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Christina Katz takes a stay-at-home-mom and turns her into a dragon-slayer with all the tools to make a writing career not just feasible, but downright practical. My copy of this book is wrought with notes, dog-eared pages, and highlighted resources, earning it a place on my reference shelf. -- C. Hope Clark, author of The Shy Writer (Book Locker, 2004)

Like taking a writing class at your neighborhood playground--Writer Mama is a must-have resource that speaks to the specific challenges of the writing parent with advice from those with one eye on the monkey bars and another on their manuscript. -- Sharon Miller Cindrich, journalist, columnist, and author of E-Parenting: Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Kids (Random House, 2007)

Sure to be a favorite among moms who need a little help sorting out the challenges of balancing family and career. Packed with practical advice in reader-friendly format. -- Jenna Glatzer, Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer (Nomad Press, 2004)

What a find! Writer Mama is a must for any woman beginning a freelance career. A combination of inspiration and practical information, this book offers solid guidelines and tips on how to make a living writing while raising a family. -- Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Pen On Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt, 2004)

Writer Mama is a solid, sensible guide that is sure to help any woman who wants to pursue a professional writing career while raising her children. -- Eric Maisel, Creativity for Life (New World Library, 2007)

About the Author

Christina Katz is a freelance writer and mom based in Portland, Oregon. In September 2004, she was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America for her article "The Art of Making Time for Yourself." Sawyer hailed the article as one of the most popular articles on the Internet. As the editor/publisher of the 3-year-old subscriber-based Writers on the Rise e-newsletter, Christina is widely networked in the writer e-zine community, with editors of the largest subscriber-based e-zines.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974415
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christina Katz, also known as The Writer Mama and The Prosperous Writer, is the author of three books from Writer's Digest: The Writer's Workout, Get Known Before the Book Deal, and Writer Mama.

A champion of mom writers while also maintaining her own prolific career, Christina's writing career tips and parenting advice appear regularly in national, regional, and online publications.

Christina has been a "gentle taskmaster" to thousands of writers over the past decade. Her students go from unpublished to published, build professional writing career skills, and increase their creative confidence by working with her intensively over the years.

A platform development pioneer, Christina's work as an expert, coach, and trainer has helped establish the concept in the minds of millions of writers, who now rely on their platforms to support their livelihoods.

Christina has helped midwife many profitable micro-publications into existence for her long-time students. The most successful of these have earned thousands of dollars for their author-owners. The future looks bright for future sales and additional projects for these or any hard-working writers who follow Christina's micro-publishing advice.

Christina holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. She was among the first to say that academic programs that train writers should also include platform training, and today most MFA programs for writers do.

A popular speaker on creative career growth, platform development, and micro-publishing, Christina keynotes for writing conferences, literary events, MFA writing programs, and libraries. Her work has been featured and quoted on television, on radio, in newspapers, in magazines, in books, and online over the past decade.

Coaching with Christina is available in direct and indirect forms for writers working from home, on the road, or abroad. Christina lives near Wilsonville, Oregon with her multi-talented husband, her delightful daughter, and far too many pets.

Learn more by clicking around, by subscribing to The Prosperous Writer e-zine, and by following Christina's blog and social media channels.

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Christina has become widely respected for her work in these areas:

Micro-publishing your way to a traditional book deal
Author platform development from start to expert
Finding and focusing on your writing specialties
Strategies for writing and selling for traditional publication and beyond
Establishing and deepening multiple income streams
Creative productivity & prosperous self-care
Mom writer training
Work/life balance in the Internet age

Words that describe Christina are:

Writing coach
Author coach
Writer coach
Creativity coach
Prosperity coach
Creative career coach
Sell your content coach
Specializing coach
Platform development coach
Micro-publishing coach
Become your own publishing imprint coach

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JennyK on January 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a writer and mother of two young kids, this book has been invaluable to me! I've read a lot of writing books over the years but this is the first one that so clearly addressed my specific concerns as a writer trying to balance motherhood and a career. This has truly become my writing "bible." And with it's convenient "purse-size" I hardly leave home without it anymore!

