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Three New Writing Challenges Coming In March, April & May!

Christina Katz - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:46

I am very excited to announce that I am launching three new writing challenges in March, April & May 2014.

Thanks to the overwhelming success of my previous writing and platform challenges, it only makes sense to offer more challenges based on the requests I have received.

I chose these three challenges based on participant feedback and the skills I observe that writers want and need to practice most.

Whether you have taken classes with me in the past or not, you will appreciate the opportunity to brush up on these writing-for-publication skills.

And what better way than by studying real, live excellent examples before you take a stab at your own work?

Learn more about the challenges here.

The first challenge, starting March 1st, is the Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge.

The second challenge, starting April 1st, is the Christina Katz Grammar & Punctuation Challenge.

And the third challenge, starting May 1st, is the Christina Katz Essay Writing Challenge.

For those who have completed all of the challenges I already offer, here are three new challenges to keep you writing and growing!

I will continue running all five levels of my popular 21 Moments Writing Challenge and all three levels of equally popular Platform Bingo at the same time as these challenges. So you can take your pick between challenge series at any time.

And you can take these challenges in any order at any time you like.

I hope this announcement makes everyone happy, who is itching to write article, essays, and improve grammar and punctuation!

Registration for all three challenges is now open. I look forward to working with you either for the first time or once again, whichever the case may be!

A champion of mom writers while also maintaining her own prolific career, Christina Katz offers writing career tips and parenting advice 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 Her students go from unpublished to published, build professional writing career skills, and increase their creative confidence by working with her intensively over the years. Read her complete bio here.

Categories: 2012

What You Love Is Where Your Writing Platform Lives

Christina Katz - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:30

Do what you love and write what you love — sounds like a pretty good plan, right?

But what if I also told you that doing what you love and writing what you love leads to growing a platform you love?

Even better news!

But wait, here comes the punchline.

The challenge is that precisely what a writer loves is almost never apparent…unless the writer has already done a lot of writing.

In fact, I’d say 99.9% of writers I have worked with personally have to write their way to a successful platform.

Rare is the writer who can accurately predict what her platform is going to look like ahead of time without some writing to predict it.

That’s because you can’t describe something that does not exist yet, at least not with very much accuracy, where writing platforms are concerned.

Which is why I train writers to write first and describe their platform second, after they have a sense which topics will stay compelling to them in the long run.

Because when you are a writer, platform is a story about what you love to write.

Sure you could be a flash in the platform pan. You could manufacture a lot of short-term attention on just about any topic, if you wanted to.

You could grab and steal everyone else’s ideas on a topic and throw a platform up in no time.

OR you can dig in and write originally on topics that engage you and will continue to engage you forever.

You can write on topics that allow you to leave behind something solid and lasting.

You can write your way to a platform you love.

And if you do, I promise you will create a platform that will never let you down.

And don’t worry too much about those who beg, borrow, and steal from others so they can toss up a platform overnight.

They won’t be around tomorrow.

But you will, if you write what you love, for whom you love, and you love the process of doing it.

All we need is love?

When it comes to writing and platform, I believe this to to be true.

Christina Katz is the author Get Known Before The Book Deal, Discover Your Platform Potential, and the course, Discover Your Specialty & Launch Your Platform. Nine months out of the year, she offers a 25-day platform workout for writers called Platform Bingo, which is available in three levels that writers can fit into their busy schedules any time.

Categories: 2012

For The Love Of Writing For Regional Parenting Publications

Christina Katz - Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:15

I adore writing for regional publications. I especially enjoy sharing things I’ve learned with other parents who read regional parenting magazines around North America.

Writers I have trained to write for these types of publications have gone on to write for online and national publications. They have also gone on to write e-books and traditionally published books.

I’ve written hundreds of articles at this point, but I still love writing articles for regional parenting publications because it grounds and centers me in my current identity. I’m a wife and mother, and other wives and mothers like me read these publications. I am so grateful to be able to connect to like-minded others through these publications.

Here’s a roundup of some of my recent articles:

To The Moon & Back: 10 Love Lessons For The Whole Family

A Heart-Shaped Box Of Classic Romantic Movies

Writing Thank You Notes: How To Teach Life-Long Graciousness

How To Tackle Tough Topics With Your Kids

Contagious Compassion: Let Your Kids Catch You Being Generous

Save Time, Money, Even Sanity — Hosting A Sleepover Party

For The Love Of Learning: Four Ways To Teach Your Child To Enjoy School

I have yet to meet a mom who does not have a lot to offer the world with her words.

