Archive for November 21st, 2008

Signed Copies of Get Known in Portland-area Bookstores

Hiya mamas,

So, I took a little road-trip today with fellow author and mama, Kati Neville, who wrote Fix, Freeze, Feast with Lindsay Tkacsik. You can learn all about Kati and Lindsay over at their website and blog. And check out Kati’s podcasts on how to save money on food: The Saver’s Kitchen. I know we’re all trying to save money on groceries right now and Kati’s got her finger on the pulse.

We started down here, South of Portland, Oregon, where we both live with Kati at the wheel and me in the co-pilot’s seat, and drove all the way up to Vancouver, Washington, where we signed books at:

Barnes & Noble, Vancouver, WA

Borders, Vancouver, WA

Then we stopped in at Jantzen Beach, OR Barnes & Noble.

Next stop, Powell’s Books in Portland, OR

Border’s in downtown Portland, OR

We grabbed a quick lunch at Chipolte and then on to:

Powell’s on Hawthorne

And didn’t have time left to hit Clackamas Barnes & Noble before we had to pick up our kids at school.

Looks like we’ll have to schedule another trip and go from west to east instead of north to south!

But in the meantime, if you are looking for a signed copy of Get Known Before the Book Deal, now you know where they are! I’ll keep you posted on any additions to the list after our next trip.

But more than anything else, we had fun!

Because that’s what happens when writers team up and do things together.

Who can you team up with in your area? What can you do together?

Or if you already have, share your stories here.

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Upcoming Chicken Soup Deadlines

From http://www.chickensoup.com/. These seem to be in reverse chronological order:

A Book of Miracles
Everyone has experienced extraordinary events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment. Perhaps the only explanation is divine intervention. The true stories in this multi-faith book will awe you with examples of amazing coincidences and prove to you that miracles do happen every day. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Christmas and Holidays
We love holidays! We know you do too. We are collecting stories for our next holiday book. There is no deadline date for story submissions.

College Campus Chronicles
We are looking for true stories and poems about your experiences in college, whether you are in college now, or a recent graduate. Stories about everything from leaving home, to classes, to roommates, to personal growth, to funny moments, to travel abroad…anything you have done in college that you would like to share with other college students. The deadline for story submissions is December 31, 2008

Dysfunctional Families
These serious or hilarious, oh so true stories will touch your heart and make you see that even in the most difficult situations, other families are not all that different from your own. Share your stories with others who may realize we all have the same in-laws, siblings, parents, etc. Submit under your real name, but rest assured we expect most of you to use pen names for publication and change the names of family members to protect the innocent (or guilty!). The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Endurance Sports (run,cycle,swim)
Whether you are a triathlete, a duathlete, or you just love to swim, run, or cycle, we want to hear about your sports, your races, and how endurance sports fit into your life, whether you are an amateur, a student athlete, or a pro. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Extraordinary Teens
Teenagers can do the most amazing and positive things. They can overcome obstacles and make wonderful contributions to the world. Do you know a teenager who has made a difference? We are looking for stories about these terrific teens. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2008.

In Harm’s Way – Honoring Our Military
An amazing collection of 101 stories from soldiers who defend and protect our country – both active and retired – and from their families who make sacrifices when their loved ones are far away. You will be overcome with emotion as you read these stories that will acknowledge, entertain and inspire you and will leave you with admiration and gratitude for our nation’s best and brightest. The deadline date for story submissions is March 31, 2009.

Not Really Retired
This book will share humorous and fun stories from those who are actively enjoying their “senior years!” Tell us about your new careers, your volunteer work, your sports, your travels, and those things you always wanted to do that you are finally doing. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Teachers
We have all had that one teacher who has made a difference in our lives. And teachers, remember that one student who made you know why you decided to be a teacher and who you will never forget? We are looking for stories from both teachers and students that will tell that unforgettable story. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Thanks Dad
We are looking for stories of thanks from “children” of all ages about their dads. These stories of innumerable joys and challenges will touch your heart, make you laugh, inspire you and remind you that it doesn’t matter how old you are, the job of a parent never ends. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

Thanks Mom
We are looking for stories of thanks from “children” of all ages about their moms. These stories of innumerable joys and challenges will touch your heart, make you laugh, inspire you and remind you that it doesn’t matter how old you are, the job of a parent never ends. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2009.

