Hello everyone, I am Leah Putz and this is

my author website. This has been a long time coming, though I'd be lying if I said I believed it would ever really happen. For as long as I can remember I've been writing stories. I filled notebooks in school, I wrote on the scrap paper I stole from my mom's desk when she brought me to work with her (shout out to The Water Trees- a short story about two trees made out of water who get divorced and spend their lives trading their kid back and forth LOL), I even wrote a short story in 7th grade that I distributed to my family and friends.

Since high school it's been my dream to write and publish a novel, but I found this to be a lot more difficult than I anticipated. The number of works I've started only to abandon- sometimes after years- is enormous. So, I broke my dream down step by step. Step 1: Actually finish a novel. This turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought. After literal decades, countless attempts, and a level of dedication I didn't realize I had, I achieved this only this year when I finished The Last Empath of Doctsland.

So then I moved on to Step 2: Editing. I sent my story off to a beta reader via Fiverr (would highly recommend- I had a great experience) and spent the next month in an anxious flurry waiting to get it back and anticipating something along the lines of "This is the worst book I have ever read." Thankfully, that was not the response I got. In fact- she liked it! She encouraged me to write more with these characters, to deepen the world building, to invest more in the characters I created. I poured over this novel three times doing extensive re-writes and in the process I transformed it from something I was unsure of to something I was proud of.

And this brings us to Step 3: Querying. After quite a bit of research, I decided self-publishing was not for me. I reserved it as a last resort, but I wanted to pursue traditional publishing as my first choice. I followed the steps that are laid out, write a query, write a pitch, sell your book, and begin submitting to agents and publishers looking for stories like yours. Genuinely, I have no idea how many agents and publishers I sent submissions to- it's truly countless, as are the number of rejections I got. Though I tried to keep my head up, it was disheartening after a few months. I can only recall one rejection that wasn't obviously a form rejection, and getting so many 'no's' with absolutely zero feedback had me questioning not only my story but my writing capabilities as a whole.

Just as I was beginning to lose the light at the end of the tunnel of my dream a ray of hope saved it, in the form of a full manuscript request. Yes, a publisher read three chapters of The Last Empath of Doctsland and actually wanted to read the rest of it! And then they wanted to meet with me! I won't delve further into this interchange because it is still in the works, but even if this doesn't continue to move forward I have been given a vote of confidence. I am one step closer to my dream.

That brings us here. I'm still working towards the publication of The Last Empath of Doctsland. Now that I know I can write a book, it's a little easier to do it again! I am already over halfway through my next project, and I'm excited about what is to come with both of these stories. If you are interested to see where this goes, you can follow me here for updates.

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