Veronica Park is a literary agent and marketing consultant with Corvisiero Agency.
She is also an author and journalist with more than ten years of experience writing and editing for publication.
She graduated with a BA in print journalism with an emphasis in linguistics and business marketing from Brigham Young University and went on to expand her writing skills as a broadcast journalist and independent film producer. In publishing, she has finally found an arena that requires her entire assortment of professional skills, while allowing her to read and write every single day.
Young Adult and New Adult:
— anything with a unique voice
— particularly romantic and/or LGBT at the moment
— likes YA horror
— open to many genres and areas
— particularly Romance in all sub-genres
— no science fiction or fantasy for adults
— seeks material that is funny and/or centered upon current events and controversial issues. (Because real life is funny…and full of issues.)
— emphasis on diversity, high concept ideas and graphic novels.
— She is taking pitches for picture books on behalf of co-agent Marisa Corvisiero. These pitches can for text-only submissions, or author-illustrator submissions.
In particular, Veronica loves: High concept stories that sneakily illustrate real issues (such as: feminism in any era, racial and/or cultural identity, LGBTQIA as a fact of life, niche club memberships, social ethics, etc.), romances that make you laugh out loud and deeply love–or love to hate–some of the characters, gender swapping and/or seriously twisted fairytale retelling. Plotting and pacing are VERY important, but character development is MOST important.
Thoughts on Romance: Preferably, romances should be realistic (none of that “love at first sight” malarkey, or zero-mutual-respect fauxmance. Lust at first sight…is realistic, let’s be honest.) Pro feminist and pro consent, pro gender role swapping. Bonus points for princesses rescuing knights–i.e. modern day heroines that inspire teenage girls to be more badass.
Themes to avoid: controlling boyfriends (unless your story is clearly anti), werewolves, vampires or zombies (unless you’ve somehow found a new spin I haven’t seen), Mary Sue heroines (look it up), edge for the sake of edge, or characters who do things for reasons which psychology can’t explain.