Big Changes and Amazing News…

So… Last month I quietly removed the “Represented by…” bit from my blog and Twitter bios and posted all cryptically about being down in the dumps. The reason? My previous agent and I parted ways. While the split was amicable, I was left feeling really, um… grouchy. I know I’m not the only person who has severed ties with her agent, and I know there are far bigger problems in the world, but in my world, the split felt huge and devastating and hopeless. I was smack in the middle of trying to win National Novel Writing Month, suddenly agentless, facing the oh-so-daunting query trenches.


But, it wasn’t all bad. I had a complete and polished manuscript (Cross My Heart, for those of you who’ve been around this blog awhile), a decent start on a blurb that would soon become the meat of my query letter, and a few priceless referrals from writing buddies and industry insiders. Plus, I had my trusted friends, people I was able to turn to when I needed to vent, when I needed help with said query letter, and, eventually, when it was time to celebrate. (THANK YOU, Taryn and Alison and Temre and Elodie!)

I queried while I NaNo-ed which, while overwhelming, kept my mind busy. I racked up a few requests, and a week after I sent my first query, I received a phone call from a lovely and enthusiastic agent who wanted to represent me and my work. Oh my God. I was ecstatic. And relieved. And astonished. It took me two-and-a-half years and three manuscripts to snag an agent’s attention my first go around; it was difficult to process the swiftness with which this second effort went down. To make a long story short, I emailed the other agents who had already requested my work, as well as those I’d queried and hadn’t yet heard back from. A few passed on the initial query and a few never responded, but I somehow ended up with numerous fulls out to be considered.

Over the course of the next week, I received several kind and complimentary passes. I also received a couple more offers and had a couple more phone calls. To be honest, each agent I spoke to was delightful in her own way; I’d be lucky to work with any of them. But still… one stood out. She was just SO passionate and knowledgeable. She understood my characters and their journey, and seemed to love my story in all the same ways I love it. Her revision suggestions were stellar, and even in the weird between-offer-and-acceptance phase, she was super quick to respond to my emails and inquiries. As if all that isn’t enough, her reputation in the writing community is outstanding. She’s pretty much a perfect storm of awesome.

On Monday night, two whirlwind weeks after I sent out my first query letter, I formerly accepted an offer of representation from Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency.

Guys. I could not be more thrilled!

Celebratory flowers from my husband, who is amazing and has put up with all kinds of crazy over the last few weeks . β™₯


83 responses to “Big Changes and Amazing News…

  1. Congratulations! πŸ˜€ Hooray! ^_^ And what lovely flowers!

  2. This post got me all choked up!

    I’m so happy for you, Katy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and you can vent or send emails my way anytime ❀ Thank you for being there for me too!

    Those flowers are beautiful (your hubby did well :P) Did you have a fancy drink to celebrate already too? πŸ˜€

    Sending you lots of awkward virtual hugs!

    *Happy dance*

    • Awkward virtual hugs received! Thank you so very much for all of your support over the last few weeks, and thank you also for being so excited with me! You’re the best, Elodie!

  3. I am crying tears of joy for you. I am. Really. I wish you could see!! So, so happy for you. Congratulations.

  4. Katy, this is so beyond awesome! I’m sorry about what happened last month, but I’m excited about your career moving forward from here. πŸ™‚ Congratulations x 10,000!!

  5. Oh Katy, congratulations!!! What a rotten thing to have to go through, but I’m so happy it has a happy ending! One of my CPs (and dear dear IRL friends) is represented by Victoria, and I hear nothing but raves for her. What a great end to this story! Yay! πŸ™‚

  6. I’m so happy for you that you feel good about where you wound up. Congratulations on a very happy ending to a crummy weird situation. And wow–having multiple agents interested so quickly–definitely remember to let yourself feel good about that πŸ™‚ Save it up for the next time you’re frustrated with yourself or your writing. I’m so excited to hear where you go from here!

  7. So happy for you, Katy! This is going to be GOOD!

  8. You are an amazing writer and I’m so glad you have an awesome agent who knows that. Not that your last one didn’t, but, this feels right, and I just want to be able to buy a Katy Upperman book in stores! We all deserve that! πŸ˜‰ Congratulations to you both, again, and best wishes for a lucky 2013. πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

  10. Congratulations!

  11. Well, I did notice your bio was missing that important info, so I kinda figured.
    Congrats on signing with Victoria! She seems amazing! ❀

  12. I’m so glad things worked out for the better! Congrats on finding a new agent πŸ™‚

  13. I did notice your bio was missing that info so I wondered. Congrats on signing with V!!! I hear AMAZING things from her (friendinternsforher) and I can’t wait to hear about your successes to come. I also want to add I know more people who LEAVE their agents than stay on. It is way way way way more common than we think. Again Congrats Katy!!!

