Sunday, November 2, 2014

Babble.com PAY and Submission Guidelines (Updated November 2014)


Welcome to another edition of Markets for Parenting Writers brought to you by ... me! If you'd like to check out dozens upon dozens more such markets, all paying, check out my reasonably priced ebook here!


Freelancers are welcome in all sections of Babble.

If you’re interested in writing for us, please follow these guidelines:

Use Babble search to see if your topic has been covered already.

If not, indicate in the subject line of your email what section of Babble your piece would run: pregnancy, baby, toddler, kid, mom, celebrity,prodcuts, or food. Mom is the general category subsuming mom/parent identity, health, and relationship issues.

Example subject line: Article for Mom: I Hate Going to the Park, Am I the Only One?
As concisely as possible, indicate if you’ve written for Babble before (include links to articles) and include 2-3 links to other things you’ve written. If you’ve never been published, that’s ok. Just let us know.

Tell us the topic of your piece in 1-2 lines maximum. If you can’t explain it easily, it’s not ready to pitch. Then explain your angle — your new contribution to the topic, what’s insightful/entertaining/counter-intuitive/poignant about your approach. For this, again, 1-2 lines maximum. Give us the first paragraph of the piece and then an outline of the rest. If it’s a list, include a few sample entries.

If the piece is already written, include it as an attachment. We are unable to accept articles that have been published elsewhere, including on personal blogs.

Only submit a piece once and please don’t follow up. Because of the volume of submissions, we can’t respond to everyone who writes us. If you don’t hear back, assume we decided not to accept it. Sorry about that.

Please direct all submissions to submissions@babble.com.

Kerrie says: Found out from a source that they pay around $150 for a 800-1,200 word piece, and I don't know if they accept reprints.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FREE List of 250+ Parenting Magazines (Regional and National)

I wrote an ebook in 2009 about how to get published in regional parenting magazines. Actually, I COMPILED IT. I compiled dozens and dozens of magazines' information in one spot to help myself with the submissions process. I had moderate success and wanted to organize all the magazines because I was striving for being published in even more of them and making money at it as well. So to the basic writer's guidelines and contact info for the magazines I added practical information like how to submit to them and tips and tricks and it turned into a large ebook that has been compared to Writer's Market (only Writer's Market has a handful of parenting magazines and I have over 200).

I have updated this ebook every year and now I have over 140 publishing credits under my belt (list is here so you can check it out) and am still writing. It's a great business to be in because I can take a long break to do proofreading projects or write ebooks or work on my Jamberry and Younique businesses and then always come back to it. Even without writing any new pieces for many months, my reprints keep selling. It's nice to get a check for $70 when you just got an unexpected $70 invoice in the mail from someone else!

Recently I marked my ebook down to $2.99, hoping to get it into the hands of writers in a cheaper and easier manner. Then one day a blogger content group showed up on my Facebook newsfeed and it was a writer offering all these parenting pieces for $15 to bloggers but only one person could have each piece. I immediately wrote her and asked if she knew that she could sell those same pieces for $35 and sell them over and over again? She was skeptical so I sent her the table version of my ebook. She was in love and bought the book. I contacted a photographer as well and the same thing happened.

So I figured what would it hurt to offer you the list for free? If you love it and want the full guidelines in the 256-page ebook plus all the insider info from someone who has been doing this for going on 10 years, you'll get the ebook, print it out and start submitting to magazines! If not, you still have the list and good luck to you! (here's the link to the ebook in case you want to do that thing Amazon lets you do and check out a sample of it first)

How do you get it? You send me an email because it's PERSONAL that way! We start a dialogue and you can ask me questions. There is plenty of room for us to all have writing success!

My email is mommykerrie at yahoo dot com and I won't send you auto messages or bug you to buy things. You are not going on any list. I hate getting that crap and won't do it to you.

P.S. My girlfriend, a writer with several print books on Amazon, recently used my list to submit to Home Education Magazine and Parents Magazine ... yes, I have national magazines in the ebook also! She sold a piece to HEM for $100 and we're waiting to hear back on the Parents!!!!!

Here's a horrid screenshot of one of the pages. Sometimes mags go out of business so don't be alarmed; just cross them off the list and move on. There are 239 magazines total on this list so you'll find work!


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