Friday, February 1, 2013

Started the New Year with a Bang...or Two

If you are a friend and or follower, you may have noticed that things have been quiet for me on the social media front. The last few months have been not uneventful for me professionally and personally, and although I miss the buzz that comes with being in touch and in the spotlight, I have had a lot to focus on. So much has happened that if I had to fill you all in with this one blog post it would be quite a tome. So I'll start with a short post about my Agency and things that we are working on.

I founded the Corvisiero Literary Agency almost a year ago in March. Although it seems like I've been on my own forever, the last 11 months have been an incredible journey of growth. One never really knows what it's like to do something until they actually try. Just like swimming, having babies, jumping off an airplane, or even having sex... you never know what it feels like until you do it.

Well, running an agency is no different. Starting any business is a challenging task. And no matter how good you are at it, there is always room for learning and there is a lot of work to be done (it's a never ending fountain actually). I have been lucky however to have been joined by my L. Perkins awesome colleague Saritza Hernandez, as well as the wonderful ladies (Stacey Donaghy, Brittany Howard, Sarah Negovetich, et all.) that joined my staff, and most of whom became in integral part of my life. The Agency's success would not be the same without you. 

During this year we have fallen into our stride and have become incredibly strong. We are representing very talented authors and signed some great deals the past few months, some of which have wet ink on the contracts and haven't even been announced yet. We have grand things in the works. More to follow on these when I'm allowed to share, but for now lets say that we have some rising stars (Stacey Donaghy and Brittany Howard, shhh... wait for it.) on our hands who have made a significant impact.

Some of our success has been noted and our query inbox shows it- It's bursting at the seams! If you are one of the authors that sent us a query, fear not. This weekend some of the staff and I are having a QueryParty and we plan to make a huge dent on those numbers. We are meeting virtually on Saturday, and each of us is bringing our poison of choice (coffee, wine or whatever gets us going). We plan to have a blast in the process. Stay tuned to @corvisierolit and #queryparty as we tweet along and share our progress. I'll be tweeting as @mcorvisiero.

I will try to not stay away from my blog and other pages for long. I will be very focused on selling projects, attending conferences, scouting talent, and teaching workshops for the next few months, but I'll do my best to stay in touch.

Happy Writing!


  1. It takes three years for most new businesses to meet its stride. In less than a year, you have built an agency with some outstanding talent and rapidly growing prospects. Good luck with achieving your dream...Dean Sault

  2. Awesome Marissa that you've had such a great year. Looking forward to hearing all your good news.

  3. Great news and update. Can't tell you how very pleased I am that I signed with Stacey and Corvisiero Lit. Joe

  4. Congratulations on your first year with your agency, Marisa! The first year of any new venture is a huge learning curve, full of excitement and surprises. You're doing a fabulous job. I look forward to folowing your growth and successes.

    Thank you so much for giving us the LitPow forums! They are wonderful!

  5. Hope things continue to progress well and your agency's success, and that of the authors you represent, grows as well.

  6. Kudos on your success! I'm sure you spent some days banging your head against the wall. But headaches aside, a growing business is the best reward.
    CD Coffelt prowls at Spirit Called