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Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway: The September 2008 Final List of Daily Prizes

(Subject to change, but here goes…!)

Week One: Books that come with Cool Stuff!

Day one: Chicken a la King & the Buffalo Wing by Steven Gilbar, Fix, Freeze, Feast cookbook by Kati Neville & Lindsay Tkacsik & Writer Mama BBQ Apron from Café Press (one winner)

Day two: The Writer Mama Gift Set from Ninth Moon (one winner)

Day three: The Shy Writer by Hope Clark & Wooden “Writer at Work” Doorhanger from Ninth Moon (one winner)

Day four: The Travel Writer’s Collection from Ninth Moon and Writer Mama baseball hat (one winner)

Day five: 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron & Writer Mama Tote Bag (one winner)

Day six: Writer Mama by Christina Katz, Writer Mama Creative Manifesto mouse pad, Writer Mama wall clock (one winner)

[SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Writer Mama Scholarship Applications accepted from 9/6 – 9/14 for the October Writing & Publishing the Short Stuff Class]

Day seven: A Writer’s Space Collection from Ninth Moon Writer Mama Creative Manifesto Throw Pillow (one winner)

Week Two: Get Juiced Up to Write

Day eight: The Write-brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer

Day nine: Freelancing for Newspapers by Sue Lick

Day ten: Writer’s Digest Weekly Planner by the Writer’s Digest Editors

Day eleven: The Daily Writer by Fred White

Day twelve: Pep Talks, Warnings & Screeds by George Singleton, illustrated by Daniel Wallace

Day thirteen: Four copies of A Cup of Comfort for Writers with essays by Sage Cohen, Samantha Ducloux Waltz, Amy Mercer, and Lisa Romeo (four winners from these four contributors)

Day fourteen: One-year subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine

Week Three: Fiction Fireworks Week

Day fifteen: Two special edition hardcover copies of Make a Scene by Jordan Rosenfeld (two winners)

Day sixteen: The Mind of Your Story by Lisa Lenard-Cook

Day seventeen: Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon

Day eighteen: Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure & Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

Day nineteen: First Draft in 30 Days & From First Draft to Finished Novel by Karen Wiesner (one winner)

Day twenty: Writing the Breakout Novel & Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass (one winner)

Day twenty-one: 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market by Rachel McDonald


Week Four: The Grand Finale

Day twenty-two: Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz (three winners)

[SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: First Day of Fall Get Known Before the Book Deal Amazon Spike Day!]

Day twenty-three: Ready, Aim, Specialize by Kelly James-Enger

Day twenty-four: The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

Day twenty-five: The Renegade Writer Queries that Rock by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

Day twenty-six: The Writer’s Digest Guide to Queries by Wendy Burt Thomas (available December 2008)

Day twenty-seven: Page After Page & Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers

Day twenty-eight: One-year subscription to WritersMarket.com

Day twenty-nine: 2009 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino

Day thirty: 2009 Deluxe Writer’s Market by Robert Brewer

Be here on Monday (or as soon as you get back from your long weekend), so you won’t miss out on any of the fun!

2008 Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway: “Da Rules”

The Giveaway starts at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2008 and runs through midnight on September 30, 2008, with at least one new prize each day (some days more than one!). Hope you can come on by. Please read these rules before you start participating:

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. Winners are selected by random drawing, so don’t worry. A typo will not eliminate you. 🙂

3. All comments must answer the question of the day, which will be posted each 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. Your post must be between 50-200 words or it will not be approved. (Use Word Count in Microsoft Word if you want to be sure you have enough words.)

4. Comment to win beginning on September 1st at 00:01 a.m. PST and continue to comment 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 1-2 months for delivery of your item. Some items shipped directly from the author, some are shipped from elsewhere, some are shipped from the publisher (so please be patient). Prizes will only be shipped to United States locations. You may participate if you live abroad and have your own US mailing address. And yes, sure. If you have a friend who loves you so much that he/she is willing to ship your books from the US to you elsewhere in the world, that is fine.

6. There are two (2) 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 50-200 words or it will not be part of those in the running to win.

b. INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE FELLOW WRITER MAMAS: You can be selected as one of three most inspirational contest participants for the month by sharing your writing and publishing success stories and tips in your comments. So go ahead, inspire us with your posts! The three most frequently inspiring writers selected on October 1st will each win signed copies of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform and 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.)

Thanks for spreading the word about The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! If it’s anything like last year, it’s going to be a ton of fun!

We have lift-off! The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway List (Including the first free copies of Get Known Before the Book Deal)

And it’s going to be awesome!!! This is NOT the correct order, but it tells you what I’m giving away (it just doesn’t tell you when and how).

