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Reasons to Write: June-The Discovery Zone

By Christina Katz
If you’ve ever read my books, heard me speak or taken a class with me, then you are no doubt familiar with a drum I Christina Katzbeat often and hard: don’t wait to be discovered; produce yourself!

The flip side of my frequent don’t-wait-to-be-discovered admonition is, naturally, to discover yourself. The word “discover” means to see, to get knowledge of, to learn of, to find, to gain sight of, to notice and to realize.
Once you become willing to discover yourself, you have the key to everything-you can know your thoughts, uncover your plans and ambitions, and see the best path right in front of you.

Why is this so important these days? Because if you don’t know which direction you are headed and why, there are more ways to get off the path and into the woods than ever. So if your choices feel like they spoke in too many directions, why not pause and dive back into self-discovery? Even five minutes of self-reflection can get you out of spin mode and reset your clarity of direction. Because if you don’t know who you are, what you are all about, and where you are going, then nobody else is going to get it either.

Why then, would you want to write to become discovered, when the same skill can be used to see and know anything and everything you are ever curious about? When you feel adrift in a sea of choices, don’t reach for the input of others. Reach for your pen or your keyboard and-WOOSH!-you’ll find that you had the power to shine in your capable hands all along. Next thing you know, you are off, making discoveries that can take you and your readers anywhere.

Through writing you can discover a new use for something old. Indeed the process of writing IS a new use for something old: you get to share a seemingly endless stream of words on nothing but good ol’ brainpower. What a joy to discover something for yourself through the process of writing that may have been previously known to others but was unknown to you.

Writing allows you to chance upon ideas, to observe closely or from a distance, to notice what you hadn’t before, to find out things that thrill and dismay you, and to identify, name and claim what is revealed.

When you write to discover, instead of writing to be discovered, you are an active force in the world. You become privy to your own thoughts, your personal passions, your true feelings, your once distant memories, and the very stuff you need to express. Your efforts pay off with exponential rewards, which cannot be topped by literary accolades or rave reviews.

You remember to write for the pure bliss of writing. You come to the center. The seed. The source from which creation springs. And from there, do you really need the adoration or acclaim or attention of others? You don’t. You have it all. The key to creation. The core. The root. And the discovery is divine.

Writer Mama by Christina KatzGet Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz Christina Katz is the author of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Build an Author Platform and Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (both for Writer’s Digest Books). A platform development coach and consultant, she teaches writing career development, hosts the Northwest Author Series, and is the publisher of several e-zines including Writers on the Rise. Christina blogs at The Writer Mama Riffs and Get Known Before the Book Deal, and speaks at MFA programs, literary events, and conferences around the country.

Get Known Featured in NYT Bestselling Author’s Blog Today!

Allison Winn-Scotch has been kind enough to feature me in an interview about getting known in her blog today!

She’s got a great blog that demystifies the publishing industry. If you don’t see your favorite topic in the most current posts, check the archives. She’s covered tons of ground over the past couple of years.

You may also want to add her new NYT Bestselling book to your holiday shopping list. Check it out! Allison’s next book was just announced in Publisher’s Lunch as a “Significant Deal.”

Clearly Allison Winn-Scotch is a writer mama we can all learn from.

Ready to Get Known, Writers? Come to Salem, Oregon Tonight!

I’ll be speaking at the Salem branch of Willamette Writers tonight at 7 p.m.

Hope to see all the writers from our state’s capital who want to get known there!

Have you heard? I’m on a mission…to help writers get known. 🙂

Get Known Before the Book Deal: A Platform Development Checklist

Even if you are not yet known and you don’t have a writing specialty, you will enjoy this lively presentation about how to name, claim, cultivate and explain your all-important writer’s platform from scratch. 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 platform in order to get noticed. Based on her book, Get Known Before the Book Deal, Christina Katz, will help you see the bigger platform picture and then take the small steps every writer must in order to get known and land a book deal.

Info is here.

Come hear me talk about how YOU can get known!

