Monday, June 2, 2014

MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson #NewBookRelease

If you haven't already heard, tomorrow is book release day for MAKE IT COUNT, book 1 in the Bowler University Series by the sweet, funny, and oh so talented Megan Erickson. She is, of course, one of my brilliant clients at the Corvisiero Literary Agency

We are all super excited about this book released by William Morrow Impulse, Harper Collins, and edited by the equally brilliant Amanda Bergeron. It is everything a New Adult novel should be. Throw in a great plot, humor, clever unique voice, well developed characters, and a super hot nerd, and you've got a #MustReadBook

I love the sexy male MC, Alec, who I guarantee will be trending as #NerdIsTheNewBlack... The female MC, Kat, is a beautiful young woman who has a learning disability that has gone undiagnosed until she is close to flunking out of college. For many personal reasons I really connected with Kat, and Megan's voice. I love everything about this book, and yes, the HEA. I know you will too. 

MAKE IT COUNT
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec...who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back...But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction. 
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.


Megan's social media links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Thanks! 
~Marisa


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Congratulations!

The Corvisiero Literary Agency is a boutique agency with it's principal office on Madison Avenue, New York City. We have 5 Literary Agents (Saritza Hernandez, Doreen McDonald, Sara Negovetich, Cate Hart, and I of course) who were mostly promoted from within on effort. 

Every few months we take on some interns to help us with the workload. In return we offer them knowledge about the industry and hands on experience. Sometimes during this rotation of interns we find a diamond in the rough and we just want to hold on to them, polish them up, and make them shine. 

During the last stint, we were fortunate enough to have found three interns whose effort and aptitude was unsurpassable. They were shinny all on their on. So we have decided to keep them on board as Agent Apprentices and offer them as much training as possible to prepare them for Agenting in today's world of Publishing. 

Please join me in congratulating Ella Kennen, Charlene Minaya, and Jana Playto and welcoming them on board. Keep an eye on these ladies, because they are starting to build the client lists. Take a look at our website to review their profiles (titles yet to be updated) and find them on Social Media. Stalking is encouraged... in a healthy way.  

Also, we would like to congratulate Samantha Bremekamp on her promotion to Junior Agent! Samantha has been with the agency for a long time in her capacity as a reader, then intern, then apprentice and is now a full fledged Jr. Literary Agent. Samantha will be opening to queries shortly. So stay tuned!

I will also take this opportunity to thank these ladies and the entire #Corvisieroteam for being so fantastic, for your dedication, and hard work. You're superstars! 

 
We are now in the process of reviewing hundreds of Literary Intern Applications and interviewing candidates for the Summer. New interns will be announced as invitations are made and accepted, and our website will be updated accordingly.

~Marisa

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes

Best Selling Author and Founder of the Annual On-Line Auction for a Cure for Diabetes, Brenda Novak is at it again. This is her 10th annual public auction and it's bigger than ever!! 

Of course, I'm am participating again by donating time and services. The Corvisiero Literary Agency is hosting it's own category this year. All of the Agents at the agency are offering multiple donations from query and manuscript critiques to live consultations. The category is Romance - YA, NA, Romance, Womens' Fiction and Erotica. But many of the services do transfer over to other genres. Please take a look at our donations listed on Brenda's foundation page and register to make a bid. The auctions begins on May 1st

Aside from our donations there are literally thousands of fantastic prizes for anyone, not just readers and writers. So be sure to go take a gander! You won't be disappointed. 

From Brenda's Page...

I'm so excited about what we have planned for 2014. This is our big ten-year anniversary, and I hope to make the auction bigger and better than ever. Please join with me by donating a good or service we can put up for auction, helping to spread the word through Facebook, Twitter or email, or shopping when the auction opens May 1st (in order to be a shopper, please register now so that you'll get the information you need before the auction goes live). Almost everything will start at just $3--and all the proceeds will go to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute, which is doing some phenomenal work. There are so many people whose lives are affected by this terrible disease--it's one of our deadliest. So let's join together and see it become a thing of the past.

Thanks so much to all those who have participated in previous years. Many of you have been with me since the very beginning--and together we've raised over $2 million. That's a figure I never dreamed we'd reach. I'm proud of that, but our work isn't done yet.

All of our previous donors have been contacted and we're receiving fabulous donations, but if you're new and would like to participate, we'd love to include you. For more information, or, if you haven't received your email from us, please email Anna (tinkabela776@gmail.com) and she'll get you all set up.

