Book Smart

Let me start this post by telling you that what you are about to read is a real life dream come true.  I’m not one to use kitschy phrases like that – okay, yes I am.  But I really mean it this time.  Today I want to tell you all about what’s going on with my book.

A few months ago, I was contacted by someone at a publishing house in New York.  I’m going to keep the person and the company confidential just in case I end up being the laughing stock of the literary community.  I’ll save them the embarrassment of having been the person who first reached out to me.

Anyway, they reached out to me via email and said they had an idea for a book – an honest look at the ups and downs of the first few years of marriage.  The person said that they had been reading my blog and they felt like I had the right voice to tell that story and had I ever considered writing a book, specifically a memoir?  When I got the email, I burst into tears.  Just a pool of jumping, shrieking, dancing tears.  It wasn’t so much that I was going to be published because at this point (and still today) there is the uncertainty of publishing, but it was that someone out there in the industry thought I had what it takes.  That they saw something in me and that what they saw was the dream that I have always had.

In the next few days, I spoke by phone with the person at the publishing company and we talked about what kind of book I could write.  She wasn’t offering me a book deal.  She was just reaching out and seeing if this was something I had considered.  And then she gave me two pieces of advice.  She said that she and no other big publisher could work with me until I had a) gotten an agent and b) started writing a book.  And so I hung up the phone and I started researching how to find a literary agent.

Turns out, it ain’t easy!

People say that finding a literary agent is more difficult than actually getting published and after a few days of reading and researching and bugging anyone I knew who had any ties to anything resembling publishing, I decided that was true.  For those of you, like me, who are not familiar with the book publishing process, your agent is the person who will sell your book to a publisher.  So, you can imagine the pressure of finding the right agent.  You want to person who understands you, understands your work, and can be your biggest cheerleader, adviser, and advocate.  Not an easy process, to say the least.  And it’s a bit like dating because while you are sizing up the agent, the agent is also sizing up you.  Actually, they are sizing you way more than you are them.  In fact, you’re damn lucky if they even take the time to size you up in the first place.

For non-fiction books like mine, the first step is to find the agencies that represent non-fiction.  But the problem was that agents are behind the scenes for a reason and it is really hard to find information on which agencies are representing what.  You can Google “nonfiction literary agencies” and you get a million different firms, but there is hardly anything out there that tells you up front what agencies are good and which ones you should pass.  After a few weeks of doing nothing but researching best selling books and finding out who represented them, I came up with a list of about ten different agencies that I thought might be the right fit and I found the specific agent within the agency that I thought would be the right one for me.

And then I started writing.

For non-fiction, the first thing you write is a book proposal.  It’s a big document (currently mine is about 50 pages, but it looks like it will be about 100 pages when all is said and done) and it includes things like the author bio, the introduction to your book, chapter outlines, chapter summaries, and sample chapters.  Mine took a solid week to write and when I was finished, it was the first time I thought to myself, “I might actually be able to do this.”

With my proposal in hand, I started sending out queries (which is literary speak for emails that beg agents to read your stuff).  My query was a one page letter introducing myself, my blog, and my idea for a book – a memoir about the first five years of my marriage.  If an agent is slightly interested in your topic, they will write you back and request to see your proposal, if you’re lucky.  Everything that I read said to be patient because it takes agents between three to eight weeks usually to respond, if they respond at all.

Within three days, I had responses back from almost every agent I queried.

And then I wet my pants.

So, I started sending out my proposal to people, which might be one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done.  Up until now, anything I’ve written has been for you guys (who I like to picture more as pen pals than as an actual audience) and for Chris.  I’ve never sent anything out professionally before.  And so I waited to hear the laughter all the way from New York as these literary agents at the top agencies in the business started reading my ramblings.

For two weeks, I didn’t hear anything.  And then, slowly, I started to get emails.  And then my phone started to ring.  And before all was said and done, all but one of my top five picks for agents had contacted me and had offered to represent me.  Not only did I have a choice, but I had some of the top agencies in the industry to choose from.  When I got my first offer, told them I needed to talk it over with Chris.  I hung up the phone and I did the jumping, shrieking, dancing, crying thing again.  And this time, Chris did it with me.  And as more offers of representation came in, my mind just reeled.

