I woke up this morning to find a nice e-mail from Christina Katz, author of “Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids,” (affiliate link, I receive a small fee for each book purchased) in my inbox.
I’ve actually been reading Christina’s helpful blog for a few weeks now and Christina had emailed me in response to a comment I left congratulating her about the publication of her new book. Christina’s trying to get a lot of them pre-sold before today (okay, she sent the e-mail yesterday and I just read it today) and she was hoping I’d mention her book on this blog.
Well Christina, this is the mention that you’d hoped for!
Even though I’d really like to, I can’t afford to buy every writing book I run across on the net (and many writer sites have a book for sale). However, I did buy this book. Why? Christina posted a link to the book’s table of contents on her blog. From examining the TOC, her topics look really relevant to what I do (and by extension, to what you probably do if you are reading this blog).
The book begins with how to accumulate ideas, progresses through how to satisfy editorial needs with fillers, and ends with how to pitch a book concept. (Of course, there is much more to the book than just these topics.) The headings of her table of contents are challenges that I face every day as a writer.
Yeah, I do know how to do some of these things already. But, I always find it helpful to compare notes with someone else.
Besides, I want to help support another work-at-home mom. Christina’s success shows all of us that it is possible to balance work and life.
So, here’s my plan. I ordered Christina’s book today. It’s due out on March 1st. Once I receive the book I’ll read it and publish a review of the book for you here on WritingThoughts.
I should say that I am not being compensated for this post, or any subsequent reviews. In fact, I actually paid $10.19 (plus shipping) to order the book.
(I can just see all my former business professors shaking their heads in dismay because I actually paid to write something rather than getting paid for my writing. “Didn’t we teach her anything?” They must wonder.)
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