When I think of being a new author in search of a publisher, I have an image of myself throwing a pebble into a pond and trying to choose where it lands on the bottom. Only in reality, the pond is really the ocean, and my pebble a grain of sand.
The process is daunting. I can only speak for my experience, and I was fortunate enough to have my pebble reach a publisher who accepted my novel. The process of finding them took about a year, which seemed like a horribly long time but after talking with other authors, I now know that a year is perfectly reasonable.
Once I finished writing “A Shadow of Love,” I decided to have it professionally edited, and I found someone through Reedsy, a service where authors can find editors, designers, and marketers. I interviewed and got a bunch of quotes from different editors until I find someone that I connected with. The reason I went this route is because I knew that if I were lucky enough to have an agent or publisher ask to see the manuscript, I wanted my words to be as clean as possible.
After the story was polished, I sent out a slew of queries to both agents and publishers. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there, from send out a hundred queries at once to only send to a few and wait. I had heard that most do not answer, so I decided to take the middle ground and sent about ten at a time, waited a few months, and then sent out more. What I heard was right, out of a few dozen agent queries, I only heard back from maybe two or three of them. Knowing that getting an agent for my first book was not entirely realistic, I also sent it directly to a few publishers, and that is when I finally got the yes that I was hoping for.
Black Rose Writing, an independent publishing house in Texas, responded first with the request to read the manuscript, and two long months later accepted it. After that it was a whirlwind of edits, more edits, cover design, final proofs, and the long wait to publication day. It has been a pretty intense ride, and I am so grateful to be working with them.
My advice to new authors looking for a home for their story is to keep throwing the pebble. Don’t get discouraged by either silence or rejection, because if your story was meant to be heard – or read – it will be.
Amy S. Cutler’s WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR OF A Shadow of Love Tour Begins October 3rd
When Annabelle flees her abusive husband and moves into an 1860’s farmhouse, she soon learns that she is not alone; she shares her home with Christian, the ghost of a poet who killed himself in 1917. Christian, wanting nothing but solitude, tries to scare Annabelle away, but once they come together while she is dreaming, they fall in love. The clock is ticking for Christian, for moments after his hanging his fiance magically cursed his spirit to be stuck on earth for one hundred years, and his time is almost up.
With Annabelle’s ex threatening her and the spirit she has fallen in love with on the verge of disappearing, Annabelle becomes obsessed with staying with Christian, and will do anything to be with him.
Being in love with a ghost is bad enough, but for Annabelle, discovering that her true love will be crossing over at any moment pushes her over the edge of reckless behavior.
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Print length: 163 pages
Purchase a copy of Shadow of Love on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookshop.org. You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.
About the Author
Amy S Cutler, author of A Shadow of Love earned her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Most recently she was published in Slut Vomit: An Anthology of Sex Work and featured in the Tales to Terrify Podcast, among others. Her writing focus is suspense, horror, science fiction, and ghost stories. She can be contacted through AmysHippieHut.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Blog Tour Calendar
October 3rd @ WOW! Women on Writing
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
October 5th @ Sadie’s Spotlight
Sadie spotlights A Shadow of Love and features an excerpt from the book.
October 6th @ Create Write Now
Mari L. McCarthy shares a guest post by Amy S. Cutler about the importance of learning how to self-market. A must-read post for authors!
October 8th @ Life According to Jamie
Jamie reviews Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love. Don’t miss this exciting book!
October 10th @ Amy’s Booket List
Join Amy as she reviews Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love.
October 12th @ Word Magic
Join Fiona as she shares a guest post by Amy S. Butler about the importance of finding a writing community.
October 15th @ What is That Book About?
Find out more about A Shadow of Love by Amy S. Cutler in this book spotlight.
October 16th @ Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews
Read a review of Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love.
October 17th @ Jill Sheets’ Blog
Join Jill as she interviews author Amy S. Cutler about her book A Shadow of Love.
October 18th @ A Storybook World
Deirdra features Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love.
October 19th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Bev reviews Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love.
October 20th @ Knotty Needle
Join Judy Hudgins for her review of Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love.
October 21st @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Join Bev as she shares a guest post by Amy S. Cutler about the story behind the haunted house in the novel.
October 22nd @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews & Interviews
Join Lisa as she interviews author Amy S. Culter about her book A Shadow of Love.
October 24th @ Girl Zombie Authors
Read a guest post by Amy S. Cutler about why ghost stories are so popular.
October 25th @ Four Moon Reviews
Join Samantha as she reviews Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love. You can also win a copy of the book too!
October 27th @ Girl Zombie Authors
Come by Chris’ blog again and read a review of Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love. You can also enter to win a copy of the book too!
October 29th @ Boots, Shoes and Fashion
Visit Linda’s blog for an in-depth interview with author Amy S. Cutler about her book A Shadow of Love.
October 31st @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog for Amy S. Cutler’s guest post about finding a publisher.
November 1st @ Choices
Join Madeline as she features a guest post by Amy S. Cutler about the first draft process.
November 2nd @ Jessica Belmont’s Blog
Jessica reviews Amy S. Cutler’s book A Shadow of Love.
November 3rd @ Write Advice
Read Amy’s guest post about how she found the idea for Shadow of Love and turned it into a story.
November 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Read Anthony’s review of A Shadow of Love by Amy S. Cutler. A paranormal book you don’t want to miss!