I had narrowed my choices down to a couple top agencies who had made offers when I unexpectedly got an email back from my first choice agency, who I had not yet heard from.  The agent said she had read my material (holy crap!) and she was interested in my material (HOLY CRAP!) but she wasn’t the right agent in their firm to represent the topic, and would I mind if she passed it along to someone who was a better fit?  I said that of course I didn’t mind and I would wait to hear from someone.

A week went by and I didn’t hear anything and I didn’t feel like I could keep the other two agencies waiting for much longer.  I was just about to commit to someone when I decided that I would email the agent at my first choice agency one more time.  Truth be told, I really didn’t expect to hear from her again.  Their film division represents actors such as Ellen Degeneres, Robert Duvall, Samuel L. Jackson, Beyonce, Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Giamatti, to name a few.  Their literary division represents people like Nora Ephron, Toni Morrison, and the estates of Dr. Seuss and Tennessee Williams.  The agency is so big that I figured she had other things going on and politely had given me the brush off.  But as far reaching as this was, I couldn’t accept an offer with another agency without at least checking one more time.  So, I sent a quick email her asking one more time if there was interest before I went with someone else.  Within an hour or two, I had an email from both agents at International Creative Management, or better known as ICM.  And within a few hours, I was on the phone with the agent who was offering representation.

We talked about my book and my blog.  She had read everything I have ever written and was quoting my own self back to me.  She had thoughts and ideas about my writing that were scarily similar to my own.  She was enthusiastic, but realistic.  And as we talked, it just felt like we clicked.  I felt that I had found a partner.  Someone to guide me through this process with the hand of a friend and the authority of a professional.

An hour after we spoke, I called her back and accepted her offer.  This time, there wasn’t even the jumping, shrieking, dancing, crying thing.  I was too overwhelmed for that.

It might seem to some people that I’m celebrating a little prematurely.  I don’t even have a finished book yet.  But that isn’t the part that is worthy of a celebration to me.  Win, lose, or draw down the road, the part that I am celebrating now is that the wheels are turning because I finally am taking steps that will turn a pie-in-the-sky dream into a reality.  Believe me, no more is more shocked at this than I am, but I’m so thankful for unexpected surprises!

I’m sharing all of this with you because this is your journey, too.  As my imaginary friends, you all have been a part of this from the very beginning and it would be absolutely no fun for me at all if I couldn’t take you with me down this road.  Periodically, I’ll share with you how the process is going and when I get the courage up, maybe even an excerpt or two from what I’m writing.  I hope you all know how important you are to this process for me and how thankful I am for all your support and encouragement.  It really does mean the world to me.

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161 Thoughts to “Book Smart”

  1. Congrats to you!! It IS a dream come true and you are the perfect person to write about it! I seriously can’t wait for the book – you candid writing about marriage and motherhood always have my in hysterics!!

  2. julia

    Hi, Congratulations. This is huge. I can’t wait to read it. Julie

  3. Ashley

    Congratulations!! I can’t imagine how it must feel to be (actually/actively) working toward your dream. We all have that dream job that we would do if it were the least bit realistic or practical and so nice to see a “friend” be going for hers…

  4. Sabrina

    Whoa, this really is great!! I’m so excited for you, you’ll be pulling it off, I know that for sure – so, tell me, who do you have in mind to be playing you once it will be made into a movie?! 😉

    Major congrats from this side of the ocean, can hardly wait to follow you on your journey 🙂

  5. Wow, I just found your blog today and I am already excited for you! Congratulations!

  6. Congrats! This is wonderful news! I don’t think it is ever too early to celebrate! Hell, you had MULTIPLE agencies pounding on your door. Whatever happens after this, you have the knowledge that people on the inside recognized your talent and wanted to be a part of your dream. That is huge.

  7. tessabella76

    Congrats!!!!! So happy for you!!!

  8. Congrats! I, for one, can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  9. Nikki

    Congrats Katie! I am rooting for you all the way. It is so awesome to see great things happen to great people!

