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I’m over at Hallie Ephron’s Red Jungle Writers Blog Today

Come on over and join in the discussion of platform development!

And if you are a mystery lover, fuggetaboutit!

Red Jungle Writers is like mystery-writer heaven!

Come on over!


Listen to Christina Katz on KBOO Pathways with Paul O’Brian

Hiya Mamas,

Ever wondered what my voice sounds like?

Me too.

And then I listened to this podcast of me speaking with Paul O’Brian, host of the radio show Pathways here in Portland, and I realized something.

I still talk like a Yankee.

I haven’t lived on the East Coast since I was twenty-one years old but I still talk just like my best childhood friend, who has stayed firmly planted on the East Coast.

So if you want to hear my Yankee accent, check out this spring 2007 interview.

Oh, and it’s also about writing and motherhood! 🙂

It’s a longer interview, so you might want to play it while you fold that pesky laundry or something. 😉

Today is Wendy Burt Thomas’ Amazon Spike Day!

Happy Monday, mamas! I’m very pleased to share information about Wendy Burt Thomas’ Amazon Spike Day news with you. If you’ve been reading Writers on the Rise for any length of time, then you are already familiar with the reliable, helpful advice that Wendy Burt Thomas has been sharing over the years as part of her “Ask Wendy” Column.

I hope you will join me in purchasing Wendy’s new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters on Monday, December 1st. I’ve already made my purchase and I’m encouraging everyone I know to join me.

I’ve taken the liberty of pasting Wendy’s letter here:

Dear Friends,

Have you ever thought of making money from your writing? Perhaps you’ve got an idea for a novel or nonfiction book. Or maybe you’ve got some magazine articles swirling around in your head. If you (or someone you know) would like to know how to sell your work, I invite you to buy my new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters on December 1.

The 30+ samples of good and bad queries walk writers through the “must-have” and “don’t-even-think-about-it” points with a balance of clear instruction, examples and humor. Where similar query books just tell you to write a hook – it gives insight into what makes a good opening paragraph for an article, novel or nonfiction query. There are special considerations for book queries by genre (from Romance and Mystery to Speculative and Thriller – plus everything in between) and the FAQs come straight from the author’s experience as a writer, author, magazine editor and book copyeditor. The “what editors / agents / publishers like” and “what editors / agents / publishers don’t like” are incredible resources, offering a look into water coolers throughout the publishing industry. Plus, it’s funny.

Why December 1? It’s my official “Amazon Spike Day,” where I attempt to bump my book up the rankings. The better my book sells before its December 5 release date, the more often Amazon will recommend it to shoppers and the more likely bookstores will order extra copies.

Here’s a link to check out the book:

So what’s in it for you (besides knowing you helped an old friend!)? Everyone who orders The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters from Amazon on December 1 receives:

1.  My free e-book, “3 Years of Ask Wendy; Your Freelance Writing Questions Answered” (a $9.95 value!) – featuring Q & As on everything from how to sell greeting card copy and fillers to making money from personal essays and short stories. (This e-book is compiled from my “Ask Wendy” column for Writers On The Rise, one of Writer’s Digest Magazine’s Top 100 Web sites for Writers.)

2. A chance to win one of 6 books:
o Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz (author of Writer Mama and founder of Writers On The Rise,
o Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz (
o Work It, Girl! 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick by Wendy Burt and Erin Kindberg (our second book in the Hip Chick series)
o A Christmas Dozen; Christmas Stories to Warm the Heart by Steve Burt  (award-winning writer and author of 12 books)**
o Odd Lot; Stories to Chill the Heart by Steve Burt (winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award; winner of 6 Honorable Mentions for Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror; Honorable Mention Best Horror Book by ForeWord Magazine and Honorable Mention Best Genre Fiction from Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards)**
o Oddest Yet; Even More Stores to Chill the Heart (Bram Stoker Winner!)**
**Steve Burt is not only my dad and mentor, but also an award-winning author. In fact, he won the Bram Stoker Award, the highest honor in horror writing!

3. One winner will receive a free email or phone consultation and editorial feedback on the topic of their choice: writing for magazines, novel queries, greeting cards, nonfiction book proposals, freelancing for a living, etc.

