Archive for December 21st, 2008

The Writer Mama E-zine Columnists for 2009

I’m very pleased to announce our amazing line-up of contributors for the 2009 The Writer Mama e-zine.

Please help me welcome everyone:

The Writer Mama E-zine

Inspiration and advice for raising a writing career alongside your kids.

Published Monthly except in July/August and November/December.

2009 Editors and Columnists

christina-katz-and-samanthaPublisher & Editor, Web slave: Christina Katz

Sage and TheoManaging Editor: Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry, forthcoming from Writer’s Digest Books, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World. Her poetry and essays appear in journals and anthologies including Cup of Comfort for Writers, Oregon Literary Review, Greater Good and VoiceCatcher. Sage holds an MA in creative writing from New York University and teaches the e-mail class Poetry for the People. In September 2008, her son Theo Luchs-Cohen initiated Sage into the life of the writer mama.


Jennifer ApplinJennifer Applin

Jennifer Applin is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and four young children. Aside from writing for many regional publications, she is regular contributor to and 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.

Abigail GreenAbigail Green

Abigail Green is a freelance writer in Baltimore. Over the past 12 years, she has written for national, regional and online publications including AOL, Bride’s, Baltimore Magazine, Cooking Light and Health. She blogs about the lighter side of pregnancy, parenthood and potty training at Diary of a New Mom.

Mary Andonian and her girlsMary Andonian

Mary Andonian is former agents and editors coordinator for the Willamette Writers conference, one of the largest writing events in North America. In past years, she was also program coordinator and co-chair. Mary is represented by the Reece Halsey North Literary Agency and is a monthly columnist for the hit e-zines, Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama. She has completed two books: Mind Chatter: Stories from the Squirrel Cage and Bitsy’s Labyrinth and is currently at work on her first screenplay, a romantic comedy. Mary is the mother of two girls and is the Brownie Girl Scouts leader for Troop 1102. Please visit her at:

Henry, Maddie & Sharon CindrichSharon Cindrich

Sharon Miller Cindrich is the mom of two, a columnist and author of E-Parenting: Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Kids (Random House, 2007). Her next book debuts in the fall of 2009. Learn more at

kelly-james-enger-and-ryanKelly James Enger

Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money will help experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.


December Sell-a-bration #21: Small Steps = Progress

By Maureen Mirabito

I’m a firm believer in small steps–small steps turn into bigger steps, turn into strides–and I’ve taken several of them. In Writer Mama “list article fashion”, here are a few:

1. Submission of a personal essay to a magazine contest. The only expectation I had for this challenge was to do it. And I did. I set aside about four hours one afternoon–avoiding cleaning, cooking, laundry, and other distractions–to get a first draft in black and white. I revisited for the next couple of weeks to fine tune and adjust before circulating it among a few close friends for an objective read. Finally, I sent it, well in advance of the deadline. It felt good.

2. 20-minutes of daily writing time. I had been pressuring myself to write full articles with this time, but when I fell short of that expectation, I started avoiding it altogether. I had a stern talking with myself and gave myself permission to use the time to write observations, ideas, and even dabble in some fiction writing. Abandoning self-imposed rules regarding my writing (unless the rule is to do it) has really made the whole experience a lot more fun.

3. Reviewing high school and college writing. I was so creative before adulthood. My words were emotions, feelings, experiences and mine. They were my words. Somewhere along the way I became a little too concerned about how my words would sound, agonized over their choice, their placement, their impact. Similar to #2 above, I’m trying to relax the rules and put to rest that nagging little voice over my shoulder.

In three small steps, I’m positioning myself for a breakthrough. It takes some work everyday but at least it’s fun work.

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