Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine Submission Writers Guidelines

Freelance Writers
We’re glad you’re interested in the prospect of working with Pregnancy & Newborn magazine—we’re always looking to add to our pool of writers and are currently accepting freelance submissions! Please read and follow the guidelines below so you can query us effectively and we can respond efficiently.

First, familiarize yourself with Pregnancy & Newborn both in print and online. Our targeted audience is comprised of women who are expecting or have a child under the age of 1. We strive to provide insightful, informative articles that discuss all things pregnancy- and baby-related in a casual, conversational, girlfriend-to-girlfriend manner. As a national magazine, we cover topics that are relevant to pregnant and new moms across the country.

Each month, we print articles that fit into the following categories: prenatal health, prenatal nutrition, emotional well-being, labor & delivery, infant care and parenting. Examples of topics that might be of interest include, but are not limited to, baby’s development month by month, alternative pain relief during labor, choosing a name for baby, healthy snacks for hungry moms-to-be, postpartum depression, maternity leave, finding childcare, vaccinations, raising a bilingual baby and more. We’re always looking for new and creative story ideas—please send yours our way!

We prefer to receive queries via email; you may direct them to Please send a detailed description of your proposed article, including topics you’ll discuss, experts you’ll interview, and sidebars you’ll provide. Department articles are typically 750 to 1,000 words plus 2 sidebars; feature articles are usually 1,750 to 2,000 plus 4 to 5 sidebars. Keep in mind that we generally work under a 4 to 6 month lead-time.

We appreciate when you include clips of your previously published articles. It’s always nice to see the work you’ve done in the past.

Please be patient as you wait for our response. Oftentimes we may not have a spot for your story immediately, but will file it away to have on hand when an opportunity arises—and rest assured that when one does, we'll be in touch!

And for over 250 more parenting and family markets you can write for and make money, check out my book here at Amazon! Only $2.99 Kindle, FREE on Kindle Unlimited and only $9.99 in paperback! (Check the UPDATES tab here on the blog for ... well ... updates!) ... and don't forget to sign up for an email subscription so you never miss a post ... or a market!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Woman's Day Magazine Submission Writers Guidelines UPDATED

Originally published 1/5/12 and updated when a reader told me her email came back. Here's what I wrote to her after doing some sleuthing:

"Hmmm, it looks like they may have changed to an system. Here is what I would personally do: find the editor you need (check masthead) for the section you are submitting for.  Then first try sending your query like this:

If that comes back I would try:

LET ME KNOW! It's a crapshoot but they get so many subs they are counting on people to give up! We will not!

I will keep you updated, my lovely readers! Below are the original guidelines:

Thank you so very much for your interest in writing for Woman's Day. Unfortunately, you are not alone. In fact, you have so much company, and we have such a small cadre of editors, that we have had to develop what you will no doubt find a rather tough policy on unsolicited manuscripts.

This is what you need to know: Our editors work almost exclusively with experienced writers who have clips from major national magazines. As a result, we accept unsolicited manuscripts only from writers with such credentials. There are no exceptions.

If you do have significant national writing experience, and you have an idea or manuscript that you think might interest us, e-mail us at, and please include some of your most recent clips. For website inquries/pitches, please email

Please note that we cannot guarantee that your submission will be read or commented on; it is by far most likely that we will get in touch with you only if we are interested in pursuing the idea you propose. Please note as well that we said e-mail; hard-copy submissions will not be considered. If you do not yet have the national experience we outlined above, we look forward to hearing from you when you do. We also extend our regret that, should you nevertheless decide to send us a manuscript, we will not have the time to read, comment on or return it.

From 2004 guidelines Kerrie printed out: Essays run about 650 words and they pay $2,000 on acceptance.

And for over 250 more parenting and family markets you can write for and make money, check out my book here at Amazon! Only $2.99 Kindle, FREE on Kindle Unlimited and only $9.99 in paperback! (Check the UPDATES tab here on the blog for ... well ... updates!) ... and don't forget to sign up for an email subscription so you never miss a post ... or a market!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Chesapeake Family Submission Guidelines

Writers’ Guidelines: Updated 2011 
Are you a local writer who's interested in topics that relate to family life in the Chesapeake region? Send an introductory e-mail to our editor. Please include a specific story idea, a list of previously published work and one writing clip. Send e-mail to:

