Day 18 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Christina Katz

by @thewritermama on May 18, 2011 · 18 comments

Me again.

Thank you for helping me celebrate Get Known Before the Book Deal. (And sure, if you win and you already have a copy, I’m happy to send the copy to a friend so long as that works with Da Rules.) Here we go…

Christina Katz is the author of the forthcoming Writer’s Digest book, The Writer’s Workout, 366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach (now available for pre-order!). She also wrote Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform and Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. A  “gentle taskmaster” over the past decade to hundreds of writers, Christina’s students go from unpublished to published, build professional writing career skills, increase their creative confidence, and succeed over time. Christina hosts the Northwest Author Series in Wilsonville, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and far too many pets.

About the book:

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 marketing platform in order to get noticed. This book empowers writers to take charge of their writing careers and partner with agents, editors and publishers. Introverts and extroverts alike will find effective and diverse strategies for growing their platform in their areas of expertise in ways that complement their own style and pace of working. From developing a readership, to increasing the odds of a book deal, to having a greater impact on book sales, this book is every aspiring writer’s guide to success in the world of publishing.

1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

Get Known really helped me grow up as an author. When Writer Mama came out, I was pretty green. I’d written an inspirational/educational book that was for the most part warmly embraced by readers. Since Get Known came out, I have had (and sometimes still have) some pretty rude awakenings. More than anything, Get Known has taught me that regardless of what others think I can or should do for them that I need to determine and set my own boundaries and stick to them. I don’t think these are the kinds of lessons anyone really hopes to have to learn, but they have definitely taught me to think for myself, regardless of the peer-pressure du jour.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

Approaching the drafting process of Get Known, I had a terrific sense of over-confidence because I had already written one book. So the second should have been really easy, right? Yeah, that didn’t happen. That idea that the second book would be easier or in any way similar to writing the first book really threw me because it was neither easy nor similar. I’d say my second book writing process was humbling, enlightening (I discovered how much I already knew about platform-development), and empowering (I had to deal with some really absurd responses towards the book and towards me).

3. What good has your book created in the world?

Well, if you typed “author platform” into an Internet search in 2007, there were very few pages that came up. You could have probably even counted them. Today, when you type “author platform” into a search, there are a bazillion pages on the topic. I think Get Known was a catalyst in getting people talking about platform, whether they were voicing their dread loathing towards the idea, expressing excitement, or wanting to quibble about this point or that point. I think Get Known is still the best author platform primer, and readers still tell me how helpful the exercises at the end of each chapter are. When you write how-to, really all you hope to hear is that your book is helpful.

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Let’s talk self-promotion: you love the stuff, right?

No? Hate it? Could live without it? Can’t get enough?

Where do you stand on making your writing career more visible? Spill it.

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Please bring your extended family next time you come. :)

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