Archive for August, 2009

My Fall Schedule of Events: September 2009 – October 2009

SEPTEMBER 2009:

The 3rd Annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway
September 1-30, 2009

View the complete list of giveaway items.
Come on by and win some books!

Writer’s Digest Conference:
The Business of Getting Published

September 18-20, 2009
Use my discount code and receive $50 off: KatS8
The New York Marriott Marquis
Times Square, New York, NY
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The Northwest Author Series Presents:
Laura Whitcomb on Novel Shortcuts: Speed Depth in Fiction Writing
Created & hosted by Christina Katz
September 27th

Award-winning young adult author Laura Whitcomb of Wilsonville kicks off the 2009- 2010 Northwest Author Series at the Wilsonville Public Library. Her presentation, “Novel Shortcuts,” takes place in the Oak Room from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 or $3.00 for seniors/students. No advance registration is required.
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OCTOBER 2009:
Willamette Writers Mid-Valley Chapter Speaker
Get Known Before the Book Deal: A Platform Development Checklist
October 1, 2009
Tsunami Books

2585 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon
6:30 – 7:00 Social time
7:00 – 8:15 Speaker
8:15 – 8:45 Questions and books signing
Open to the public; tea, coffee and cookies provided
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October 3, 2009
Three-hour Workshop
Willamette Writers Mid-Valley Chapter
Power Up Your Platform for the Internet Age

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
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October 11, 2009
Wordstock Festival of the Book
Get Known Before the Book Deal: A Platform Development Checklist

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Location: Oregon Convention Center
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Fall E-mail Classes Begin October 7, 2009
Classes with Christina & Highly Qualified Instructors!

The Northwest Author Series Presents:
Kati Neville on Test Market with Self-Publishing : Get Your Book Ideas Reader-ready
Created & hosted by Christina Katz
October 18th at the Wilsonville Public Library

From 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 or $3.00 for seniors/students.
No advance registration is required.
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The 3rd Annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway: DA RULES for 2009

The Giveaway starts at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2009 and runs through midnight on September 30, 2009, with at least one new prize each day (some days more than one!). Hope you can come on by. Please read these rules before you start participating:

1. You must comment to the post that describes the daily prize(s) you want to win, in order to be entered into the drawing for that day. No exceptions. Please be sure to comment to the correct post. The comment link is located just under the post title. Your comment will be posted after it is approved (usually within a few hours after you post…unless I am sleeping).

2. You may comment only once per day (and therefore be entered to win once per day). But you may comment every day, for sure. If you make a spelling or grammatical error in your post, just let it go. Don’t comment twice to correct it. Winners are selected by random drawing, so don’t worry. A typo will not eliminate you. 🙂

3. All comments must answer the question of the day, which will be posted each day with the giveaway item(s). In other words, no drive-by commenting. As a writing instructor, I can not resist this “teaching opportunity,” so all questions will relate to discovering more about ourselves as writers. Answering the questions will only take a few moments out of your busy day, so thanks for being thoughtful. Your post must be between 50-200 words or it will not be approved. (Use Word Count in Microsoft Word if you want to be sure you have enough words.)

4. Comment to win beginning on September 1st at 00:01 a.m. PST and continue to comment each day for 30 days for maximum chances to win. Each day’s drawing closes at midnight (12:00) PST. The winner is chosen by random drawing the next day. There is no set time for the drawing, as I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere. So, stay tuned! I’ll try to get it up by noon PST whenever possible.

5. Please allow 1-2 months for delivery of your item. Some items shipped directly from the author, some are shipped from elsewhere, some are shipped from the publisher (so please be patient). Prizes will only be shipped to United States locations. You may participate if you live abroad and have your own US mailing address. And yes, sure, if you have a friend who loves you so much that he/she is willing to ship your books from the US to you elsewhere in the world, that is fine.

6. There are two (2) ways to win:

a. WIN THE DAILY PRIZE (OR PRIZES!): You may be selected as the day’s winner through a random drawing held from the pool of folks who comment for the listed items each day during September. Only posts that answer the day’s question will be considered. Your post must be between 50-200 words or it will not be part of those in the running to win.

b. INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE FELLOW WRITER MAMAS: You can be selected as one of three most inspirational contest participants for the month by sharing your writing and publishing success stories and tips in your comments. So go ahead, inspire us with your posts! The three most frequently inspiring writers selected on October 1st will each win signed copies of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform and Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. (You do not need to be a writer mama to win, though it’s a good idea to remember that you are writing for an audience of writer mamas.)

