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avitalnormannathmanLiz Bedell interviews Avital who will appear on the panel Writer as Entrepreneur: Getting Your Book Out There, on October 17.

Why did you become a writer? When did the writing bug first bite you?

I’ve been writing since elementary school! The fact that I wasn’t paid for it then didn’t stop me and I would fill notebooks upon notebooks with stories. I ended up becoming a writer because that feeling that I just had to write never quite went away.

What is the most rewarding part of being a writer? The most frustrating?

Sparking conversation and debate with what I write, and getting to hear the stories of others who were inspired by something I wrote. The most frustrating is that as a freelance writer it’s a feast or famine world.

Can you tell us about your latest release?

I write non-fiction, so I’m continuously being published both online and in print with articles, interviews, and op/eds. You can read some of my weekly columns at SheKnows.com!

You’re sitting on the Writer As Enterpreneur: Getting Your Book Out There panel at this year’s WriteAngles Conference. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re planning?

I’ll talk a bit about how social media is instrumental in helping promote a book, and even if it can feel overwhelming — it’s worth it!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my second book, The Perfect Birth Myth, which will take a look at the birthing industry in the US.

Where can we find you online?

At The Mamafesto.com and tweeting at @TheMamafesto.

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