#SEACritterspub Agent Interview: Kaitlyn Johnson of the Corviserio Literary Agency


MAY, 2018

Welcome to the #SEACritterspub interviews, where we spotlight agents and editors looking for Asian literature and / or Asian authors! This week it’s Kaitlyn Johnson from the Corviserio Literary Agency!

Kaitlyn Johnson

Agency: Corviserio Literary Agency

Kaitlyn represents: Young Adult, Middle Grade, New Adult, Adult


What is #SEACritterspub? 

This is an initiative started by Hanna Alkaf, Gail Villanueva, and I (all currently living in Southeast Asia) to help Asian authors (both diaspora and living outside of the US) learn more about querying and finding agents in the US! Aside from showcasing agents actively seeking Asian rep, we also post tips, advice, and occasionally offer query / 1st page critiques!

Before proceeding: please familiarize yourself with what a query is and how it works, general etiquette that authors need to know before finding an agent, and other helpful guidelines. Check out the #SeaCritterspub category on this blog (also located on the right side of this interview!) for more details!

Now, onwards to the interview!

1. Is there any information about yourself that you think people might like to know (literary agent experience, hobbies, etc.)?

As well as being a junior agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, I’m also a freelance editor at my own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. I’ve written various articles for Writer’s Digest and had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. I’m a Florida girl and somehow found myself bounced from Cali to Boston and all the way back to the sunshine state, and I’m happy to be able to split my time between agenting, editing, and visiting theme parks.

2. Are there any specific Asian MS preferences you’re looking for (e.g., contemporary K-drama, Chinese martial arts fantasy, etc.) ?

I would love to see fantasy or historical fiction that draws from feudal/ancient Japan—along with fighting styles. Stories that find inspiration from the nature and traditions of Asian cultures, with in-depth worldbuilding. I’m definitely interested in dark, gritty fantasy worlds, but I would love to see contemporary storylines, as well as LGBT, where the teens or adults are finding their passion and fighting to pursue it.

3. What other things do you look for in a manuscript?

​- upper MG, YA, NA/A are her main interests

– Kaitlyn adores fantasy works (yes, that very much includes urban!) and time travel

– General Romance (erotic elements OK) and Contemporary Romance

– Historical Fiction: anything other than Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, Greek gods/myths

– Contemporary can grab her attention only if the concept is unique and well-executed

– LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all above genres

4. What are your submission guidelines?

Please use this query manager link to submit to Kaitlyn.

5. What are things people should remember when sending you queries? Any advice regarding what catches your attention / what turns you off?

Any advice regarding what catches your attention / what turns you off? Be sure to immediately tell me the genre, age category, and word count. I like knowing what I should be expecting going forward. The voice of your first pages is a big hook for me, so be sure I can really get sucked in to your character and world.


To view the full list of agents currently seeking Asian lit / rep, go to this Google doc!

Are you an agent or an editor who’d like to participate in these interviews? Drop me an email at rin.chupeco[at]gmail[dot]com!