Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Post New Adult: Keeping up with Publishing Trends

The publishing world is an ever changing industry. It's a beast in itself with all of its rules, needs, and quirks. Yet this wonderful beast, like a magical being from a fantasy novel, morphs and acclimates with changing trends, economies, and demands.

As authors, agents, publishers, and readers, we must all know this beast as if it were our very own pet. We need to learn to nurture it, figure out what makes it tick, and how to satisfy it when it goes on a whim. 

Sometimes these whims however, aren't  just a hot trend like vampires and dystopian novels. Sometimes they are actually growth changes and demands that develop as markets grow and readers become more sophisticated. 

A few years ago, a cute young adult vampire novel was published Stephanie Meyers titled Twilight... you may have heard of it. Yes, of course you have! The book became a sensation, changing the way we look at Vampires for ever, and pretty much blowing the roof off the YA market.

This book became so popular that not only did it attract the attention of readers of all ages, something we started calling cross over, but it also inspired millions of people to write within the genre. 

Next thing you know, the genre became so saturated that

authors and publishers needed and wanted a 'little more'. Fans also became older, and wanted a little more in way of spice, or sexy, if you will. Everyone started pushing the envelope and writing and publishing these more mature novels... Still calling them YA cross over. 

Long story made short, we started calling these 'cross over novels' New Adult works, and targeting them to the age group that immediately follows Young Adult, ages 19-25. And even though many fought against it, and questioned it, it made complete sense. This, I think is brilliant actually, because this college age, often coming of age group has a huge readership. A readership that was being over looked, and often not properly targeted. (Including the age of the characters in descriptions and meta data just wasn't enough.) 

Readers this age want to read about people their age, and what they are experiencing, and be able to relate. I'm not saying that we don't all relate to different age groups, because many of us actually look for these reads and love them. I'm saying that there was this unmet need to make it easier for this age group to properly find great books about characters their age, and life events, or experiences and decisions that happen during those times. Now we can all easily find them when we want them. 

As wonderful as this all is, I personally feel that there is still a gap, very much like the picture to the right. The bridge is complete, but we don't quite see all of it. The gap represents a target age group of readers, and books with characters of the next age post New Adult, ages 26-30 maybe even 35, that isn't properly targeted.  Many books are shunned from the NA category if the main characters are even a year or so older, clumping them all from ages 26 and up into Adult books. This is especially true in the Romance genre where age matters quite a bit. So it seems to me that an important distinction is overlooked. In my opinion there should be at least a Post New Adult category for readers ages 26-30. 

Okay, okay so now I'm going to age myself, but I think that these were very important years. They are in ways still formative years. We often use the phrase "coming of age" to mean many things- finding oneself, discovering sexuality, finding their path, etc. But honestly, I think that many of us don't really come of age in a sense, or really truly find our calling, until we finish college and 'start our lives in the real world', meeting responsibilities, starting jobs, and really finally settling down. 

So what am I saying here? Basically, I think that we need to carve out the Post New Adult age group, ages 26-30, from the Adult category and distinguish these years to properly market them to the right readers. This will allow more mature content, which means more realistic coming-into-their-own experiences for characters; and stop boring that readers who are past college stories, relationships that are not likely to last, and give them realistic expectations of what its like to be that age in today's society (by realistic I don't mean do away with HEA... because we all still want that.) Maybe then, it will be easier to for them to find the right books for them, the sales for that age group will increase because they will be more satisfied, and perhaps we will even spare them reading about the two time divorce, or the mother sending her son off to college and falling for the kid's hot professor (someone please write this for me! lol), with whom they won't be connecting with for another few years. Believe it or not, it also works the other way. It will also be great for readers of other age groups to find these stories if they want them. I love to read Middle Grade and Young Adult books, which are clearly not my age group, but I love having the option of knowing where to look when I want them. 

Why do we need to do this? Some may argue that adults are adults, and we can't carve out all of the age groups and have so many categories... and that we are bottle-necking readers. I would wholeheartedly disagree with anyone who says this, because clumping books into the Adult category from ages 26 to 105 is just a bit TOO broad. I just see no reason why not organize our bookshelves provide more information to the market. 

