Archive for September, 2007

And the September 29th Winner is…

Beth K. Vogt!

Congrats, Beth. You’ve won…

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

Tonight the giveaway ends at midnight…but guess what? It’s not really over yet. Because ten participants of my choosing are going to win copies of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. And one lucky winner is going to be chosen to win a free one-hour writing career consult.

But I’m going to have to do something really smart: I’m giving myself until next Monday, October 8th at midnight to announce who those folks are going to be. I’ve got myself scheduled to the hilt this month. Starting with a road trip to Southern Oregon this week to Eugene and then to Medford. I’ll be speaking at those respective chapters of Willamette Writers.

If you are in the area, I hope you will join us. Please visit the Willamette Writers website for more info. In the meantime, I’m going to be back over all the comments and deciding who those ten plus one winners are going to be.

Stay tuned! Of course, I’m going to announce the winner of today’s drawing tomorrow, as usual. 🙂 Keep the comments coming. There are still almost four hours left!

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WMBTSD Giveaway Day 30: September 30, 2007

Welcome to the biggest day of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Today is the final day and also the day to win the most prizes! DRUMROLL, please!

Today’s giveaways are…September 30th: Writer’s Market Deluxe 2008 by Robert Brewer (Writer’s Digest Books 2007) AND Work It, Girl, 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick by Wendy Burt and Erin Kindberg (Contemporary Books 2001) AND Oh, Solo Mia! The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One by Wendy Burt and Erin Kindberg (Contemporary Books 2003) AND today’s winner will also win Wendy Burt’s Audio Course, Breaking Into Freelance Writing, which contains 33 pages of handouts and three CDs.

And btw, today’s giveaway has a cash value of over one hundred dollars. (!!!)

1520_1564_large.jpgHere’s the book description for the 2008 Writer’s Market Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition:

Here’s the one reference you need to get your work published and paid for! 2008 Writer’s Market Deluxe makes it easier than ever to connect with the people who can make your writing dreams come true!

Inside you’ll find thousands of publishing opportunities, including book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, script buyers and more. Every market listing comes packed with the information you need to know: what editors want, where to send it, how much they pay and more!

But that’s not even the best part. With the 2008 Writer’s Market Deluxe, you get the benefits of a standard 2008 Writer’s Market, plus access to an extraordinary online database for one full year.

At WritersMarket.com you’ll find every market listed in this book, plus over 1,000 more. It’s your key to the most complete assemblage of publisher listings available—and it’s UPDATED DAILY! It includes easy-to-customize search settings to help you zero in on the most promising markets for your work.

You’ll also find phone numbers, contact names, pay rates, e-mail addresses, links to useful websites, guidelines and submission tips for every lead—crucial information that can help you get published and get PAID.

Want more? 2008 Writer’s Market Online also provides you with the popular SUBMISSION TRACKER, listings and contact information for over 4000 AGENTS, access to your very own home page, tips of the day, extensive articles on sending submissions, getting published and more. You’re serious about getting published.

If you want to be read, 2008 Writer’s Market Online is the tool you need to make it happen!

And now, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Wendy Burt, who just had her second baby, Ben Stevenson Thomas, last week. 🙂 She’s quoted often Writer Mama and I want to thank her for all her help and for her great example over the years. Wendy has been a writing-for-publication mentor of mine since I took her class in 1999 (which was where I met my husband, Jason, coincidentally).

0809297825.pngWendy Burt-Thomas is a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. Her credentials include more than 1,000 published pieces in such varied publications as Family Circle, MSNBC.com and The Writer. Her books, Oh, Solo Mia! (2001, McGraw-Hill) and Work It, Girl! (2003, McGraw-Hill) are available through www.WendyBurt-Thomas.com.

17498686.JPGOh, Solo Mia! The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One offers more than 120 fun and innovative ideas for women who want to enjoy life without a man – or friend! – in tow.

Work It, Girl! 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick offers a wide variety of fun and fabulous ways to overcome the daily grind with style.

