• Between the Lines

    Laurin Wittig is an award-winning author of historical romance novels originally published by Berkley/Jove and now available as ebooks. She has 20+ years of experience in the writing business as an author, a critiquer, and teacher of creative writing.

    In October, 2011, she closed her critique business in order to focus on her own writing. She maintains this blog as a resource to writers.

    To learn more about Laurin's books please visit LaurinWittig.com
  • What Between the Lines clients are saying…

    “Laurin Wittig has a phenomenal gift for identifying the problems in a story and, more importantly, suggesting ways to fix them. I can’t imagine trying to write a book without her!”
    Pamela Palmer
    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feral Warriors series from Avon.

    “Laurin Wittig’s talent for finding the essence of a scene and pointing it in a logical and more focused direction is unmatched. Laurin’s guidance is kind and to the point. More importantly she MOTIVATES!”
    Elizabeth Holcombe
    Author of Heaven and the Heather from Berkley/Jove

    “Laurin Wittig is the sharpest story surgeon you could ever desire. She peels away the unnecessary layers to find the strong bones of your plot and character. Laurin has discerned things about my characters that I was still waiting to discover, and I find her insights stunning.”
    Anne Shaw Moran
    The Marlene Award Finalist

    “Laurin Wittig is a genius. Her insightful comments and suggestions helped me change a good manuscript into a great manuscript. I plan to use her critique service for all my future novels. She's the writing/critique partner that we all secretly hope to find -- someone who will help your book become the best it can be, without any power struggles, jealousy or secret agendas.”
    Beverly Giroux
    Golden Heart Contest Finalist

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Golden Heart Contest?

If you have entered the 2009 Golden Heart Contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America you know how many $$ you had to shell out.  There are a group of us who finaled in the GH in 1999 who sponsor The Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award to help defray the cost of entry.

The cool thing is that the contest for this award is completely free.  FREE!  And the prize is $100 to help defray the contest expenses plus a beautiful certificate — oh, and the prayers and wishes of a very powerful circle of women, cheering your manuscript on in the contest.   All you have to do to enter is write a short essay (250-300 words) and email it to the contest coordinator. Deadline for submission of the essay is Midnight EST, February 1st, 2009. 

Again, this is FREE.


Interested?  Of course you are.  Check out all the Jeannie Gray Golden Friendship Award details, including the essay topic, here. 

Don’t know what the Golden Heart Contest is?

Okay, if you belong to Romance Writers of America you know what the Golden Heart Contest is, but just in case you’ve read this far hoping for some explanation here’s the quickie description.  The GH, as it’s frequently called, is the premier contest in the Romance community for unpublished authors.  Preliminary rounds are peer or published author judged.  Finalists are judged by acquiring editors.  Yes, you read that right.  Acquiring editors!

I personally know at least two people who sold their first books because they finaled in this contest and their manuscripts ended up on the desk of an editor who loved them.  Don’t believe me?  Barbara Dunlop and Pamela Palmer.  I’m sure I know more, but the brain doesn’t hold information the way it used to.  I myself finaled in the GH in 1999, and again in 2000, though the first book I sold was not the finaling manuscript.  Go figure.



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