Writing Community Support

The writing community is the most supportive community I've ever come across. Many of you have heard me say this before but after last month I believe it warrants saying again. Each and every one of you has gone above and beyond for me or someone I care about in some way, shape, or form and for that I am truly thankful. Last month my friend, Carolina Valdez Miller, landed an agent and celebrated with all of us and you came together to congratulate her. My friend Brenda Drake celebrated her birthday month with all of us by doing amazing contests throughout the entire month, and you all came together to support her.

When I told you all about my novel, The Secret Of Spruce Knoll, being entered in the Gatekeeper's Discovery contest many of you clicked onto the link and voted for it. Thanks to you I had enough votes to make it to the first round where the Gatekeeper staff read the top 100 entries with the most votes. I was #9 and that was all thanks to you wonderful people. A few days ago I found out Spruce Knoll was selected to go to round two, the mind-blowing round where the entries are read by an impressive list of agents and editors! I'm still doing the happy dance over that! I cannot thank you all enough.

As a thank you I wanted to let you all know about another excellent giveaway going on. During April my good friend Jessica Subject is celebrating her blogoversary and she has put together an excellent group of authors and writerly people who will be giving away some excellent prizes. Check her blog each day to enter to win all the different prizes. My critique sisters from the Critique Sisters Corner are offering up a query letter critique as one of the prizes! You'll have to check Jessica's blog to enter though. Another blogging friend, Ebyss is hosting a pitch and 250 word contest. If you have a novel you would like to win a critique from a fabulous agent on, hurry and click on her name!

Also friend of mine featured my Friday Creature Feature~Zombie piece on Zombie Survival Crew. I'm honored to help out the crew. Check out their site when you get a chance, it's pretty awesome.


  1. Thanks Heather! Best of luck in the next round of The Gatekeeper's Discovery contest!

  2. Ooh, great links, click click. Thanks!

    And that's fantastic news about Spruce Knoll! Can't wait to hear how it does!

  3. I agree the writing community is very supportive. You have shown this once again by the information you have given. Good luck on the read!

  4. Congratulations Heather. 9th place and round 2? WOW!!! I'm so happy for you. That in itself is a huge honor, and one that I know will go forward to great successes.
    Thank you for sharing the giveaways and the other celebrations. So much to celebrate today!
    Have a wonderful day.

  5. I agree—the writing and blogging community is the most loving, friendly and supportive community there is.

    Thanks for all of the info in your blog :)


  6. That is so exciting about going to Round Two in the Gatekeeper's Discovery contest! Fantastic.

    yes, keep spreading the good will and support. it definitely comes back to you in multiples.

  7. Jessica, you bet! Always glad to help out. :) And thank you!

    Amie, thank you! I'll keep you posted.

    Josh, ah thanks.

  8. Holy cow, Heather! Congratulations on making it to the next round!!!!

  9. Karlene, thank you! I was shocked to make it into the top 10, really shocked! You're right, there is a lot to celebrate today. :)

    Dawn, it is pretty amazing, as are all the people in it, you included! You're very welcome!

    Linda, it is! That is proof that the good comes back. I'm touched that so many voted for me.

  10. The writing community is the best!

    BTW, I saw your entry over at abyss and loved it! I really felt like I was right there, seeing that ship and feeling the same shiver of fear.

  11. Ha, the Zombie Survival Crew is too fun!

    You'll definitely have to join us when we REALLY get riled up for the new season of THE WALKING DEAD later this year! :)

  12. Heather,

    I am SOOO happy for you! You are having quite the week. I also saw your name at Shelly Watters' blog.... you are an honorable mention and get to send the Suzie Townsend your query letter.

    GOOD LUCK with everything. You are on a roll!

  13. Julie, thank you!

    Lindsey, thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    Karen, I know I love that site! The Walking Dead sounds like too much fun to miss!

    Michael, thanks a million. I'm super excited about the opportunity!

  14. Woo hoo, Heather, on making it so far in the contest. I'll keep my fingers (and toes) crossed for you. :D

    And thanks for all the great links. I'm off to check them out.

  15. Congrats on making it to the next round. I hope it makes it to the top!

  16. Stina, thank you! And you're welcome!

    Lydis, thank you, how sweet of you!

  17. Congrats on making it to the next round of the contest! That's really awesome. I totally agree with you about how amazing the writing community is. I love the fact that writers support each others successes. :)

  18. CONGRATS!!! That's awesome! I'm feeling the love... :D

  19. Yes, the writers community is pretty awesome. All the best to you on your second round!

  20. Ghenet, thank you, it is pretty awesome! I'm still stunned. Writers are the best! Our community proves that. :)

    Lisa, thank you!

    Elle, thank you so much!

  21. Heather, that is so exciting! Congratulations!

  22. Congratulations!! *sheds happy tears*
    You're so close, my friend! :D
    I'm so proud of you!

  23. V. Rossi, thank you!!

    Monica, aw, thank you so much!


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