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.