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Comment by Sarah Clayville on January 24, 2016 at 6:51pm

Announcing the MAW Literary Writers Boot Camp.

Join us April 4-16, 2016 for a two-week online course. Produce a literary essay on motherhood with the guidance of our editorial staff. Essays will be considered for publication. The cost is $25. Space is limited. For registration, contact editor@mothersalwayswrite.com.

Comment by Leza Lowitz on January 11, 2016 at 4:02am

BUZZFEED gave my forthcoming novel a shoutout. Which makes it all worthwhile. I cried every day at my computer. Still much help needed in the tsunami-affected areas, and we are doing what we can.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/ya-novels-you-need-to-be-reading...

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on January 3, 2016 at 1:18pm

San Diego Playwright Thelma Virata de Castro on retreats, motherhood, and separation anxiety (for mom) at Mother Writer Mentor: http://www.motherwritermentor.com/2016/01/03/to-our-pursuit-of-grea...

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on December 14, 2015 at 12:28pm

Three poems for survivors, especially mothers who are survivors. I wrote poems about going into labor triggered in my first poetry collection. Thanks to Ginny Lee Taylor at Women of Wonder, guest blogged here: Words as Spiral Path: Owning My Story. Writing exercises at post's end. Would love your comments on the site. Ginny is doing powerful work. http://womenofwondercircle.com/words_as_spiral/

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on December 8, 2015 at 7:39am

Trying to stay in the game like Seinfeld: https://lnkd.in/e5QTRdb

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Comment by Tracy Slater on November 5, 2015 at 9:53pm

Hi Kara,

This is quite interesting. I'm a US writer who's just published a memoir through Penguin Random House's Putnam imprint but I live in Japan and write about being the wife of a traditional Japanese salaryman, so this addresses a problem I've had and I know other expat writers have had. I tried the service and it found 49 destinations to send people for my book (The Good Shufu) across Amazon in many countries and iTunes in many countries. So this is the positive--and I will definitely help spread the word through twitter (@fourstories), my FB author page, etc., when the service is ready for prime-time. (Please keep me informed!. You can reach me at www.tracyslater.com)

A few questions and concerns, though: My publisher lists the book as being available at all these online sellers (http://widgets.penguin.com/Pages/affiliateLanding/index.aspx?isbn=9...) including IndieBound, B&N, Target, etc. As a writer, I'd be even more enthusiastic if your service could include these links, at least for US customers. IndieBound especially is important for a lot of readers to feel like they aren't boxed into Amazon. And my book was named a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection, for which I'm incredibly grateful, so I'd feel bad cutting them out of possible promotion.

Also, in terms of navigation, I found the process pretty easy and self-explanatory until I tried to view the list of links your shorten link would send people to based on location, and then tried to go back to view the shortened link, which disappeared from the page when I was looking at the list of destination links and locations. When I went back to "view my links," there were now 2 shortened links, which I didn't understand.

Finally, one idea--which you may already be implementing--is that publishers like PRH might really like this. For me, my ideal situation would be if Penguin | Putnam could use your redirection service in their code behind the Amazon and/or iTunes buttons on their list of all vendors, since those are the 2 services whose international buyers your service seems to serve the most. I'd also like to be able to use the link, but not as my primary link, since, as I said, I wouldn't want to cut other vendors out.

In any case, thanks for letting us know about your new tool. Looking toward to following the progress, seeing it go public, and sharing news about it on social media!

Warmly,

Tracy

Comment by Kara Anderson on November 5, 2015 at 8:17pm

Hi Mamas,

My name is Kara and I work for a free book marketing tool called Linkredirector. I am hoping that you could help me out with some feedback to make sure it's a good fit for authors, book promoters and publishers.

The service aims to solve the problem with linking to books, when they are in multiple stores (like Amazon and iTunes), or spread over multiple countries. Amazon has many country sites, and when only linking to the US store, there's a good chance that non-US readers won't buy the book.

If you could take 2 minutes, enter the URL of one of your books in Amazon or iTunes and click around a bit to get a feel of how the tool works. Your feedback would be very valuable to me.

Any thoughts, questions, comments or ideas are welcome.

You can find the service at https://linkredirector.com

Thanks!

Kara Anderson

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on October 21, 2015 at 3:49pm
Comment by Patricia Caspers on October 14, 2015 at 8:10pm

Hi Mamas, 

My book, "In the Belly of the Albatross" is available from Glass Lyre Press. Here's a blurb: 

"In these moving poems, many of them dramatic monologues spoken by women, Patricia Caspers conjures up the lives of historical individuals -- a black slave midwife who [gives] 'Justice her dowry,' Amelia Earhart's mother, waiting hopefully for her daughter's return. And she reimagines the figures of Greek and Hebrew legend-- the Gorgon who begs for 'the gift of monstrosity' the biblical Ruth, revealing a sensuality the Bible does not allow her ... Caspers' poems flourish and grow by turning themselves undaunted to the light." -- Chana Bloch 

Free shipping until 11/14. https://www.facebook.com/events/717817628352019/

 

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