build their lists
  • What goes into the decision to represent an author
  • At what point do agents determine if a book is ready and want to offer representation
  • What things are agents willing to work on with writers (editorially) prior to submission and what should writers have done/polished in advance of querying
  • How much does author platform play into an agent’s decision to represent an author OR a publisher’s decision to take on their book
  • Author platform essentials
  • Submission: How agents prepare, what materials they send and when, communication styles, how many editors they submit to at a given time, and more
  • What to do when it looks like a manuscript won’t be picked up during submission
  • How involved are agents in the creation of a new manuscript
  • Defining success for a literary agent




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 a junior 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.

For #mswl listings and writerly life thoughts, feel free to check out her Twitter, @kaitylynne13.





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