Monday, July 19, 2010

Check Out the Competition/Inspiration

Posts during the next few weeks will focus on my Steps to Getting Published from the ebook (sample chapter download available here). I’ll be going into more detail on each of the 14 points and am extremely interested in your feedback, personal experience, etc.

This is something I preach but haven’t had much time to practice. I do think it’s important to check out other authors who write for the same type of magazines you do. For one thing, it’s a good way to make sure you aren’t accidentally stealing ideas. For another, it’s a great way to gain inspiration (meaning: if she can do it, so can I).

When I was first starting out I kept seeing in my local regional parenting magazine the byline of Jessica Fisher (http://www.fishmama.com/), who was at that time from my town. The little bio at the end of her articles said she was the homeschooling mother of five (then six!) kids. I thought, “If she can publish an article every single month, why can’t I?” Then I logged on to her author web site and was blown away by the fact that she had been published in over 70 RPMs. That’s when I got the idea to gather information for all the RPMs I could find and to start submitting to them. Another year later and I had the idea to turn my information into an ebook.

Other authors you’ll often see (and will want to Google) in RPMs are writers like Denise Yearian, Gina Roberts-Grey and Claire Yezbak Fadden. These women are inspirational and (without even realizing it) have given me the courage to write on.

Many who have been published in RPMs are now regularly writing for national and international markets like Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, BabyTalk, American Baby and more. Why shouldn’t YOU be next?

For more information about writing for magazines (big, little, regional, national, online), sign up for an email subscription on the right-hand side of this page. You can also email me at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com with any questions you’d like to see answered here in the future.
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