Who We Are
Chesapeake Family is a free, monthly parenting publication serving Anne Arundel, Calvert, Bowie and Upper Marlboro areas of Prince George’s and Kent Island area in Queen Anne’s counties of Maryland.
Who Our Readers Are
We have a circulation of about 40,000 with an estimated 90,000 readers. They get the magazine at schools, libraries, doctors’ offices, grocery stores and toy stores. Our readers are parents (mostly moms) of children from the cradle to college age. They’re well educated and strive to do the best for their children even as they juggle busy lives and try to watch their budgets. They tend to pick up Chesapeake Family initially for the calendar of monthly activities and the sections on health and education. We also have an increasing web presence that now exceeds our print audience. Many print stories are used online, though fresh content is added to the website daily.
What We’re About
Our goal is to make our readers’ everyday lives easier by anticipating the sort of information they will need, identifying and sifting through available resources and gathering it for them so they can just read it and go. We strive to present unique stories that readers won’t find in any other local publication.
Our Writing Approach
Our readers may have only 5 minutes over a slice of toast to glance at the magazine so we want to use an easy-to-read, accessible tone but also pack plenty of punch into the few words we use. Through our pages, we want our readers to feel understood, supported and empowered to make healthy parenting and life choices.
What We’re Looking For
  • We are looking for professional writers who are conscientious and fact check their work.
  • Our articles are short (about 1,000 words for a feature and 750 for a column) so pick your main theme and develop it well. Know the main point you want the reader to take away and present it clearly.
  • Talk to three local sources considered authorities on the topic at hand.
  • Perform all the legwork for the reader and list local resources, answering the obvious questions: Where? When? How much? Whom can I call? What’s the number?
  • Our magazine serves readers outside of Annapolis (see Who We Are above) so be sure to talk to authorities and include resources in other areas as well.
  • Where appropriate, use local, real-life situations and people to illustrate your topic.
  • We generally do not run first person or personal essays unless they are unusually compelling.
  • We are also particularly in the market for local travel stories, “local” being everywhere in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania. While features on other locations are a possibility, we try to stay as local as possible. We will pay extra for good-quality high resolution photos.
What We Pay
For assigned articles, our pay range is $75-200, with articles that require more research at the higher rate. We pay around $35 for reprints but note that we try not to overlap coverage with other parenting publications in the region- however, authors willing to localize their reprints with interviews with local parents and experts can expect more. We do not, as a rule, pay for travel expenses or for mileage; however, we will do our best to assist you in getting press tickets or rates for events/locations/etc. Articles are subject to editing for space and clarity. We pay a kill fee of $25 for stories cut due to space requirements; stories cut because they do not meet CF’s standards will receive no compensation. Should a story not meet the editor’s satisfaction, though, she will do her best to work with you to make the story acceptable for inclusion. Stories moved to online-only status due to space will receive their full payment. Chesapeake Family buys one-time print rights and exclusive online rights for three months.
Deadlines and Submissions
Articles are due on the 15th of the month, two months before the publication issue (so articles for the July issue are due on May 15, for example). Please submit your article with a creative title/headline suggestion and 1-2 sentence tagline to run at the end. Articles may be submitted as a Word attachment and/or embedded in an e-mail. Attach a separate invoice that includes your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, social security number, the date, title of article and agreed-upon rate.
Unsolicited Articles
We will consider unsolicited articles, but we have very limited space. We encourage writers, especially local ones, who feel strongly that they have a story for Chesapeake Family to send a query/outline.
Contacting Us
Preferred method of contact is via e-mail at

Friday, August 31, 2012

Photos of Your Kids with Your Articles

It's still exciting for me when I get published in a magazine, even though I've been in over 100 of them. Every now and then a magazine will ask for a picture to go with an article, and over the years most of my kids have been in them. Michael has never been in one, though.
The picture San Diego used of my Michael!

So I perused the online issue of San Diego Family today for my article on Lego Afterschool Enrichment Programs and there was Michael! I was so excited. He doesn't really care, but I think it's cool! Check it out ... page 50!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Market: WOW! Women on Writing

Here's one I'm going to try to pitch. Check it out! Here's the website so you can peruse.

