Archive for September 2nd, 2009

Day One: And the Winner is…

writer mama back to school giveaway badgeRene Eyerly!!!

Congratulations, Rene. You have won a copy of, The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book edited by Jane Friedman.

For an exciting recap of what you have won, please click here.

If you would be so kind as to send me your snail mail via e-mail at “writer mama at earthlink dot net” I will make sure you receive your winnings.

In case anyone is wondering, the winner each day is chosen by a random integer generator and has nothing to do with your comment, whether or not you know me, or your shoe size. 🙂

The comments yesterday were amazing! I had forgotten how awesome it is to hear everyone’s thoughts and feelings on these questions. Mar reminded me (she has been coming since the first giveaway in 2007) how just participating in the giveaway can be really eye-opening—whether you ever win anything or not!

I got a ton from reading everyone’s comments yesterday. I look forward to hearing more as the giveaway continues.

One thing I noticed is that there are many degrees of experience from new writer to intermediate writer to seasoned pro. How lucky we all are to have the benefit of everyone’s experiences and insights!

Thanks to everyone for participating. Onward! There are still plenty of books to win!

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I’ll be asking for blogroll suggestions on the last day of the giveaway, September 30th.


The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009 Day Two


Coming out in paperback this month!

Welcome to day two of the annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Today’s giveaway is Page after Page: Discover the confidence & passion you need to start writing & keep writing (no matter what!) by Heather Sellers (Writer’s Digest, September 2009).

Have you experienced false starts, self-doubt, or mind games? They end the moment you pick up this book. With an inspiring mix of humor, wisdom, and creativity, Page after Page shows you how to find the courage and commitment to start writing and keep writing. As each chapter takes you deeper into the eccentric, exclusive world known only to writers, you’ll learn how to build a productive creative life that keeps you writing page after page, day after day.

Ninety percent of beginning writers stop practicing their craft before they have a chance to discover their talents. Page after Page is an essential and encouraging guide that:

  • Helps you build a writing life, one that will help you continue to write without giving up.
  • Approaches the writing life without using new age and self-help techniques, so writers from all walks of life will benefit from the advice.
  • Provides engaging exercises to help you shape your writing life and achieve your goals.

You’ll discover how to celebrate the momentum of slow and steady, stay in love with your book project through soggy middles and long revisions, and embrace the nakedness that is creative expression.

And you’ll realize you’ve got exactly what it takes write your book!

Heather SellersAbout the Author
Heather Sellers is a professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and writes every day. She has just completed a memoir, Face First, and a new textbook for the college classroom, The Practice of Creative Writing. Her fiction and poetry appear regularly in journals and anthologies. She enjoys public speaking, triathlons, cooking, kids, and growing Japanese vegetables. Her Web site is

See Heather Sellers feature article, “Cups of Men,” in the September 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. On stands now!

Here comes the question you must answer to be entered in today’s giveaway.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.” Seriously, there’s a few picky things (like we will only ship to U.S. addresses) and if you break a rule I have to disqualify your comment (and I hate when that happens because it ruins all my fun).

Today’s question is…

Yesterday, you brought up your worrisome question and presented some challenges writers face. Today, I want you to tell us your biggest challenge…and then solve it. What holds you up? And what are you going to do about it? Be gentle but firm with yourself. (Please don’t beat yourself up, though. We don’t want that!)

Before you go! We have a cause to raise money for this year. Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider  making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day.

And don’t forget to read the rules! Several posts had to be deleted from day one because they were not the proper length. What is the proper length? It’s in “Da Rules“!

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