Monday, October 10, 2016

Can You Write 500 Words a Day?

Sounds easy, right?

What if I did the math for you and told you that 500 words a day equals 15,000 words in a month? That could be a Kindle book on Amazon in one month! Or 15 parenting magazine articles.

And then you could easily convert those words into a print book on Amazon’s CreateSpace platform as well. I have to tell you I sell more of my Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook in print version these days than I do on Kindle and the price difference is significant.  We’re talking $.99 on Kindle versus $6.49 in print. (Note: not a huge royalty difference since print is so expensive for them to process but still … my print books are floating around in people’s kitchens!)

The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook has 13,531 words. It contains 35 recipes, 13 dessert recipes, and a large chapter on meal planning.

Yes, this blog is about mostly writing for regional parenting magazines. But after I was doing that for a while successfully I wrote the book on how to do it to help others do the same. After I did that I realized self-publishing was awesome and that's when I put together a cookbook. I have many more book ideas than I have time.

My point is that you have still come to the right place because quite often you can rework your parenting magazine articles and turn them into some sort of compilation. You could work with another author/writer to make a book of parenting essays that is humorous or honest or even sad.

I realized I had many articles about birthdays and so I am working on an e-book about kids and birthdays. Please note that I have heard Amazon wants you to change your content by 90 percent to turn it into an e-book ONLY IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN KDP SELECT (but I read the entire contract and saw nothing about that). 

Common sense says: don't take your article word for word and plop it into an e-book. Also, make sure that you are still giving quality to the reader. You definitely want to do at least 10,000 words to make it an e-book on Kindle and a little more to be in print to have it a decent size to have a spine.

Please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me by email if you have any questions about self-publishing or writing for parenting magazines. I would love to welcome you into my Facebook group called Regional Parenting Magazine Writers as well.

P.S. This post is just over 500 words and I dictated it while walking to a convenience store to meet up with my kids and my friend Kristin! If I can dictate 500 words in minutes while multitasking (not a huge fan of multitasking anymore but walking and writing I can get on board with), you can do it while commuting to work each day, while breastfeeding your child, maybe even while making dinner. Did you know on the iPhone headphones the microphone is very close to your face so you don’t have to hold the phone up to your mouth? Hands-free dictation rocks.

Monday, October 3, 2016

September and 3rd Quarter Income Report #Proofreader #FreelanceWriter

If you have tried and tried to cut things from your household budget so you can save for vacation, a wedding, college, retirement, a car, a house, ANYTHING and it's not working, it's time for you to EARN MORE MONEY! How about delivering pizzas? That could work for my husband but not for me. Not while homeschooling 5 kids and handling all their social and sports and activity junk. I need an at-home job I can do in the wee hours of the morning and when I can sneak in 15 minutes here and there. And so here is my September 2016 income report to show you what I did. Keep in mind this month is pretty low because homeschooling started back in earnest and my husband was gone 2 weeks and I had a root canal and like 1,000 other things were going on. October is on track to do pretty well so come back or sign up for an email subscription!

For more information about what I do, please check out my post about how I make $2,000 per month from home while also homeschooling my 5 kids, being married, taking kids to activities, and more.

WHO am I?
I am the homeschooling mom of 5 kids and wife to Aron. I graduated from community college at the age of 28 with a 2-year Associate of Arts general degree. My work background: waitress, hostess, secretary, office manager at various places. I got many opportunities to learn how to proofread but have no formal training in writing, social media or direct sales. I quit my cubicle job in 2001 to stay home with my first son and never went back to work in an office.

WHAT do I do?
I'm a bloggerauthor of bookswriter of regional parenting magazine articlessocial media mavenproofreader. I don't do direct sales anymore because it split my focus and I need to concentrate on my creative side.

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 15 working hours per week and usually more while homeschooling my kids, loving on my husband and taking the kids places to have fun (pool, sports, field trips, co-op, playdates, trips, etc.). I am not sharing this to brag or because I think I rock. I am sharing so you know that someone with no English degree can be a writer and a proofreader and make a decent income.

The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around. Some months I may have a lot of articles in publications but don't show much income ... that's because checks will often show up later and many at one time.

1Q2016 = $5,846
Articles = $1,114 (finally wore down some magazines and they actually paid me from last year)
Blogging, etc. = $744
Proofreading = $3,647
Books = $256
Younique = $65
Jamberry = $20

2Q2016 = $4,373
Articles = $510
Blogging, etc. = $206
Proofreading = $3,578
Books = $79

3Q2016 = $4,677
Articles = $640
Blogging, etc. = $1,415
Proofreading = $2,506
Books = $116

So as of the end of September 2016 I'm sitting at $14,896 in income (to be taxed next year, of course).

*This is the book I reference that helps me make money writing articles (Make Money to Write About Your Kids) and also brings in a little bit of income all by itself ... working on the 7th edition with a lot of changes!

And here is another gem I put together that is also now in print, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited (which means it's free to "rent"). Thanks for coming by and please sign up for an email subscription if this has been valuable to you in any way! If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!  Thanks!

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