We depend on talented freelancers to write for us. Please send your query and/or submission in the body of your email. For more details on submissions, see our writer’s guidelines and details below:
WOW! Writer's Guidelines
WOW! welcomes queries and submissions from its readers. Remember each issue focuses on Women, Writing and the monthly Theme.
Columns, Word Counts and Pay Rates:
Twenty Questions:  $50
How 2 (1,500 - 2,000 Words): $75
Inspiration (1,500 - 2,000 Words): $75
Feature Interviews (up to 3,000 Words): $75
Feature Articles (up to 3,000 Words): $150
We do not accept reprints. If you would like to repurpose a previously published article, please notify us at the time of your query and include the proposed changes that will make it specifically suited to WOW!.Acceptance is not guaranteed and is up to the discretion of the editorial board.
We require First Electronic Rights and the right to archive the article indefinitely. After one month from the date of publication, rights revert back to the author. Although we support you in republishing your article in other online and print publications, we request that you not syndicate your article on sites that provide free content. This practice lowers the value of the piece we have published, and using those sites strips you of your rights to your own article.
By submitting your work to WOW!, you are agreeing to these rights and terms.
WOW! pays on publication by PayPal or check. When your submission is published, you will receive a “live link” email notification. When you receive the notice, please reply to the email with an invoice that includes your social security number and payment preferences.
*Note: if you opt for payment by check, please understand that it may take up to one month after publication for you to receive your payment. If you opt for PayPal payment, you will be paid within two weeks of publication.
How to Submit:
You may either query or send the completed article in the body of an email. WE DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS. In the subject line you MUST include the words "Submission” or “Query.” Because of the high volume of spam we receive daily, emails that are not clearly addressed with the appropriate subject line may be deleted without being read.
Editorial Response:
WOW! has grown exponentially since its launch September 2006. While we are excited by the incredible interest and wonderful submissions from so many talented freelancers, we have found the need to amend our editorial response procedures.
We receive hundreds of queries every month and can no longer respond to every single query we receive. We will respond to freelancers whose queries show WOW!spirit, knowledge and understanding of our audience, a solid, fleshed-out article or interview idea, and which fit into our editorial calendar.
We have set up an auto-responder to let you know your submission has been received. However, if you do not hear from us, please understand that it is not a disparagement against your writing, it is most likely that your submission does not suit our needs at this time.
Helpful Hints:
Study previous issues and take note of our tone and style. Consider the contents and structure of our various sections: Feature Articles, Feature Interviews, How2, Inspiration, etc. Once you have a feel for what we publish, consider your own expertise and interest.
We are looking for queries that have a fully fleshed-out idea, a rough breakdown of the content of the piece you are proposing, and any sources if applicable. Please also include your bio, writing samples, and any other information or links you feel are appropriate for our consideration.
Do not send an email containing nothing but links. We will not follow them across the web to seek your writing samples. Choose your best and most appropriate sample to include in the body of your email. (Yes, we know it will be a long email.)
If you aren't sure your piece will fit WOW!, query and let us look at it.
Send email to:
Please format your submission in “web friendly” 14pt Verdana font, single-spaced lines, block paragraphs, with one space after periods and other ending punctuation.
Response times vary but we try to get back with you within 2 months. If you haven't heard anything after that time, please query and mention your submission.
Good luck! And we look forward to your submissions.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Roughing Up Other Writers ... I'm an Article Bouncer!

I like to get really drunk and rough up other writers online. I punch their articles right out of other magazines. (just kidding!)

So a fellow writer wrote me and said this (I've edited the email severely so it's definitely not a quote but it's such a great story I had to share ... then below that is my response to her):

Hi Kerrie,

Just wanted to share with you a funny story because I think you bumped me right out of a spot in  the XXX Family Magazine August issue...!!

I sent Jane Editor an essay about blahdy blah way back in November and she liked it so she asked me to follow up with her closer to the summer months.  I followed up in May and she said she would schedule it for the August issue.  I didn't hear back from her again and wondered what happened so I took a look at the August issue online and found your wonderful article on the magazine's blog instead!  Doh!

So, I'm happy for you!  But sad for me...oh well.  I know I have to keep putting myself out there but this writing business is killing me...I get some great feedback from editors who say they love my stuff and want to/plan to print it, but then I never hear from them again. 

The same thing happened with the XXX Magazine where an editor planned to print a commentary I wrote and asked for revisions and everything. She followed up and told me she planned to print my piece within the next two weeks...and that was back in January.  Dang thing never saw the light of day.  UGH! 

Here's my response:

That stinks. Sorry about that. I've always had problems with THAT EDITOR doing that ... I open it up expecting to see something she said of mine she would use and then it's not there. 

I think you have to keep bugging her, which I don't always have time to do. Now they are switching editors ... if the email changes I'll send out an update if you subscribe to the blog emails. 

Hoping NEW Jane Editor will be all on top of it. All I can offer is KEEP TRYING. The only reason I'm in something monthly is that I have about 70 pieces going at once on a reprint list. The odds are ever in my favor, you know? Keep it up. We are all basically writing the same stuff ... it's not even always about who did it better ... just who is top of mind or which pub has the more organized editor. I am putting this on the blog ... to maybe help encourage others?????

Keep at it!!!!!!!!!!!! Or just scrap the RPMs and go for the nationals. Maybe that's your thing instead!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Update: Parent:Wise Austin Out of Business

Dang, they are dropping like flies, sadly. Got this back from Parent:Wise Austin when I sent an article tonight, and I'm pretty sure they are out of business because they never published one of my stunning articles (haha!):

Thank you for contacting Parent:Wise.  

However, the magazine has ceased publication.

Your message has been forwarded to the magazine's closure team.

Thank you for your support over the years!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What Is a Regional Parenting Magazine, Anyway?

A Regional Parenting Magazine is a publication that caters to parents and families in a specific geographic area (e.g., Boulder County Kids distributes their magazine in Boulder County, Colorado plus Broomfield and Westminster, along with points in Denver and Estes Park covering many topics locally and statewide).

The articles in RPMs range from how to handle newborn sleep issues to how to deal with a surly teenager to how to deal with living with an aging parent. RPMs depend on freelancers to fill their pages with articles, essays, how-tos, etc., usually on a monthly basis.

They make most of their money from advertisers and give out their magazine for free, which means pay to writers is usually low ($15-200 per article in general).

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 purchase my ebook on writing for all parenting and family magazines .... just head to the right side of the blog and click on your version (Kindle, regular or with critiques). It's a steal!

