Some of you may remember the book review I did of Writer Mama. Today the author, Christina Katz, is offering a free copy (just leave a comment on this blog -- details below -- and I'll draw a name soon)!
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Post #15: Celebrate book-pitching milestones!
Before we move on to talking about the book-writing process, I want to remind everyone (including myself) how important it is to celebrate every step of the way along the book writing process. Writing a book for traditional publication is a huge deal. It’s incredibly challenging to get to this point and if you don’t celebrate your small successes along the way, they will pass too quickly. Here’s a quick list of ideas that lend themselves to celebrations with supportive family and writer friends:
Warm up celebrations (worth a latte at Starbucks or some equivalent):
1. You complete the book proposal
2. You submit the book query or pitch the book concept live
3. You are asked to submit your complete proposal after the query/pitch
4. You receive an offer for representation (from an agent) or a verbal offer to publish the book (from a publisher)
5. You receive a written offer for representation or publication in the form of a contract
6. You complete and return the contract
7. You receive your fully executed contract copy for your files
At this point you are ready for a BIG celebration: (Worth a lunch or dinner out with your biggest cheerleaders or some equivalent). The thing is, you will likely start working on your book-writing before you receive your fully executed contract simply because you want to keep moving forward on your book in order to hit your deadline. So don’t get a deal and stop working. This is the kiss of death for hitting your first deadline. Books are a lot more work than most writers (and certainly readers) realize.
So figure out when it makes the most sense for you to have your BIG celebration. Some people feel a contract isn’t a contract until it’s signed and they are holding it in their hands (and this is true). But other folks, like myself, tend to favor back patting when the actual good news comes rather than waiting until later. Trust me on this—you’ll be up to your neck in book-writing and then book-promoting deadlines from the time you get the green light until a couple years after your book comes out.
I hope you’ll get out there and celebrate. Enjoy. You've earned it!
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Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz (Writer's Digest Books 2007)Kids change your life, but they don't necessarily have to end your career. Stay-at-home moms will love this handy guide to rearing a successful writing career while raising their children. The busy mom's guide to writing life, this book gives stay-at-moms the encouragement and advice they need including everything from getting started and finding ideas to actually finding time to do the work - something not easy to do with the pitter-patter of little feet. With advice on how to network and form a a business, this nurturing guide covers everything a writer mama needs to succeed at her second job