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Mom Writer's Talk Radio Newsletter
November 2005

Welcome to Mom Writer's Talk Radio! An internet radio talk show for mom writers who have something to say.

Mom Writer’s Talk Radio is an online talk show which airs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week around the globe and features mom writers and authors. At Mom Writer’s Talk Radio our mission is to unite moms who write and give them the credit they deserve. Every week we talk with your favorite mom authors, discuss their latest work, talk about how the writing process works for them, and share their secrets on balancing a hectic schedule while writing and raising a family.

We're happy you have joined us!


Paula Schmitt and Alana Morales

Our Authors This Month…

  • Joshilyn Jackson
  • Lani Diane Rich
  • Grace Fox
  • Jenn Doucette

November 4, 2005

Joshilyn Jackson,

Latest book – gods in Alabama, Warner

When Arlene Fleet headed off to college in Chicago, she made three promises to God: She would never again lie, she would stop fornicating with every boy who crossed her path, and she'd never, ever go back to her tiny hometown of Possett, Alabama (the "fourth rack of Hell"). All God had to do in exchange was to make sure the body of high school quarterback Jim Beverly was never found. Ten years later, Arlene has kept her promises, but an old school-mate has recently turned up asking questions. And now Arlene's African American beau has given her a tough ultimatum: introduce him to her family, or he's gone. As she prepares to confront guilt, discrimination, and a decade of deception, Arlene is about to discover just how far she will go to find redemption – and love.

~ from Joshilyn Jackson’s website

November 11, 2005

Lani Diane Rich,

Latest Book – Ex and The Single Girl, release Nov. 14, 2005

Portia Fallon calls it PTE—or the Penis Teflon Effect. It's the way all the women in her family deflect men like ping pong balls. No man has ever "stuck" with a Fallon woman for more than two years, and Portia has nearly surpassed that record. Until her live-in boyfriend dumps her. Now, everyone from her mother Mags to Auntie Vera and Grandma Bev is convinced that Portia must have ### with a temporary man. Enter Ian Beckett, a sexy, smart, and unsuspecting British novelist, who's visiting her small town of Truly, Georgia, for the summer. Then enter once again Portia's ex-beau, who's decided to fight to win her back. Now Portia faces a slippery decision: Which of these men has the right stuff to make a commitment stick?

~ from

November 18, 2005

Grace Fox,

Latest Book – 10-Minute Time Outs for Busy Women, Harvest House Publishers

Author of 10-Minute Time Outs for Moms and 10-Minute Time Outs for Busy Women

Fox will be sharing tips from her “10 Top Tips for New Writers” workshop, which will help new writers work on breaking into print.

November 25, 2005

Jenn Doucette,

Latest Book – The Velveteen Mommy – Laughter and Tears from the Toy Box Years, NavPress

Over time, the everyday tension builds and the inevitable mommy mania rears its ugly head. But just about the time she threatens to superglue her kids' shoes to their perpetually sockless feet, she gets booted out of the house to find her marbles-maybe to meet a friend at a coffee shop, browse at her favorite bookstore, or find restoration at a church retreat.

Whether you're a mom of toddlers or teens, you can probably identify. If you need a little change of pace, some comforting conversation, a sympathetic shoulder for a tear or two, and lots of laughter to lighten your load, you'll find it all within the covers of this book. The Velveteen Mommy can help every mother become real again.

~ from NavPress

Writing Tips of the Month

  • Always carry a notebook with you – you never know when inspiration will hit.
  • Always type your work. Publishers, theatres, or TV companies will NOT accept handwritten material. Ever.
  • Always have someone read your work before you send it out- but not your mother, best friend, or partner. Try a work colleague or someone who is relatively unbiased about you.
  • Keep a record of where you send your work and what date. This will make it easy to determine when to follow up and resubmit if necessary.
  • Be persistent. Most projects are rejected, often by a number of publishers, before they are accepted. Keep circulating your proposal.
  • Be teachable. Learn all you can to hone your writing skills. Constructive criticism is a great gift that will make your project better and help you grow as a writer.

If you'd like to share a writing tip of your own,
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Three Sites For NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo isn’t something off of Mork and Mindy – it stands for National Novel Writing Month and it kicked off on November 1st. If you want to try your hand at writing fiction, this is an insane way to do it. You basically pledge to write a book in 30 days. This is great if you keep getting hung up on silly things like editing or outlining. Who knows? Maybe your NaNoWriMo book will land a five book deal like it did for Lani Diane Rich!

Here are your sites of the month:

  1. National Novel Writing Month

    This is the official NaNoWriMo site. Learn how it works and chat with other on this crazy pledge.

  2. The National Novel Writing Month Progress Meter

    This site offers a downloadable word counter so you can show off your progress.

  3. The Blue Technologies Group :

    This company offers writing software that can help you track and finish your NaNo project.

Three Markets For House and Home

This month’s markets are for House and Home articles. Remember, to write an article for a regionally based magazine, you don’t necessarily need to live there. This month’s markets are from

If you would like to see markets for a particular area, please email your suggestions to:

  1. California Homes Magazine

    McFadden-Bray Publishing Corp.
    P.O. Box 8655
    Newport Beach, CA 92658

    Phone: (949)640-1484
    Fax: (949)640-1665

    80% freelance written

  2. Carolina Homes & Interior

    MediaServices, Inc.
    P.O. Box 22617
    Charleston, SC 29413

    Phone: (843)881-1481
    Fax: (843)849-6717

    Contact: Andrew Mosier, managing editor

  3. The Herb Quarterly

    EGW Publishing Co.
    1041 Shary Circle
    Concord, CA 94518

    Phone: (925)671-9852

    Contact: Jennifer Barrett, editor

    95% freelance written

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