And congrats to the winners of the free copy of my ebook:  Sharon and Mary! I'll be emailing those out today!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Timing of Seasonal Pieces

REMINDER: Get out your Christmas queries for the nationals ASAP. Won't hurt to send your entire submissions to the regionals, either, just to get your name in the hat. When you're done with that, please send me a verbal butt-whooping because I haven't been doing SQUAT since getting back from Wyoming.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Writing Checks Galore!

This is what my $2.99 ebook, Make Money to Write About Your Kids, does ... I got home from being gone 5 weeks and had 14 checks totaling $525. You, too, can make money from writing from home. Just check the right-hand side of the blog for the edition you want. You can get it on your Kindle, as an ebook only for $2.99. What a steal!

Friday, June 1, 2012

BabyTalk Submission Guidelines

Here are the BabyTalk Submission Guidelines taken directly from my ebook (there is a cheaper version that does not include 3 critiques):

New York, NY – 10 times/year (2,000,000)                  
530 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor                               
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-522-4327
Guidelines: BabyTalk is the one baby magazine that tells it like it is, helping women navigate the emotional roller coaster and practical realities of being a new mom. BabyTalk provides straight talk for new moms through three cornerstones:
1.      Focus — on what she needs here and now
2.    Practicality — emphasis on what really works for her life and her baby
3.    Small Victories — helping her attain and celebrate those key milestones.
BabyTalk magazine serves as a manual for parents in their day-to-day experiences with new parenthood. Features cover marriage and sex, pregnancy, baby care basics, toddler/infant health, how-tos, growth and development, toys/equipment, and work/day cares. Query with clips.
Approximate pay: $100-2,000 for word count of 100-2,000.

See here for the exciting pay update I received from someone in the know!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition

I finally sucked it up and bought the 2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition with online markets that are updated regularly. I got it on eBay and since it's almost June, I got it for about $21.50 plus $3.99 shipping.

I never buy this resource new. I always buy it used at my local Half Price Books, but have not bought it for a few years.

I've been stuck in a rut submitting to the same markets over and over and not breaking out of my box. I don't know why I didn't want to part with 25 bucks. I make more than that when I sell a reprint, and this book could help me discover new markets that would take my work for MUCH more than that.

I'll let you know how it goes this summer when I have less homeschooling to do and my big fat Writer's Market in my hands. I'll get you some new markets to try out, and we can succeed together!

Do you own this valuable resource, and how has it helped you?

33 Ways to Stay Creative

Found this on StumbleUpon. Very cool and inspirational.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Inside Editor Information!

This from an editor, and I have been guilty of sending winter fun articles to Florida in the interest of saving time on submissions ... oops:

One other suggestion if you are working on your ebook. Have writers know their markets if they are sending out pieces that talk about the weather, snow, mountains, boots, sledding and even vacations.

I get a lot of stuff that talks about mountains, winter/snow/frost etc. and I just can them since they wouldn’t appeal to our market and I don’[t have time to rewrite articles.  If the article is about swimming in a lake – that isn’t going to happen here, there are alligators.

I think you get my point. I know it is easiest to just send one mass e-mail, I have done it myself; however when I read one or two article from a writer and they continue to do this, I really don’t bother reading their submissions many more.  One gal keeps sending me a summer vacation article ( it’s been several years now with the same article) and it talks about taking a trip to Florida…that’s where we are…needless to say, I don’t even save these anymore, I just delete them.

This is just my two cents, but if the other magazines get as many e-mails & articles as we do it is great to have a piece ready to go. Sometimes we have extra space a few days before we go to press and we need more editorial. If we need to rewrite or drastically edit it, it isn’t going to happen. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Research Your Topic

Yeah, I know that sounds like common sense, but it’s not. Many writers who are just starting out think they can just pound out a piece and that whatever they say is the truth because it is their personal experience or the experience of the 2 people they collected quotes from.

Alright, so “many writers” was just a clever disguise for saying “ME”! … I tend to get so wrapped up in my piece that I don’t do enough research and my article ends up being underdeveloped, which means it doesn't get picked up by many magazines.

Don’t make my mistake! Do Internet research, head to the library for books on your topic, etc. Your high school English teacher certainly wouldn’t have accepted an opinion piece, so why would a regional parenting magazine?

The sooner you practice this Step, the sooner you’ll be on your way to selling reprints to the RPMs while also getting assignments with the national parenting and family magazines.

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

Simultaneous Submissions, Regional Exclusivity

A writing pal and ebook buyer, Colleen Wright, wrote me and asked this:

"Up until now, I've been paranoid about submitting each of my articles to all of the markets because of what happened to one freelancer I know:  two magazines with overlapping readerships published the same article. One of them printed it without contacting her first, and the other publication then blacklisted her from future submissions. She felt it was her fault for submitting to overlapping markets.