Stay tuned, because from September 1st – Septemeber 30th, I’ll be giving away a book or writer gift every day…with some surprises thrown in!

I hope you will help me by grabbing the badge and spreading the word. Thanks!

So far, I have the following awesome books to give away, many from my wonderful publisher, Writer’s Digest Books:

1. 2009 Deluxe Writer’s Market by Robert Brewer

2. 1-yr subscription to WritersMarket.com

3. 1-yr subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine

4. Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2009 by Rachel McDonald

5. Guide to Literary Agents 2009 by Chuck Sambuchino

6. Writer’s Digest Weekly Planner by the Writer’s Digest Editors

7. First Draft in 30 Days + From First Draft to Finished Novel by Karen Wiesner

8. Page After Page & Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers

9. WGF: Plot & Structure + WGF: Revision & Self-Editing by J.S. Bell

10. Writing the Breakout Novel + Workbook by Donald Maass

11. Chicken a la King & the Buffalo Wing by Steven Glibar

12. Pep Talks, Warnings, & Screeds by George Singleton, illus. by Daniel Wallace

13. The Daily Writer by Fred White

14. The Write-Brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer

15. The Mind of Your Story by Lisa Lenard-Cook

16. Four copies of A Cup of Comfort for Writers with essays by Sage Cohen, Samantha Ducloux Waltz, Amy Mercer, and Lisa Romeo

17. Make a Scene by Jordan Rosenfeld

18. Freelancing for Newspapers by Sue Lick

19. Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon

20. Writer Mama Gift Set from Ninth Moon

21. Travel Writer’s Collection from Ninth Moon

22. A Writer’s Space Collection from Ninth Moon

23. Wooden “Writer at Work” Doorhanger from Ninth Moon

24. THREE copies of Writer Mama by Christina Katz

25. THREE copies of Get Known Before the Book Deal (to be mailed upon publication) by Christina Katz ( available October 2008 )

26. Ready, Aim, Specialize by Kelly James-Enger

27. The Writer’s Digest Guide to Queries by Wendy Burt Thomas ( available December 2008 )

28. The Shy Writer by C. Hope Clark

29. The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

30. The Renegade Writer, Query Letters that Rock by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrel

31. 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron

It’s going to be a really exciting giveaway. Be sure to stop by each day in September and bring your writer mama friends!

A Few Good Perks: How to Feel Good Right This Minute

1. Don’t know where to pitch that nasty used ink cartridge? How about in a plastic mailer that you can pick up at any Petsmart store? Just toss them in until you fill the mailer and then drop in the mail for instant good karma. Your trash helps save the lives of homeless pets. (Like the one living with in my office who is about to have kittens. There’s more where she came from!)

2. Change your screensaver image to suit your mood. In one week alone, I’ve had daisys, dandelions, an orange rose, a pink dalia, some kind of underwater plant, and an unfurling green leaf. Why am I changing it on a daily basis? Because when I have a lot of work, the change in scenery gives my senses a lift.

3. Hop in the tub or sprawl in bed or head to the local cafe with this month’s issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. It’s a good read. And stop saying, “I could’ve written that!” and pitch editor, Maria Schneider, instead. Guidelines are here. (And congratulations to a familiar face—Melissa Hart! She wrote well on a topic that we can probably all relate to…but you’ll have to read it to find out what it is.)

4. Now quick, turn right around after taking in all that inspiration and do something brilliant. Come on, you’ve got a lot of great ideas. If you don’t know what to do with them, pick up my book Writer Mama. I’ll walk you through it. That’s what I do, when I need guidance. Yup. I read my own book. Why not? It works!

5. When all else fails and you are slumping over at your desk try any of these: Hang out with a child, go on an artist date, order something absurdly caloric at Starbucks, take a walk in the sun, rain or whatever, or call a writer friend. Any of these always works.

Blast From the Bloggy Past: August 2007 (Warning—Long and rambling post, some nostalgia involved)

Hey, this was a helpful idea I had: Pitching Primer for Writers Conferences

Here are some of my thoughts on traveling and motherhood.

I created my own blog badge for the Writer Mama Back to School Giveaway last year and let’s face it…it didn’t look so good. But this year, I got help from a real designer whose identity I will be happy to reveal when we are done working on design for all of my sites (until then, it’s a secret!)

That was then…

This is now…

Last year, I shared comments from former students on my Pitching Practice class. This year, I’m preparing to teach Platform 101: Discover Your Specialty. And once again, I have a few comments from former students:

[Discover Your Specialty] helped me to see the “big picture” of my writing career. I learned how to position myself as a writer with a “specialty” that I can transfer to many different writing markets and venues.

~ Jenny K.

I found Christina’s enthusiasm energizing. She attended to my personal emails promptly, which really helped when I felt stuck or confused.