If you are in the Portalnd, Oregon area, I’d love to meet you in person. I’ll be speaking at:

Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting, Salem Chapter
A Platform Development Checklist
Thursday, November 13, 2008 from

Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting, Portland, Oregon Chapter
A Platform Development Checklist
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Northwest Author Series, Wilsonville, Oregon
A Platform Primer
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Meeting Schedulers/Event Planners:
If you would like to invite me to your conference or event, please email me at writer mama at earthlink dot com.

For a Limited Time: Order Signed Copies of “Get Known” or “Writer Mama”

I will be visiting all the bookstores in the greater Portland area and signing their stock of Get Known in time for the holidays. I’ll be sure to let you know when that happens, so that you can support your favorite bookstore.

But what if you live further away and you really, really want signed copies of my books?

Well, now for a limited time, you can order them directly from me!

Until December 30th, I will Priority Mail single copies of Get Known or Writer Mama right to your home.

E-mail me at christina katz at earthlink dot net or sign up for one of my e-zines for details. 🙂

And on that note, I know what I’m giving for holiday gifts this year…bookstore gift cards!

Why? Because I support bookstores, publishers and authors, that’s why.

Now that the election is over, it’s important for all of us to remember that every dollar we spend is a vote.

Won’t you join me in voting for books and magazines this holiday season?

Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform from Christina Katz and Writer’s Digest Books on sale now!

Sell Your First Book & Develop a Successful and Sustainable Writing Career

Before you can land a book deal—before you can even attract the interest of agents and editors—you need to be visible. How do you become visible? You develop a platform, or a way of reaching your readers. Everybody can develop a platform, and this book shows you how to do it while you’re still writing.

This book offers:

  • A step-by-step approach to creating, growing, and nurturing a platform
  • An economical approach to self-promotion (you don’t have to spend thousands)
  • A clear way to uncover your strengths and weaknesses as an author
  • The strategies that are essential (or not) to online promotion
  • A philosophy of authorship that leaves you confident, empowered, and equally partnered with agents, editors, and publishers (instead of waiting to be discovered)
  • A diverse set of tools and methods for getting known (not just Web-based tools or ideas for extroverts)
  • After you read this book, you’ll be able to answer the inevitable question: “What’s your platform?” with ease and professionalism.

You’ll learn the hows and whys of becoming visible and how to cultivate visibility from scratch. Best of all, you won’t need any previous knowledge or experience to get started. Everything you need to know is here, in one source.

You’ll discover that growing a writing career isn’t just about landing one book deal and then scrambling like crazy. There is a more strategic and steady way to lay the groundwork so you can avoid scrambling altogether—and Get Known Before the Book Deal is the only comprehensive book that shows you how.

The Get Known Book Tour Begins in November!

Come hear me talk about Get Known!

If you are in the area, I’d love to meet you in person. I’ll be speaking at:

Wordstock, Portland’s Book and Literary Festival
Nonfiction Writing Rhythms
Saturday, Nov. 8th from 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting, Salem Chapter
A Platform Development Checklist
Thursday, November 13, 2008 from

Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting, Portland, Oregon Chapter
A Platform Development Checklist
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Northwest Author Series, Wilsonville, Oregon
A Platform Primer
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Meeting Schedulers/Event Planners:
If you would like to invite me to your conference or event, please email me at writermama@earthlink.net.

October is Publication Month for Get Known Before the Book Deal!

It’s Not Too Late…
Pre-Order Get Known Before the Book Deal!


Lots of books talk about what to do once you become an author. No other books go into as much depth about how to position yourself to become an author before you have a book and even before you have a book deal! Order Get Known Before the Book Deal from Amazon between now and November 17th will receive a platform-development checklist! Everyone who orders Get Known from Amazon.com and e-mails me their receipt will receive a checklist, which serves as the perfect companion to kick-off the book, within 48 hours. Here’s an ordering link, if you need one.

Will I accept pre-orders from other vendors?

Of course.

Dear Fellow Writers (July/August 2008),

Are you lighting some fireworks under your writing career? For me, summer has always been a good time to create excitement about my work. And this summer is no exception. Read on for lots of news.