    • Bio has changed again since yesterday. πŸ™‚ And yes, now that I’ve been through the whole agent-switch scenario, I’m hearing more and more stories similar to mine. It’s not an ideal situation, but in my case (and many others!) I think it’s worked out for the best. Thanks so much, Rachel!

  14. I am SO happy for you, Katy!!! This post brought tears to my eyes because it is such a testament to your strength, determination, and your beautiful writing that shines! I also love seeing the incredible love and support of your friends and family who are cheering for you! Thank you for taking us on this journey, Katy and for being such an inspiration!! HUGE, ginormous hugs!!

    • Thank you so much, Tem! Your support has helped to keep me from going nuts over the last few weeks, and I can’t thank you enough. You are fabulous! ❀

  15. Fabulous Katy! Having been through a similar process, I know the dumps of which you speak. But hopefully this second go round will also bring a book deal to your life :0)

  16. Congratulations, Katy! It’s a tough business with difficult choices sometimes, but it sounds like things are really looking up for you. I’ve heard nothing but good things about your new agent. She sounds like a marvel. Wishing you all the best for a quick, amazing deal!

    • Thanks so much, Carol! I’ve missed your updates lately… You’ll have to shoot me an email when you have a few minutes. I’d love to hear what’s new with you! ❀

  17. Huge congrats once again, Katy. Love this story – such good news so quickly after parting ways with your agent. Two weeks is just amazing. You have completely made my day and I wish you all the best. Can’t wait to see your book on the shelves!

  18. Congratulations again! So excited and happy for you. I hope this means we will be seeing your books out there soon, because I am dying to read your work! I’m glad you filled us all in on what was going on, because I was so curious and confused. I can’t believe you were querying while also doing Nano, but that is so awesome how it all worked out!

  19. Congratulations and I’m so happy that you are starting a new and hopefully FANTABULOUS relationship with someone who adores your work! πŸ˜€

  20. Congratulations! It made my day to hear your happy ending. You really are a superwoman for balancing the stress of that situation, querying, and NaNo all at the same time. Best of luck to you and Victoria! Can’t wait to see your book on shelves πŸ™‚

  21. I’m sorry you had to part ways with your last agent but how exciting that you got a new one so quickly! Congrats again!! πŸ˜€

  22. KATY!!!! I know you know this, but I have to say it anyway: I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU. Way to go, you! I hope you’ve been celebrating. You deserve it after the crazy last few weeks πŸ™‚ ❀

  23. Congratulations on your new agent! I follow Victoria on Twitter and she seems awesome πŸ™‚

  24. I just love reading these stories. πŸ™‚ Congratulations! Victoria has been simply awesome. Welcome again to Team Marini!

  25. Aww, so that’s what the flowers were for! πŸ™‚

    Congrats again, Katy! This is super amazing, and I’m probably even more impressed that you did all this while participating and then winning NaNoWriMo!

  26. I’m so excited for you! CONGRATS! I’m so happy it all happened so fast for you and that you’ve found someone who’s psyched about your book. WOO HOO! πŸ™‚

  27. Congrats! I’m so glad you were able to find a new awesome agent!

  28. I’m either super late or super early on congratulating you πŸ˜‰ But I wanted to make sure my happiness was spread across ALL THE PLACES! And I can’t wait to continue to get all your news early, hehe.

  29. Congratulations, Katy! I know you’ve had a tough go of it lately – so it’s great to hear you’ve had some happy news! Finding one agent is tough enough, but finding a second agent – and so quickly at that! – is amazing!
    Congrats, again!

    • Thank you, Erin! It’s so exciting and such a relief to have found a new agent, especially one who is so awesome! How are you doing? Are you still working on your revision?

  30. Congrats, Katy! I am AMAZED that you found another agent so fast, and it sounds like she is just as passionate about your work as you are – which is awesome! Go you!!

  31. Congratulations on finding a new agent!

  32. KATY! I could not be more thrilled for you. I have heard nothing but awesome things about Victoria, and I think this is a sign of amazing things to come in your future.

  33. Yay!!!! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your amazing adventures in publishing with Victoria!

  34. Sophia Richardson

    I said it on Twitter, but I’ll say it again: huge congrats! And getting an offer of representation after a week, and during NaNo at that? Pretty impressive.

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  36. Congratulations Katy! I’m a new follower but I’m really happy for you and am glad everything worked out. Yay πŸ˜€

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  38. Congratulations! It truly is a roller coaster ride isn’t it? Best of luck to you with Cross My Heart.

  39. YAY YAY YAY!! wishing you all the best hon! ❀ Do keep us posted!

  40. Congratulations!!!! Brilliant news and lovely flowers.

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  42. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get here to say this, but CONGRATS, Katy!