Agent profiles


Literary agent Marisa A. Corvisiero, Esq. will be participating in both the Baltimore and DC events.

Marisa the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency and its Senior Literary Agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L. Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant and an Attorney practicing law for over twelve years in New York City.

Marisa is seeking: romance and women’s fiction, thrillers and adventure, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and any combination thereof for adults, new adults, young adult and middle grade. In nonfiction she enjoys business, environmental, mainstream science, self improvement, and parenting.

Ms. Corvisiero is also the founder of The Corvisiero Law Practice, P.C. Since the law firm’s inception, it has achieved incredible success and growth, and continues on its high-speed trajectory towards excellence. The firm now provides assistance in a number of practice areas as a comprehensive package of legal services for existing and new clients.

Ms. Corvisiero has held positions in several law firms and companies since 1995 in different capacities. In such positions, she has attained the knowledge and experience necessary to properly and dynamically represent her clients. These stellar firms and companies include Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, a top global law firm; Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, a white shoe boutique law firm; and Avaya, Inc., a fortune 500 telecommunications company among several distinguished others.

Ms. Corvisiero received her Bachelors in Business Administration in International Business and Marketing from Hofstra University in 1995, where she was the President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Chapter, and the President of the Pre Law Society during her last year. Ms. Corvisiero received her Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 2000, and earned Pace University School of Law’s prestigious International Law Certificate for her studies in International Law. During her legal studies, she held several Board positions on the Student Bar Association, where she was also the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, the Chair of the Social Committee, and the Co-Editor of the Pace University School of Law Year Book in 1999 and 2000.

Ms. Corvisiero is licensed to practice in New York State, and has been in good standing for the duration of her admission to the Bar. She belongs to the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

She is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and has some working knowledge of Portuguese and Japanese.


Literary agent Jeff Kleinman is one of the founders of Folio Literary Management, LLC. (He will be meeting with writers and evaluating first pages at the DC event.)

In his own words: “I wanted to establish an agency that is forward-thinking and able to offer services that “traditional” literary agents don’t provide, so in 2006 I joined with my partners to establish Folio. I represent projects with unique voices, strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective on something I thought I already knew or never dreamed existed. I’ve spent a great deal of my life in an eclectic academic setting: I have a B.A. in Modern Studies from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Italian from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I serve as a member of the Advisory Council for the Writer House in Charlottesville, Virginia and the Advisory Board for the Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program.”

Two of his most well known projects are Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain (HarperCollins), which is a New York Times bestseller and international bestseller; and Robert Hicks’ The Widow of the South (Grand Central), a New York Times bestseller.

For fiction, he is seeking: For fiction, he primarily seeks literary fiction, and mainstream/upmarket fiction.Because he leans toward literary works, he also represents literary thrillers, literary suspense, literary legal fiction, and literary historical. To be even more specific, here are some subject areas he enjoys with literary and mainstream fiction:

  • “Upbeat subjects. I avoid “misery memoirs” and books about terrorists bent on destroying civilization.”
  • “Inspiring (but not Christian/inspirational!) stories. Books that celebrate some aspect of life, or inspire people to try harder and work more. This doesn’t mean “inspirational books” (which tend to have a more religious slant, and would be better suited to other agents at Folio) – but I do like well-written, solid stories that inspire and charm me to try to do better and be a better person.”
  • “History has always been a passion, so I’m on the lookout for something that brings the past to life and makes it relevant.”
  • “Animals are another interest: I grew up in a house that had a lot of animals underfoot, so not surprisingly I find myself doing a lot of animal-oriented books today.”

He is not seeking: “I do not represent Children’s, Young Adult, Christian, Poetry, or genre commercial fiction (Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, Westerns, Mysteries, and/or romances), or Prescriptive (“How to”) Travel books; nor do I represent original plays, teleplays, or screenplays.”

For nonfiction, he is seeking: His interests are divided into two areas: “narrative” (a nonfiction story) and “prescriptive” (“how-to”):

Narrative: “I’m particularly interested in narrative nonfiction, and have sold projects in a wide variety of subjects. Some of my areas of particular interest include animals (especially equestrian, but certainly dogs and exotics, too), art, biography, business, crime, espionage, health, history, humor, memoir, military, nature.”

