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Happy Holidays, Mom!

The weather outside is getting frightful and I’m getting busy. How about you?

As promised, the Dream Team registration process has begun. Hooray!

I’ve very excited to work on an ongoing basis with those who sign up for Dream Teams, as well as with those who take my classes in 2010.

You can sign up for six-week January classes with me and Abigail Green at my new website/blog, chrisitnakatz.com, on the Register page. Classes will be offered again in March and May, as well.

But Dream Teams run for five months for one low price! Former students may sign up for Dream Teams at my new website/blog, chrisitnakatz.com on the Practice page.

There are three levels of Dream Teams following classes I teach:

  • Article Accountability Dream Team With Writing & Publishing the Short Stuff Students
  • Article Accountability Dream Team With Former Pitching Practice Students
  • Before & After The Book Deal, Advanced Platform Development Accountability Group

If you are not sure which group you belong in, please e-mail me after you register. Don’t wait to hear back from me and lose your spot. The Dream Teams will fill on a first-registered, first-served basis.

The WPSS Dream Team is already half-way full. If there is enough interest for two full WPSS teams, I will do two. But when the first one is full, it’s full. And it might be the only one. So don’t delay if you want to participate! (Naturally, if you sign up for a second group and it doesn’t fill, at least half-way, I will refund your money.)

And speaking of christinakatz.com, what do you think? Over the past several weeks, I transferred my domain hosting to GoDaddy.com, got WordPress.org hosting, downloaded the Thesis Theme (promising me amazing SEO), and built me new site/blog. I could not be more thrilled with the results! (I will post how-to about this in my new blog by the New Year. Add christinakatz.com to your blog reader so you don’t miss anything.)

So, as you can see, I am following through with my promises to focus, streamline, and re-invigorate my commitment to my students, so we can all move into 2010 stronger, wiser and more successful than ever, together.

How about you? How are you moving into 2010? Who’s your audience and what’s your commitment to them? Do you have a plan? Are you following through? I can help answer these questions and accomplish more than you’ve ever achieved before when you join Dream Teams.

Because success happens in clusters, writers. Of this, I am sure. I’ve been saying it, and proving it, for years.

And speaking of clusters, there are people I am so happy to thank for their participating in The Writer Mama this year. I have gifts and thank you cards to send them but please help me thank our contributors, our managing editor, Sage Cohen, and my administrative intern, Judy Miller, by visiting the sites listed in their bios and linking to them!

I hope you enjoyed every single issue as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you! Happy holidays! May all your days between now and the end of 2009 be merry and bright!

Christina Katz
Publisher & Editor
www.christinakatz.com

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

Delux WM2This is it! The last day. If you haven’t won in the The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway you’ve got one more chance.

MORE MARKETS—MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET PUBLISHED

Here’s the one reference you need to get your work published and paid for! The 2010 Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition by Robert Lee Brewer (Writer’s Digest Books) includes all the valuable information you expect in the standard Writer’s Market PLUS a 1-year subscription to WritersMarket.com. In addition to the 3,500+ listings in the Writer’s Market, you’ll have instant online access to another 2,500+ listings that just couldn’t fit in the book—with daily updates.

Take charge of your writing career with online tools that allow you to organize your favorite market listings and keep track of where you submit your work. All of this and more is available on an easy-to-use WritersMarket.com Web site that is accessible from anywhere with online access.

Author Bio:

Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of Writer’s Market, Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition and WritersMarket.com. A RL Brewerpublished poet, he covers poetry topics at his Poetic Asides poetry blog.  Brewer also speaks at writers’ conferences and writes articles for Writer’s Market and Writer’s Digest.

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

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. :)

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

Markets. Where are the markets for your writing? Where have you marketed your work? Where do you hope to sell your work in the future? What markets have you had the most success selling to? And how can you increase your earnings from writing in the next twelve months?

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. :)

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Nine

Welcome to day twenty-nine of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Today’s giveaway is the 2010 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer’s Digest Books)!

Find the right agent to represent your work.GTLA2

Selling your book and securing a good contract often requires more than persistence and a good attitude—you need an agent. The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents is your essential resource for finding that agent—without fear of being scammed—and getting your writing published. This new edition includes:

  • Completely updated contact and submission information for literary agents who adhere to the ethical guidelines established by the Association of Authors’ Representatives.
  • Informative articles on researching agents, preparing your query, composing a synopsis or book proposal, and building a platform through social networking.
  • Hundreds of listings for writers’ conferences across the country—so you can learn where agents will be and when.
  • And—new this year—access to all Guide to Literary Agents listings in a searchable online database!

Save yourself time, energy, and disappointment by researching this newest edition of the Guide to Literary Agents where you’ll find up-to-date contact information and submission guidelines for the agent or editor who is open to looking at your manuscript for possible representation. Listings have been updated and verified. This edition also includes informative articles to help you present your work like a pro.

You’ll find more great info in Chuck’s blog.

Chuck-webAuthor Bio:

By day, Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books (an imprint of F+W Media). He is the editor of two annual resource books: Guide to Literary Agents, as well as Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market. He also assists in editing Writer’s Market. Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines – most notably Writer’s Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper staffer, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

By night, Chuck is a writer and freelance editor. He is a produced playwright, with both original and commissioned works produced. He is a magazine freelancer, with recent articles appearing in Watercolor Artist, Pennsylvania Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Cincinnati Magazine and New Mexico Magazine. During the past decade, more than 500 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. Chuck also teaches online instructional courses through Writers Online Workshops.

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

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

Your choice today. Tell us about your dream agent and all the glorious doors he or she will open for you. Or turn your worst fears about agents into an “agent monster” and describe him or her in gory, terrifying detail. Have fun!

