Monday, December 16, 2013

My Adult Fiction Novel, THE UNINVITED, Sold to William Morrow/HarperCollins!

I sold an adult fiction novel, The Uninvited, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow!

The official Publishers Weekly announcement:

Lucia Macro at HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint acquired world English rights to Cat Winters’s novel, The Uninvited. The book, which Morrow compares to The Night Circus and The Thirteenth Tale, is a paranormal work set during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Winters, who was represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, was a finalist for the YALSA’s 2014 Morris Award, for her novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

The story behind the sale of The Uninvited is a pretty remarkable one. Let me start by explaining that I spent close to fifteen years trying to sell other adult fiction manuscripts, with the help of two different agents, but the books never found a publishing home.

In October of this yearjust two months agoLucia Macro, a HarperCollins vice president and executive editor, picked up a copy of my debut YA novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, at Powell's Books in the Portland, Oregon, airport. She read the book during her flight back to New York, and then she contacted my agent, Barbara Poelle, and asked if I would be interested in writing a novel set in the same time period for an adult audience.

Admittedly, I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to revisit the fall of 1918. However, as I was busily working on revisions for my second YA novel, The Cure for Dreaming, a plot developed in my head. After I turned in my edits for The Cure, I sat down and wrote a sample chapter and a synopsis for an entirely different take on life in 1918. Barbara submitted the proposal for The Uninvited before Thanksgiving, and on December 2, less than two weeks later, we received the offer!

I started seriously writing adult fiction way back in 1994. In 2011, I got my first big break with a young adult novel and believed I would never think of writing for the adult market ever again. However, almost twenty years after setting out on this particular path, I finally have my adult fiction overnight success story!

This news doesn't mean I'm abandoning my young adult readers. The Cure for Dreaming will be released Fall 2014, and I already started work on a third YA novel that I haven't yet shown to my agent, plus I'm a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. I will need to put the third YA novel aside while I write the rest of The Uninvited, but I'm really looking forward to revisiting the book this upcoming summer. And I can't wait to share more details about The Uninvited!

Writers: Keep writing. Keep believing in yourself.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
― George Eliot


Anonymous said...

Cat! What a wonderful story! I'm so pleased for you and The Uninvited/The Cure of Dreaming/Slasher Girls and Monster Boys all sound SO good. *grabby hands* Congratulations! This is all very much deserved.

Anonymous said...

*The Cure FOR Dreaming

Cat Winters said...

Thank you, Kate! I'm going to be extremely busy getting all of these upcoming books ready over the next year, but as you saw in my post, I've been waiting a long time to be this busy.

Best wishes for your upcoming release!

Susan Adrian said...

Wow!! Huge congrats, Cathy! That's so exciting.

Cat Winters said...

Thank you, Susan! I wish I could head back in time and tell my struggling-writer self to just hang in there and wait until 2013. It's been an unbelievably lucky year for me, and I'm not taking a single second for granted.

Megan Shepherd said...

This is wonderful news, Cat! The NIght Circus & The Thirteenth Tale are two of my very favorite books, so anything in that vein is going on my instant-buy list. (It probably would anyway with you as an author!)

Big congratulations!

Cat Winters said...

Thank you, Megan! I was extremely flattered to see that William Morrow listed those two books as comparison novels. I love them, too!

Sarah Skilton said...

You're amazing, Cat, and I'm so excited and happy for you. Bravo!!!!!

Cat Winters said...

Thank you, Sarah! I appreciate your enthusiasm, and I can't wait to read High & Dry soon!

DarlingNickey said...

I am so very excited to hear this! Blackbirds was amazing and, being 27, I'm happy to read adult books, too :D

Cat Winters said...

Thank you, Nickey. It makes me extremely happy to hear that BLACKBIRDS readers will follow me over to the adult fiction section. In some ways, this new book will be a nice companion to my YA novel.