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The Writer Mama Two-Year Anniversary Blog Tour Giveaway!

Writer Mama, How to Raise A Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina KatzHiya mamas,

March 15, 2009 is not just my daughter’s seventh birthday (!!!), it’s the two-year anniversary of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids published by Writer’s Digest Books.

Hip-hip-hooray!

And I want to do something BIG to celebrate. So, I’m giving away thirty-one (yes, you read that correctly, 3-1) copies of Writer Mama around the blogosphere.

So, who loves Writer Mama and wants to give a copy away to readers?

If you would like to be considered as a stop on The Writer Mama Two-Year Anniversary Blog Tour Giveaway, please e-mail me at “writer mama 2 at earthlink dot net” with the following info in your e-mail (feel free to just copy and paste this info into your e-mail):

Your real name:

Your blogger name (let me know if I should use it instead of your real name):

Your blog’s name:

Your blog’s URL:

Your blog’s launch date:

How often you post to your blog:

A one or two-sentence description of what you blog about and who your blog is for:

Your snail mail address:

Naturally, your information will never be shared or sold.

Writer Mama Gold Star BadgeInclude your snail mail address if you’d like to receive a thank-you gift in the mail after the conclusion of the blog tour. Your blog will also be added to the Writer Mama Riff’s blogroll, if it’s not on there already. And you will receive the Writer Mama Gold Star Site badge. >>>

Each blog tour host will be announced daily in the Writer Mama Riffs. You can choose winners using “Random.org’s” Random Integer Generator or however you like. Signed, numbered books will be sent directly to winners on a weekly basis (first seven, second seven, etc.).

As for my daughter, she’s getting the pony birthday party she’s been waiting for since she was three years old.

It’s going to be tough to top all this but you know how I love to try. I hope you will toss your blog into the ring! Thanks in advance for your time. 🙂

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The Freelancer’s Phrase Book: What “Send Me Your Clips “Means To You

Abby GreenBy Abigail Green


“Send me your clips.”

It’s a good sign when an editor asks for samples of your writing. It usually means he’s interested and wants proof of your skills before offering you an assignment. In the publishing world, “clips” are short for “clippings.” Of course, these days clips are more likely to be PDFs than snippets of newsprint, but we’ll get to that. Here are some common questions about clips.

Q: Which clips should I send?

A: The general rule is to send three to five clips no more than five years old. I say, send a couple of your best, most relevant clips and don’t worry about how old they are. Of course, if your best clip is from 1995, include some more recent ones as well. It really doesn’t matter how many clips you send, but keep in mind that most editors won’t comb through a huge pile of paper.

Q: How should I send them?

A: Defer to the editor. Don’t e-mail her PDF files unless she invites you to. If you can send her a link to your Web site where she can download them herself, that’s ideal. If you only have hard copies of your clips, mail them. (Faxes may smear or be illegible.) Spring for overnight mail if the editor’s in a hurry. And while color copies are nice-especially if there are photos or art accompanying your article-clean, black-and-white photocopies are fine. Never send the originals, since you may not get them back.

Q: Do I need to wait for an invitation to send clips?

A: No. If you’re sending an unsolicited query by mail, by all means include some clips. However, photocopies (and postage) aren’t cheap, so I usually mention some publications I’ve written for and offer to provide clips upon request. In e-mail queries, links to online clips are fine, but again-don’t send unsolicited attachments.

Q: What if I don’t have any clips?

A: Have you written an article for your church newsletter? Had an op-ed run in your local paper? Published an essay in your alumni magazine? Those count as clips. If you really don’t have anything that qualifies as a published writing sample, offer to write a few things for free so you can get some clips.

One last tip: I make regular trips to Staples to photocopy my latest clips before they get lost in the recycling bin. Then I file them so they’re easily accessible when an editor says those magic words.

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. She also teaches the six-week e-course Personal Essays that Get Published.

Fit to Write Tips: Treat the Writer Within

Kelly James Enger and sonBy Kelly James-Enger

Will you buy that special someone a Valentine’s gift this year? What about buying something special for yourself? It can be as simple and inexpensive as new gel pens in far-out colors to something unique like personalized note cards or a gorgeous leather journal with creamy vellum paper.

If you treat your writing like a business and file a Schedule C this year, the cost of your indulgence is a tax write-off as a business expense. Maybe now you’ll give yourself permission to buy that new time-tracking software or an all-in-one printer/fax/scanner. Even if you simply write for the love of it, a book on writing, a new notebook to jot down your great ideas, or even an inspirational CD that summons your muse is a worthwhile investment. Treat your favorite writer (that’s you, right?) to a valentine that will make writing more pleasurable and celebrate your gift.

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 helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.


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