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Saturday, April 21, 2012

S is for Saia, Submissions and The Soul Seekers

I ran a submissions contest a year or so ago on my blog for WiDo and one of the entries was from Amy Saia. It didn't win, but the submissions editor loved the first chapter!

At some point, Amy was asked to rewrite and resubmit. She worked super hard on it and got a contract for publication of her YA paranormal, The Soul Seekers to be released by WiDo Publishing on August 7.

And check out the very cool cover, designed by the author, the multi-talented Amy Saia.



When Emma’s father dies, she and her mother move cross country to live with Gran. Now the only constant in Emma Shay’s new life is him. Beautiful, silent, him—the mysterious guy at the library she secretly calls Superman because of his dark, good looks. Emma is puzzled and intrigued by this boy’s behavior. He speaks at her but never to her. He comes up to touch her hair and then suddenly leaves. An impulsive meeting between them uncovers a strange truth. Only Emma can see time-frozen William Bennett. Now it’s up to Emma and the gift she has tried so hard to deny to reclaim William’s soul. But ghosts can be very stubborn. He tells her to leave town and forget he ever existed. Not on your life, Superman.  

Set in Southern Indiana during the summer of 1979, The Soul Seekers is about one girl and the ghost only she can see. Can she bring him back from his purgatory, or is she doomed to turn into a ghost herself?

The Letter S is also for SALES, because I hope that The Soul Seekers gets lots of them!

26 comments:

  1. Wow, congrats to Amy! How great of you to promote her here. Getting published is a challenge...anyone who gets that far is too be admired. Have a restful weekend!

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  2. Congratulations to Amy! I hope her novel does well.

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  3. So she got to design her own cover as well?

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    1. Alex, She submitted a design and it was approved and accepted!

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  4. I met Amy during last year's A to Z Challenge, but haven't visited her regularly. I am so happy for her and wish her all the best. I will go there and wish her all the best, I should say.

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  5. And, what a pleasure it must be for you to be an encourager and mentor.

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  6. Three cheers to Amy! Got a contract and did a very wonderful job on the covers. Hope the "S" for Sales kicks up a storm. :-)

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  7. Wow, sounds like a great book! I too hope it kicks up sales...

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  8. I'm so happy to be with WiDo. I can't think of another publisher that would have been a greater match for my book—and for me. Smart, wise people. I'm lucky indeed!

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    1. And yes, smart and wise for picking me (I didn't mean to sound so immodest) but ALL the authors being published with WiDo.

      Thanks for giving me the opportunity, Karen!

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    2. Amy, LOL, I didn't take it that way at all :)

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  9. This sounds like a wonderful book! The cover is stunning. And I really like your new header photo of Moab, Karen!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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  10. So, Emma is like the main character from the Ghost Whisperer? Either way, The Soul Seekers is a fitting choice for today's letter :)

    Cheers!

    ~Nicole
    Blog: The Madlab Post
    *Rockin' the A to Z Challenge!*
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

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  11. The cover is very cool. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  12. How lovely of you to be still encouraging and helping another author! The book sounds wonderful. Congrats to all!

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  13. Thanks for visiting my blog during the A to Z challenge.

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  14. Good luck with the book Sales! Visiting from the A to Z Challenge http://takingbackmylifemakingitmyown.blogspot.com/

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  15. I wish Amy all the best. I love the sound of this tale and know it's going to be huge. That cover totally looks like a funky piece of 70's graphic art.

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  16. Good luck Amy! Your book sounds fabulous. I love YA fiction - despite being, er, ahem, very much not a young adult. Just realised an old adult would be more accurate. How depressing... *shuffles off to make horlicks*.

    If you are interested, I'm leaving you my A-Z link as blogger always identifies me as my shared blog with other poets - my A-Z is this one: http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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  17. How wonderful and exciting! Congratulations, Amy! The book sounds very interesting.

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  18. Very nice to promote another writer. Hope the Sales Spike for Saia!
    http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com

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  19. Just wanted to hop in again to say a big thank you for your kind words!!

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