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Until now, I've worked off three different submission lists with no overlaps to avoid that mistake. But I'm considering changing this so that I can submit to everyone.  Would it be weird to add to my query:  "please let me know if you would like to purchase the piece so that I can ensure regional exclusivity"? "

My answer was this:
"The regional thing was NOT HER FAULT! It makes me mad when they publish without letting you know. That is on THEM. This happened ONCE to me, recently, in Florida. I promised someone exclusivity then I think I had to GOOGLE my name to find a competitor had used the SAME PIECE. The editor understood when I told her who did it. I also wrote the perp and told them what they did and how it was wrong and please don't do it again.

So she's blacklisted ... I'd write a note explaining exactly what happened, that the other pub (and NAME THAT PUB; I do) published without asking and maybe ask if she could take on something original for them????? If she's still out of their good graces, so be it. There are a million other fish in the sea."

Further, I add this line when I sent out my reprint list and have started also adding it to any submission I send:

Please contact me first if you would be interested in reviewing one of these pieces for possible purchase so you don’t overlap coverage in your area without realizing it

Monday, April 23, 2012

Turning Crap Into Gold

My writer friend Kelly is going to kick my butt because she told me to LET THIS GO, but I have to let ya'll know that I plan to turn crap into gold.

So I highlighted the word CRAP up above so you can go (or not) to my main blog to read about a crummy thing that happened to myself and a couple of friends over 2 months ago that I am still having trouble dealing with on many levels. I won't bore you with the details. Just know that I know that we've probably ALL had something crummy happen to us, and what defines us is how we behave afterwards. I'm not entirely proud of the way I behaved in the Comments section of my own blog, and Kelly reminded me that my future editors may be reading that blog.

Anyway, I thought about what she said and know it is time to channel my energy and the talent God gave me into something more productive during my limited downtime. (Yes, I think we writers have God-given TALENT ... and if you are feeling the pull to write something and submit, you should DO IT, even if nothing comes of it, it is practice.)

So ... whenever I find myself feeling sad or snarky or angry or upset or whatever about a bad situation that happened to me, first I think of all my wonderful blessings, THEN I will pitch an idea on or send a national query or write a new piece for a regional or do some work on an ebook project. Like this:
Heck, yes, I'm nursing and writing!
Instead of waiting for the next rude comment to come my way, I will be waiting to hear from editors in my inbox. I will be cashing checks so I can save up to take my family to LegoLand in California. I will be praying for healing from this bad situation I was in and praying for good things to come out of the bad.

How will YOU turn crap into gold?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Making Money Using AdSense ... Can It Be Done?

As I hold my first check from Google, Inc., I can answer that question: YES!

So my check is only for $102.23 and I've been blogging since July of 2008.

Keep in mind I turned AdSense ads off for a long time (over a year) because I didn't want my blog cluttered up with ads.

Then I changed the ads to mostly just below the posts so they wouldn't be so obnoxious. And I sat back and blogged like always. I wrote about what I wanted to write about on The Kerrie Show and on my other blogs I tried out. I'm still doing that.

I didn't tell anyone to click on my ads on purpose. I just blogged.

Oh, and I marketed the blogs when I could. How? Well, I have the blogs set up so when they post early in the morning (auto post) they bounce to Twitter then to Facebook. They also show up on my LinkedIn profile and probably a bunch of other places I've set them up to post.

Then if I think about it, I tweet the post again later in the day so people who didn't see the teaser earlier can check it out then.

I also make sure my blog address is always in my byline of articles I write. This is cool for online stuff I do because readers can just click on the link and come straight to my blog.

You might have a niche blog that takes off like a rocket ... good for you! Or it might take years before it starts to go crazy. I hope it's soon for you and that you start to see revenue from your writing!

You know how my thoughts are all over the place when I post, so please leave me a comment if you have any questions at all. And keep in mind that I am not a blogging expert. I should probably be writing blog posts to reflect my ads or something like that, but I only do that when I love the product and use it myself. I don't like to compromise my integrity ... just promote my blogs in ways that I don't always realize are obnoxious until someone calls me out on it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

References and Recommendations (Ebooks & Magazine Writing)

So I'm posting this (it's usually the tab called Ebook Praise) (1) in case your name/link is on here and you want to check it out to make sure it's still all good and (2) to make you want to be one of the cool kids who has a quote and a link on my site and (3) so you can see how I did it in case you want to copy me and do the same thing on your writing blog ... of course, I will take constructive criticism and ideas for other ways of doing things ... just remember my bloggie is FREE (except for the $10 per year domain fee). So whadya think?
Make Money to Write About Your Kids:
Get Published in Parenting & Family Magazines PRAISE
"Kerrie's book has been a springboard for my writing career! I wish I had known this information when I started. I would be so much further along! I'm so grateful that Kerrie is willing to share the secret to her success!  When I was in training to become a stockbroker, I had to take a crash course right before the Series 7 licensing exam. Kerrie's book is the crash course for getting published in regional parenting magazines! I wish I had found it years ago!" Kelly Stilwell, writer

"Thanks for your wonderful ebook! If it wasn't for your wonderful advice, I wouldn't be getting these articles accepted!!!" Dr. Anne Zachry, writer

