Veronica Park - Literary Agent / Marketing Consultant
Veronica Park is an agent, author, journalist and marketing consultant 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, 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. From editing to marketing and consulting on author platforms and campaigns, she's been fortunate enough to experience the publishing industry from a lot of different angles. At the end of the day, V believes there's nothing you can't accomplish with the 3 Ps: Persistence, Perseverance and a Positive Attitude.
Young Adult (particularly nonfiction at the moment), Adult (particularly Romance in all sub-genres) and Non-Fiction that is funny and/or centered upon current events and controversial issues. (Because real life is funny...and full of issues.) V not actively acquiring MG at this time.
In particular, V 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 re-imagining of classic mythology. Plotting and pacing are VERY important, but character development is MOST important. Strong voices are highly encouraged.
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 badass.
V is not currently crazy about: SF/F, children's picture books, poetry or screenplay/regular play--unless it's a rock opera about Conan O'Brian's hair, in which case YES. No erotica, please, unless it's also loosely based on Conan O'Brian.
Themes V tends to avoid: controlling boyfriends (unless your story is clearly anti), werewolves/shifters, 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. Please pay special attention to accurate, non-stereotypical representation in your diverse stories. #OwnVoices preferred, particularly for concepts dealing with issues unique to marginalized communities.
Books V recommends for getting your manuscript submission ready:
For fiction projects, V prefers to see your query letter, synopsis and 5 page sample uploaded to our automated Database. (This ensures quicker responses, which is better for everyone.) For nonfiction, please upload your pitch and a 10-30 page proposal which includes detailed information about your writing platform. (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. (Unsolicited queries sent by email will be deleted without response.) Thank you in advance for being professional, and following submission rules!
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. You can also browse for more detailed/current tastes by searching "MSWL" on her Twitter profile.