  10. Congratulations! I was getting more and more excited for you as I kept reading. I had no idea it was so hard to get representation. Really looking forward to the final product. 😀

  11. Congratulations and a toast to you!!! (its OJ, but its also 8 a.m.)

  12. WHOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    Okay, I literally loudly exclaimed with joy when I read this… causing my coworkers to be like, “what happened” and then I explained that somebody I know through the Internet got an agent for her book, and then they looked at me as though I’d just told them I’m moving across the country to meet this amazing guy I met on WoW after hitting every SciFi Con along the way. What I’m saying is, you’ve destroyed any small semblance of normalcy that I had left at work, but it’s worth it because oh my goodness I’m SO excited for you! Seriously, to a point that’s somewhat weird given we’ve never met.

    YAY!

    Whew, I need to calm myself down.

    But YAYY!!!!!!!!!

    1. Sarah H.

      The sad part Megan is I understood everything you just said. Ha

  13. Katie –

    I know we don’t “really” know each other but I feel like I know you through all of the blogs, even though I had to read about a years worth to get caught up once I found you.

    That being said, I am happy for you and proud of you for taking this step to make your dreams come true.

    You’re an inspiration.
    Erin

  14. Congratulations!!!! That is so great! I can’t wait to buy and read your book!

  15. Whitney

    Congratulations! Sounds exciting!

  16. Sarah D.

    Congratulations! All of your hard work on this blog is paying off. I can’t wait to read the book (and I’ve already made it through the first 5 years of marriage)!

  17. Kat

    WOOO!!! I’m jumping, screaming, and screeching for you! 🙂 THIS IS SO EXCITING! CONGRATS! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!!!

  18. Oh my goodness CONGRATULATIONS!! I really am so, so, so jealous of — I mean excited for — you! 🙂 Wonderful, wonderful news and so great that this dream of yours is within reach! I hope things continue to go well and I can’t wait to read your book!

  19. Ellen

    CONGRATS!!! I have been following via google reader for a while so I never comment, but this is TOO EXCITING! I love your writing style, and while I’m not a mom yet myself, I hope to be one day and I look forward to reading your book!

  20. KATIE! This is SO HUGE! I am so stinkin proud of you!!! I know that this is just the start of a HUGE AND AMAZING journey for you!!! xo

  21. Congratulations and how exciting! So happy that your dream(s) are coming true.

  22. Sarah H.

    This is amazing! And inspirational! I’m just so proud of you! When your books come out I’m going to buy a lot of copies! You’re right to celebrate now–in life we have to celebrate the journey, not just the end goal 🙂

  23. Congrats! I can tell how ecstatic you are and I know your mind was running a million miles a second as you typed this post due to all the typos (which are usually minimal) but that’s how I can really grasp your excitement! I’m so happy (and jealous – which is the best compliment a girl can give another girl imho!) Can’t wait to read it!!

    1. Katie

      LOL – I like to think my typos are just part of my charm!! 🙂

      1. Diana

        Your charm and your humanity! I think that’s why they have editors in the literary world!

  24. That is so so awesome. Congratulations, Katie!

  25. Beth

    Congratulations Katie!!! Can’t wait til you come to my town for a book signing and pictures!!!!!!!!!

  26. Kelly S

    Congratulations! It is no surprise that all the agents wanted you. You are so funny and cute, and your blog is definitely a bright spot in my day to day life.
    Your book is going to be amazing!!

  27. SO AWESOME. You are well on your way to being just like P-Dub. I’ll make sure to come meet you at a book signing 😉

  28. kk

    Good news roll around when it’s bean’s birthday.
    I’m very happy and excited for you!! woohoooo~
    Agent = Book = Tour.. WOOHOO~

  29. Kim B

    Congratulations! It is awesome that your dream is becoming reality! Enjoy watching it unfold.

  30. Audrey

    As a former literature and creative writing major, I know how intimidating all of this publishing stuff is. Your blog really does have a wonderful “voice” and it’s no surprise to me that you’ve received such positive feedback. Congratulations – I’m elated for you!