Prescriptive: “I’m particularly interested in parenting (for instance, I’ve done books about dealing with your kids in cyberspace, toddlers, pregnancy, Alzheimer’s, overweight kids, and a bunch of others) health and fitness, psychology, pop-culture, self-help, celebrity books, pets, some business, and other unique, intriguing subjects.”


Dr. Jamie Bodnar Drowley is a literary agent who comes to Inklings Literary Agency from Corvisiero Literary Agency. (She will be meeting with writers and evaluating first pages at the DC event.)

She has been selectively building her client list. Jamie is an author and a long time critique partner/editor, with a keen eye for detail. In her other life she is an orthodontist, Air Force veteran, military spouse, mother of three, and animal lover.

In New Adult fiction, she is interested in romance (all subgenres), fantasy (urban fantasy, light sci-fi, steampunk), mystery and thrillers. In Children’s fiction, she is seeking Young Adult (all subgenres) and Middle Grade stories that make her laugh and are imaginative with a clear voice.

Most importantly, she loves strong characters with distinct voices and unique story lines that stay with her long after she is finished reading.

Jamie is an active member of RWA, YARWA, and SinC. Find her on Twitter.

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.54.50 AMLiterary agent Ella Kennen of Corvisiero Literary will be attending both the Baltimore and DC events. (Note that previously she was listed as Baltimore only, but she has since said she would like to meet writers at both events.)

Ella is a nomad courtesy of the US Air Force. She’s lived here, there, and everywhere and done this, that and the other. She’s always on the lookout for new things – in the real world or on the page.

She is seeking: She loves graphic novels and the whole gamut of children’s books (picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult). She’s also interested in a wide range of nonfiction – anything that helps people understand themselves and their world better.

Ella’s favorite books leave her a bit shaken at the end – not necessarily because they’re emotionally wrought (though they can be), but because they are such thorough world-builders, with such real characters, that it’s hard to transition back to the real world when they’re over.

An experienced editor who came to Corvisiero from a publishing house, Ella loves working one-on-one with writers to help mold their manuscripts into the best possible stories. When she’s not busy interning, she works at Rate Your Story, a service that helps writers make sure they’ll stand out of the slush pile before they submit. She also teaches drama and creative writing to school-aged kids.

Ella also has a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which means she likes to think about how to make systems run smoothly and efficiently.

Find her on Twitter here.

41497_642576666_7051_nLiterary agent Laura Strachan will be participating in the Baltimore workshop.

She established her own agency in 1998 when she was looking for a way to combine her lifetime love of books and good writing with her background as a licensed attorney.

She is a current member of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars, as well as the Author’s Guild, and was cited in the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine as one of “21 Agents You Should Know.”

Strachan Literary Agency is interested in strong, quality narrative writing, whether fiction or nonfiction: compelling stories, well told. Captivate us. Intrigue us. Tell us about things we’ve never known, or tell us about something we do know in a new and different way.”

Fiction: Primarily literary fiction and upmarket commercial. In general no genre fiction, however will consider fiction with crossover potential if beautifully written.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, including memoirs and travel writing. Will consider other nonfiction projects if quirky or interesting.  Particularly interested in “single subject” books (think SALT, or COD, or MAUVE, etc.)

Children’s: High quality young adult or middle grade fiction. (No picture books.)

What she doesn’t handle:

— Most genre fiction (romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers) unless highly literary
— Children’s picture books
— Poetry
— Screenplays

Find her on Twitter.

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Literary agent Leon Husock will be taking pitches at the DC workshop.

Prior to joining the L. Perkins Agency, Leon was an associate agent at Anderson Literary Management. He has a BA in Literature from Bard College and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Leon is actively building his client list.

He has a particular interest in science fiction & fantasy, young adult and middle-grade novels filled with strong characters and original premises, but keeps an open mind for anything that catches his eye. He is also looking for historical fiction set in the 20th century, particularly the 1980s or earlier.

He is also open to hearing pitches on behalf of other agents at his agency, for the following genres: new adult, romance, paranormal romance, dark literary and commercial fiction, erotica, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, and historical fiction.

He is not interested in nonfiction pitches.

