Veronica Park - Junior 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.
YA (anything with a unique voice, but particularly romantic and/or LGBT 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.) Also, Middle Grade (MG) with a particular emphasis on diversity, high concept ideas and graphic novels.
For Fall 2017: GIVE ME YA HORROR. Think Lovecraft, Gaiman, Koontz, but not too much gore. Creepy is the key, children.
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 seriously twisted fairytale retelling. Plotting and pacing are VERY important, but character development is MOST important.
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, 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 at this time, please, unless it's also loosely based on Conan O'Brian.
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. 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. 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. 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.