Heather Lazare

2020 Speaker
Heather Lazare

HEATHER LAZARE is an independent editorial and publishing consultant who specializes in editing adult fiction, specifically historical fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, and thrillers. She works with publishing houses, literary agents, and individual authors to help writers develop and strengthen their voices, tighten (or elaborate!), clarify, and keep the plot moving in order to create a memorable and saleable story. She began her career at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, then moved to the editorial side at Crown (Penguin Random House), and was a senior editor at Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) before creating her own business in 2013. She runs the Northern California Writers’ Retreat, a yearly fiction retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains, gathering twelve writers, one Author-in-Residence, and one Guest Agent, together for four nights and five days of writing, workshops, yoga, and wine. Heather lives in California with her husband and two children. @hlazare

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