Archive for August, 2007

Cel-e-brate Writer Mamas, Come On!

Did you catch the party tone, there? 🙂

Okay, the rules are officially updated. Please re-read them since the first posting. Hopefully I have addressed the most pressing questions (and won’t have to update them again, but we’ll see). I reserve the right to tweak them as we go.

The list of giveaways is now complete and closed. I’d love to do this again next year and invite more folks to donate to the cause! But for now, let’s take things one year at a time. (I’m talking to myself, of course.)

Yes! I’d love it if you’d spread the word about the giveaway. In fact, if you have the impulse NOT to spread the word so you can have a better chance to win, well…I know you won’t act on it because that’s just bad giveaway karma. ‘Nuf said.

Please be sure to read the part of the rules about what else is being given away besides what’s on the list. I’m speaking about signed copies of Writer Mama and a one hour writing career phone consult. Check it out!

Tomorrow: a little more business and then give it away, give it away, give it away…Saturday!


Please Spread the Word About TWMBTS Daily Giveaway!

For Immediate Release: September 1-30, 2007

Writer Mama Fall 2007 Daily Giveaway Tiny BadgeThe Writer Mama, Christina Katz, is giving away a writing tool a day through her blog, The Writer Mama Riffs, every day for thirty days during the month of September. In addition to over thirty prizes such as Writer’s Digest 2008 Market books, she’s giving away ten signed copies of her book, Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids and a one-hour writing career phone consult.

Moms and Dads who write are especially encouraged to participate in celebration of this hectic yet wonderful back-to-school time of year. However, anyone who participates is eligible to win daily prizes.

For a complete list of giveaways:

For official rules and how to win:

Christina hopes to see your comments in her blog so you can be eligible to win prizes in the Writer Mama Back-to-School Daily Giveaway!

Christina Katz
Author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (Writer’s Digest Books, March 2007)

Official Site:
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Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway: Da Rules

Writer Mama Fall 2007 Daily Giveaway Tiny BadgeThese rules revised AGAIN on September 2nd at 10:15 a.m. PST, please reread!

Please post any questions about the rules in the comments and I will be sure to answer them within the rule description, so everyone benefits. 🙂

1. You must comment to the post that describes the daily prize(s) you want to win, in order to be entered into the drawing for that day. No exceptions. Please be sure to comment to the correct post. The comment link is located just under the post title. Your comment will be posted after it is approved (usually within a few hours after you post unless I am sleeping).

2. You may comment only once per day (and therefore be entered to win once per day). But you may comment every day, for sure. If you make a spelling or grammatical error in your post, just let it go. Don’t comment twice to correct it. Not necessary since winners are selected by random drawing.

3. All comments must answer the question of the day, which will be posted every day with the giveaway item(s). In other words, no drive-by commenting. As a writing instructor, I could not resist a “teaching opportunity,” so all questions will relate to discovering more about ourselves as writers. However, answering the questions will only take a few moments out of your busy day, so thanks for being thoughtful.

4. Comment to win beginning on September 1st at 00:01 a.m. PST and continue each day for 30 days for maximum chances to win. Each day’s drawing closes at midnight (12:00) PST. The winner is chosen by random drawing the next day.
5. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of your item. Some items shipped directly from the author, some shipped from elsewhere, some are e-products. Prizes will only be shipped to United States locations.

6. There are three (3) ways to win:

a. WIN THE DAILY PRIZE OR PRIZES:  You may be selected as the day’s winner through a random drawing held from the pool of folks who comment for the listed items each day during September. Only posts that answer the day’s question will be considered. Your post must be between 50-300 words or it will not be approved.

b. INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE FELLOW WRITER MAMAS: You can be selected as one of ten most inspirational contest participants for the month by sharing your writing and publishing success stories and tips right in your comments. So go ahead, inspire us with your posts! The ten most inspiring writers selected on October 1st will each win a signed copy of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. (You do not need to be a writer mama to win, though it’s a good idea to remember that you are writing for an audience of writer mamas.)

c. TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS: Invite others to post in the giveaway (and mention that YOU invited them in their comment) and you are entered to win a one-hour writing career phone consult with Christina Katz. The person who is mentioned as referring the most participants throughout the month will win this grand prize. (If you don’t travel in a circle of writer mama friends yet, you can always ask your mom friends who don’t write to send their mom friends who do write and mention your name.) Phone consult winner will be selected on October 1st.