If you're a shopper, make sure you're checking back frequently and making your wish list as thousands of items will be going up between now and May 1st. We'll be offering something for everyone, from writers to readers to collectors to shopping enthusiasts.
Social media will be playing a HUGE role in the auction this year, so please make sure you're following us on Twitter (see below) and that you have LIKED us on FACEBOOK (see top left). You never know when we'll be offering prizes--or where they'll be announced (hint, hint).

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my co-sponsors:
MJ Rose and Authorbuzz
Newly Published Author Teri Riggs
Writer's Digest
Bestselling Author Jenna Black (in memory of Merle Arnold Clark)
Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti
Award-Winning Author K.M. Daughters
Pierce Mattie Communications, Inc.
Publisher’s Weekly
RT Book Review Magazine

Some Important Information You Should Know: Shipping inside the United States is covered by the donor unless otherwise specified on the individual item page. (Thank you, donors!!) Buyer will pay shipping costs for anything that must be mailed out of the country.
Payment: We accept Paypal and all major credit cards.
Follow along on Twitter: @bnovakauction
Follow for the latest updates and news: #bnda

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ALL PROCEEDS from the purchase ofA SWEET LIFE will go directly to research.

On Sale
May 1st
for only $2.99!
 
PRE-ORDER YOURS NOW!





Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Release: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T by Linda J. Parisi

Our Linda J. Parisi released a wonderful book titled Damned if you Don't this week. I would love it if you could check it out and pass the word. 

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Kent’s on the hunt for white collar criminals, and as a private investigator he always gets his man. Except in this case it’s a woman, the brilliant cellular kineticist Dr. Morgan Mackenzie, whose next thrilling discovery is--him. 

On the run from her employers with the formula for a priceless but deadly diet drug, Morgan agrees to a night of pleasure with the outrageously sexy stranger. But when she leaves the next morning, Jack won’t let her get far, and that’s when she realizes horrible truth. Her cowboy on a white horse isn’t a hero after all. He’s part of the posse. 

Yet when Jack goes to turn Morgan in, he learns who the real criminals are, and suddenly, it’s a race against time to find a murderer before they’re killed themselves. To do that Jack needs to convince Morgan he’s on her side. Even though she doesn’t trust him, Jack is a drug she can’t resist, leading her to find out that more often than not you're Damned If You Don't fall in love.

My Idea of the Perfect Cast ;)




Blog Tour Stops:

Once Upon A Crush Book Blog (Michelle has co-hosted the tour and deserves some serious recognition!) – 3/12/2014
Rose and Beps Blog – 3/13/2014
Caribbean Accent Book Reviews – 3/13/2014       
Inside Stone – 3/13/2014
Zee Books Blog – 3/14/2014
All Booked Out – 3/15/2014
The Literary Melting Pot (also posted here) – 3/17/2014
Drue's Random Chatter – 3/18/2014
Hooker Heels Book Blog – 3/18/2014
Amazeballs Book Addicts – 3/19/2014
Amazeballs Book Addicts – 3/21/2014
Booktalk with Eileen – 3/22/2014
Write from the Heart – 3/23/2014
FicWishes – 3/24/2014
All in a Book – 3/25/2014
Fike's Book Blog – 3/25/2014
Fabulous and Fun – 3/26/2014
Book Boyfriend Hangover – 3/27/2014
I Am, Indeed – 3/27/2014
Nerd Girl – 3/27/2014
Real Talk, Book Talk – 3/28/2014
Booked Every Night – 3/28/2014
Sizzling Hot Books – 3/29/2014
Pinky's Favorite Reads – 3/31/2014
Ms. ME28 – 4/1/2014
Endless Reading – 4/1/2014
Beauties and the Book – 4/2/2014
Sweets Books – 4/2/2014
The Book Cellar – 4/3/2014
Becky on Books – 4/3/2014
One More Chapter– 4/4/2014
Verna Loves Books – 4/4/2014
Book Review Mama – 4/5/2014
Erotica Book Nymphos – 4/5/2014
BeanieBrain Reader – 4/5/2014
Bex 'n' Books – 4/6/2014
The Jeep Diva – 4/7/2014
Steph's Sweet Reads – 4/8/2014
Busy Moms Book Reviews – 4/9/2014
Love Us Some Books – 4/9/2014
Paulette's Papers – 4/10/2014
Two Sassy Chicks – 4/10/2014
The Book Nuts – 4/10/2014
Relaxed Reads – 4/11/2014
Book Worms – 4/11/2014
Orchard Book Club – 4/12/2014


Let multi-published author Linda J. Parisi take you through the darker, spicier side of Romance with her Paranormal, Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Suspense tales. Awarded the New Jersey Romance Writer's Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble Blood; and winner of the 4th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest for her novel, The Joining: Bound by Blood, Ms. Parisi knows that a unique voice and a dash of heat will help spice up your work and get it noticed. A long time member of RWA, board member of NJRW, board member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, as well as a Craft and Industry Instructor for Literary Powerhouse Consulting, Linda has seen the publishing industry turn upside down yet stay the same because everyone loves a well written Romance.