Just order the book from Amazon (there’s a link to Amazon through on Monday, December 1 and email me your receipt. I’ll email you the e-book and enter your name in the drawing!

Please don’t feel obligated to buy the book. But if you choose to, let me say “thank you” in advance!

All my best,

Wendy Burt-Thomas

Get Known Featured in NYT Bestselling Author’s Blog Today!

Allison Winn-Scotch has been kind enough to feature me in an interview about getting known in her blog today!

She’s got a great blog that demystifies the publishing industry. If you don’t see your favorite topic in the most current posts, check the archives. She’s covered tons of ground over the past couple of years.

You may also want to add her new NYT Bestselling book to your holiday shopping list. Check it out! Allison’s next book was just announced in Publisher’s Lunch as a “Significant Deal.”

Clearly Allison Winn-Scotch is a writer mama we can all learn from.

What I’ve been up to…and requests for assistance

I have been so busy with Get Known’s release and launch, that I feel like a passer-by in my own blog!

Bah. I don’t like it. 😦

So, here’s a little update. I hope to do better during ye old holiday season, which starts next week.

Yikes! Can you believe it?

I swore I was going to get a jump on the holidays and ask me what I’ve accomplished so far.

A list. I’ve made a list. And by the looks of it, I’ll be revising much of it.

So much for good intentions. 🙂

So, I’ve been pounding away at my keyboard on Get Known interviews:

One appeared this week in Maria Scheider’s blog, Editor Unleashed.

Another will appear next week in Allison Winn Scotch’s blog: Ask Allison.

Another is scheduled to appear on Writer Uboxed soon.

Go, me!

Last night, I was interviewed by Jeff Ayers for Author Magazine. Jeff has already given Get Known a rave review (with a nice plug for Writer Mama too) and soon, he’ll be posting a podcast with me in which he asks me all kinds of questions no one ever asks me. (In my pre-defense, it was late and I’m not a night person, but we’ll see how it turned out. Everything crossed.)

I’m also working on a video trailer for Get Known. If all goes well, I’ll do another for Writer Mama. Still searching for just the right mic to make it happen. More soon! I think you guys are going to be really impressed.

And tomorrow, I’ll be toodling around the greater Portland area with Kati Neville, author of Fix, Freeze, Feast. We’ll be signing stock (and having a nice lunch out, I hope!). But, since we’re both moms, we have to get back in time for school to get out!

Such is the busy life of a mom with a recently released book.

Luci asked if we’d be stopping, but this is pretty much a drive-by signing so that the books on the shelves will be signed (and therefore more likely to be picked up as gifts).

See the sacrifices we are willing to make for our readers? 🙂

I would love and truly appreciate any kinds of online reviews that anyone, who appreciates Get Known can post. With holiday shopping kicking off next week, every little plug counts

Also, if you don’t think your local library has my books (especially if you live OUTSIDE the Pacific Northwest), please ask them to order them next time you check out books. Library selectors DON’T listen to authors. But they will listen to their patrons. (I did research on this and this is what I was told at any rate.)

Did you do your Thanksgiving shopping yet?

Gulp. I’d better get on it.

Thanks for your support! I hope you are all enjoying the book!

Rave review of & an interview about Get Known Before the Book Deal

Jeff Ayers reviews Get Known in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association publication, Author Magazine:

Get Known Review by Jeff Ayers

I am interviewed by Maria Schneider in her blog, Editor Unleashed:

Editor Unleashed Interview

Ready to Get Known, Mamas? Come to Salem, Oregon Tonight!

I’ll be speaking at the Salem branch of Willamette Writers tonight at 7 p.m.

Hope to see all the writers from our state’s capital who want to get known there!

Have you heard? I’m on a mission…to help writers get known. 🙂

Get Known Before the Book Deal: A Platform Development Checklist

Even if you are not yet known and you don’t have a writing specialty, you will enjoy this lively presentation about how to name, claim, cultivate and explain your all-important writer’s platform from scratch. Becoming visible is more crucial to landing a book deal than ever, according to agents and editors in every facet of the publishing industry. Simply churning out a book isn’t enough. Aspiring authors need to develop a platform in order to get noticed. Based on her book, Get Known Before the Book Deal, Christina Katz, will help you see the bigger platform picture and then take the small steps every writer must in order to get known and land a book deal.

Info is here.

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