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    The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques from Your Writing Career Coach

    by Christina Katz
    Writer’s Digest Books, 2011
    ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-179-0
    ISBN-10: 1-59963-179-2
    $19.99 paperback, 384 pages

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    About the Book
    The inspiration, stamina, and power to take charge of your writing life—every day. Get the daily jolt of energy your writing life needs from The Writer’s Workout. Inside you’ll find manageable, no-nonsense techniques for every aspect of your writing career from getting organized to connecting with your audience to build relationships.

    Veteran writing coach Christina Katz draws on her knowledge from more than a decade in the business to give you tips, exercises, and insider strategies to build your skills.

    • Make your writing as strong and powerful as possible.
    • Pitch and sell your work at every opportunity.
    • Overcome rejection to come back better than ever.
    • Promote your work and build an audience.
    • Learn how to balance your creative life with your daily life.

    With The Writer’s Workout, you’ll develop skill, strength, and confidence — everything you need to build a robust, unique writing career that’s built to last.

    About the Author

    Christina Katz is the author of Get Known Before the Book Deal and Writer Mama. 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 prosper over time. Learn more at ChristinaKatz.com.

    Partial Table of Contents
    SPRING: GET GOING
    Write Like You Breathe
    Sell Your Words
    Serial Focus
    Promote Yourself
    Microinvest in Learning
    Find Your Chutzpah
    Take Stock
    Forget Fretting
    Embrace The Reasons
    Get Warm
    Incorporate Nonfiction
    Hunker Down
    Trust Your Instincts
    Have a Solvency Plan
    Keep Writing Central

    Summer: Find Your Stride
    Pay No Attention to Fame
    Aim to Earn
    Lengthen as You Go
    Befriend Time
    Stack Up Successes
    Be an Original
    Pen a Short Bio
    Enjoy Your Efforts
    Make the Most of Warm Leads
    Keep Yourself Busy
    Welcome Referrals
    Dig Up Contacts
    Bulldoze the Ivory Tower
    Query Well
    Try Harder

    Fall: Become Recognizable
    Understand Platform
    Scale Your Soul
    Evaluate Your Visibility
    Set Your Identity Free
    Consider Your Good Fortune
    Track Your Progress
    Accrue Personal Power
    Call Pleasure Your Business
    Always Be Building
    Observe a Spider
    Stay Stocked Up
    Strive to Serve
    Distinguish Back From Front
    Put Your Work Out There
    Get Permissions

    WINTER: COACH YOURSELF
    Choose Both Sides
    Conduct an Annual Inventory
    Become a Thought Leader
    Test-Market an Idea
    Test Your Book Readiness
    Traditonally Publish
    Become Memorable
    Get Paid
    Expand Up and Out
    Attract Book Buyers
    Publish Yourself
    Don’t Abandon Traditional
    Relish Moments of Perfection
    Declare Ownership
    Give Wisely

    Praise for The Writer’s Workout

    The Writer’s Workout is like having a personal trainer for your brain–every day of the year. Christina Katz will turn you into a lean writing machine, preparing you to face the challenges of the Too Much Information Age.
    —Marc Acito, author of How I Paid for College and Attack of the Theater People

    For years, I searched for one book to offer my students—a book that would walk them with kindness and respect through the maze of learning to live as a working writer. Christina Katz’s The Writer’s Workout is that book.
    —Melissa Hart, author of Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood

    Christina Katz is a writing coach in every sense of the word. This book is absolutely packed with tips, techniques, and pearls of wisdom. One can use this as a reference book, curriculum of study, or motivational guide—or all three.
    —James Scott Bell, author of The Art of War for Writers and best-selling suspense novelist

    Christina Katz is the warm, funny, inspiring, and enthusiastic mentor every writer dreams of having in her corner. Like any good workout, this book will make you feel strong, energized, and ready to take on whatever comes next!
    —Dallas Woodburn, young writer activist

    If you want great tips for writing and great tips for publishing all in one place, this is the book you need!
    —Eric Maisel, author of over thirty-five books including Coaching the Artist Within

    Christina Katz’s The Writer’s Workout is like a writer’s devotional—366 entries, from inspirational to practical to cautionary tips, advice, and exercises—to get you through the seasons of your writing life. It’s perfect for aspiring writers who want to get in the driver’s seat rather than leave it to fate to jumpstart their careers.
    —Hallie Ephron, author of Never Tell a Lie and Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

    As in sports, success in writing is half psychology. Coach Christina Katz builds both your word skills and your confidence. Get ready to flex your muscles—and harness your mind!
    —Donald Maass, literary agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel

    The grounding metaphor of the workout is beautifully developed throughout the book, and Katz’s tone is warm and encouraging as she takes on the role of coach. Her comprehensive work is an inspiring pleasure to read.
    —Caroline Grant, editor-in-chief of Literary Mama and co-editor of Mama Ph.D.

    No more excuses! Writing is hard work, arguably harder than physical exercise, but Christina Katz’s insightful regimen offers a holistic body/mind/soul workout that will rejuvenate even the flabbiest of authors. From the motivational to the practical, her coaching style is an appealing blend of warm encouragement and a no-nonsense kick in the pants that almost every writer needs at some point in their career.
    —Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, digital publishing expert and poet

    The Writer’s Workout will take you from wanting to be a writer to thinking, acting, and working as a writer should. An indispensable daily read, with a leap year’s worth of lively, thought-provoking, and invariably useful information.
    —Randall Albers, Chair of the Fiction Writing Department, Columbia College Chicago

    The Writer’s Workout is a must-read for any writer on this path for the long haul. Christina Katz is the teacher we all want—supportive and understanding, but handy with a good kick-in-the-butt when we need to get down to work.
    —Becky Levine, author of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide

    What writers want to know is: What’s the shortcut to success—the fast and easy way to get a book deal? Hint: There isn’t one. That’s why I am so glad that Christina Katz wrote The Writer’s Workout because it clearly shows aspiring writers what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
    —Lee Silber, best-selling author of fifteen books including Time Management for the Creative Person

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