The Golf Book
Chicken Soup for the Soul and Golf Digest are excited to announce a new book for golfers, edited by Max Adler of Golf Digest. Golf is a sport of passion and obsession like none other. We are looking for true personal stories that reflect what the game means to you. Think of the best stories you’ve told at the 19th hole and share them with us. The deadline for story submissions is December 1, 2008.

Tough Times, Tough People
Most of us have lost money and many are losing their jobs, homes, or at least making cutbacks. Many of us have also faced life-changing natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires, as well as health and family challenges. We are all going through difficult times, some with more dire consequences than others. We would like to know what changes you are making in your lives that reflect the times. Are you downsizing, making do with less, discovering new joy in a simpler life? Are you recovering from other challenges such as natural disasters, health problems, or the loss of a loved one? These stories will give you, our readers, inspiration and insight into how others are coping. The deadline date for story submissions is March 31, 2009.

What I Learned From The Cat
Another wonderful collection of heartwarming and humorous stories about what we learned from our feline family members. The deadline date for story submissions is January 31, 2009.

What I Learned From The Dog
Another wonderful collection of heartwarming and humorous stories about what we learned from our companions and best friends. The deadline date for story submissions is January 31, 2009.

Crib Notes: A Good Year

Abigail Green
Brace yourselves, it’s coming–the holiday crush. As I’m writing this, school has barely started and the stores are already stocked with Halloween candy. Before you know it, it’ll be turkeys and snowmen and Santas galore. And as the end of 2008 approaches, however rushed, I’m inclined to reflect on the past year.

My mental list of accomplishments now includes not only personal and professional goals–got married, sold an essay to a national magazine–but family milestones as well. My son started preschool, my husband got a new job, and we’re pregnant with our second child.

I used to end each year by reviewing a written list of New Year’s resolutions or goals. More often than not, I’d accomplished most of them. Especially before I had a husband and child, there were fewer “extenuating circumstances” to knock me off track. For the most part, I could control how many hours I worked, how many queries I sent out, and which conferences I would attend.

Then I became a wife and mother, and things changed. Kids get sick, sitters cancel, husbands get called away for work. I had no choice but to adapt. Out with the lengthy, multi-source articles on a tight deadline, in with the slower paced editing jobs. Out with the relentless pitching to dollar-a-word national magazines, in with the regular assignments from lower-paying regional magazines. Out with the timely news pitches, in with the evergreen essays.

This may be the first year that I didn’t even come close to achieving my goals. I did not get an agent, publish a book, or break into O, the Oprah magazine. I did not send out two queries a week, or make six figures.

Here’s what I did do: I taught my first writing class. I wrote two blog entries a week. I had an essay accepted for a parenting anthology. I got regular writing and editing assignments from regional magazines and corporate clients. I contributed to the household income. I balanced-not always gracefully-the demands of two things very important to me, my career and my family. And that’s not too shabby.

It’s not easy to be a freelance writer and a mom. It can often feel like you’re being pulled in two different directions, and not doing either of your jobs very well. Compared to colleagues with no kids, older kids, or more help than you, it can seem like you’ll never measure up. But here’s the thing: there’s no one-size-fits-all set of goals for  writers or parents. You get to come up with your own list. And that list can, and will, change along the way.

I’m willing to bet that like me, most of you accomplished more than you realize this past year. Maybe you joined a writer’s group, finished a novel, or submitted your writing for publication for the first time. Maybe you potty trained your toddler (finally!), learned to cook Indian food, or organized a family reunion. Yes, it all “counts”!

So as the New Year approaches, if you do come up with a list of goals, make it broad, make it fluid, make it your own, and make sure to pat yourself on the back for what you have already achieved. I bet it’s a lot.
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Abigail Green is a freelance writer in Baltimore. Over the past 10 years, she has written for national, regional and online publications including AOL, AAA World, Bride’s, Baltimore Magazine, Cooking Light and Health. Her latest project is raising her first child, which she chronicles in her blog Diary of a New Mom http://diaryofanewmom.blogspot.com/. Abby teaches the class, Personal Essays that Get Published for Writers on the Rise.


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