the good, the bad, and the ugly about the writing life


Heather Z. Hutchins is a published author, ghostwriter, and wanna-be mystery writer.

At last count, she has edited or ghostwritten 10 books. She has also written three books under her own name:

50 Plus One Tips to Organizing a Successful Social Event (Encouragement Press, 2007)

50 Plus One Tips for Handling Everyday Stress [co-authored with Michael Carney] (Encouragement Press, 2008)

50 Plus One Medical Breakthroughs that May Help You Live Better [co-authored with Michael Carney] (Encouragement Press, 2011).

Her most recent book, I Don’t Want to Go to College: Other Paths to Success, was published by the American Library Association (ALA).

Heather has a Master’s degree in English and has taught English at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Currently she works as a technical writer for a large technology company and gets to work from home.

HeatherzHutchins_pictureHeather has written two mystery novels, and she hasn’t had either one published…yet.

Her first one, Discount Death, was a great learning experience, and she doesn’t think it will ever see the light of day.

Her second book, Death and the Motherlode, just came back from her editor. Once her current manuscript is finished, she plans to start sending it out to literary agents. While she is getting rejected right and left, Heather is looking forward to writing her third mystery novel set in a call center. It’s tentatively titled, Death and the Do-Not-Call List.

Heather has experience meeting agents and editors at writer’s conferences and has a complete repertoire of “elevator” pitches. She also has friends all over the Midwest who have been published and can offer real-world experience to new writers.

Heather is delighted to share her experience with other writers.


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