Announcement: There will be no Writer Mama e-zine this month because of the giveaway. Next issue of the Writer Mama e-zine will announce the winners of all prizes including second and third places in the Writer Mamas (or Papas) Essay contest for Writer’s Digest magazine.

Hope the giveaway is as fun for you as it has been for me so far. 🙂

WMBTSDG: Giveaways List !!!

Writer Mama Fall 2007 Daily Giveaway Tiny BadgeHere it is, the list writer mamas have been waiting for…all the giveaways I’ve been collecting all month for the Writer Mama Back-to-School Daily Giveaway.

(Now let’s see if I can get this list posted before I have to get my daughter to another one of her back-to-school doctor appointments.) Here goes:

September 30th: Writer’s Market Deluxe 2008 by Robert Brewer (Writer’s Digest Books 2007) & Work It, Girl, 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick by Wendy Burt and Erin Kindberg (Contemporary Books 2001) & Oh, Solo Mia! The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One by Wendy Burt and Erin Kindberg (Contemporary Books 2003)

September 29th: The Street Smart Writer: Self Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World by Jenna Glatzer and Daniel Steven (Nomad Press 2006)

September 28th: Guide to Literary Agents 2008 by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer’s Digest Books 2007) & Calm and Compassionate Children, A Handbook by Susan Usha Dermond (Celestial Arts 2007)

September 27th: The Renegade Writer: Query Letters that Rock by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell (Marion Street Press 2006)

September 26th: Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2008 by Lauren Mosko (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)

September 25th: The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell (Marion Street Press 2005)

September 24th: Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2008 by Alice Pope (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)

September 23rd: Freelancing for Newspapers: Writing for an Overlooked Market by Sue Fagalde Lick (Quill Driver Books, 2007)

September 22nd: Poet’s Market 2008 by Nancy Breen (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)

September 21st: Plug Your Book: Online Book Marketing for Authors by Steve Weber (Weber Books 2007)

September 20th: The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book Edited by Jane Friedman (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)

September 19th: The Endorsement Quest: A New Method for Finding Book Endorsements by Gregory A. Kompes (E-book on CD, Fabulist Flash Publishing 2007) and 10 Simple Solutions to Stress, How to Tame Tension & Start Enjoying Your Life by Claire Michaels Wheeler, MD, PH.D. (New Harbinger 2007)

September 18th: Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript Edited by Cynthia Laufenberg and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)

September 17th: The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase (McGraw-Hill 2007)

September 16th: How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larson (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)

September 15th: Poetry for the People e-mail writing class starts October 3rd, taught by Sage Cohen Half-Price Certificate (transferrable) & Like the Heart, The World, poetry collection by Sage Cohen (Queen of Wands Press 2007)

September 14th: 7 Steps to Effective Web Content (E-book), How to be Web-word Savvy and Do More Business with Your Website by Elizabeth Short and The Write-Brain Workbook, 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer (Writer’s Digest Books 2006).

September 13th: The Shy Writer by C. Hope Clark (Funds for Writers 2004)

September 12th: Six-Figure Freelancing, The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money by Kelly James Enger AND Special Bonus Book: White Bikini Panties: Say Goodbye to the Good Girl by Kelly James Enger (Kensington 2004)

September 11th: A certificate for a free one-year subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine, Edited by Maria Schneider.