Taken from the class of the same name, Breaking Into Freelance Writing is a 3-CD set of Wendy Burt’s live workshop. The audio is paired with a 30+ page packet, including sample queries, cover letters, agent letters and more.

P.S. One of my editors for Writer Mama, Michelle Ehrhard, also had a baby last week, her first and a girl, Bridget Joelle, born on September 18th. The message I got from Lauren Mosko at WDB letting me know about the birth said: “Another Writer Mama!” in the subject line. 🙂

(Lest we forget, editors are almost always writers…just like us.)

Here is the question that you must answer in between 50-300 words in order to be entered into today’s giveaway:

Who do you want to thank for the writing career/journey success that you’ve experienced thus far? This can be family, friends, pets, mentors–anyone who’s made a difference. Go ahead and thank them here. An attitude of gratitude magnetizes success, in my experience. (My list is about a mile long at this point, so mind the word-count.)

And the September 28th Winner is…

Erika!

Congratulations, Erika. Two books for one comment!

Today’s giveaways are: 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).

The Guide to Literary Agents 2008Calm and Compassionate Children by Susan Usha Dermond

Please e-mail me your snail mail address at: writermama AT earthlink.net (you have to type it in, I’m trying to avoid SPAM).

I hope you’ll keep participating!

And don’t forget to check back each day to hear about a brand new winner each day.

New around here and want to get in on today’s giveaway?

You must follow “Da Rules” or you can not win. Please read them, so you can follow them. I saw some posts under 50 words in this bunch. I didn’t delete them, but I can’t allow them to win either.

Here’s the list of giveaways by date. You must comment to the correct post on the date you want to win.

September 30th, Sunday, is the last day of the giveaway. I’m going to have withdrawal. I just know it!

WMBTSD Giveaway Day 29: September 29, 2007

Today’s giveaway comes from a recent addition to the writer mama club: Jenna Glatzer!

And I know we all feel that our children are the cutest on the planet. Naturally, right?

But you have to check out the photos of Jenna’s daughter, Sarina. She is just way too cute.

And here’s an awesome list of how she makes Sarina laugh that will make any mom smile.

Which is not exactly a good transition to introduce her book but that’s okay. It’s late and we’re on day 29!

Today’s giveaway is…

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

Here’s the description: You’ll never get scammed by a deadbeat publisher or an unscrupulous agent once you read this guide. It’s an in-depth look at all the shady characters who are out to rip off writers, from fake literary agents who get kickbacks from editorial services to rigged writing contests. It also covers the sorts of new agents and publishers who don’t actually mean to do harm, but are so clueless that they can kill a writer’s career. Whether you write books, scripts, poems, short stories, articles, essays, or anything in between, you’ll be a wiser writer by the end of this book. Learn all the warning signs to watch out for, what do do if you’ve already been taken, and how to spot a good deal.

Jenna Glatzer is the author or ghostwriter of 16 books, with a 17th on the way. She writes everything from celebrity biographies to health books. Her latest titles include Bullyproof Your Child for Life (by Joel Haber, Ph.D. with Jenna Glatzer), Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer, and Unbroken: A Memoir (by Tracy Elliott with Jenna Glatzer). Jenna has also written hundreds of magazine articles, and is a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest magazine. Visit her at www.jennaglatzer.com, where you’ll find everything from writing advice to photos of her new baby.

Okay, I almost forgot the question for the second night in a row. Wake up, Christina!

Here it is: Have you gotten scammed in any way related to your writing career? Have you known anyone who has been scammed? Any situations, that were supposed to be on the up and up that made you raise an eyebrow? How do you tell the difference between a legitimate writing opportunity and a scam?

Folks, your response to the question must be between 50-300 words to qualify to win this awesome book!

And the September 27th Winner is…

Heather Haapoja!

TRW Query Letters That RockedThere she goes again flashing that lucky streak. But I think it’s just great. Go, Heather. Milk that lucky streak! 🙂

You have won…September 27th: The Renegade Writer: Query Letters that Rock, The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell (Marion Street Press 2006).