~ Jessica SC

Christina pushed me to find my true motivation and to take a hard look at my writing and its direction. Because of that, I’ve learned to combine my two great loves – family and writing – into one great career.

~ Tiffani H-P

Bummer. Last year at this time, I was receiving books for the giveaway. That was so fun! But this year, everyone is shipping direct. I am being practical, I suppose, but I get a lot less party in my mailbox as a result. 😦

I shared 12 Ways to Take Your Writing Career to the Next Level (That Don’t Involve Writing).

Wow. This looking back one year is so spooky. One year ago this week, I was just announcing my book deal for Get Known (I didn’t disclose the topic though).

And now look at it, all growed up. Amazing. I’m still wiping the sweat from my brow and it’s almost out!

When I got back from Whidbey Island last summer, I wrote about multi-tasking as something that happens right after a trip. But what I neglected to write about is something that Lindsay Maines wrote about recently in her blog Rock & Roll Mama: being a “lazy unpacker.” AKA my tendency to take forever to empty my suitcase after I get back home.

Are we the only mamas who do this? Thanks for writing about it, Lindsay, I am not alone! Maybe we are just in shock because of all chaos that we find when we walk back in the door? That’s my story anyway. And I’m sticking to it.

Suddenly, while writing this, it occurred to me. Isn’t it time for Whidbey again? That must mean…Yup! Sure enough, Marc Acito is up there having an adventure right now. What do authors do when they find a swell presenting gig? We recommend our author-friends. It’s kinda fun to know he’s up there. It really was/is an adventure.

Which reminds me of another full-circle coincidence. I was interviewed last week for a magazine called Northwest Magazine. And last year at this time, I met the publisher at the ferry on my way from Port Townsend to Whidbey. Where is all of this serendipity coming from?

Oh me, oh my, I think it’s only fitting to conclude my round up from last year with the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway “Da Rules.” They worked so well, why wouldn’t I just use them again? I hope they whet your appetite to participate in the giveaway…and speaking of…I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Please, help me get ready by spreading the news!

Early Fall Classes Recap: Only a little space left!

The August 20th Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff class is full.

The August 20th Platform 101: Discover Your Speciality class is full.

The August 20th Personal Essays that Get Published class has only a couple spaces left.

But hurry, if you are interested. Class starts on Wednesday. 🙂

Learn more and register at: http://writersontherise.com/classes.html#Essays

The next round of classes begins on October 8th.

Stay tuned to hear about a new class coming in 2009. Plus the addition twice a year of two new live intensive classes with Christina Katz…oh wait, that’s me. 🙂

Call for Submissions: WOMEN AND HORSES: A STORY COLLECTION

Hi everyone,

I introduced Verna Dreisbach a week or so ago (scroll down on this post). She is an agent, and now the editor of a cool new anthology from Seal Press. I love Seal Press. I admire Verna’s spunk. Please submit, if you feel called.

🙂 Christina

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

WOMEN AND HORSES:  A STORY COLLECTION
Seal Press, Berkeley CA
Editor, Verna Dreisbach

Dear Friends,

Here is an exciting opportunity for you to be published in a new story collection by Seal Press.  Previous anthologies of this nature by Seal Press include Cat Women and Woman’s Best Friend.  The expected date of publication will be no later than January 2010, giving ample time to collect, choose and edit stories.

I am looking for truly inspirational stories that speak from the heart and show the unique bond between a woman and her horse.  Each story should be at least 1,000 words, but no more than 2,500 words in length.  Please send double-spaced versions only, in 12 point font Times New Roman as a Word Document.

Should your story be selected for inclusion in the book, the publisher will pay $100 for the rights to use your story in the anthology as well as provide the contributor with two copies of the book at no cost.  Your name will appear with the story as well as the option to include a high quality photograph of you and your horse.  Please consider that photographs will be printed in black and white.  Do not send photographs until asked to do so.

I am accepting submissions until January 15, 2009.  Please be sure to include your contact information with your submission: name, address, phone numbers and e-mail address.  Send stories to:  womenandhorses@gmail.com.  You can read more about the progress of the book at http://horsesandwomen.blogspot.com.

Due to the volume of submissions, only finalists will be notified.

I look forward to reading your stories and thank you in advance.

Sincerely,
Verna Dreisbach

A short bio about me:
I am a literary agent and published author.  My award winning stories have been published in literary journals, books, magazines and newspapers.  A feature article will appear in EQUUS Magazine by the end of 2008.  I have also had the opportunity to work with and ghost write for a NY Times bestselling author.  An educator at heart, I am the founder and president of Capitol City Young Writers, a writing organization for junior and senior high school students with the purpose of educating and encouraging the love of writing in today’s youth.


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