I represent and consult with many YA and NA authors, and authors who just write for Adults. All of these authors enjoy the guidance of knowing their target market and their demands. They are all equally frustrated however, when they have a story for or about someone who is in the Post New Adult age group and they have to make the person younger or change the plot to make it fit into NA. Alternatively they have to just sell it as an Adult novel, and they worry that it will get lost in the shuffle, and often does, with all of the other more mature audience stories out there. 

I think that just in the same way we classify children's books into age groups, and for the same reasons that we have distinguished Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult from other age groups, we now also should separate Post New Adult and perhaps even the next age groups (Mature Adult) to enable readers to better find what they are looking for, to avoid pigeonholing authors to the New Adult category, or get their work lost in the proverbial haystack when labeling them all Adult. 

Since we have already started categorizing so many books by age, and have accepted New Adult as a category, I think that the flood gates are now open. Why not break down the rest of the Adult category accordingly and let readers and writers reap from the benefits. 

There of course will always be the hybrid books, and the out of the box plots that intentionally don't fit into just one category or genre. And that's perfectly great, and acceptable. I'm not suggesting that we categorize everything militantly. Not at all. I just like the organization and the benefits it provides.

I'm a huge fan of mixing genres and categories as applicable.  It's all good... as long as we properly describe what the book offers and for whom, so that the readers know exactly what they are getting and where to find it. So why not do it as a standard and organize the book shelves, instead impracticably of just skimming the surface with book descriptions. 

If PNA is set as a standard category, books can be properly shelved and metadata will be more efficient. This is also a lot less tacky and more efficient than including the heroine's age in the book jacket. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this! Please do share your comments. 

Happy Publishing!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gwen Jones' KISS ME, CAPTAIN Blog Tour

KISS ME, CAPTAIN is another brilliant upcoming release by the super fantastic Gwen Jones. I can't wait for this book to hit your shelves and readers. It has all the S's... Super, Sexy, Savvy and kinda Sweet. In short, a must read. And I don't just say that because Gwen is one of my clients at the Corvisiero Literary Agency and I love her, but because she is that good and everyone should be reading the French Kiss Series. So much more to come too... 

The book tour starts on August 18th and you can Pre-Order KISS ME, CAPTAIN now on Amazon.

French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there's a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he's got more important things to worry about … like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd's ship, she's sure her job is at stake. But she won't go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long … in fact, he's counting on it.

But Marcel's plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can't afford to lose.

Blog Tour Stops:
Aug 20th- Ramblings From This Chick- P/Exc
(Stop 2) Unwrapping Romance- P/Exc
Aug 21st- Book Liaison- P/Exc
Aug 22nd- What I'm Reading- Rev/P

Aug 25th- Christine's Words- GP/P
Aug 26th- Trina's Tantilising Tidbits- Promo
Aug 27th- Written Love- GP/P
Aug 28th- Busy Moms Book Reviews- Rev/P
Aug 29th- For the Love of Bookends- Rev/P

Sept 1st- Hot Guys in Books- P/Exc
Sept 2nd- Storm Goddess Book Reviews- Rev/P
Sept 4th- Undercover Book Review- Promo
Sept 5th- Save Your Money for Books- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Crystal Blogs Books- P/Exc

Sept 8th- Underneath the Covers- P/Exc
Sept 9th- Books with Leti Del Mar- Promo
Sept 10th- Manga Maniac Cafe- Int/P
(Stop 2) Harlequin Junkie- Int/P
Sept 11th- Deal Sharing Aunt- Promo
Sept 12th- Forever Book Lover- Promo

 Check it out now. I know you'll enjoy it. :)


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. 

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:


Tuesday, May 20, 2014


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.


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 ( 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.

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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.

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

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
Royalty per book sold
# of books to earn out
# of books to reach 5K
Revenue post earn out
Total revenue for 5K

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
Royalty per book sold
# of books to earn out
# of books to reach 1429
Revenue post earn out
 $          -  
Total revenue for 1429

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!