Thursday, April 23, 2015

I Still Make Money Selling My Parenting and Family Reprints! (Marketing is the Key)

Nope, I didn't just WRITE the book on getting published in parenting and family magazines over and over again using the SAME article!

I am PROOF that it works because I do it and have been doing it for going on 10 years! I sent out my two Mother's Day offerings in March and have so far been accepted in 5 different magazines for a total of $170! Keep in mind here that these articles are FOUR YEARS OLD and they keep selling. I just have to market them!

How do you market an article?

You don't forget about it. You don't write it, sell it once and let it rot.

You say, "Hmmm, I'm going to send out this Mother's Day piece I popped off in December to every magazine in Kerrie's ebook. And I'm probably going to hear back from a few magazines. But then I have to put a reminder SOMEWHERE to also send it out AGAIN to all publications EXCEPT the ones who accepted it the first time (otherwise I am just rude and annoying) sometime around March for all those publications who DO NOT work 6 months in advance."

There are a lot of magazines who work 6 months out and have it all planned out. But if something INSANELY FABULOUS comes into their email box, they might bump something else or make more space.

There are also a lot of magazines who work LAST-MINUTE and you want to be their go-to writer, believe me. It's April 23 as I write this and most magazines are all put to bed, but just today I got another Mother's Day acceptance. I am happy to be the last-minute filler girl, and you should be also!

How can you do what I am doing? Just grab my print book (so you can mark it up and make changes, additions, deletions, highlights, etc.) and get going! Write me for the .csv file so you can more quickly get the emails in your system and get submitting! And don't forget you can send things previously published on your blog, on Huffington Post Parents, ANYWHERE that you did not sign a contract saying you wouldn't. If it's your work, you can sell it again and again as long as you don't sign anything saying you can't shop it around for a year or something. I don't advise you do that! Here's the link!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why Are You Writing for FREE? Part One: Huffington Post Parents and Other NonPaying Sites

So this morning I saw this post on a lady entrepreneur group on Facebook. It was by a woman who was so excited that she wrote on her blog about NOT working for free and then Huffington Post online picked it up.

I asked her if they paid her or if she was working for free. She said they did not pay her but their COVERAGE is amazing. Um, okay. But isn't that ironic? You wrote about NOT working for free and you are doing it. And coverage doesn't really show up in my mailbox as a cold, hard check I can take to the bank and pay for braces, food, gas for my massive E350, vacations, retirement, a cute vintage dress, my monthly Weight Watchers pass.

No offense to all you amazing ladies writing for popular free sites like Huffington Post Parents, BluntMoms, etc., but:

(1) Why are you giving them your amazing parenting/family material for free when you could make real money sending it to regional parenting magazines or online mags that pay? (wait for it! i have the markets!). I want to make it VERY clear that I think  your stuff rocks. I read it and I love it and I smack my head wondering why you don't shop it around, but we will get to that later.

(2) Why can't Huffington Post pay something by now? I know tiny little sites who can at least throw you 5 bucks for a brilliant post. How long does HuffPo think they can keep sucking out all your writing marrow FOR FREE? It burns my ass because some of you are quite a big deal. I want to make it VERY clear  here that I love Huffington Post Parents and I read it and I love it and I truly aspire to also someday get published on that site ... coverage does rock as long as I am also getting paid for the same piece other places. Cake, eat. Yep.

I totally get it, though. Where the hell would you start if you wanted to send a piece to a magazine? Well, um, Writer's Market put out by Writer's Digest. It's been around FOREVER. And if you wanted to submit to the family and parenting markets? Well, Writer's Market sucks for that, sorry. They only have a tiny handful of those markets.

But I have a ton of markets! And they pay! After I realized Writer's Market sucked, I spent hours collecting them while my kids slept or nursed on me or played happily and I did it for you! I know a writer who had a regional parenting magazine see her piece on HuffPo and buy it. But why wait for that? Why not go straight to the mags? You can do both if you want! And by "both" I mean EVERYTHING!

This is important, so please pay attention!

You can have a piece on fancy HuffPo Parents while you also get it published MULTIPLE PLACES ... Houston Family, San Diego Family, Pittsburgh Parent, Baton Rouge Parents, Treasure Coast Parenting, Western New York Family and more all at the same time or in the same year or whenever they want to use your piece. There. So now you are on HuffPo Parents and you have $200+ in your bank account on top of it!

Yes, you can now. I am done lecturing and scolding you. But you have to go here to buy my book, which is available in both ebook and print versions!

This is where I write. At this Formica table. That's my little blue wireless mouse, and the kitchen is behind me since I seem to spend a lot of time there! I have a corner office with a window (so I can see what the naughty McKids are up to!)
And come back because, as always, I have more to share!

Part Two is going to ask why you are blogging for free
Part Three will ask why you are writing for content mills for 5 bucks an article

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