Follow him on Twitter: @leonhusock

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 11.55.52 AMEditor Bruce Bortz will be attending the Baltimore workshop.

He is the editor and founder of Bancroft Press, a specialty press that seeks any genre of book as long as it is exceptionally well written. (No poetry or short story collections, please.) He chooses his projects very carefully, and has published books by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Steinbach, acclaimed and best-selling novelist Stephen Hunter, and even Bill O’Reilly, who anchors the #1 news program on cable TV today. Learn more about Bruce here.

Before founding Bancroft Press, Bruce Bortz, as top editor, helped build Baltimore’s The Daily Record into one of the country’s best legal and business daily newspapers. He was a major staffer in William Donald Schaefer’s successful campaign for Maryland governor in 1986. He started his own newsletter on Maryland government and politics, and spun off reference books profiling legislators from Maryland to Pennsylvania, from Florida to New York. For his continuing obsession with book publishing, he blames famed writer/movie director Barry Levinson—Levinson optioned Bancroft’s very first book, Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor by C. Fraser Smith (1992), the first of twelve such Bancroft movie and television options to date. Although he has a vibrant practice as a literary and entertainment lawyer, literary agent, and contract book editor, Bortz still considers book publishing his noblest profession, albeit his most frustrating. As of 2014, he has published approximately eighty-five books, in virtually every genre, from Young Adult Fiction to memoir and history. He is at work on one himself, tentatively titled, Why You Don’t Want to Be a Small Press Book Publisher.

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 1.13.20 PMLauren Sharp, a literary agent, will be attending the DC workshop.

She worked for the DC-based agency Sagalyn/ICM for three years, prior to which she worked with the Ross Yoon Agency, after earning her Masters degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently an agent with Kuhn Projects.

She is seeking: In fiction, she’s on the lookout for literary fiction as well as thrillers (political, legal, and/or tech-centric). In nonfiction. she’s interested in great writing about politics, history, current affairs, science, and sports.




Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 1.12.09 PMLiterary agent Cynthia Kane of Capital Talent Agency will be participating in the DC workshop.

About Cynthia: “I’ve been involved in the publishing industry for more than ten years. I have worked as a development editor for different publishing houses and individual authors and have seen more than 100 titles to market. I worked with Michael Gross, New York Times best-selling author, as a researcher on 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building and Rogues Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum. I have also written for national and international publications and have served as a writing instructor at the Writopia Lab in Washington, DC, and have run several writing workshops at public libraries in the area and Politics & Prose Bookstore. I received my B.A. in Literature from Bard College and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

“The new literary division of Capital Talent Agency is a wonderful home for authors who are looking for a supportive and hands-on agency. We want nothing more than to see our authors achieve their dreams, and we do everything we can to make that happen.”

She is seeking: young adult, children’s, nonfiction, memoir, commercial fiction (but no science fiction or fantasy).

Screen shot 2014-12-17 at 10.30.48 PMJordy Albert is a Literary Agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She will be participating in both the DC and Baltimore workshops.

She holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys studying languages (French/Japanese), spends time teaching herself how to knit, is a HUGE fan of Doctor Who, and loves dogs. Find her on Twitter @bluedragonfly81, and check out her blog:

She is looking for stories that capture her attention and keep her turning the page. She is looking for a strong voice, and stories that have the ability to surprise her. She loves intelligent characters with a great sense of humor. She would love to see fresh, well-developed plots featuring travel, competitions/tournaments, or time travel. Jordy is looking for:

— Romance (contemporary, New Adult, erotica, or historical–soft spot for Regency).
— Young Adult: Open to pretty much any genre; however, she’s looking especially for YA that has a very strong romantic element.
— Middle Grade (action/adventure, contemporary).


Literary agent Alec Shane of Writers House majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House, where he worked under Jodi Reamer and Amy Berkower on a large number of YA and Adult titles. Twitter handle: @alecdshane.

He is seeking: Alec is now aggressively building his own list. On the nonfiction side, Alec would love to see humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. “What I’m looking for in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG). What I’m not looking for: Romance (paranormal or otherwise), straight sci-fi, high fantasy, picture books, self-help, women’s fiction, food, travel memoir.”





































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