September 10th: Ready, Aim, Specialize, Create Your Own Writing Specialty and Make More Money (Random House 2005) by Kelly James Enger (The Writer Books 2003)

September 9th: Foolscap and Quill Writer’s Pocket Tax Guide (online version) by Darlene Cypser and The Write-Brain Workbook, 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer (Writer’s Digest Books 2005)

September 8th: The Practicing Writer’s Directory of Paying Essay Markets E-book by Erika Dreifus and The Practicing Writer’s Directory of No-Cost Literary Contests and Competitions E-book by Erika Dreifus.

September 7th: You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey E. Dils (Writer’s Digest Books 1998) and E-Parenting, Keeping Up with Your Tech-Savvy Kids by Sharon Cindrich (Random House 2007)

September 6th: A Cup of Comfort for Writers Edited by Colleen Sell (Adams Media 2007) Copy donated by contributor Sage Cohen

September 5th: How to Write the Story of Your Life (memoir writing) by Frank P. Thomas (Writer’s Digest Books 1989)

September 4th: The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 strategies and techniques for selling your fiction by Even Marshall (Writer’s Digest Books 2003) AND Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge (NAL Accent 2005) & Riding with the Queen by Jennie Shortridge (NAL Accent 2003)

September 3rd: The Renegade Writer: Query Letters that Rock by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell (Marion Street Press 2006)

September 2nd: The Writer’s Little Helper: Everything you need to know to write better and get published by James V. Smith (Writer’s Digest Books 2006), Jr. AND Koenig’s Wonder by Linda Kuhlmann (novel, Llumina Press 2004)

September 1st: The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell (Marion Street Press 2005)

Coming in the next post: The Rules…please be sure to read them. 🙂

Stay Tuned…It’s Going to be an Exciting Week

I’m still playing catch-up from being away last week, but starting tomorrow I’ll be setting up the schedule for the Writer Mama Back-to-School Daily Giveaway. I’m so excited! It’s going to be fun!

Speaking of the giveaway, I was able to get a copy of Ready, Aim, Specialize and Six-Figure Freelancing from Kelly James Enger as folks requested. 🙂

A lot of resources from my book, Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids will be made available through the giveaway. So be sure to come by daily and bring lots of writer mama friends so you can be eligible to win . I’ll explain all the details on Friday, but you might want to jot down a list of all your writing mama friends now. You’ll need to invite 29 friends to participate in all 30 days of giveaways.

Also, a quick mention that the final Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff Class (especially for moms) that begins October 3rd is filling quickly. At this writing, it’s over half-full. I know that sometimes folks wait to the last minute, but this time I wouldn’t. And don’t forget that the price goes up in 2008, so last chance to pay only$160.

And finally, the October 2007 issue of Writer’s Digest is on stands now! Aren’t you dying to find out who won the Writer Mama (or Papa) Essay Contest? I will congratulate the winner when I post second and third place on October 1st, right after our month-long giveaway.

I’ll also post suggestions of what to do if you DIDN’T win. Obviously, with over 500 entries, not everyone can win. I hope you’ll all agree however that though it was a tough choice, the first-place entry earned the first place slot.

Okay, well, what a week it’s going to be. I’m also reviewing my contract for my second book with Writer’s Digest. I’d like to write eventually about how different the first book felt vs. the second book, but that will have to wait. Onward!

Happy Graduation Whidbey Island Writers Association MFA Gradutates!

And thank you for inviting me to be a small part of your MFA program fall residency. I had a terrific time, learned a lot and was so impressed with everyone I met, graduates and candidates alike.

I plan on adding a little slideshow here before the weekend is out (did it!). But must go grab dinner for the fam’ first. It’s been exceptionally hectic with this being the first time my family was scattered in four directions: myself on Whidbey Island, Jason at “Yearbook Camp” in Eugene, Samantha at her best friend’s house for a sleepover, and the pups off to the kennel.

We are enjoying being all back together under one roof again. But it sure is an adjustment. I think I will probably save such tricky trips for special occasions…such as this one was.

I Think They Call This “Multi-tasking”

I am listening to voicemails, responding to over a hundred e-mails, and renewing (overdue) library books…all at the same time.

I must be back home after a trip. 🙂

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