On the Move!


I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I promise I have a very good reason. At least, I think it’s a good reason.


That’s right, I’ve created an entirely new author website, including a new section of bonus content, and I’m moving my blog to match.

So, whether you’re looking for updates on releases, to sign up for my newsletter, or just to read my latest book reviews, please come find me at:


Hope to see you soon!


Fairy vs Faerie

Okay world, I need your help!

In my Magicsmith series, humans sometimes refer to the fae as fairies/faeries (though the fae never refer to themselves this way). The term is considered something of an ethnic or racial slur, but has been adopted by many humans through ignorance. My question is: How would an average human spell the word. Fairy, as is the common Disney spelling, or faerie because it is more closely connected to the fae root? Most importantly: As a reader, which would you like to see in my book?


Writing Update

My third novel is done, yay!
Of course, by “done” I mean I got to the end of the first draft, not that it’s anywhere near ready to publish. 😉

With that milestone reached, it’s time to buckle down and do the third round of editing on Price of Tomorrow. Once I get through that, I’ll be looking for a few beta readers to help rip apart my work and make it stronger, so let me know if you’d like to volunteer.

Drop of Magic is still being read by publishers. I’m mostly trying not to think about that, since this process seems to take a painfully long time. With Hannah done, I need to decide if I want to finish the first draft of Courting Darkness — Drop of Magic’s sequel — or start on one of the many other projects floating around my writing folder.

I continue to write and edit short stories. I have two submitted to contests right now, but won’t hear results until December. Again, everything in this business seems to take such a long time! I’ve been researching magazines that take short story submissions, and once I do another pass on some of my earlier stories I’ll start sending those out.

I think that about catches you up! Thanks for reading 🙂

Honorable Mention

Finally got the result for the Writers of the Future second quarter (there’s always so much waiting!). My sort story “Hero” received an Honorable Mention. That makes two HMs and one Silver HM.

I’m thrilled that my writing is consistently good enough to make it into this category, but I’m also disappointed. I need to get *better*!

In searching for some kind of advice on how I can break through to the next level with my writing, I came across this article written by the judge of the contest specifically addressing what lands a story in the honorable mention category:


Unfortunately, without knowing which applies to me, it’s a lot like saying, “It was good, but it was missing that… certain something.” Without knowing what’s missing, it’s hard to figure out how to put it in there.

Ah well. I’ll keep writing and hope I find that certain… whatever it is. 😛

The Next Step

So, my agent wrote yesterday that she’s sent my manuscript off to the first round of publishers. Yay! I have no idea how long it will take for them to get back to us, but it’s still another step forward. 🙂

Also, I just finished the first scene of my next book: Hannah. More info will be coming on that soon!

Positive Feedback

The second of the three agents who requested my full manuscript has responded, and the feedback is encouraging!

Here’s what they said:

We have read the full manuscript and have been discussing it. Your writing is very good and the story line works well, the debate has been about where to place it. At the moment urban fantasy is down. I can suggest a couple things. The first is to add a bit of romance. Not a full romantic arc in the first story, but a slow burn that could unfold over the series. That will open it up to more editors. The second is to hold it hoping the urban fantasy market returns. We would be willing to work with you on both fronts, as well as read anything else you may have written. We do enjoy your writing voice and would like to get your career started.

I haven’t yet decided what to do about their advice, but I’m super excited that they liked my writing enough to want to work with me. 🙂


You can now find me on Twitter!

I’ll be using the account to talk about more than just writing, but that will certainly be a part of it. I’ll also post about all the other aspects and interests of my life, including art, games, kids, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Follow me @LaurenRBraden

Manuscript Request

One of the agents I queried after the Colorado Gold Convention responded that they liked my synopsis and wanted to read the first 100 pages. Last week she wrote to say she enjoyed those pages and wants to read the entire manuscript!!! (this totally deserves extra exclamations)

Who knows where this will lead, or even how long it will take, but I’m definitely moving in the right direction! I’m so excited 😀