"Kerrie's book has been a go-to resource for me in finding out information about parenting magazines throughout the United States. One of her talents is a willingness to share what she's learned with other writers so that they can make progress in their careers." Liz Sheffield, writer

"A dandy book about a very specific topic and market (parenting) that should help lots of writers get in print and fatten their larder, modestly. I like that you explain reprints and why it makes huge sense to sell and sell good copy until it expires or you do. A fun book to read too, as is your website." Gordon Burgett, author of 40 published books and 1,700+ articles

"Kerrie has put together a fabulous resource for beginning as well as seasoned writers. She tells you all you need to know for pitching your work to publishers and editors. Her database is fantastic. And her tips for "behind the scenes," like keeping track of submissions are spot on." Jessica Fisher, freelance writer and author

"Get Published in Regional Parenting Magazines saved me tons of time in researching how and where to submit articles. After using the techniques and list provided, I got several positive replies. Thank you, Kerrie, for taking the legwork out of the process!" Laurie Davala, freelance writer

"Kerrie is very detail oriented and awesome to work with. She responds quickly to messages, resolves problems quickly and goes beyond the call of duty to make sure we - her clients - are taken care of. Do not be afraid to reach out to her if you experience a problem or have a question. This woman is awesome." Penny Lane, freelance writer

"I finally believed I could be a published writer. For people who know they can write but believe there is a huge gulf between their talent and the ability to publish, a book like this is a godsend. Easy, practical, and full of great suggestions, this is one how-to that really performs. Thanks, Kerrie" DeNae Handy, freelance writer

"You get so much more than just an ebook. I am SO glad I decided to buy this e-book I m just starting to explore the writing market, and Kerrie has been an AWESOME resource She is the real deal and really knows the market. She's on the frontline and and the bylines. Great read, great deal." Renny Fong, freelance writer

“For anyone wanting to write for the Regional Parenting Magazine market, Kerrie's book Get Published in Parenting and Family Magazines is a must have. I don't know how I would have managed without it. She has done all the legwork in compiling the writers guidelines, contact information, and rates of pay for you. The cost of the book includes free email updates and yearly revisions. She sends the book as a Word doc. so that when you receive changes, you can make them right in the book. She's also included a quick reference spread sheet, sample forms, and lots of tips and insider information. The book will pay for itself with one sale, so don't hesitate another minute.” Carol J. Alexander, freelance writer and ebook self-publisher

“I purchased Kerrie's ebook in 2009, and it has been extremely helpful to me as I pursue markets for my writing. I appreciate that she keeps it updated, and I enjoy reading her blog updates and tips. For me and for many freelance writers I know who write for the parent/family market, Kerrie's book is definitely a go-to resource.” Christa Hines, freelance writer

“Kerrie put together an exhaustive manual for writers looking to get published in regional parenting magazines. She makes it easy for writers to locate the editor with name and e-mail address whenever possible and to query the magazine with a story pitch. This is a great eBook for any writer with interest in writing for the regional parenting magazines. Kerrie's done the research, writers just need to pitch.” Pam Houghton, freelance writer

“Kerrie's book has been a terrific resource, not only for its database of regional parenting magazines, but for suggestions to follow when submitting work, and practical tools to manage the workflow and financial side of the business. I have contacted her a time or two for help, and she has quickly responded. Her loyalty to her readership is very impressive, and I feel fortunate having her as a colleague by my side.” Rhonda Franz, freelance writer

“I bought Kerrie's ebook in October 2010 and was immediately pleased with the results I've had from using it. Kerrie sends regular updates which alert her buyers to changes in PRM contact information plus tons of other publishing how-to's. She is accessible, down-to-earth, and honest. Her experience in the market is obvious.” Tanya Scherschel, freelance writer

“I recommend Kerrie's eBook as an entry point into publishing in regional parenting magazines. The information provided in her resource is a very good value for the freelance writer who wants to break into these markets.” Lela Davidson, freelance writer and author of Blacklisted by the PTA

“Kerrie's "Get Published in Parenting and Family Magazines" e-book is a must-have for writers looking to explore regional parenting magazine markets. Without Kerri's e-book I would be spending untold hours researching markets and editors. Instead, I spend my time submitting and getting published.” Kimberlee Murray, freelance writer

“Kerrie's book gives step-be-step guidance on how to get published in the parenting market. Her writing style is conversational and easy to understand, and she gives valuable insight from being in the trenches herself.” Julie Laviolette, freelance writer

References and Recommendations for Kerrie as a writer:"Kerrie may not be from the same part of the country as my publication but she made her story have a local angle that put everything together. Since then she has continued to send story ideas that are compelling and interesting. I look forward to using her work again in the future." Karyn Bowman, editor, Family Time Magazine

"Kerrie is a wonderfully interesting, inventive, energetic, and prolific writer. She can take on more projects and get them more effectively accomplished than anyone else I know. Just waiting for her first best seller." Penny Rush-Valladares, writer

