Erin Clyburn is a literary agent assistant at Corvisiero Literary. At the 2019 Nashville workshop, she will be taking pitches on behalf of herself and agents at the agency.
In children’s, Erin is looking for multicultural picture books and smart, humorous picture books; high-concept chapter book series; all middle-grade; and in YA, magical realism, thrillers, mystery, and contemporary.
For adult fiction, she seeks character-driven literary fiction and plot-driven suspense, mystery, and thrillers, and all horror from gothic to psychological to slasher. In nonfiction, she’d love to see pop science pitches.
For all ages, Erin is looking for character-driven sci-fi, diverse Southern voices and stories set in the South, LGBTQ and #ownvoices, and high-interest nonfiction.
On behalf of other agents, in adult, Erin will be accepting women’s fiction pitches, historical fiction, sci-fi featuring time travel and space, and nonfiction including business and politics. In children’s, YA fantasy and historical, middle-grade adventure and historical, middle-grade graphic novels, and middle-grade featuring neurodiverse characters.
Erin hasn’t been far from a book since she first learned to read and write. She received her BA in English Literature from Mississippi State, and recently completed her MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University.
She has worked in the book and publishing industries for the past 11 years, as Copy Editor for The Progressive Farmer magazine; General Manager and Director of Collection Development for Turtleback Books, a distributor of prebound books to the school and library market; and currently as Copy Editor for Food & Wine and Cooking Light magazines. (Unable to stray too far from children’s books or her kindred spirits, people who love books, she also recently moonlighted as a children’s librarian.) She’s an annual judge for the Audio Publishers Association’s Audie Awards, and works every year at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi. She’s thrilled to join the Corvisiero team and to learn everything she can about the world of agenting.
She reads nearly every genre: children’s books from picture books to young adult, and adult fiction and nonfiction alike. Listing favorites would take all day, but recently read favorites include The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, IT by Stephen King, Calypso by David Sedaris, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, Wildwood by Colin Meloy, and To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.
All-time favorites include all of Maurice Sendak’s picture books, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
When she isn’t working, Erin loves running and hiking, cooking, traveling, painting, working on a couple of manuscripts, and trying to keep her two rabbits, Felix and Agnes, from chewing up every baseboard and electrical cord in her house.