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! […]

Being Awesome, Week 23

This may be my last one of these posts for a while. Things are going well, and while I definitely think it’s important to remember the good things in life, I’m also really busy and it’s getting harder and harder to make time to stop and write them all down. I definitely encourage you to […]

What Not To Do During a Writing Contest

Now that Query Kombat is over (and with New Agent coming up on Wednesday), I want to explain some of things that impacted some of my votes. Hopefully, it’ll be useful for future contests and people thinking about submitting to me in Pitch Wars. Yes, I frequently picked the entry with the voice that spoke […]

Being Awesome, Week 22

I just spent a week on vacation with most of my closest friends, so this week’s overview of life’s awesome things is pretty easy. Kentucky joins my list of states I’ve visited (too tired to count, but I think I’m over 30 by now). There’s a gift shop in the Detroit airport that sells Tim […]

Guest Post: Four Ways to Get a Good Critique Partner

To celebrate her amazing debut YA Contemporary novel, SONG OF SUMMER, Laura Lee Anderson is doing a blog tour. She’s graciously agreed to stop by my little blog and share her thoughts about critique partners. Personally, I had trouble finding a good fit. I swapped with a few critique partners before finding someone I really clicked with. Since […]

Being Awesome, Week 20

Oh, hey! I’ve spent the last twenty weeks appreciating the better things in life. My attitude has improved dramatically. And that’s pretty cool. Here are just a few of the awesome things that have been going on. On Sunday, I spent the day with friends who live two hours away. We don’t see them nearly […]

Being Awesome, Weeks 18-19

I was sick most of last week, so I missed my weekly affirmation. Decided it was better to just rest than to try to put it up late. Anyway, lots of good things happening. Here’s my supersized list of awesome things I’m grateful for this week. I’m not sick this week! Party! *knock on wood* […]

10 Things About My Writing

This post is inspired by one my critique partner, Mary Ann Marlowe, did a few months ago. The idea is to share your own writing quirks to see if maybe they resonate with someone else. After all, no matter where you are in the process, we’re all in this together. When a manuscript is almost […]

What Getting an Agent Is and Isn’t.

Now, I’m not gonna lie, getting an agent was the single most exciting thing that happened to me in 2014. It’s an amazing validation of all the hard work it takes to get to that point, and it lets you know that someone else believes in your work. That’s all wonderful. But what getting an […]

Being Awesome, Week 17

Here’s a look at some of the awesome things that happened over the past week. Two friends got married on Saturday in a wonderful ceremony under an arch made of books. How awesome is that? And I couldn’t be happier for them. The wedding was held in New England, a few hours away. We got […]