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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.

Columnists:

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 eLearners.com and Projectworkingmom.com. 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: www.maryandonian.com.

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 www.sharonmillercindrich.com.

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 www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

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Three Cheers For Our 2008 Contributors: “The Writer Mama” Line-up!

Editor-Columnists:

Publisher & Editor: Christina Katz
“Invest & Prosper”

Christina Katz, author of Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, is working on her second book for Writer’s Digest Books, Get Known Before the Book Deal. She has also written over two hundred articles for magazines, newspapers, and online publications and has appeared on Good Morning America. Christina is a popular writing instructor who has taught hundreds of writers over the past seven years. She blogs daily at The Writer Mama Riffs and is publisher and editor of two zines, Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama. More at http://www.thewritermama.com/.


Amy MercerAssistant Editor: Amy Mercer
“Self Care for Mom Writers”
Amy S. Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and two sons. Her writing has been published in skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, Diabetes Forecast and A Cup of Comfort for Writers. Amy is Blog Editor for Literary Mama and Associate editor for The Writer Mama Zine. More at Dreaming About Water.


Columnists:

Abigail GreenAbigail Green
“Crib Notes”
Abigail Green is a freelance writer in Baltimore. Over the past 10 years, she has written for national, regional and online publications including AOL, AAA World, Bride’s, Baltimore Magazine, Cooking Light and Health. Her latest project is raising her first child, which she chronicles in her blog Diary of a New Mom http://diaryofanewmom.blogspot.com/.


Jennifer ApplinJen Applin
“The Write Attitude”
Jennifer Applin is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and four young children. She is a regular contributor to eLearners.com and writes for many regional publications. 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.


Mary AndonianMary Andonian
“Write Like a Pro”
Mary Andonian is the agents and editors coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference, one of the largest writers’ conferences in the United States. In past years, she was Co-chair and Program Coordinator. She just completed her second book, Bitsy’s Labyrinth. Contact Mary at maryandonianwwconference AT yahoo.com.


Megan Pincus Kajitani Megan Pincus Kajitani
“Being Enough”
Megan Pincus Kajitani is a California-based writer mama and recovering overachiever who blogs at Having Enough (In a “Have-It-All” World).

To sign up for the 2009 The Writer Mama e-zine, click on the envelope glyph in the upper right-hand corner. You can also sign up for Writers on the Rise, the Get Known Groove and the Northwest Author Series, if you like!

The Writer Mama E-zine Masthead

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Inspiration for Raising a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids

Publisher and Editor: Christina Katz

Assistant Editor: Amy Mercer

Columnists:

Christina Katz: Invest In Your Writing Career

Abigail Green: Crib Notes

Jen Applin: The Write Attitude

Mary Andonian: Write Like a Pro

Tiffani Hill-Patterson: Bookmark These Sites, Mamas!

Amy Mercer: Self-Care for Mom Writers

Megan Pincus Kajitani: Being Enough

Can Anyone Relate? A Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi from Inkygirl.com with permission. Please read the re-posting policy prior to posting here.

Being Enough: Closing Words for Busy Moms

Megan Pincus KajitaniBy Megan Pincus Kajitani

“Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them!”

~ Margaret Mitchell

Writer mama, you are a time magician. You create extra hours in a 24-hour-day. Find moments hidden in dusty corners, under bright red playground slides. Craft leads as you sauté onions and pass out crayons. Edit sentences in your three-minute showers.

You know time is what you make of it, and there is no perfect time. You deserve any moment you can get–just for you–so seize it.
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Megan Pincus Kajitani is a California-based writer mama and recovering overachiever who blogs at Having Enough (In a “Have-It-All” World).

Self-care for Mom Writers: February is for Fantasies

Amy MercerBy Amy Mercer

Love is in the air and just because we’re knee deep in the motherhood trenches doesn’t mean we can’t spend some time with cupid! Taking care of ourselves means getting as well as giving love. Sex adds a glow to our skin, burns calories, and raises dopamine levels. Give love and it will come back to you. We are much more than Desperate Housewives; we are smart, sexy writer mamas.

Here’s some tips for taking good care of you:

  1. Remember reading Forever by Judy Blume in the back of the school bus? Put away your “How To” writing books and snuggle down with a romance novel.
  2. Compose a love letter to or from one of your male fiction characters.
  3. Write a steamy sex scene and show it to your husband, ask his advice on the details.
  4. Rent Out Of Africa, An Officer and a Gentleman or Dirty Dancing.
  5. Pull down your box of love letters, journals, and diaries from when you were young and in love for the first time. Remind yourself of how that felt.

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Amy S. Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and two sons. Her writing has been published in skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, Diabetes Forecast and A Cup of Comfort for Writers. Amy is Blog Editor for Literary Mama and Associate editor for The Writer Mama Zine. More at Dreaming About Water.

Bookmark These Sites, Mamas! Freelance Writing Jobs & Ask Allison

Tiffani Hill-PattersonBy Tiffani Hill-Patterson

Show Me The Money
“Sick and tired of seeing writers settle for $2 or ‘exposure’ gigs because they felt they had no other choice,” Deborah Ng started Freelance Writing Jobs to help work-at-home moms find “decent” paying gigs. Since she started her blog in 2005, she’s helped hundreds of writers do just that. Not only does Deborah compile lists of paying gigs, she also blogs about issues writers face, such as writing on spec. A discussion section lets readers add tips, get advice from other writers in the trenches or vent a little, like her Fun with Pet Peeves post. Check Freelance Writing Jobs  and you just might find the perfect gig.

She’s One Hot Mama
As an author, a freelance writer and a mom, Allison Winn Scotch is in demand. Yet she still finds time to share her writing wisdom in her blog Ask Allison. She calls it “the place to post questions and find answers on all of your too-afraid-to-ask concerns, hesitancies, and worries about breaking into the publishing field.” Between releasing and promoting her first book, The Department of the Lost and Found, and working on her second novel, Time of My Life, Allison has been fielding lots of questions about fiction writing. Her archives also contain excellent posts about breaking into the magazine business – check out this gem: Editors Sound Off. Her secret to finding time to do it all and do it well? Read A Method to the Madness for some excellent ideas.
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Tiffani Hill-Patterson is an award-winning journalist with thirteen years of writing and editing experience. She’s a regular contributor to The Writer Mama zine and Birmingham Parent magazine, and her articles on health, parenting, fitness and pop culture have also appeared in The Huntsville Times, The Moulton Advertiser and The TimesDaily. She lives in Alabama with her husband and daughter. Read more at http://www.tiffanihillpatterson.com.


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