  31. Michaela

    OH. MY. GAAAAAAWD!!!
    I swear I could not me more excited if I had written a damn book myself!
    Sometimes I feel silly getting so happy/sad/amazed/uplifted about the life/lives of people I haven’t met, but I think that is just a testament to your writing. It shows the quality of it – the accessibility of it. The reason why they all wanted to publish you, and why you will be a success!
    I think of you as my imaginary friend too, and it is so cool to have such a high-achiever for an imaginary friend 😀
    so CONGRATULATIONS! and I can’t wait for your book tour to Australia 🙂 If you like girl scout cookies, wait til I rock up at your book-signing with tim-tams 😀

  32. congrats! excited to hear how this journey goes…i look forward to living it vicariously through you 🙂

  33. Yay! Yay! Yay! That is so awesome! If I knew you I’d give you a big congratulations hug! So happy to hear your good news and you will make a great author! I will be in line at your Orlando book signing for sure!

  34. Ella

    Congrats!! Im so happy for you 🙂 I cannot wait to read your book. Im over here in Australia too 🙂

  35. Jaymie

    What a great accomplishment! I know you will write it beautifully! What a great shower or wedding gift! It will be the must have item on wedding registries.

  36. Darcy

    Congratulations, Katie!!! That is such amazing news! You are an awesome writer and I can’t wait to read your book

  37. Wow!! Congratulations!! Wishing you best of luck in this new and exciting journey!

  38. This imaginary friend is SO PROUD of you! You really do feel like a friend and because I love your writing, and your family, and your friendship (even if it is just on the internet), I will be one of the first in line to buy your book!

    If you do book signings will you promise to come to Tulsa?

  39. Congratulations – that’s fantastic! I wish you all the best and can’t wait to read your book!

  40. Jen C

    AMAZING!!! congrats! can’t wait to read it! you must come to st. louis for a book signing 🙂

  41. Jennifer

    That’s amazing news! Congrats and best of luck on this journey!

  42. That’s the best news I’ve heard all week! Like all the rest of your imaginary friends who love you, I’m so happy for and proud of you! It’s awesome that you’re on the right path to live your dream and it really couldn’t happen to anyone better. Your blog is the first thing I look at when I get to work in the morning and it’s often the best part of my day (esp. when there are new Bean pics and stories!). Congrats Katie! Can’t wait to tell you in person when you’re a famous author on a BOOK TOUR!

  43. Katie

    Wow! Congratulations! When your book is published, I will wait in line to meet you – you are my PW!

  44. Jenny J.

    Katie, that is amazing! I am so happy for you! No, happy doesn’t do enough, I’m ecstatic! I will be first in line to buy your book when it hits the shelves 🙂

  45. Congratulations Katie! What a dream for you! I’m so excited you are an open book to all your readers…and you are so personal! Thanks for sharing your ups and down and your really highs with us…I can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Good luck throughout the entire process.

  46. Congratulations!!! And I agree with what Comment 44 says, I will totally make you take a picture with me and my baby when you do your book tour!!!!

  47. Congratulations, Katie!! It’s absolutely wonderful you made your ” real life dream come true” 🙂

    And I would totally be a crying, screaming, jumping up and down mess right there with you because it’s such an amazing moment!

  48. Lee Ann

    Just amazing and wonderful! Also a little jealous that we’ll have to “share” you with the wider world once your book hits the NY Times top 10 list! Congratulations, Katie!

  49. courtney

    Wow and congratulations! It’s so great to see someone, who like so many of us out there is working hard to make it with a husband and a kid, begin to see their dreams coming true. I certainly don’t think you’re celebrating prematurely.

  50. Wow such big news!! Enjoy it and celebrate it and everything else this holiday weekend! Congrats!!

  51. Oh my gosh Katie… I haven’t even been reading you that long, but I feel so freaking happy and excited for you! You deserve a bestseller!

    Thank you so so much for letting us tag along on your journey!

  52. Katie what great news! I’m so excited for you! What a blessing right now for you and your family.

  53. Miriam

    Congratulations! What a huge step!

    And I love your attitude – regardless of what happens down the road (and I’m personally hoping for LOTS of books full of your awesome writing and sense of humor and photos!), this is a big accomplishment and something to celebrate.

