Laura has published three YA novels with Penguin’s Berkley Jam imprint (the Queen Geek Social Club, Queen Geeks in Love, and Prom Queen Geeks) as well as the LGBT-themed dystopian novel Out (currently in development for film and television),and Lica’s Angel.
She won a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize for her short story, "The Murder of Crows"; her work has been published in the North American Review, Hysteria Magazine, Scribophile, NEA Today, Writer’s Digest. She is a former journalist with the San Diego Union-Tribune. As a journalist, she was awarded the Copley Ring of Truth award as well as a Janus Award for business writing.
Laura has taught writing seminars at the Southern California Writing Conference, Canyon Crest Academy Young Writers Conference, San Diego Writers Ink, and through author visits to schools including the Monarch School (a San Diego school for students without homes.) She has also done book signings in Columbus, Ohio, Kauai, San Diego, La Jolla, Ca, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She's worked with two independent San Diego bookstores, Mysterious Galaxy and Warwick's, for events and signings.
Laura worked previously as a public relations director for the San Diego Repertory Theater and for Walcher Inc, a media and public relations firm in San Diego. Her campaigns for all of her books has been extensive, resulting in favorable media clips from both print and television.
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FIRST OF ALL...thank you from the bottom of my nerdy heart for supporting my dream. I've had people say, "why don't you just get another agent?" Well, that's hard to explain. Agents do make connecting with publishers much easier, that's true. However, they only represent the projects that are guaranteed (IE, things that are like everything else.) Especially now, when publishing is so compacted and three big companies own pretty much all of the traditional imprints, it's almost impossible to get anything unique out there that way.
That's why I've chosen to try this model. As a writer, it gives me a lot more control of my own project and career. It's a risk, of course, but I am hoping that with supporters like you, I will find a great home for my book with a publisher that WANTS something different, and I will keep you posted as I travel down that road.
What you can do for me now is this: I need to get 45 more preorders before April 11. If you can think of one or two people who you can directly message and suggest that they get on board with this project, that would help a lot. If you know of any would-be writers who might want to either get a consult with me or come stay at my Southern California home, there are two big-ticket bonuses that offer coaching and a weekend writing retreat.
Whatever you do, know that I so, so appreciate your support, and I hope you love the book. I'm really proud of it.