Thanks for spreading the word about The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! If it’s anything like last year, it’s going to be a ton of fun!

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway Week Four Books

writer mama back to school giveaway badgeDay twenty-two: Plug Your Book and e-Publish by Steve Weber

Day twenty-three: Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb

Day twenty-four: Publicize Your Book by Jacqueline Deval

Day twenty-five: Literary Mama Day [Titles TBA]

Day twenty-six: Poet’s Market

Day twenty-seven: Children’s Writer & Illustrator’s Market

Day twenty-eight: 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

Day twenty-nine: 2010 Guide to Literary Agents

Day thirty: The Deluxe 2010 Writer’s Market

Feel free to grab the badge and spread the word! [Here’s some copy to use…]

For the third year in a row, The Writer Mama, Christina Katz, is giving away thirty books in thirty days. All you have to do to participate is answer the question that Christina will pose daily. One lucky winner will win each day. There is no limit to how many times you can enter. The drawing is for U.S. residents. You don’t have to be a mom, but of course, the event is created with moms in mind, so please tell all the writer mamas you know! See ya in September at https://thewritermama.wordpress.com.

Lonley Mom: A Guest Post From The International Mom’s Blog

From The International Mom's Blog

By Judy Miller

The kids went back to school today. And I find myself lonely – no noise, no distractions, and no interruptions. I miss:

  • Their little voices
  • Their big voices
  • Kids running in and out of the house all day
  • Spilled milk
  • Dirty dishes
  • Wet bathing suits and towels laying on the floor
  • Tripping over sandals in the hallway and mudroom
  • Reminding them to please shut the door since the air is on
  • Reading with them
  • Playing board games and cards
  • Playing outside
  • Their disagreements and hearing them make peace with each other
  • Their laughter
  • Their energy
  • Hugs
  • Special moments
  • “I love you”  throughout the day

They were excited to go back to school. But I feel torn – happy for them, but not for me. I find myself wishing we had more time, a longer summer. The weekend is only four days away…

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Writer Mama Back To School Giveaway Week Three

writer mama back to school giveaway badgeDay fifteen: Thirsty by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe

Day sixteen: Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript 2009 by Chuck Sambuchino

Day seventeen: Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers

Day eighteen: How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

Day nineteen: The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maas

Day twenty: Trust Agents by Chris Brogan

Day twenty-one: Time of My Life in paperback by Allison Winn Scotch

Feel free to grab the badge and spread the word! [Here’s some copy to use…]

For the third year in a row, The Writer Mama, Christina Katz, is giving away thirty books in thirty days. All you have to do to participate is answer the question that Christina will pose daily. One lucky winner will win each day. There is no limit to how many times you can enter. The drawing is for U.S. residents. You don’t have to be a mom, but of course, the event is created with moms in mind, so please tell all the writer mamas you know! See ya in September at https://thewritermama.wordpress.com.

The Writer Mama Back To School Giveaway Week Two Books

writer mama back to school giveaway badgeDay eight: Take Ten for Writers by Bonnie Neubauer

Day nine: The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters by Wendy Burt Thomas

Day ten: A one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com

Day eleven: On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels

Day twelve: The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman

Day thirteen: Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

Day fourteen: Book By Book by Cindy Hudson

Feel free to grab the badge and spread the word! [Here’s some copy to use…]

For the third year in a row, The Writer Mama, Christina Katz, is giving away thirty books in thirty days. All you have to do to participate is answer the question that Christina will pose daily. One lucky winner will win each day. There is no limit to how many times you can enter. The drawing is for U.S. residents. You don’t have to be a mom, but of course, the event is created with moms in mind, so please tell all the writer mamas you know! See ya in September at https://thewritermama.wordpress.com.

The Next Writer Mama Scholarship Deadline is During the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway

Writer Mama ScholarshipVALUE: $250.00!!!

Are you a mom, who would love to take the Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff Class that starts October 7th, but you would not otherwise be able to afford it?

Then you qualify for The Writer Mama Scholarship. )

Application deadline for the next Available Scholarship for the October 7th Writing & Publishing The Short Stuff Class is between Monday, September 7th – Sunday, September 13th!

Details on how to apply will be announced on Sunday, September 6th.

I’m pleased to offer one free class per semester to one deserving mama.

And don’t forget, you can’t receive the scholarship, if you don’t apply. So please apply.

Good luck! 🙂


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