Find Linda

I hope you read this book and share with your friends. 
Thanks for your support!
~Marisa 








Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DO THE MATH: Choosing a Publishing Deal

This post is Not about Megan Erickson's soon to release novel DO THE MATH. It is a post about why authors need to Do The Math when considering publishing deals. Far too many authors are unaware of the fact that the Publishing Model has changed significantly. Advances are not what they used to be, unless you're a Best Selling author or have a huge platform; and that even the top 5 publishing houses now have e-imprints that offer no advance at all. 

Many authors get hung up on the traditional publishing mode and can't accept the fact that a contract may be a great deal even if the advance isn't what they expected. Unfortunately it sounds to me like no one is doing the math. Sarah Negovetich, of Corvisiero Literary Agency, just posted a wonderful post about Authors needing to learn math. I loved her post so much that I've 'borrowed part of it'. To see her full post and her other musings click on her name.

Sarah Negovetich Wrote:
"In publishing, you can't take anything for granted. There are no guarantees or absolutes. So, it's no wonder that the idea of an advance is the jewel in the corner of every writer's eye. If you haven't dreamed of announcing a six-figure advance on Publisher's Marketplace then you're lying. Who wouldn't want cash money in the bank that's yours to keep no matter what crazy winds blow in the book world?

But if you've been paying attention, you know that the big advance is not all that common anymore, especially in the growing segment of small to mid-sized independent presses. Of course, the trade off is usually a higher royalty rate. The question then becomes, which one is the better deal? And this, my right-brained creative friends, is why all writers still need to know math.

It's important to understand your earning potential when considering contracts. Before you ask your agent to push for a bigger advance, you should know what you're really asking for. You might be surprised to know that taking a smaller advance in exchange for a higher royalty rate is usually going to be the better way to go.



And just in case you don't believe me, I've done the math for you.

Let's take a look at two different options. In option A the publisher is offering a $1000 advance and 7% in royalties. In option B the publisher is offering only a $500 advance but is willing to give a 10% royalty rate. For this example we are assuming a $10 cover price because that makes all the numbers nice and neat.


You can see that because of the difference in royalty rates, it will take much longer to earn out the advance in offer A, 1429 books versus only 500 in option B. If we assume the author can sell 5K books with their first print run, the total royalty earnings for option B are $1500 more than option A. That number will only continue to increase as additional books are sold. 


Offer A
Offer B

Assume $10 cover price
Royalty Calculation
7%*$10.00
10%*$10.00
Royalty per book sold
   $0.70
                $1.00
# of books to earn out
1429
500
# of books to reach 5K
3571
4500
Revenue post earn out
  $2,500.00
 $4,500.00
Total revenue for 5K
 $3,500.00
 $5,000.00




Now, let's say the author can't sell 5K books. Would it be worth it to take the higher advance if the author was only able to earn out?



Offer A
Offer B

Assume $10 cover price
Royalty Calculation
7%*$10.00
10%*$10.00
Royalty per book sold
 $0.70
 $1.00
# of books to earn out
1429
500
# of books to reach 1429
0
929
Revenue post earn out
 $          -  
 $929.00
Total revenue for 1429
 $1,000.00
 $1,429.00


The answer: No. Even if the author is only able to sell enough books to earn out the advance, they still would have made more revenue with the higher royalty.

Now, obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into this. The cover price, the difference in the royalty rates, and the difference in the advance. However, in most cases, the higher royalty is the way to go."


After reading Sarah's post you're either saying 'I knew that', in which case kudos to you! Or you are surprised to actually see how the numbers work out. But some of you may be wondering if this makes sense at all if you don't get an advance, or if the numbers are larger... 



To that I say Do the Math! and see what works out. If you want to play around with some figures Sarah created a "handy dandy Contract Revenue Calculator for you to plug it all in. Just enter the royalty rate, advance, cover price and anticipated book sales. The worksheet will automatically calculate the number of books you need to sell to earn out and the total anticipated revenue.

I realize math isn't the most fun subject for a lot of people, but as an author, you are also a business owner whether you go with a traditional publishing house or go it alone. You need to know what you are worth, how much you should be making and when a bird in the hand is not actually better than the two in the bush." (Sarah Nego Writes)


And since I couldn't have said it better myself, I'll leave you with that! 

Happy Computing! 
~Marisa