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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Writers

Everyone is asking me what I want for Christmas, so I thought I 'd share some items the writer on your list might like. Forgive me if I'm a cliche, but it's fun to dream. If I won the lottery. . . Christina Katz also has a great list at her site.

1. Sony ebook reader ($250 -300) or Amazon's Kindle ($400.00)

2. Gift basket: paper (minimum 20lbs quality), gift card to an office supply store, pens, small notebooks to carry around and jot ideas, $5.00 gift card to Bread Co/coffee shop with wifi, bookstore gift card, #10 envelopes, 9x12 envelopes, stamps - any combo ($30-?)

3. Subscription to They have how to pitch articles with the inside scoop on magazines and a great freelance job board. ($49.00)

4. Subscription to Lists writing markets and contact info on countless magazines and book publishers (One year is $29.00, two years is 44.99. Or pay by the month at $3.99 so they can see if they like it.

5. Christina Katz book Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids - an outstanding book for beginning writers plus great tips for those already published. She also has a great list of other writing books on her website. (10.19 plus shipping)

6. Writer's Digest ($19.96) or Poets and Writers Magazine ($14.97)

7. Laptop, if you have the funds for such things (they have some great sales at Dell right now)

8. Glimmer Train subscription - great short story writing to inspire the writer within

9. If your writer is aspiring to magazines, an online course at The Renegade Writer would be a great start for the new year (around $120 for a basic course).

10. My manservant, Manolo


glasshut said...

Does Manolo know that you are offering his services on the Internet again?

One of these days he's going to get tired of bringing you grapes, chocolate and fanning you with palm fronds.

Tricia Grissom said...

Gasp! He is devoted to me! He knows his contribution to the household funds allows us more time together.

Perhaps I have been taking him for granted. Manolo, darling, come talk to me. . .

roller coaster teacher said...

Hi Tricia - hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Ours was rough with FIL in hospital, but we made it through. My novel is not making it through, sadly... still, my love of writing lives on! Thanks for all your encouragement!

Tricia Grissom said...

Hey roller coaster teacher. I'm sorry you had such a rough Thanksgiving.

And don't sweat it about the book. I got derailed last year when my daughter broke her arm over Thanksgiving weekend. Life happens. We, who didn't have time to NaNo, salute you.