Writing Heroes: Janice Hardy

For a long time now, Becca and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Becca and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact…people who truly are Writing Heroes.

It is a pleasure to start our 2012 Writing Heroes off with a bang, and that can mean only one person: Janice Hardy.

Janice is simply one of the nicest and most giving authors out there. Not only does she run The Other Side of the Story, one of the most valuable blogs on writing I know, she is the author of an engaging Middle Grade trilogy, The Healing Wars.

Janice has held her door open to me whenever I have needed help and has been an invaluable resource for my writing and my sanity (whether she knows or not!) She has incredible passion for writing, and her blog posts are always thoughtful and relevant to writers. Janice is not only writing savvy, she’s marketing savvy and is willing to pass on what she knows. When I asked if she might share what she did to steer her marketing efforts for The Healing Wars, she wrote not one but two great articles (part 1 & part 2) on what writers can do to take advantage of marketing opportunities.

One of the things I admire most about Janice is how I see her interact online, but still PUT THE WRITING FIRST. She offers up an incredible blog (if you do not follow this blog, GO NOW! It is a go-to resource on all writing topics!) and utilizes social media. But, the way she organizes herself and her time she can be ‘out there’ but not let Social Networking demands control her. As someone always struggling for balance, I need to strive to be more like her.

I love seeing people like Janice succeed–she works hard and gives back! Her Healing Wars Trilogy was an absolute pleasure to read and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next. If you’re looking for a great Middle Grade read that has an unusual form of magic and a compelling main character, definitely check Janice’s books out. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter and visit her Facebook page if you like!

Thank you Janice, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, woman!

To pay it forward, Becca or I will give a 1000 word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. These writers can then choose to keep it for themselves or offer it as a giveaway on their blog! All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header!

So tell me Musers…do you know Janice? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO! 


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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43 Responses to Writing Heroes: Janice Hardy

  1. Leslie Rose says:

    Thanks for the intro. A tasty new trilogy for my classroom and a cool new blog to dive into. Does it get better than this?

  2. Marcia says:

    This is a great blog feature and so informative. I’m going to follow Janice’s blog as well!

  3. Wow, I LOVE this feature. Janice=epic. No contest. 😀

  4. SBibb says:

    I’ve been following Janice’s blog for a little while now, and I’ll say that I’ve found it to be an extremely helpful resource.

    If I’m having trouble figuring something out, particularly with plotting devices or better writing techniques, I can usually find what I’m looking for there.

  5. Janice’s blog was one of the first I followed online. I love it and her advice has helped my writing immensely. Thanks, for honouring her. She truly deserves it.

  6. When I found Janice’s blog, it was like someone had given me a raft to wade through the writing ocean (a cheesy analogy, I know, but it’s true!) What I admire most about Janice (aside from her writing ability–those who haven’t read the Healing Wars yet are really missing out) is her ability to give personable, genuine feedback. You rock, Janice!

  7. D.B. Smyth says:

    I’m also a Janice fan! I don’t think you could have picked a better author to spotlight. Love this feature! Will be back often!!!

  8. I love Janice’s blog. She gives fantastic writing advice. I still need to check out her books. They sounds really fun.

  9. Janice! Oh, yay! Love her blog, love her books! And if you win her critique, you will know the meaning of life-changing.

    Well, maybe more book-changing. But that was kinda life-changing for me. 😉

  10. staceylee says:

    Every word Janice writes is a gem, and she is so generous with her time and commitment to the writing community. Thank you Janice, you’re extraordinary.

  11. Lynne says:

    Janice totally rocks. Her blog has been an invaluable writing resource, and she’s incredibly nice & genuine on Twitter & her blog. Yay, Janice! Congrats!

  12. Heather says:

    I’ve been following Janice’s blog for several months and she really does offer the best advice. Her blog posts are so helpful, and she’s quick to respond to emails. Truly deserved. Congrats, Janice!

  13. I don’t know her, but I respect your blog enough to know that, if you recommend her, she must be good. This is a great new feature.

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