"Kerrie is an excellent writer who brings her own skills to the table as she interprets research and experiences so that they can be understood by any reader. I would recommend Kerrie for any position involving writing and would gladly work with her on a variety of levels." Kathy Foust, Freelance Writer

"I have used Kerrie's reprints in my monthly parenting newspaper. She is thorough, concise, and professional in her work. I will continue to turn to her for articles on topics of interest." Susan Holson, Owner of Kids VT Newspaper

"Kerrie is a strong writer, and we love getting her submissions." Gretchen W. Cook, Editor and Publisher of Parents & Kids Magazine

"Kerrie has been an extremely dedicated blogger for the WM Network. Kerrie always fulfilled her duties with the highest quality of content. She is full of fresh ideas and a unique writing style, which adds personality and value to the content she creates. Kerrie ensures satisfaction and I highly recommend her." Alyssa Ast, Freelance Writer, Journalist and Author

"Great writer, thinker and person. I would recommend her anytime, to anyone who wants a competent and professional writer/marketer." Robert Ramey, Owner of Cinah Media

“Kerrie was a blogger for The WM Freelance Writers Connection for more than a year. Her posts were always done on time and she was a definite reader favorite. She is the kind of writer who is fun to work with, but who still maintains a professional attitude and gets the job done right. We were very sorry to see her leave the network, but she is always welcome to come back and we wish her well in her future endeavors. If you hire Kerrie, she will work to ensure that your expectations are exceeded. Highly recommended!” Angela Atkinson, freelance writer

“Kerrie is an insightful and entertaining writer. She manages to write pieces that real moms like herself want to read while still giving her all to her beautiful and growing family.” Eva Gavin, freelance writer

“We have used Kerrie's work on several occasions, most recently as our cover article. She is wonderful to work with— cooperative, flexible and professional. I highly recommend her.” Gerri Friscia, editor of SI Parent

“Kerrie is very nice and she is easy to work with. She is quick to answer an email and has lots of ideas. She loves to write and her writing appeals to a broad parenting audience.” Vicki Girard, editor of Kalamazoo Parent

“Kerrie is a very strong writer. She is able to take a topic, make it her own, and turn it into a great read. She meets deadlines, is very thorough with her work and is always willing to take on assignments. I highly recommend Kerrie's work.” Megan Kirschner, editor of Cincinnati Parent and Indy's Child

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Format an Article Submission for a Parenting Publication

Let's take it a step further from How to Format a Sidebar and I'll show you a sample of how I send out a submission for consideration to a regional parenting publication. Remember, they don't like queries; they like entire submissions so they can quickly determine if your piece is for them. The info in here is not accurate and just for the purpose of showing you formatting, not writing style! So here's how I send my email.

To:  mommykerrie at
Bcc: Submissions 1 [has about 50 mags in it since Yahoo otherwise considers me a spammer!]
Subject: Submission: Why Moms Should Eat Chocolate by the Truckload

Moms sure have it hard these days, don't you think? They have to clean, cook, care for the kids and sometimes even care for their man and work at a job outside the home. My piece, "Why Moms Should Eat Chocolate by the Truckload" gives 10 reasons why chocolate helps to calm mamas down and that fat and happy is better than thin and mean.

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this piece. I am happy to localize for a small extra fee. Thanks for considering it! And if you want to check out my other reprints, head to

Kerrie McLoughlin

Why Moms Should Eat Chocolate by the Truckload
By Kerrie McLoughlin
765 words
mommykerrie at yahoo dot com
1234 Super Cool Lane, Dreamland, KS 12345 [so they can mail me a check if they use it and don't contact me first; it happens!]

Blahdy blah and blahdy blah. Could this ever be a real article? I don't know. I'm just going to type a few lines or not. Don't steal my idea, kay?

  1. list
  2. list
  3. list
  4. it calms me down
  5. it's cheaper than drugs
  6. i don't get a hangover
  7. it's easy to hide
  8. it's legal
  9. it's easy to get
  10. your reason here
Bblah blah closing graph sometimes but not always. It's not like mandatory!

Sidebar: Chocolate Books (see link above for my post on formatting sidebars)

Kerrie McLoughlin kicks ass and takes names daily at home with her 5 kids and writes about it at

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BabyTalk Pay Update

I love having eyes and ears all over the place. Writers know they can trust me to not share confidential information. A magazine could put me in a chair, turn on a bright light and stick toothpicks under my fingernails and I would NEVER tell who gave me pay information or guidelines. No, really.

So "a source" told me that BabyTalk now pays a buck fifty per word. That's $1.50 to you and me, friends. Per. Word. WOWEE! Too bad they only use like 2 or 3 stories per issue. But it makes me wonder ... (I'm stroking my imaginary beard in deep thought now) if THEY are upping their pay, who else is upping their pay?


