Veronica Park - Junior Literary Agent / Marketing Consultant
Veronica Park is an agent, author, journalist and marketing consultant with more than seven 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, before running away with her husband to work on cruise ships in the Caribbean as a port lecturer and luxury goods marketing specialist. 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.
YA/NA (anything with a unique voice, but especially Contemporary), Adult (Commercial, Romance, and Romantic Suspense) and Non-Fiction that is funny and/or centered upon current events and controversial issues. (Because real life is funny...and full of issues.)
In particular, V loves: Dark, edgy YA/NA that deals with real issues, 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. YA literary fiction is her favorite, as long as it sounds like real people are really talking. (The grittier, the better.)
V's 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 bada**.
V is not currently crazy about: SF/F, Women's Fiction, children's picture books, middle grade, poetry or screenplay/regular play--unless it's a rock opera about Conan O'Brian's hair, in which case YES. 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.
Books V recommends for getting your manuscript submission ready:
Please query Veronica Park by emailing email@example.com and putting "Attn: Veronica Park - Query - [BOOK TITLE]" in the subject line. V prefers to see your query letter, synopsis and 15-20 page sample pasted into the body of the email. For bonus points, include links to your social media profiles in your email signature, and a brief description of your writing career goals.
Please DO NOT query Veronica via her personal agency email unless specifically requested to do so. Thank you!
These days you can easily find V using Google, because she has written freelance articles all over the web, in addition to working in many professional capacities in the television, publishing and marketing industries.