Please review the Corvisiero Literary Agency website for detailed submission guidelines.
To send a query, please include my name “Cate” in the subject heading. I prefer a concise query letter, the first five pages and a brief 1-2 page synopsis attached as a Word .doc. Send all queries to query (at) corvisieroagency (dot) com. I do respond to all queries I receive in the order that I receive them. Because, as an author too, I believe in a personalized response, you can expect an answer in 6-8 weeks.
I do not ask for an exclusive, but please let me know if you have requests with other agents or are under consideration from an editor. And if at any time you receive an offer of representation or publication notify me.
There are hundreds of websites, online workshops and resources to help you create the best query. I highly recommend checking those resources out. Some of the top websites include :
QueryShark – Literary Agent Janet Reid’s query blog
Books Ends – unfortunately the Book Ends agents no longer blog, but the archives are full of excellent query letter advice
Daphne Unfeasible – Literary Agent Kate Testerman’s blog
PubRants – Literary Agent Kristen Nelson’s blog on queries, publishing, ect
The same is true for synopsis. There are dozen’s of online resources. When I read a synopsis, I am looking for tight plot development, character arcs, stakes, conflict and a satisfying resolution for your story. Don’t leave out the most important parts, but don’t include every minute detail. In essence, show me how your story matters and what sets it apart.
Your sample pages should be the first five of your manuscript. If you’re starting with a prologue, keep in mind is this the best place to start my story, am I introducing the main character, am I setting up the promise of the premise? If you answered no, rethink that prologue.