    Yay! 🙂

  54. Kathleen

    I’m so proud of you Katie. much love, K

  55. I am SOOO FREAKING EXCITED. I will be in line to buy that book that very morning it comes out! CONGRATULATIONS KATIE!

  56. Nancy

    Wow! Your dreams are coming true and it is amazing! What is more amazing is that this will prove to Bean (and any other children you may have!) that they too should chase their dreams because anything they think they can do! Congratulations to someone who truly deserves everything that will come!

  57. Congratulations!! This is exciting. Can’t wait to read your book!!

  58. Sara

    Huge Congratulations! Seriously this is so exciting. All of your hard work is paying off–of course there’s lots more hard work to come, but that’s what makes it all great! Enjoy the ride Katie!

  59. dave

    Congrats! I’m happy for you. I’m also pround of my taste because someone I discovered in this infinite Internet space, someone whose writing I admired, without anyone telling me about how good you are, is going to publish a book.

    So, when Bean grows up he is going to have a writer mommy and will be seeing pictures of himself in book(s?). Sounds cool.
    Congrats again!

  60. let’s see, it’s friday AND something good happened to a good person – it’s gonna be a great day now, I just know it. Congrats! You’ve so earned this. : )

  61. Omaha Kat

    Congratulations, Katie. I, and all your imaginary friends, are rooting for you. Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey…

  62. Congratulations! I am super excited for you! I just found your blog recently, through a friend, but have pretty much read through your archives. I love your storytelling method, and can’t wait to see what the book possibilities bring!

  63. Katie's Grandma

    Katie, Sweetie it is with tears in my eyes, trembling
    in my hands, and such JOY in my heart, that I say
    Congratulations!!! Throughout your teen years, I have
    kept all the sweet things you have written. Some were
    very poignant, some very funny (especially the 100 or
    so things you wanted in a husband)! And you found him!!
    Next came BEANIE – The light of our lives! Now, ,, ,
    A BOOK!!! To say I am proud of you is an understatement.

  64. That is really amazing… congrats! Just like with PWs cookbook, I can’t wait to buy your book!

  65. That absolutely unbelievably awesome! Congrats and job well done!

  66. Tara

    Congrats Katie! Can’t wait to read the book when it comes out!

  67. How exciting! It’s really interesting to hear about the process you’re going through.

  68. Katie, I am so proud of you!! This is such exciting news. Congratulations. Can we go ahead and start the pre-orders? You are the highlight of my daily blog reading and I can’t wait to read your book!
    beautifulblogger.com

  69. High Five Katie. You are totally going to succeed at this because you are more than just a great writer – you are also a good business woman. You have a plan, you follow through and you work hard.

    There are a lot of good writers out there but your skills are what is going to make it!

  70. Gina B.

    Nothing premature about this! You have every right to do a little happy dance and tell all the world about your good news! I’m so happy for you and I know your book will be amazing! Congratulations!

  71. Aww, your grandma is TOO sweet!!

    CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! Mindee is totally right, you’re amazing!!

  72. Dan

    WOW, that is so cool, congratulations! Your trials and tribulations remind me of all we went through 30 years ago and my kids are going through now.

  73. Casper

    Congratulations, that is wonderful! It is a step in the direction and is totally worth celebrating!

  74. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you, but honestly I’m not shocked at all. You are such a great writer, so I have always pictured you writing a book.

    I can’t wait to buy your book! Maybe you and I can become BFF’s like you and PW. Ha! Congrats again, you totally deserve this!

  75. Summer B R

    Katie, I am sooo thrilled for you. This is so exciting and I cant wait to hear more about this journey. When you’re all rich & famous, dont forget the little people…..and your FAMILY (even the ones by marriage!!!) xxoo

  76. Katie S.

    Congratulations, Katie! I’m so happy for you, and all that this means to you and your family! Please know that your success gives me hope that I will one day be able to pursue my passion in life 🙂

  77. Jen

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I was getting a rather slow start this morning and really had the mindset that it’s Friday…who cares! I dropped my boys off at daycare and was slugging along in the car when it dawned on me…Katie has a HUGE BLOG POST today…MUST.INCREASE.MY.SPEED.
    …and as I read this, I actually wiped a tear from my eye. I don’t even know you and I am fabulously happy for you and proud of you! You deserve a glass of champie…what the heck, you deserve a whole bottle!

