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WMBTSG: Who will be the winner tonight???

It’s Maribeth!

You remember Maribeth…she won stuff last year too!

(Was it books from Jennie Shortridge, Maribeth? I just saw her speak at Willamette Writers on Tuesday.)

This time, you won The Shy Writer by Hope Clark & Wooden “Writer at Work” Doorhanger from Ninth Moon. Totally cool!

To reread about what you’ve won THIS year, 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 27 chances to win!

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

Congratulations, Maribeth!


Kicking Off the Northwest Author Series September 21, 2008 at the Wilsonville Library

I LOVE libraries.

That’s why I partner with my local library and want to encourage other writers to do the same. In fact, I’ll be on a panel at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers trade show with Pat Duke, the director of the Wilsonville Public Library. We will be two of the folks discussing Working Together: Authors, Librarians & Booksellers on Tuesday, September 16 at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn. The panel will be hosted by Elizabeth Lyon and is sure to create a wonderful diologue and offer up examples of how all of us who love the written word can team up and work together. Hooray! I’m so happy about this. I’ll also be teaching a workshop called, 13 Easy Ways to Increase Attendance.”

And speaking of…

On September 21st, the regional author series that I created and host, The Northwest Author Series, kicks off. Hooray again! Here’s the scoop:

Personal Essay Writers Won’t Want to Miss How to Write and Market Personal Stories with Samantha Ducloux Waltz

Tell your story. Draw the reader in. Paint a whole world with words. In this ninety-minute writing workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to pull up a story from within, begin to polish it and decide where to submit it. You’ll get tips for creating successful leads, compelling plots, sensory-rich settings and convincing characters. You’ll have the opportunity to explore markets and discuss effective ways to place your personal stories. So bring a pen and your passion for writing. The power of your own words will surprise you.

Samantha Ducloux Waltz, an award-winning author, sold her first story at age eleven to the local newspaper, followed by First Fiction and Fiction awards as a teen for American Girl, and a stint as a guest editor for Mademoiselle. Currently she has stories in many anthologies including a number of volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Cup of Comfort series. She has also been published in The Christian Science Monitor and The Rambler. Other writing includes a nonfiction book Parenting: Four Patterns in Child Rearing and a young adult novel Young Rebel written under the name Samellyn Wood.

Date is Sunday, September 21, 2008. Time is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Location is the Wilsonville Public Library in the Oak Room, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Wilsonville, OR, 97070.

Cost is five dollars at the door. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author afterwards. The series is created and hosted by Wilsonville author Christina Katz in partnership with The Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council, and the Friends of the Wilsonville Library.

Everyone who attends will be entered to win two out of three of the following door prizes from Writer’s Digest Books: Subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine for one year, Subscription to for one year and/or $25 gift certificate to purchase Writer’s Digest Books. Starbucks coffee and refreshments will be served.

If you live in the area, I hope you can make it!

And if you love libraries too and you’d like to see what the smart folks in Clackamas County are doing to insure their future, visit Keep Our Libraries Open. It’s amazing what these folks are accomplishing. I’m a big fan!

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

Welcome to day four of the annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with The Travel Writer’s Collection from Ninth Moon and Writer Mama baseball hat!

Travel Writer’s Collection from Ninth Moon

The revised 6th edition of the bestselling classic. Considered an industry standard for over two decades, the Travel Writer’s Handbook is the place to turn whether you’re already a published author, an aspiring writer looking to break into print, or just an adventurous traveler whose stories could make great reading. One step at a time, learn exactly how to write—and sell—travel articles to newspapers, magazines, and websites.

Includes hundreds of tips on traveling and writing–and how to best enjoy both. A bonus: Includes twelve tried-and-true article formats and how to write them.

From the Travel Writer Marketletter “Unquestionably the best book on the subject.”

  • Trade Paperback, 2007
  • Updated, 6th edition
  • Over 75,000 copies in print
  • 6″ x 9″, 290 pages

“If you want to be a writer, write!” – Eccolo Leather Journal

Soft, cheek-brushing-smooth-leather, a bit smaller than our other journals. Light as a feather, but with sturdy paper–perfect for that next trip or tucking into your purse without weighing you down. Eccolo claims “it is not known how long ink will last on this paper because no sheet of it has ever been known to fade.”

  • 5”x6.75”x.75”
  • Acid free, heavy stock ivory paper, 125 pages
  • The color of a magical sunset

Wanderlust Green Tea Bath salts by Bluebird Bath Products. A delightful blend of natural ingredients to sooth away the aches of the day. Enough for two delightful (do-I-have-to-climb-out-of-here?) baths.


Writer Mama Baseball Cap from Writer Mama Stuff at Café Press

Original Writer Mama cover art by Claudean Wheeler, modified by Burton Haun


Today’s question: Ah, the travel-writing fantasy. We have all had one I bet. Some of us even live it. Please share yours fantasy or experience here. If you don’t have an interest in travel writing, how come? If travel is just not a possibility for you at this time, go ahead and grouse. Please share 50-200 words on how you feel about travel writing and your career. (No doubt this gift basket will inspire you!)

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

Comments accepted until midnight PST on September 4th.

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