Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Join the discussion

It's a good idea to join a few online writing groups that pertain to your field, like groups for writing moms, if that fits you, or nonfiction writers or write-at-home moms.

There are so many groups out there through Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. that you are bound to find a good fit for yourself.

These groups can be a great place to not only get support, but also to learn more about topics such as writing in general, freelance writing, writing for magazines, writing novels, writing for newspapers, and so much more.  Who knows, you may even get a few writing jobs through these sites.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Keep those reprints in circulation

You must set up some sort of tracking system on a calendar or other reminder system so you don’t miss out on important reprint opportunities. Just because a publication didn’t want it in 2008 doesn’t mean they can’t use it in 2010.

For instance, last year I sent out a piece about keeping the peace with your family over the holidays and sold it to 9 RPMs. You bet your butt I’m sending it out again around September 1 to all the RPMs except the 9 I originally sold it to.

How do I remind myself to do this? Well, I put it as a Task in my Outlook program, but I don’t look at that so much.

My REAL system is to write on a big notecard and tape it to my writing desk so I have to see it several times a day. The holiday one says:

Holiday Peace Re-Send
To All RPMs but 9 (see list)
Due Sept. 1 (Wednesday)

This is also where it comes in handy to keep track of which RPMs published which piece so you aren’t bugging them every year with something they’ve already purchased.

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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sell Those Reprints!!!

So you've written an article and had it published. Congratulations! You are a published author and probably made a little cash.  Now what?  Do you just let it sit on your hard drive forever?

Heck no!  You use my ebook to send it to about 200 other markets within SECONDS!

When I am asked to do an article for a publication, I am thrilled because I know that after it publishes I will pop off a quick email to another 200+ regional parenting magazines and will sell it again and again.  I get more clips and more money.

If you belong to a writing group (online or otherwise), please let them know about this ebook. It is truly life-changing.
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