  78. Holly

    Congrats and best wishes on making your dream come true!

  79. Dawn

    Wow – I haven’t even been following your blog very long and I got GOOSEBUMPS reading this post. Like everyone else I am sooo excited for your news, and look forward to reading more about this as you continue to share – and of course looking forward to your book. It is such a wonderful thing to watch as someone’s dreams come true. 🙂

  80. Kristin H

    Congratulations!! That is such exciting news! The comment from your grandmother almost made me tear up. You and your family must be bursting with pride right now – imagine when the book is published :-)!!!

  81. Adrienne

    Congrats Katie! You know that you will have tons of your dedicated readers preordering your book as soon as we can. It’s so great that you are following your dreams. whoo hoo!

  82. Wow! I’ve never been so happy for someone I don’t know! Congrats!!

  83. Congrats! I would most def read your book and am looking forward to it! 🙂

  84. Andrea

    I am teared up reading your last post. Might have something to do with being pregnant with twins and crying at a lot of things lately, but it’s also because I feel so proud and excited for you. I have been reading your blog long before you got pregnant and felt a connection to your stories and where you are in your life. This is really wonderful news and I just wanted to say congrats on your accomplishment. I look forward to purchasing your book some day and if you make it to Jersey for your own book tour we can have a photo op with my two beans and husband. 😉

  85. Amy

    CONGRATS, KATIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is such WONDERFUL news!!! And holy COW, what a prestigious agency. So happy for you, and will be praying for your efforts these next few months. 🙂

    1. Amy

      And hey, maybeeeeeeee you can go on a sweet book tour like your bff! 😉 I’d stay in line for a few hours!

  86. Congratulations! You’ve worked so hard for your dream and I’m so happy you’ve been given the opportunity to achieve it!

  87. Diana

    Huge congratulations, Katie! What an exciting time! It’s fun to take this journey with you…thanks for sharing the details with us.

  88. Alex

    I know this is what you’ll be hearing all day, but congratulations! This is so exciting & I’m interested to hear how the process goes and to read your book when it’s published.

  89. Christina

    Katie! That is so fantastic! 🙂 I love how you break it down for all of us. I am definitely not a creative writer, but I appreciate those who are, and sort of live vicariously through you. I am SO exctied to see where this goes for you. God is so good!

  90. Lindsey

    Congratulations Katie!!! I can’t wait to read more about your journey.

  91. Congrats! Reading through all your well-wishers comments I happened to see your Grandma’s comment and it brought tears to my eyes. So awesome!

  92. wow so pleased for you, cant wait to hear more x

  93. WAY TO GO! I love to see your dream become reality and it’s so inspiring. Good Luck!

  94. Kristen

    That’s amazing news! I’m so happy for you! Hearing stuff like this makes me feel like all of our dreams are possible. Even mine. So thank you so much for sharing your news, and congratulations! What an adventure you’re about to have. 🙂 🙂

  95. That’s great news! Congratulations!! I love reading your blog, and I will be first in line to buy your book when you finish it! I love hearing your outlook on marriage, parenting, and life in general. You are just so funny and snarky! 🙂

  96. Congrats to you Katie! So very happy for you! I love your blog and with your humor will surely keep me laughing!

  97. Emma Graves Fitzsimmons

    Hi there — I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, but this is my first comment. First of all, congrats! I’m a writer — well, a reporter, for the NYTimes, and I am so happy for you. What a great opportunity! I’ve really enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading your heartfelt observations here in my cubicle. I decided to finally go ahead and post a comment because I wanted to share an interesting blog by a woman who is trying to publish her first book, a travel memoir about her time in Africa. She just got an agent, and she poses interesting questions about writing and the publishing process as you embark on this journey. Best of luck!

    http://www.alexisgrant.com/author_blog.php

  98. Holy Crap is right!! That is so exciting!! I can’t wait to buy your book and place it right next to my PW Cooks book… well maybe not right next to it since the cook book is where my other cook books are… But you’ll be on the shelf! After I finish reading it that is!

