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Hi Writers,
Another Friday, another opportunity to add yet another writer's blog in my project to spotlight and add one to my blogroll each week for 20 weeks. So many great blogs, so little time...

This week, I'm adding lucky #7 to my circle of blog buddies. And without further adieu, it is:

Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids
by Christina Katz

You've probably heard publishing types using the eponymous and somewhat terrifying word "platform." As in, "We're looking for writers with an established platform..."

Well, Christina could write a book on that. She's been brilliant at establishing a grass-roots community for parent/writers through her blog. And great blogs sometimes lead to great books. Christina's book Writer Mama came out this year.

To promote her book via her blog, she's been hosting a Back-to-School book giveaway—a book a day for 31 days. There are still 3 more days left if you'd like to enter.

Also check out Christina's "Creative Manifesto," which I love, and not just because I love to use the word "manifesto" whenever possible (but it's true, I do.).

Here's #4 of the "Creative Manifesto":
"When good things happen, slow down and savor the moment. It takes effort to make good things happen, so you must have earned it!"

Ah, so true. Christina please get on here and tell us a little more about how you've use your blog to build your platform and get a book deal.

Finally, I have a writer mama confession to make. Once, when I was attempting to conduct a phone interview at home, I locked myself in the car with my cellphone to escape my three fighting children.

Oh, the guilt! Nice to know there are other struggling writer/parents out there. Keep up the good work Christina!

Keep Writing,

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