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!