  99. Marina

    This is my first time posting a comment, though I read your blog daily. Just wanted to say CONGRATS! Very exciting news! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the process as you go along.

  100. Jenna

    Congratulations, Katie! I’m so happy for you! I love your blog and love books even more, so I can’t wait for this to happen when it does!

  101. Mallory

    Congratulations, Katie!!! I am so happy and excited for you – you so deserve this. You’re going to do great!!

  102. Alaska Jordan

    OH MY WORD!!! This is so amazing!! (But sounds exhausting.) Thanks for sharing in this special time for you guys… I can’t wait for updates!

  103. holy crap! so exciting! now get writing because i need a new book to read!!!

  104. Wow congratulations Katie! You are an incredible writer and your book will be amazing! What an incredible blessing!

  105. Kara

    Oh Katie — congratulations! You have such a gift with words and for sharing your experiences. So many good thoughts & wishes being sent your way!

  106. Congratulations, Katie! This is wonderful news, and as someone who works in publishing (children’s), I know how difficult and trying a process it can be to get an agent and to go on to submit to publishers after that. Thanks for a great description of the process, and congratulations on such quick success!!

  107. Ali

    How wonderful! Congrats and I look forward to reading all your books. 😉

  108. Katie, what great news!! I think we’re all doing a little jumping and shrieking for you, in our own little corners of the world. Congrats!!

  109. Mike J in Fremont

    Congratulations Katie!!! That is fantastic news! I look forward to reading you book.

    MJ

  110. Meredith

    Oh my GOODNESS!!! This is incredible. I remember reading one of your early posts back in the day saying that you wanted to write a book. And now you are being represented by one of the TOP agencies. And had MULTIPLE offers. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!! I am so happy for you.

    Many many congratulations!!

  111. Alicia

    Congratulations Katie! I can’t wait to read that book someday!

  112. Keshet

    This is so interesting to read and so exciting for you, Katie!

  113. That is so exciting! I can’t wait to here more about the book and the process, and hopefully be able to buy the book!

  114. teenage geek

    I hope you know how great it is that you’re sharing this success with everybody. I’ve toyed with the idea of being a writer at some point and this post gives me hope that it might actually happen. Thank you.

  115. Amy

    I am already so excited to read your book. Get writing!

  116. I truly cannot think of anything more exciting than this – I am so happy for you! Congrats and good luck as you put all that hard work and love into The Book.

  117. Wow – that is amazing!! Congratulations!! I think I would freak out if one agency was offering me a book deal – and probably go into a dead faint if there were multiple offers…especially from the first choice agency! Good luck with your writing!

  118. I remember when I first stumbled upon your blog and read everything from the beginning in a weekend. I cannot wait for the book (which I am sure will not only happen, but be wonderful). Congratulations!

  119. Caroline

    WOW!!! Congratulations! You deserve every bit of this — what an exciting journey!

  120. All that I can say is that I knew you could do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. Congratulations Katie!!!! That is absolutely awesome and I’m so happy for you!

  122. Wooohooooooooooooooooo…!!! Yaaayyyyyy..! I got emotionaalll!!!! =) this is huge for you guys and just wanna say Keep it up: The sky is the limit!!!!!!.. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!!

  123. Lisa

    SUCH EXCITING NEWS!!! They have great taste. I visited Pioneer Woman’s blog daily for years… now I visit yours daily (and hers weekly). We love reading about your adventures, Katie!

  124. La.

    Um wow. I am so proud of you Katie!

  125. Congratulations! And enjoy that terrific feeling (oh my God somebody is interested in Publishing My Stuff) for as long as it lasts.

  126. Israel Chauca F.

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to read your book 😉

  127. Sarah C. H.

    As your imaginary friend I just wanted to say how proud I am of you!!! Maybe that’s weird, but you’re our imaginary friend too. I’m so excited that you’re finally writing a book. I’ve been wanting to read it since I first stumbled upon your blog. Congratulations!!!!