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. :)

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Eight

NSSWM2There are only a three more days left; it’s day twenty-eight of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market by Alice Pope (Writer’s Digest Books) is the best resource available for getting your fiction published.

For three decades, fiction writers have turned to Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market to keep them up-to-date on the industry and help them get published. Whatever your genre or form, the 2010 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market tells you who to contact and what to send them. In this edition you’ll find:

  • Complete, up-to-date contact information for 1,200 book publishers, magazines and journals, literary agents, contests and conferences.
  • News with novelists such as Gregory Frost, Jonathan Mayberry, Carolyn Hart, Chelsea Cain, Mary Rosenblum, Brian Evenson and Patricia Briggs, plus interviews with four debut authors who share their stories and offer advice.
  • Nearly 200 pages of informative and inspirational articles on the craft and business of fiction, including pieces on a writing humor, satire, unsympathetic characters, and genre fiction; tips from editors and authors on how to get published; exercises to improve your craft; and more.
  • Features devoted to genre writing including romance, mystery, and speculative fiction.
  • And—new this year—access to all Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market listings in a searchable online database!

Alice-PopeAuthor Bio:

Alice Pope has been the editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market for more than a decade. She is a former Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a frequent speaker at children’s writing conferences, and a collector of picture books.

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

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

Write a “short story” in 50-200 words that tells the story of your writing career from it’s beginning until the end of your life. Start with “Once upon a time…” and just see what comes out. This should be fun. Don’t try to hard. A rough draft is fine.

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. :)

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Seven

CWIM2We’re in the home stretch. What a fun month this has been!

Welcome to day twenty-seven of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

Children’s Writer & Illustrator’s Market by Alice Pope (Writer’s Digest Books) is the most trusted guide to the world of children’s publishing.

If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, 2010 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market is the resource you need. Whether you create picture books or young adult novels, fiction or nonfiction, books or magazine articles—the 2010 edition tells you who to contact and what to send them. You’ll find:

  • Complete, up-to-date contact information for hundreds of book publishers, magazines, agents and art reps, as well as listings for organizations, contests, and conferences that offer important networking opportunities.
  • Interviews with and articles by industry insiders including prominent editors; National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr; Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist author Rachel Cohn; bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles Holly Black; authors Lisa Yee, Ellen Hopkins and Mitali Perkins; plus interviews with four debut authors who share their stories and offer advice.
  • Nearly 200 pages of informative and inspirational articles on children’s publishing topics like getting through your first draft, revision, naming characters, writing humor, the acquisitions process, writing GLBTQ books, graphic novels, and more.
  • And—new this year—access to all Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market listings in a searchable online database!

Alice-PopeAuthor Bio:

Alice Pope has been the editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market for more than a decade. She is a former Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a frequent speaker at children’s writing conferences, and a collector of picture books.

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

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

What were your favorite children’s books when you were a very young child, a pre-schooler, a grade-schooler, a tween and a teen? Pick the age of the audience for your future children’s book based on the age you still identify with the most (a smart agent recommends this, so I’m borrowing her idea for this question). Have fun!

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. :)

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Six

poetsmkt2Welcome to day twenty-six of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

Today’s giveaway, Poet’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer (Writer’s Digest Books), is about getting poetry published.

Poets of all skill levels have turned Poet’s Market for more than two decades for all the information they need on publishing poetry. Whether you’re targeting magazines and journals or book/chapbook publishers, the 2010 Poet’s Market gives you up-to-date contact and submissions information for more than 1,000 listings. This new edition includes:

  • Features on the realities of poetry publishing, mistakes to avoid, identifying scams, and promoting your work.
  • Articles on translating poetry, electronic poetry, chapbooks, poetry readings, and more.
  • Information on workshops, organizations and online resources that help poets perfect their skills and network with fellow poets and editors.
  • Thorough indexes to make choosing the best potential markets easier.
  • And—new this year—access to all Poet’s Market listings in a searchable online database!

Author Bio:

Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of Writer’s Market, Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition and WritersMarket.com. ARL Brewer published poet, he covers poetry topics at his Poetic Asides poetry blog http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/. Brewer also speaks at writers’ conferences and writes articles for Writer’s Market and Writer’s Digest.

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

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

Give me 50 – 200 words in stream of consciousness that describe what writing feels like to you. Stream of consciousness means you don’t have to use any punctuation…unless you want to. Have fun!

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. :)

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Four

Publicize Your BookIt’s day twenty-four of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! Today’s book is Publicize Your Book: An Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves by Jacqueline Deval.

Publicize Your Book is an indispensible guide from a book-publicity insider offers everything authors need to know to assist their publishers in publicizing, marketing, and promoting their books. From working alongside professional publicists on campaigns and marketing plans to innovative ways authors can generate their own publicity, Publicize Your Book provides essential information for the first time author or the seasoned professional including:

· Effective networking
· Defining your target readership
· Developing a press kit
· Creating pitches for talk shows
· Getting newspaper and magazine coverage
· Marketing on the Internet and in other outlets
· Preparing for interviews and touring
· Setting up bookstore appearances and signings
· Hiring an independent publicist

“For authors planning to go on the road, I recommend this book highly.”
—Sharon Kelly Roth, director, public relations, Books & Co., Dayton

Author Bio:

Jacqueline Deval is publisher of Hearst Books and has been director of publicity and marketing for several major publishing houses. She is the author of the novel, Reckless Appetites.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.” (Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. Keep it between 50-200 words, please.)

Today’s question is…

Check out the nine steps in the list of bullet points above. Which steps are going to be a breeze for you and which would you rather not do? Will you hire a publicist?

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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