Hannah Allaman at Delacorte has acquired Love from Scratch by debut author Kaitlyn Hill. The feminist YA rom-com follows rival interns Reese and Benny, whose chemistry sizzles when they fill in for a video shoot on a popular online cooking channel. But will exploding internet fame and a heated competition for the fall internship keep romance on the back burner? Publication is slated for spring 2022; Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Once upon a time…
February of this year, I participated in Pitch Wars. I do this every year, and am quite particular about which projects I request. When I came across Kaitlyn’s, I had a feeling it would be something perfect. But I wasn’t fast about it––it took Kaitlyn informing me she had an offer of representation on the table to kick my butt into gear. I dropped everything to read it, fell in love with Reese instantly, and needed to throw my hat into the ring. I crossed my fingers and toes and hoped beyond hope she’d choose me to be her agent––she was going to let me know on my birthday, and wouldn’t that have been the absolute perfect gift?
It was. It was so great. I was OOO on my birthday but frequently checked my email throughout the day hoping she’d come back to me with a YES––and she DID! (Side note: we live in neighboring states, my colleague Brent lives in the same city, so there were lots of connections we felt personally to Reese and her experiences and upbringing. I was over-the-moon happy to represent Kaitlyn in all these ways!)
Meanwhile, Hannah was moving from Disney to Delacorte (Hannah of Don’t Date Rosa Santos fame) and I had a feeling this would be perfect for her.
Kaitlyn and I worked on some tweaks here and there for submission…and then COVID happened. Was that going to stop us? No. No, because editors wanted something fun and distracting and perfect for their COVID bread-baking activities. This manuscript was perfect for that!
So on Hannah’s first week in her new job, Kaitlyn and I shared Love From Scratch. Flash forward a few weeks, and she presented an offer the week Kaitlyn needed the best kind of good news, and also on my one-month-mark of full-time agenting. This is the dream team. Good things keep happening for the three of us!
And the rest…is history.
Congratulations, Kaitlyn! You’re going to be a published author!