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WMBTSG Drawing: And the winner is…

Cheryl M!

Congrats, Cheryl.

You have won Writer Mama by Christina Katz (that’s me), a Writer Mama Creative Manifesto mouse pad, and a Writer Mama wall clock. 🙂

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 24 chances to win!

Thanks for your help spreading the word about the 2008 Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Don’t by shy about spreading the word, now. There are plenty of prizes all month long.


What People Are Saying About “Get Known Before the Book Deal”

“The difference between a struggling writer searching for a book deal and the happily published author is a well-developed platform. (If you don’t know what a platform is, you really need this book.) It’s refreshing to read a book devoted to this very important part of the publishing process. Get Known Before the Book Deal is a must-read for any writer who wants to become a published author.”

—Lee Silber, award-winning author of thirteen books, including Self-Promotion for the Creative Person

“Katz challenges the comfortable myths writers often hide behind: I’m the exception, and I’m too modest for self-promotion. Marketing is the author’s responsibility, and new authors seeking ways to meaningfully increase their audience and reach—before, during, and after publication—will find hundreds of practical strategies here. Katz says: get over yourself. She shows you exactly how to do just that.”

—Heather Sellers, author of Georgia Under Water and Page After Page

“This should be the go-to book for every writer wanting to succeed in the highly competitive world of book publishing. As an agent, I know platform is as important (in a successful deal) as the quality of the written words on the page. Christina brings that home in her warm and accessible writing style of this book that’s filled with juicy tips!”

—Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Management

“Every day I tell writers, ‘Build your platform!’ They ask, ‘How?’ Now I can point them in the right direction, to Christina Katz’s excellent guide to platform-building.”

—Eric Maisel, author of Creativity for Life and A Writer’s Space

“Christina Katz’s no-nonsense guide to building an author platform is a shot in the arm, a kick in the pants, and a bracing dose of reality, not to mention chock full of sage advice, invaluable resources, and buckets of encouragement.”

—Hallie Ephron, author of Never Tell a Lie and 1,001 Books for Every Mood

“This book is an essential field manual for every new writer. In the increasingly competitive publishing world, those who follow Christina Katz’s advice will have a definite advantage.”

—James Scott Bell, author of Plot & Structure and Revision and Self-Editing

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

Welcome to day seven of the annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with this gift set from Ninth Moon:

A Writer’s Space Collection (value: $82.90)

  • A Writer’s Space of One’s Own book, 247 pages. Creativity expert Dr. Eric Maisel shows you how to create the perfect “psychic and physical” space needed to write what you want, the way you want. Covered items:
  • honoring your inner muse,
  • sparking your creative impulse,
  • making the most of the time you spend writing,
  • devising personal rituals to start writing and keep writing,
  • creating a workspace that complements the writing process,
  • design a writing schedule that’s easy to follow—no matter what.
  • Honey House Baby Belly Bar (not just for pregnant bellies!). Designed to nourish and “baby” your sensitive skin. All natural butters: Shea, aloe, avocado, mango, cocoa—and other beneficial natural ingredients: jojoba, lanolin, sweet almond oil, meadow foam, red raspberry, calendula, beeswax, vitamin E, essential oils.
  • Wishes Do Come True necklace. Pure .925 sterling pendant (not plated!) with beautiful copper-inlaid sides. On a leather cord with sterling lobster clasp.


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.


Writer Mama Creative Manifesto Pillow from Writer Mama Stuff at Café Press.

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


Today’s question: How important is your writing space? Which aspects of your space are most important to you? Tell us about your dream writing space, if you don’t have the writing space you’d like yet. 50-200 words on your writing space, please.

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

Post comment until midnight on September 7th to enter today’s drawing.

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