  128. It is going to be a wonderful adventure!! Congratulations, and thank you for taking us along!

  129. Lisa

    This is absolutely amazing, and I am so happy for you! You definitely have a good following of supporters and I can’t wait to see where this takes you!

  130. Andie

    Oh my God! I don’t even know you and I started to tear!!
    This is amazing I’m so happy for you 😀
    I can’t wait to read your book!

  131. Ginny

    I couldn’t be happier for you, Kate. All these many, many blessings are no doubt a credit to your hard work and dedication to a passion and dream you’ve had for years. Your blog has mande you an inspiration to so many (and soon to be millions more!) but you’ve always been an inspiration to me. I’m so proud to call you my sister – not just today but everyday.

  132. YAY! We’re all jumping up and down around here for you! Way to go and CONGRATS! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  133. Congratulations Katie!!! Very exciting news!! I can’t wait to check out your book 🙂

    Funny thing- my husband is represented by ICM as well for his screenplay writing! I remember how exciting it was for him to sign all his paperwork and feel like finally some doors were opening up.

    Best of luck and enjoy the journey 🙂

  134. Heather M

    As an ex-editor from the publishing world I can completely see why they are so interested in representing you. You have a clear and warm writing voice that imparts some of who you really are to your readers. That is a powerful voice.

    Congratulations on your new venture. Enjoy the excitement and the journey 🙂

  135. dear katie
    that is marvelous news. it is so special to feel validated for your passion. congratulations.
    love, melissa

  136. I don’t think this is premature AT ALL! What has happened so far is most definitely notable and worth celebrating. I applaud you for recognizing your success, and thank you for letting us in. Good luck and congratulations!

  137. Congratulations! What wonderful news!! Here’s wishing you all the best!!!!!!

  138. alison

    woo hoo! you go girl! congratulations! I knew you’d be famous!

  139. Congratulations, Katie! That is such exciting news!!

  140. Ashley

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I have been hooked on your blog from day one about a year ago, and honestly feel like you are a best friend! SO GLAD to see you reach a dream! You’ve got this girl!!

  141. Brooke

    Congrats Katie! I can’t wait to read it!

  142. Ashley

    Congratulations! That is super duper news! I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

  143. Laura

    Wow, that is so exciting! Congratulations! Ever since you mentioned even the remotest thought of a book, I’ve had some money set aside to buy it just as soon as it came out. Can’t wait to hear more about it. Congratulations again, you so deserve this!

  144. Jeska

    Just make sure you go west for your first tour of book signings. Don’t stay only on that side of the country. I would be first in line in my area!!!

  145. Emilyc

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome! I’m so excited for you, and just so you know – I’d buy your book! 🙂

  146. Wow!!!!! Congratulations… I am so excited for you and your family and can’t wait to read more!!!!!! 🙂

  147. Laura

    Whooop! Is it weird that I’m proud of you?! Your blog readers are probably your biggest cheerleaders, after Chris and Bean, that is. 🙂 Congrats Katie!!!

  148. Congratulations… I am sooo excited for you. Make sure you include Australia on your future book tour as a NY Times Bestselling author… I will stalk you ala Pioneer Woman! No I am not getting ahead of myself!

  149. Ashley

    Congratulations! I absolutely cannot wait until you have a published book that I can hold in my hot little hands, AND for when you do a book signing and I get to hear you speak in person! (I sound so stalker-y, I know, but I love this blog!)

  150. Yay!!!! I’m so very very happy for you! I can’t even imagine the excitement you must be feeling right now – good job, and I can’t wait to read it!!

  151. Deb

    Congrats! This is a big milestone in your journey, so happy for you guys!

  152. Megan

    Congratulations Katie!!

  153. Katie – that is so incredibly amazing!! I’m so excited for you, and I wish you all the best — I want to be able to read that book!! hehe. Congrats!

  154. wow. that’s totally awesome. congratulations! i’m so excited for you!

  155. Congratulations! The publishing process is long and arduous, especially for non-fiction so kudos to you for what sounds like a wonderful start to the process (I work in non-fiction publishing though, so I may be biased)!

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