Day 24 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Gigi Rosenberg

by @thewritermama on May 24, 2011 · 19 comments

Having a book published is always a momentous and exhausting occasion. So it’s nice to see Gigi Rosenberg relishing every moment. Please help me give Gigi a warm welcome and feel free to congratulate her.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker and author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist. This book grew out of her professional development workshops taught in Portland, Chicago, New York, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has been published by Seal Press, The Oregonian, Jewish Review, and Parenting, performed at Seattle’s On the Boards, and broadcast on Oregon Public Radio. For the latest, visit

The Artist’s Guide To Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist empowers artists and writers by teaching them to write winning proposals and fundraise for their artistic endeavors. Written in an engaging and down-to-earth tone, Gigi Rosenberg’s book is a survival guide for navigating the competitive world of funding for individual artists.

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

Writing a book is like getting a PhD. Of course you’re an expert on the topic to begin with or you couldn’t sell the book idea but the years you put into the research, writing and promotion require you to leave no stone unturned. I’ve been in and under every nook and cranny of this topic by now — this is a confidence-building experience!

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

Unnerving, exciting, empowering.

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

The book is helping artists and writers unsnarl the daunting world of grants and it’s tough love too. It’s teaching artists how much they gain by doing the hard work of articulating their idea and asking for what they want.

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Gigi came and spoke at the Northwest Author Series. One of the topics she discussed that jumped out at me was the idea of believing that your work has enough value in the world to feel that it deserves funding. Generally speaking, do you feel that your writing is worthy of outside funding? There are no right answers here. This is just something that is interesting to consider if you never asked yourself the question before.

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! Thanks for spreading the word!

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