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WMBTSG Drawing Number Two: And the winner is…

Let’s see who is having a happy day today…

It’s Christine Silva!

Smile, Christine, you have won a Writer Mama Gift Set from Ninth Moon!

To reread about what you’ve won, click here.

Please send me your snail mail address at writer mama at earthlink dot net.

Thanks everyone for participating! And don’t worry, there are still 28 chances to win!

Thanks for your help spreading the word about the 2008 Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway.

Congratulations, Christine!


WMBTSG Day Three (Make comments to this post to participate)

Welcome to day three of the annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with The Shy Writer by C. Hope Clark and Wooden “Writer at Work” Doorhanger from Ninth Moon:

The Shy Writer by C. Hope Clark

If you’ve picked up this book, you have a fear like I do. Or else you desire to help someone who has that fear. This is not a book to make you enjoy speaking and putting on a show in front of strangers. This is a book to help you deal with shyness within the writing world in your own fashion. You do not have to speak at conferences. You do not have to be embarrassed at a book signing. You do not have to hawk your product and feel like a used-car salesman. Or you might have a desire to do all these things but do not know how to start. Your personality is your personality. You write because it meshes well with your character. You do not have to sacrifice yourself to fit someone else’s mold of a writer. Challenge is good for growth, but agony is unhealthy. The comfort level is yours to find.

Here you receive pointers on how to maneuver in the writing arena without the social weight around your neck. And you will learn how to manage during times when you absolutely have to make appearances you cannot dodge. What you won’t receive is a message telling you to “get over it.” While Toastmasters is educational and worthwhile, it is not the cure-all. If you are shy and don’t want to “get over it,” this is the book for you.

Author Bio:

C. Hope Clark has published newsletters, ebooks and web site for nine years. She’s published in Writer’s Digest, The Writer, ByLine, Chicken Soup Anthologies, TURF, NextStep Magazine and many more. Her web site has been a 101 Best Websites for Writers selection for 2001 through 2008. True to her nickname “Freelance Hope,” she provides weekly editorials in her newsletters that have writers clamoring to read each weekend. She is also a monthly columnist at, and Find out more about Hope, The Shy Writer and FundsforWriteers at


Writer at Work Doorhanger (A $32 Value)

Made exclusively for Ninth Moon, this Writer at Work doorhanger is a gentle way to tell all who would disturb you that you’re behind a closed door for a reason.

  • Antique/distressed white wood
  • Genuine Italian Botticino marble
  • 4″ tile, overall hanger dimensions 4.25″ x 10.75″
  • Notched to fit both round and lever-style handles
  • Rubber pad on back to protect your millwork

Seller Bio:

Laron Glover is owner of Ninth Moon (, a boutique store that provides “gifts to delight and tools to inspire” writers. Ninth Moon specializes in treasures (not trinkets) and has recently added a line of author promotional items (bookplates/labels/stationery). Laron is a writer mama herself–her “baby” will be starting kindergarten this year, which means she no longer has to compete with a 5-year old for her laptop. She admires all parents who manage to write around jelly-coated keyboards and temper tantrums in pursuit of their dreams.


Today’s question: Last year I asked: Are you a shy writer? So it seems like I should come up with a new question. How about this, slightly tougher question: How much do you allow your shyness or introverted nature to be an excuse or impediment in your writing career? Have you found ways to overcome your shyness that might inspire others? Please share 50-200 words on how shyness has helped or hindered your writing career.

If this is your first post in the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

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