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Apply for Jen Applin’s Writing for the Web Scholarship until Sunday, September 13th!

VALUE: $250.00

If you’ve considered taking the Writing for the Web e-course now is the time to register. The session starting October 7th is the last one for the year and may not be offered next year. If you would like to take the course but feel you can’t afford it then now is the time to apply for the Writing for the Web Scholarship.

Jen Applin will be accepting scholarship applications from Tuesday, September 8th until Sunday, September 13th (11 PM Eastern). The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on the following criteria: demonstrated past effort, need and enthusiasm as determined by Jen Applin.

Please read the detailed guidelines for application requirements. The scholarship recipient will be announced on Friday, September 18th at

Jennifer Applin is a freelance writing, editor and blogger-for-hire specializing in writing for the web. She is a regular contributor to and Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from Bowling Green State University. She also writes the “Writing for the Web” column for The Writer Mama e-zine.


Day Nine: And the winner is…

writer mama back to school giveaway badgeMary Jo Campbell!

Congratulations, Mary Jo. You have won a copy of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters by Wendy Burt-Thomas!

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. 🙂

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Onward! There are still plenty of books to win!

Please RSS subscribe to this blog and/or sign up for our monthly e-zine to stay in the know. 🙂

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

Five Reasons to Attend the Writer’s Digest Biz of Publishing Conference Next Weekend!

1) You’ll learn the ins and outs of marketing and promoting your writing.

2) You’ll start building relationships for long-term success.

3) You’ll move your career online.

4) You’ll get a one-on-one meeting with a WD editor to help you assess where you are in your career.

5) You’ll learn nuts-and-bolts information not covered in most writing conferences.

And the sixth reason: to hang with me! I’ll be speaking and you can use my discount code to get $50 dollars off! (Code: KatS8)

For a full description of the conference, visit the website.

Register for the whole weekend or individual days.

Hope to see you at the Friday night poetry slam too!

Sweet September! The Next Writer Mama E-zine Begins Here

Let’s hear it for fall-hip, hip, hooray!

My daughter starts second grade tomorrow, so I’ll be breathing a big sigh of relief and getting six-plus consecutive hours of work time back in my day Monday through Friday.

And in honor of back-to-school, guess what time it is?

It’s time for the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! Have you been commenting along for your chance to win great books each day? If not, please jump right in! We’re having a great time so far. (Don’t forget to read the rules, if you are new.)

I also want to invite you to join me in supporting two wonderful writers who have debut books coming out! Please see the announcement below about the September 15th Amazon Spike for Kristin Bair-O’Keeffe and Cindy Hudson, who have both served as managing editors of Writers on the Rise. I am thrilled for both of them.

In fact, Mother-Daughter Book Club Expert Cindy Hudson and Caroline Grant from Literary Mama will be my guests at the next #platformchat this Friday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. If you haven’t had a chance to attend #platformchat on Twitter with me, I hope you’ll make it to this special event on the subject of balancing the mama-writing life with everything else. (I recommend you sign up for Tweetchat to attend, it’s quick and easy-just use your Twitter ID.)

I’m so glad I rested up a bit this summer because my fall schedule is hopping. I’m currently teaching two classes (go students!), in two weeks I’ll be traveling to New York City for the Writer’s Digest Business of Publishing Conference, then I’m kicking off the Northwest Author Series, launching a three-hour workshop on platform development in Eugene, Oregon, teaching (again) at Portland’s Wordstock, Festival of the Book, and offering a Writer’s Digest Webinar on how to use specializing or generalizing to increase your writing profits.

The next round of classes begins October 7th with classes being offered by myself, Abigail Green, Jen Applin, and Sage Cohen. Don’t forget that this week is your chance to apply for the Writer Mama Scholarship for my October 7th class.

And there’s more! I’ve got some big announcements coming up. Look for the all new Article Accountability Dream Team for Writer Mamas who have taken Writing & Publishing the Short Stuff to launch in January. Meanwhile, another group of my advanced students-Destination: Book Deal-will kick off on October 1st. See the announcement below for more details.

So am I happy that my daughter got the teacher she really, really wanted for school this year? Am I happy that she’ll receive an outstanding education while I cheerfully toil away in my home office? Am I happy that the weather has already shifted from dog days to cool, crisp air?

You bet I am! I might even dance a little jig when I get back from walking Samantha to her first day of school tomorrow.

I love school. I love that my daughter loves school. I love everything about learning and teaching and making steady progress towards goals. This is why I became a teacher.

And this is what I remembered on my summer break. What did you learn on yours?

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Ten

writermarket.com2Welcome to day ten of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! Today’s giveaway is a one-year subscription to

All writers need great tools and is the one tool you need to help market your work, get it published, and get paid!

For more than 90 years, writers have trusted Writer’s Market to help them publish what they write. With, you get the power of experience combined with the tools you need to advance your writing career! Plus, with new genre-only subscriptions, is truly your customized personal assistant to get published. offers:

  • The Most Up-to-Date Listings: Our database of more than 6,000 market listings and contact names is updated every business day by the Writer’s Market team of experts.
  • Powerful Search Functionality: Improved search feature helps you target market listings by unique characteristics.
  • Bookmark Organization: Listings can be marked as Favorites and organized in Folders for easy retrieval later.
  • Reminder Program: Reminders can be set at appropriate intervals to help you follow up on key manuscript submissions.
  • Other Stored Data: Information regarding specific manuscripts and submission attempts can be stored and used to track communications with potential buyers.
  • Agent Q&A: Industry pros answer select subscriber questions.
  • Rate Chart: Calculate how much to charge for your work using this handy chart.
  • Article Archive: Search by keyword or category for writing advice from top editors, agents and writers.
  • Industry News: Daily postings of news of editor hirings and firings, new magazines to be launched (or folding), and what’s new in the world of digital publishing and freelancer rights.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

Today’s question is…

(Note: Be 100% honest. Please do not plug your own or someone else’s product/guide.)

Where do you find markets to submit to? Which market guides or resources do you use? Do you trust online resources, print market guides, or your own research? What’s the most important quality to you in a market guide? Most importantly, when you get published, which market resource would you want to thank most?

Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. 🙂

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 collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. 🙂

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