Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kortney Price of Corvisiero Literary

Screen Shot 2019-11-14 at 11.47.38 PMKortney Price is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary.

Kortney specializes in books for children. This includes picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade and young adult works.

In picture books, early readers, and chapter books, Kortney is drawn to fresh ideas, humor, and diverse representation.

In middle grade, Kortney is desperately looking for adventure and survival stories, mysteries, science fiction, historical, fantasy and contemporary novels. Graphic novels are one of her favorite mediums.

In young adult, Kortney is looking for her perfectly “dark and stormy” stories. Magical realism, psychological thrillers, steampunk, historical, paranormal and science fiction are favorites of hers. Outside of these, she loves sweet and humorous “geeky” or “artsy” romances.

Some general things Kortney loves to see in stories that aren’t listed above include: an awesome sense of humor, art and artists, antiques and old buildings, strong and quirky families, and special needs representation. Stories featuring characters with developmental or physical disability are especially close to her heart. #OwnVoices and diverse books are always welcome in her inbox.

Kortney was (and still is) that person in the bookstore who recommends books to strangers based on what they’re buying. When she realized that she could make a career out of helping authors and getting excited over books, she decided to pursue a career in agenting. So, after graduating with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014, she started out with her first agency internship. Since then she has interned with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. She was an associate agent at Holloway Literary before finding her home with Corvisiero.

Outside of her world of books and publishing, Kortney can typically be found attending musicals, meandering through art museums, watching an absurd amount of movies, pretending she understands and can teach sports at her aunt’s special needs nonprofit, exploring the city, catering to her diva dog’s every whim, and trying to rein in her overly energetic corgi mix.

Get to Know a Literary Scout in Attendance: Jori Hanna of CYLE Literary Elite

Screen Shot 2019-11-16 at 6.36.24 PMJori Hanna is a writer and editor from Denver, Colorado. She is a literary scout for CYLE Literary Elite.

As a literary agent, Jori personally seeks/represents suspense novels of any kind. But she is also acting as a literary scout for all of CYLE Literary Elite’s agents. That means she is happy to take pitches for picture books, board books, chapter books, middle grade (any kind), young adult (any kind), science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, romance, historical, women’s, Christian fiction, literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. In nonfiction, her agency seeks devotionals, self-help, inspirational, and parenting.

Ever since she started reading in the second grade, Jori has loved books and the writing process. She attended Taylor University for a B.S. in Professional Writing and discovered a love for suspense, crime, thrillers, and mysteries. She enjoys anything that allows her to pretend she could be a spy (such as a weapons class at the dojo she where she studied Karate, excuses to dress up and meet people, and random facts that may never be useful in normal, everyday life). Jori is passionate about helping others achieve their highest potential.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Writing Coach and Former Agent Eve Porinchak

Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 2.06.14 PMEve Porinchak is an author, as well as former literary agent.

At the 2020 KC workshop, Eve is offering critiques for attendees in the areas of thriller, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, short stories, middle grade, picture books. Eve will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, and provide a critique. Picture books should be 1,000 words or fewer, and can or cannot include illustrations. Unlike other critiquers helping our KC 2020 workshop, Eve will not personally be at the event. That means you will get your notes emailed from her, and she can talk with you via Skype or phone in place of an in-person consultation.

Since earning degrees in Biology and Psychology from UCLA, Eve has lived all over the planet and spent much of her time in and out of jail – as a creative writing teacher for teen inmates. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, Eve also attended medical school, served as a social worker with foster youth and homeless populations, and taught everything from first grade to college courses.

Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically – have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her first book, the critically acclaimed ONE CUT – a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s new young adult true crime line, Simon True.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Author Denise Grover Swank

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 5.45.00 PMDenise Grover Swank is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a hybrid author and has published likely every way possibly conceived–Big 5 traditional deal, print-only deal, Amazon Publishing Imprint, audiobook deals, foreign rights deals, as well as indie publishing.

She has more than 50 books published — see them all here.

At the 2020 KC conference, Denise is offering critiques for mystery, women’s fiction, urban fantasy, and romance (contemporary, rom-com, paranormal, YA are all OK — but no western, erotica, inspirational, or historical). Denise will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, and provide a critique.

Denise was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Coordinator Kerrie Flanagan

Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 11.59.20 AMKerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, and accomplished freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience. She is the author of WRITERS DIGEST GUIDE TO MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING, and creator of the MAGAZINE WRITING BLUEPRINT.

Her work has appeared in publications such as Writer’s Digest, Alaska Magazine, FamilyFun, The Writer, six Chicken Soup for the Soul books and a variety of anthologies. In addition to the eight books she published under her label, Hot Chocolate Press, she recently teamed up with a co-author for the Curtain Call romantic comedy series under the pen name, C.K. Wiles and two Sci-Fi/Fantasy series under the pen name C.G. Harris. In addition to her own writing, she is passionate about helping other writers. She was the founder and former director of Northern Colorado Writers and now consults with writers. Her background in teaching and enjoyment of helping writers, has led her to present at writing conferences across the country.

Kerrie is part of the Writing Day Workshops team and a co-coordinator of the 2020 Kansas City Writing Workshop, At the event, she is teaching on how to sell books and build your platform.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Leatrice McKinney (L.L. McKinney)

Screen Shot 2019-12-02 at 10.35.33 PMLeatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests.

Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. She spends her free time plagued by her cat–Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short.

Her published novels include the Nightmare-Verse books, starting with the A BLADE SO BLACK trilogy, and an upcoming graphic novel for DC featuring Nubia, Wonder Woman’s twin sister. (See all her books here.)

Elle is a Gryffindor with Slytherin tendencies.