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Three Cheers For Our 2008 Contributors: “The Writer Mama” Line-up!


Publisher & Editor: Christina Katz
“Invest & Prosper”

Christina Katz, author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, is working on her second book for Writer’s Digest Books, Get Known Before the Book Deal. She has also written over two hundred articles for magazines, newspapers, and online publications and has appeared on Good Morning America. Christina is a popular writing instructor who has taught hundreds of writers over the past seven years. She blogs daily at The Writer Mama Riffs and is publisher and editor of two zines, Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama. More at

Amy MercerAssistant Editor: Amy Mercer
“Self Care for Mom Writers”
Amy S. Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and two sons. Her writing has been published in skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, Diabetes Forecast and A Cup of Comfort for Writers. Amy is Blog Editor for Literary Mama and Associate editor for The Writer Mama Zine. More at Dreaming About Water.


Abigail GreenAbigail Green
“Crib Notes”
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

Jennifer ApplinJen Applin
“The Write Attitude”
Jennifer Applin is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and four young children. She is a regular contributor to and writes for many regional publications. She spends her days cooking, cleaning and caring for little ones, and her nights writing about pregnancy, parenting, and the quest for peace (as in peace and quiet). You can also find her at Managing the MotherLoad.

Mary AndonianMary Andonian
“Write Like a Pro”
Mary Andonian is the agents and editors coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference, one of the largest writers’ conferences in the United States. In past years, she was Co-chair and Program Coordinator. She just completed her second book, Bitsy’s Labyrinth. Contact Mary at maryandonianwwconference AT

Megan Pincus Kajitani Megan Pincus Kajitani
“Being Enough”
Megan Pincus Kajitani is a California-based writer mama and recovering overachiever who blogs at Having Enough (In a “Have-It-All” World).

To sign up for the 2009 The Writer Mama e-zine, click on the envelope glyph in the upper right-hand corner. You can also sign up for Writers on the Rise, the Get Known Groove and the Northwest Author Series, if you like!


December Sell-a-Bration #8: I’ve Started Calling Myself A Writer

By Jennifer Crain

This year, I started a writing career. After wondering what path to take for what I will downplay as simply a very long time, I actually did what had always been in the back of my mind and took a writing class in the spring.

Now I have an open invitation to write for a local food newsletter (my second article will be published in December), one of my articles was published last month in a regional parenting magazine (three other publications across the country have contacted me expressing interest), I’m on the cusp of submitting a second parenting article and (fingers crossed) a national glossy magazine contacted me recently to fact-check one of the tips I submitted back in May. Somebody pinch me: I’m writing!

I also joined a virtual writing group formed by some of my classmates (thank you Michelle and Mary Jo!) where I check in several times per week. I started blogging ( in early September as a way to encourage myself to write more often and “find my voice,” as they say. And so far, it’s working. I’ve written over 50 posts on a variety of topics.

But my favorite accomplishment is this one: I’ve started calling myself a writer. Even in casual conversation with people I don’t know very well. I figure if I say it out loud, I’m more likely to believe it myself.

I did this while working full-time as a stay-at-home mom of my not-quite-old-enough-for-kindergarten daughter and my 21-month-old son, whose favorite word is still (with hands outstretched) up.

Sometimes I feel unsure of myself, like I’m just a busy mom with a little bit of time to dabble in writing. Or I feel discouraged that my trying to break into freelancing is ill-timed with the downturn in the economy.

I perk up and feel motivated again when I read the stories of other writer mamas (like those who read this blog) and successful authors who started out where I am today.
Molly Gloss, a Northwest author, is one of them. For her, motherhood was the incubator where her novelist self was born. She says, “…my life as a writer began with motherhood. Motherhood isn’t trivial; its activities may be trivial, but they put you in touch, deeply and immediately and daily, with the great issues of Life: heavy duty things like Love and Loss, Growth and Tolerance and Dignity, Control and Conflict and Power—which are the issues, incidentally, that make serious novels. I might have become a writer eventually without first having become a mother, but it’s hard for me to imagine it.”

If I have any advice it would be to read the page “On Becoming A Writer” on her website ( and find other inspiring stories to drill into your brain or paste on the bathroom mirror. Let them remind you to keep writing as we round out the year and head into 2009.

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