"Dear Christina" Podcast with Christina KatzCheck out “Dear Christina” my first podcast
The first one might be a little bumpy but they will definitely get better. One thing is certain, I will not run out of my former student’s success stories any time soon. They just keep rolling in! So I thought, why not feature them in a series of short podcasts? And now I am. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.

The Writer Mama ScholarshipJuly 20th: Deadline for Applications for the Fall Writer Mama Scholarship
The next available Writer Mama Scholarship is coming up for the August 20th Writing & Publishing The Short Stuff Class.
Applications will only be accepted from Saturday, July 12th – Sunday, July 20th. One full scholarship will be granted with a value of $199.00. The scholarship application will be posted on Friday, July 11th in the Writer Mama Riffs Blog. Please feel free to post the badge in your blog or e-zine with a link to the Writer Mama blog so others can take advantage of this opportunity. (If you are planning on signing up for an August class, I wouldn’t dally. They are filling up!)


Writer Mama Back to School Giveaway BadgeSeptember 1 – 30: The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway
This giveaway was a huge success last year. You don’t have to be a mama, just a writer. This year we’ll have more books to give away and more thought-provoking career questions for you to answer to qualify to win. Participants last year commented on how much they learned both from answering the questions as well as from each other. Don’t miss it! Please share the WM Back to School Giveaway badge with all your friends
with a link to the Writer Mama blog!

October 2007 Family Fun MagazineSeptember 22: Get Known Before the Book Deal Amazon spike on the first day of Fall
Order Get Known Before the Book Deal from Amazon on the Autumn Equinox and receive a great platform-development freebie! Details coming in the September issue. Please mark your calendar and tell all your friends. (More about why authors do stuff like this in September too, in case you are curious.)

October 22: Publication Date for Get Known Before the Book Deal
Lots of books talk about what to do once you become an author. No other books go into as much depth about how to position yourself to become an author before you have a book and even before you have a book deal! If you are local, I’ll be speaking at the Wilsonville Public Library on November 16th. I’ll also  be speaking about at the Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting in Portland on Tuesday, December 2nd. Final tour dates TBA in The Writer Mama blog.)

Purchase Writer Mama, Get Free MarketsPurchase Writer Mama & Receive a Free List of Markets
But wait! Before we move on to my second book, Writer Mama is still selling strong. In fact, I  appreciate all the word-of mouth you  can put behind it, whether that means suggesting Writer Mama to your friends, your writing association, your writing conference bookseller or your local library. For the months of July and August only, there are two ways to get the list of free markets (because I know many of you own Writer Mama already): you can either purchase the book and e-mail me a copy of the receipt or you can  act on any of the word-of-mouth suggestions above. Let me know that you have helped spread the word and that you already own Writer Mama, and I’ll send you the list of markets. Send all request e-mails on this topic to writermama2@earthlink.net.

The Maternal is PoliticalThat’s enough about me. Shooting off some fireworks of her own lately, columnist Gigi Rosenberg is now writing for Parenting Magazine, among other national publicaitons. She has also been recently published in the Seal Press Anthology, The Maternal is Political, Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change, edited by Shari MacDonald Strong. Congratulations, Gigi! (You can order a copy of the book by clicking on it.)

Cindy Hudson will have some exciting news about her writing career in September. And don’t forget, former columnist Abigail Green, now a columnist over at The Writer Mama e-zine, has stepped up to teach Personal Essays That Get Published. Abby is a skillful and widely published essayist and I know that anyone who takes her class is going to be so glad they did. (More info below or stop by Abby’s blog Diary of a New Mom.)

There is a time to go into your cave and get your work done and then there is a time to crank up the excitement factor and reach out to others. Are you cranking up some excitement for your writing career? I sure hope so! If not, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of summer left.

In the writing-for-publication spirit,

Christina Katz
Editor and Publisher

P.S. You can always refer back to the Writers on the Rise blog, where these articles will be archived over the course of the upcoming month.
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