Good responses, everyone. Rock on! I’m so happy to see some new participants coming in here at the end of our run.

New around here and want to get in on today’s giveaway?

You must follow “Da Rules” or you can not win. Please read them, so you can follow them. I saw some posts under 50 words in this bunch. I didn’t delete them, but I can’t allow them to win either.

Here’s the list of giveaways by date. You must comment to the correct post on the date you want to win.

Thanks for participating and spreading the word!

Blushing in the Blogoshpere…

Guess what?

Today Maria Schneider, editor of Writer’s Digest Magazine, picked this blog for her 20/20 project over at The Writer’s Perspective.

Thanks, Maria! I’m still blushing, even after posting a (rather long-winded) response.

So, ahem, ladies, you might want to put some extra polish into those question responses for the giveaway, we’ve got company!

I also learned–though I never would have guessed it because this gal is in such great shape–that Maria has three kids of her own, which makes her an automatic member of the writer mama club.

See what she has to say about how she’s coped with writing and raising kids at the same time. I know we can all relate.

I’ll be posting the winners of the Writer’s Digest “When Writing and Parenting Collide” Contest on October 1st. Thanks to Writer’s Digest for hosting such an awesome opportunity for moms (and dads) to share what it’s like to juggle, juggle, juggle both roles.

I’ll have more to say about each winning entry, later…

WMBTSD Giveaway Day 28: September 28, 2007

Can you believe it? Only three more days to participate in the Writer Mama Back to School Daily Giveaway!

Today’s giveaways are: 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).

The Guide to Literary Agents 2008I had the distinct pleasure of writing an article for the Guide to Literary Agents 2008 and of meeting Chuck in NYC when I attended the BEA/Writer’s Digest Conference. And I can report this: Chuck is a really nice guy. Smart too. And, of course, this is an extremely valuable book and an excellent resource for your shelf. Here’s the official description:
As the market becomes more glutted while the number of major publishing houses shrinks, writers need someone familiar with the publishing scene to shepherd their manuscript to the right person. Now in its 17th year, Guide to Literary Agents is the writer’s best resource for finding a literary agent or script agent to represent their work. It provides names and specialties for more than 700 individual agents around the United States and the world. The 2008 edition includes more than 90 pages of original articles on finding the best agent to represent your work and how to seal the deal. From editing your work to crafting a book proposal to making the most of your contract, this must-have guide helps writers deal with agents every step of the way.

Calm and Compassionate Children by Susan Usha DermondToday’s giveaway also includes a lovely signed copy of Calm and Compassionate Children, a Handbook by Susan Usha Dermond (Ten Speed Press, 2007).

In a world where media sensationalizes, terrorism threatens, and youth violence makes headlines, parents and teachers are faced with an important challenge—to instill a sense of calm and compassion in the children they care for and to foster universal values such as tolerance, respect, kindness, honesty, and generosity.

Calm and Compassionate Children provides inspiration to do just that—help children develop empathy and integrity as they grow and mature. Dermond shares more than ninety straightforward techniques that expand children’s thoughts and feelings and foster natural joy, wonder, caring, and love. The book has fresh and fun examples of activities that awaken a child’s curiosity, for example, showing children the power of positive energy by having them compare the number of people who smile when they smile versus the number of people who smile when they don’t. Music, nature, pets, stories, quiet time, rituals, and more are used to create calmness and compassion in simple, but delightful ways. Anyone who touches the life of a child will find valuable support in this thoughtful guide.

Susan has a free discussion guide and six calm and compassionate children’s activities on her website:

http://www.susandermond.com/

AND TODAY’S QUESTION IS: (Sorry, fell asleep at the wheel momentarily!) 

What are your beliefs about agents? What positive stories of agents impacting a writer’s career have you heard? How might an agent specifically benefit your career?

Please answer today’s question in 50-300 words to participate in today’s drawing. (Unless you came earlier than 7:30 a.m. PST on the 28th. 😉 )


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