GRUDGING Cover Reveal!!! – and Giveway!

Michelle Hauck is one of my favorite people. No, really. When I was querying, she picked me as an alternate for Sun vs. Snow and hosted a critiquing workshop, which really helped me improve my first page and query. Then she picked me in QueryKombat later that year, and the feedback I got directly lead […]

PITCHSLAM – Introducing Team Ravenclaw!

“Wit Beyond Measure is Man’s Greatest Treasure” The theme for this fall’s PitchSlam competition is the Hogwarts House Cup, and I couldn’t possibly be more excited to be Head of Ravenclaw. (Seriously. I may have cried.) Never fear: we’re not looking for the smartest authors out there. I really don’t have a way of judging […]

Eggfree, Single-Serving Cookie Dough

I know what you’re thinking – what does this post have to do with writing? And I have exactly two things to say to that: You don’t know me AT ALL. It’s my blog, and I want to write about cookie dough today. 😛 Now that we’ve cleared that up, I want to share something […]

Finding the Right CP

One of the most important things for writers is to find the right critique partner to swap work with and get feedback. I’m extremely lucky that I have some amazing CPs who are talented writers with great editorial eyes. Sometimes, when I’m talking to my CPs, I feel like I won the lottery. But it’s […]


I’m so excited to be able to help participate in the cover reveal for Tegan Wren’s INCONCEIVABLE! I first read the query and first page for this story last October when I was working on PitchSlam, and it was one of my favorite entries. I was absolutely ecstatic to learn Tegan had been offered a […]

Some (Non-Writing) Reasons I passed on PitchWars entries

I know that, as writers, we tend to assume the worst. We’re an emotional, sometimes needy bunch. So when you get a form rejection from anyone, the immediate response is “I’m a terrible writer.” You need to stop doing that. Many of the mentors, including myself, said that a pass does not necessarily have to […]

PitchWars Common Mistakes to Avoid

I was floored to receive so many #Pitchwars entries from writers asking for my help. And while I unfortunately just don’t have the ability to send personalized feedback to everybody, I did see a lot of common issues in many of the entries. Now, first, let me stress: Deciding to pick someone else is not […]

A Peek Into My PitchWars Inbox

We’re all still reading, requesting, and making decisions, but here are some statistics while you wait. I received approximately 100 submissions. Note that I am allowed to choose ONE as my mentee. Just one. This means you have a 1% chance of ultimately being chosen. Anyway, here’s what’s in my inbox: Approximately half of my […]

TRAITOR KNIGHT Cover Reveal!! – and a giveaway!

Today, I’m ecstatic to help a friend out with the cover reveal for TRAITOR KNIGHT, by Keith Willis, coming soon from Champagne books! I was lucky enough to hear the first chapters at a reading earlier this year, and I was hooked from the first page. I can’t wait until I can read the rest: […]

This is the PitchWars Mentor You’re Looking For….

******THIS IS MY WISH LIST FOR LAST YEAR, 2015. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN JULY 2016 FOR THE CURRENT YEAR’S WISH LIST AS THERE ARE SOME CHANGES*****  ABOUT ME: (The official bio) Laura Heffernan is a California-born women’s fiction writer, represented by Michelle Richter at Fuse Literary.  One Saturday morning when she was four or five, Laura sat […]

Mind Over Matter: Believe In Yourself

About ten years ago, while working full-time and getting a post-graduate degree in the evenings, I developed pain in both arms and shoulders. Since my day job required typing literally the entire time I sat at my desk, and I took course notes via laptop, I was soon diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury. Cue […]

NEW AGENT Contest Winners Revealed!

This contest was brutal, because we only got four picks for each team. I easily could’ve chosen ten. A lot of it came down to personal taste. Luckily, some of my favorites also made it into the group picks, but this was by no means easy. Congratulations to the four members of Team Women’s Fiction/Romance! […]