Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Katelyn Uplinger of D4E0 Literary

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 11.10.13 PM.pngKatelyn Uplinger is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary.

Genres she represents in adult and young adult:

  • Historical
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Romance
  • science fiction, fantasy, and all speculative
  • Horror
  • Thriller and suspense
  • Nonfiction in the categories of pop culture, social issues, and history

What she is not a good match for: cop procedurals and other detective sleuths, books about politics or terrorists, cozy mysteries, memoir, literary fiction.

“I’m an agent with D4EO agency and I’m currently building my client list. Before coming to D4EO I worked with other agencies, including Inklings, Holloway, and Folio. I’m looking for young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction. My nonfiction list is short, basically anything to do with historical topics or interesting cultural topics. In fiction, I’m especially looking for SFF and historical works. I enjoy anything with speculative elements. When it comes to historical I love all kinds, but I’m not the best person for cozy mystery or sleuth stories. I prefer my women’s fiction to be historical and I accept historical romance of all heat levels. While I’m interested in most time periods, I tend to shy away from WWI and WWII stories. I also love when romance is a big player in fantasy, think An Enchantment of Ravens and Uprooted. I also love combining historical and fantasy together. I love mythology, but I’m not the best choice for retellings unless they are more along the lines of loosely inspired by.

“I’m very picky about contemporary, but I prefer it to be YA and I love when romance is involved.

“A big note, I’m totally open to tragic romances like The Violinist of Venice or The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence. I LOVE real tragic historical romances. I also love historical romance with speculative elements, but straight historical romance is also good.

“I enjoy horror, especially when it has psychological elements. When it comes to thriller and suspense, I like creepy stories, like Baby Teeth. In adventure I love survival stories. When it comes to science fiction I love stories revolving around new planets, colonization, or even preparing for colonization. Think Semiosis and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

“Overall I’m looking to be transported to another time or place I don’t want to leave, hence my love of fantasy and historical. I also love stories that make me think “what if?” While I enjoy humor in my books, I also enjoy dark stories and especially dark fantasy. I love an enchanting voice that grips me, like in Wintersong. I also love exploring stories from the villain’s perspective or even morally gray characters who can either make me root for them, or make me eager to see their downfall.”


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