The chapters are chock-full of easy-to-follow practical advice and exercises to help you succeed, from writing query letters to finding your perfect target market. And you'll find lots of warm-hearted encouragement for those days when you have "writer mama burnout." It's like having a best friend sitting with you at the keyboard, cheering you on!

For any mother who dreams of non-fiction publication, this is the perfect resource. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
FINALLY! There is finally a book that reflects the life a freelance writer mama lives. Christina Katz has written one of the most - if not the most - comprehensive books for "Writer Mamas" I've ever read. Five ideas came to mind immediately for fillers and a feature article while reading the book, things I hadn't thought about in years. Now, I'll be submitting these ideas. This book reminds me of something someone once said to me, "It may be simple, but it won't be easy." If you're a "Writer Mama" now, or have aspirations to become one, this is the book to buy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justice Jane on March 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I came across this at the library and found myself renewing it over and over. Sometimes returning it late, and paying fines, I realized it would make sense to finally PURCHASE it (!) and let someone else enjoy the library's copy. I also read it in just a couple days and then pick it up a few times a week for more inspiration and practical tips. Thanks for helping writers and mothers figure out how to do both better!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Stone on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is useless unless you want to be a freelance writer for junky magazines and churn out cliched "X tips for Y" lists and boring filler. It assumes that you are not an experienced writer in the first place, so I felt like the entire book was talking down to me. The title should be "Inexperienced Writer Mama: How to Raise a Freelance Fluff Journalism Writing Career Alongside Your Kids," but I guess that would be too verbose and it would scare off buyers who are looking for a true blend of advice about time management, parenting, and serious writing.

The reality is that junk internet journalists are a dime a dozen, and printed magazines are struggling to recruit and retain subscribers. Freelance journalism is a road to nowhere for many. Where others succeeded a few years ago (prior to 2007, for example), very few will succeed today. If you are a serious writer who wants to do more than write fluff pieces (or if you've already spent time writing fluff pieces and you want to move up), then look elsewhere.

The book is supposed to have plenty of time management advice for moms, but it just gives a few tips like "write while they nap" and "take a notebook to the park to jot down ideas while your kid plays." I already knew about these practices, and I am disappointed that the book did not elaborate further.

Let's face it: caring for children takes up a lot of your time. If you are a parent (especially one that stays home with small children), your life is already very full. There is no magic book that will change that fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Schile on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
One realizes right away that Christina Katz has put an incredible amount of work into this book. She provides all the detailed information a new writer needs to know about the freelance writing business, and refreshes the mind of the experienced writer who may have momentarily lost touch with the ins and outs of the business while having children.

Katz supplements her own expertise as a Writer Mama by providing additional resources and websites inside the book that offer Writer Mamas support and good ideas.

There are thousands of books on writing---THIS one is for the Writer Mamas! Whether they are nursing their dreams along with their babies or are already writing and publishing, all of the Writer Mamas will enjoy reading a book just for them.

As Katz points out throughtout the book, one's writing does not have to halt once one has children--it may just need to transition a bit. Writer Mama is the book, and Katz is the author, that helps one undergo that transition the way only a Mama could.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve M. Ferraro on May 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't care if you are a Writer Mama, a Writer Dad or a singleton without kids, this book is indispensable if you want to become a writer/author and get published! As opposed to most books out there about writing that are intimidating and overwhelming, Ms. Katz's tone is warm and helpful. She shows you how to get published even though you don't have a newspaper column that 300,000 people read every week or a marriage to a famous celebrity. (For those of you in the dark here, I'm talking about Jessica Seinfeld and her book Deceptively Delicious. We all know she got that book deal because of her marriage to Jerry.) But I digress. Perhaps more important, Writer Mama is very well organized and filled with practical information. If I ever get published, it will be because of Writer Mama! So if you want to be a published author, don't walk, but run to your nearest Barnes and Noble or Borders bookstore. Or better yet, let your fingers do the work and place the order now on Amazon.
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