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Holiday Gift Guide for Writers

 The Holiday Gift Guide for the Writer in Your Life

With fall already in full swing, the holidays are right around the corner bringing with them the promise of cooler temps, mistletoe, carols and a holiday pastime you could do without…shopping.  There’s nothing like the jam-packed parking lots and bargain shoppers fighting over the last item on the shelf to get you feeling the joy of the season.  Then add in the fact that you have to give that special writer in your life something to show them just how much they mean to you, and the process doesn’t become any easier.  However, with this list of holiday gift suggestions you are sure to wow your writer and earn the reputation of the best holiday gift-giver ever. 

Give a journal or notebook.  Even though most writers in today’s age prefer to write on a computer, writers are always coming up with ideas so a journal or notebook to jot down their inspiration would still be a great gift option.  Pick one that is small and something that they can easily carry with them on the go.  Of course, this doesn’t mean to go to Target and just grab your standard black and white composition book—make this gift special by choosing one that is unique.  Give a legendary Moleskine journal and if you want to do something that shows just how much thought you put into it…get the recipient’s initials put on the front.  {Editor’s Note: Some swear by Moleskine, I prefer Black n’ Red for rough drafts and notes on ongoing projects. I also love those cheapy hardcover spirals you can find at the dollar store or Michael’s for daily journaling, inspiration and collecting quotes and musings}

Give music.  When in the writing zone, a lot of people like to listen to some good tunes.  So when considering holiday presents, think about adding music to the list.  Depending on their taste and musical preference, you can choose something that will really inspire.  You can go with a cd, an album purchased on iTunes or even an iTunes gift card. {Editor’s note: Another fun and FREE idea is to create a personalized Radio Station on Pandora, then send the link to your writing friend!}

Give a special pen.  Again, computers may be the most popular writing method, but a nice pen makes a nice gift.  Writing using a keyboard is faster but many writers will agree that writing with a pen and paper can make their work all the more enjoyable and fun…allowing them to stop and savor the feeling of writing, inspiring new work.

Give a good book. Often if someone is deeply involved in writing, they are also deeply involved in books and a new read would make for a wonderful present.  There are so many options with this idea…you can purchase a book for pleasure, to inspire, to give a writer a break from his or her own work to study the literature of others, and even a book about writing is great too.  Find out their favorite genre or author and choose a book that is sure to impress.  {Editor’s Note: I have my favorite writing books, such as Page After Page (Sellers) and How to Write the Breakout Novel (Maas), but on my wish list this year are: The Writer’s Workout, Christina Katz and The Marshall Plan of Novel Writing, Evan Marshall}

Give a writing class.  This is the writer’s gift that will keep on giving.  Take to the internet to search for available writing courses.  Most cities offer such classes at local colleges, but your best bet may be to find an online course.  This makes for an untraditional gift that can really help a writer to hone their craft and brush up on details like grammar, punctuation, composition and descriptive writing skills.  {Editor’s Note: If you have a young writer that lives in the Chicagoland area, consider giving a gift card for my Summer Studio Workshop; if you have a writer who longs to teach or a teacher who longs to write, I have an Amazing online course starting in 2012! Email me for details and an early bird discount! Mjcwriter at Comcast dot net}

Give a digital voice recorder.  A recorder will be the perfect addition to any writer’s toolkit.  One especially great thing about this idea is that it won’t break the bank (Olympus makes a recorder for less than $60!).  When you have an idea that just pops into your mind and you have nothing to write on or are on the go, what’s a better solution?

Give a lap desk.  Working at a desk can get old and to really get the ideas and creative juices flowing, a change of scenery is a must—therefore, so is a lap desk.  Ideal for writing and curling up in bed and basically anywhere in the home, this handy and flexible alternative to a regular desk will be greatly appreciated by your writer.

Guest Post by: Cindy McDonald, author of this guest post is also a writer for Best Christian Dating Sites where she covers topics centered on online Christian dating.

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Exciting News for Young Writers


St. Charles, Illinois—July 7, 2010—Medallion Press Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of its
new Ya-Ya line, which will be added to its family of fiction and nonfiction imprints, including
the Medallion Masterpiece Collection and the new Young Adult and Christian Literature lines.
Ya-Ya, which stands for “Young Adults writing for Young Adults,” will showcase aspiring
authors between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. The Ya-Ya line will be comprised of a
variety of fiction genres to be released in print and e-book formats.
Medallion Press is thrilled to provide young and aspiring authors with access to a broad
reading audience. The editors are currently seeking Ya-Ya submissions, and guidelines are
available on the company Web site, http://www.medallionpress.com.
Be sure to check back often for news and updates on the Ya-Ya imprint and the many
innovative developments at Medallion Press. Learn More…

About Medallion Press:
Medallion Press, Inc. is a genre fiction and nonfiction publisher dedicated to creating the
highest quality product, both inside and out. For more information, visit

Do you have a manuscript ready to submit? How about a query? Not sure where to begin? REGISTER TODAY for my one-week Summer Writing Studio.

Young writers entering 4th-8th grade

Downers Grove, IL

Monday-Friday: August 9-13, 2010

9am-noon everyday

email me for more info: mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net


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