The publishing ebb and flow… & a paperback cover!

Being a published author is funny business. Sometimes it feels like there are some big lulls where not much is going on book-wise (except the writing bit of it… that bit goes on all the time!), and then things step up a few gears and it’s go go go all the time! March has definitely revved into high gear, so here’s to keeping that momentum going right the way through paperback publication of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow (May 22, 2014) and the brand new release of The Shadow’s Curse (3 July, 2014 which you can pre-order now, hint hint)! 

Those who follow me on Twitter (hello! I’m over at @amymcculloch) or on Facebook ( will know that there’ve been some pretty exciting developments recently. One of the best was receiving this brilliant endorsement from Jonathan Stroud, author of The Bartimaeus Sequence and Lockwood & Co.:

“Exotic lands, cool magic and high adventure – The Oathbreaker’s Shadow has it all. Set in a stunningly realized world where broken promises literally come to life, it’s the most compelling new fantasy I’ve read in years.” – Jonathan Stroud

I‘m so blown away by his kind words, to say the least.

Next came the news that I’ve been nominated for the Canadian Library Association‘s YA Book Award! I’m on the list with the amazing Governor General Award-winning Teresa Toten, so it’s great company. I did my volunteering hours in high school at the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library system, and I’m so appreciative of all the work librarians do to keep people reading. 

And finally… I have the final version of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow UK paperback! 

Pb The oathbreakers shadow


I love the new border – I hope it will really jump off the shelves! 


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