If you don’t feel this way, I would love to work with you to help you discover how to express yourself in ways that inspire, inform, and educate others.

Interested in learning about how to start writing articles from home? Check out my e-book, Write For Regional Parenting Publications For Fun & Profit, which is the perfect companion to my book, Writer Mama, How To Raise A Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. I also create contexts in which I help others achieve writing career success. Check out my writing classes and writing challenges and platform challenges.

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Categories: 2012

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do By Amy Morin LCSW

Christina Katz - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 19:08

I think these are helpful principles for writers.

Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist from Lincoln, Maine. She came up with these “13 Things Mentally Strong People DON’T Do” (emphasis mine) and her ideas have recently been picked up and adapted by major media outlets including Forbes.com.

Amy elaborated on the ideas in a poster in her post here on Lifehack.org.

And then a columnist for Forbes, Cheryl Conner, came upon her ideas and reslanted them for entrepreneurs here.

For those of you take other people’s ideas and build upon them, this is a stellar example of how to do it properly in a way that is win-win-win for all involved, including for the reader, who then has no problem tracing the origin of the ideas back to the author.

After all, if we refer to number nine on the list, mentally strong people “don’t resent other people’s success,” which means giving appropriate credit, where appropriate credit is due.

Cheryl Conner gave Amy Morin appropriate credit and therefore they both win. This is how Amy’s name went from somewhat know to internationally know seemingly overnight.

And, writers, remember what I always say about “seemingly overnight.” Just because it seems like Amy became an instant overnight success, do not be fooled. This acclaim is coming after many years of consistent and devoted work.

And this is a good reminder to all of us who are busy with our consistent and devoted work to get back to it and resist the temptation looking for shortcuts to success.

Good publicity comes to those, like Amy and Cheryl, who do good work and build solid platforms.

I hope you find Amy’s ideas on mental strength helpful to your own writing career.

And I hope you find Amy’s media success inspiring in building your platform.

And may we all encounter more journalists like Cheryl Conner. Amen.

Christina Katz is the author Get Known Before The Book Deal, Discover Your Platform Potential, and the course, Discover Your Specialty & Launch Your Platform. Nine months out of the year, she offers a 25-day platform workout for writers called Platform Bingo, which is available in three levels that writers can fit into their busy schedules any time.

Categories: 2012

Make An International Impact With Micro-publishing: Read Permission Granted

Christina Katz - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:26

One of the most exciting reasons to micro-publish these days is because you can make an international impact on your target audience in a very short amount of time. Thanks to the emergence of helpful publishing technologies for self-publishers, it is easier to go global with your manuscript than ever.

Case in point, I recently received a rave review of Permission Granted, 45 Reasons To Micro-publish from an editor in Puerto Rico, who offers self-publishing services there.

Here’s what she had to say:

I’ve been working with self-published authors for a couple of years now and I had not heard of “micro-publishing” until I saw Christina Katz’s book Permission Granted: 45 Reasons To Micro-Publish. I was happy to see that her tips align with the advice that I have been giving my clients: don’t think about one book, think about creating multiple products from a single manuscript. If ever there was a doubt of what can be done with one’s work, Christina has gathered 45 wonderful tips to encourage an author’s next step.

I particularly liked that she presented the benefits and possibilities of micro-publishing from different points of view: established author, aspiring author, and any writer. After reading it, you’ll feel the urge to micro-publish your work as soon as possible. I know I do! In the end, I found reasons to micro-publish my own work and not just encourage my clients to do so. I must teach by example. Thanks, Christina! ~ Vigimaris Nadal-Ramos, @editorialnarra

Do you have your copy of Permission Granted yet?

Have you considered the benefits that micro-publishing might offer your career?

If not, I am thrilled to let you know that Permission Granted is now available for every type of e-reader and is available for purchase all over the globe.

If I can do it, so can you. Anyone can micro-publish. But don’t wait. Start planning now. You will be so glad you did a few years down the road.

And don’t forget, everyone who purchases Permission Granted gets the “Cliff Notes” version as a list of featured quotes from the book you can download for free!

Categories: 2012