Now let's all go out there and get rich writing for magazines. Start at the regionals, stick with the regionals, rework national stuff with the regionals, query for the nationals while writing for the regionals. The regionals won't let you down, friend. They are a great way to get credits and money!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Writing Prompts

Found this blog, love it, am sharing it with you. I like this Scene from a Memoir and hope to start doing some of this. I barely have time to write the things I am supposed to be writing on assignment plus the other stuff I want to work on for money, but I feel like I have a memoir (I call it a momoir) in me. I just don't bring up too much stuff from my past on my main blog because it changes the whole tone of my goofy blog and can be a little bit depressing. So my challenge is to figure out how to make a bad thing self-deprecating and funny. Give it a try if you get a chance!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rejection Means Nothing!

I woke up this morning to an email from a publication saying they used a piece of mine. They pay very well for where I'm at right now (25 cents a word). Yeah, yeah, I'm working my way up to a buck a word, but that's a little ways away.

But here's the deal that had me puzzled:

They rejected the same piece a year ago. I can't remember the exact words, although I know saved the email, but it went something like, "On second thought, no. It's not well-developed enough and wouldn't work for our intelligent readers ..."

It stung a little at the time but I moved on, obviously. I kept submitting to them.

Then today they tell me they used THE SAME PIECE. I kinda felt like they were slummin' or low on submissions, but who cares? The point is it worked for them (I'm sure they had to edit the darn thing).

And I'm still truckin' along saving to take my little family to LegoLand in California someday or my dad to Germany where I was born and where he was in the Army back in 1970-71. Every little bit of writing money helps. It adds up, doesn't it?

Keep at it today! Rejection means nothing!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Those Who Can't Do ... Write About It (Don't Give Up!)

Well, kinda. I mean, to contradict myself entirely, I do parenting and I write about it. Homeschooling, check. Being pregnant, check. Writing and getting published, okay, check.

Lately I'm branching out into other kinds of writing. There are the parenting magazines who are giving me assignments to write about things I'm not so sure about but want to try or want to learn how to do. I interview other moms, I do research, I give some stuff a try. I think about what I would want to know if I were the one reading the article.

Then there are the non-parenting pieces I've been doing. They are about things I have no clue about. And at first when I am assigned an article that I pitched the idea for, I freak out a little bit. Then I go, "Hey, I can DO this. I can REALLY do this since it's for a nice amount of money. I'm going to suck it up and do it and remember this feeling when sunning on the beach with my kids soon, using money I saved up doing jobs like this one."

And the first time I tackle a subject or a new client, it takes me a long time to "get it" ... like my $100 per hour goal is out the window. But then I get the lingo and what the client wants and instead of an article taking 3 hours, I can pound out a rockin' one in an hour.

It feels good, people, so don't stop writing just because you aren't hearing back from the magazines as fast as you'd like. Some of you will get assignments right away. Some won't get your first assignment until you've been at it for 3+ years like me.

Don't give up! You are a writer. You always have been. Don't let anyone tell you any different. Your time will come, if it hasn't already. And you will shine!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

$100 Per Hour as a Writing Parent from Home?!?!

Carol Tice's Make a Living Writing blog has really opened my eyes. It's made me think about how much time I spend writing in relation to how much money I make. I don't expect to get rich writing for the RPMs, and I don't claim you will, either. It's a nice extra income, though. And it can lead to huge projects. And it gets you WRITING and THINKING and reworking pieces to sell again and again. According to Carol, we should be making $100 per hour like she does.

Yes, let that one sink in for a moment. At first I thought she was smoking crack, but then I realized it can be done if you have your fingers in enough pies, if you catch my drift. And I don't have to work 40 hours a week to make that happen.  She says that if I can only devote 10 hours a week to writing, I should be making $1,000 per week. Dang, that would certainly cover some bills ... and then some.

Since I can't figure out how to make my Excel spreadsheet that I made up fit on this page in a coherent manner (but I've left my effort on here just in case), I'll describe the darn thing for you:

The first column is for the date I worked. I set up 8 rows per week (7 days and a line for totals). I like to see how I do from week to week, to see progress.

The next column is called Writing Time and I log time throughout the day in that spot.

The next column is for Actual Received Income. That's for what I got in PayPal from ebook sales or writing projects that day or checks I received in the mail.

The next column is called Per Hour, and I've got a little formula where I divide income by time. Some days I make zippo. But in the TOTAL row, it all works out. Some days it looks like I make two bucks an hour and some days I might get a few checks and work only one hour and it looks like I made $50 per hour.

The next column is just for my information and includes projects I worked on that day.

The final column explains where any money came from that day.

Let's all aspire to $100 per hour on all our projects combined! (yes, I previewed my little table below and it looks like a mess on the blog, but I wanted you to get the idea). And sorry about the freaking little marks ... Blogger won't let me delete them. Grrr, Blogger. Bad Blogger.
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DateWriting TimeActual Received IncomePer HourProjectsReceived Income Sources (ebook, articles, blogging)
12/27/20012.00 $                 -   Ebooks, Jordan helped
12/28/20113.50 $                 -   Tater tot and declutter ebooks, NTK blog posts @ $25 each; Dunn Bros 2 hours; the rest while Sam slept on me
12/29/20113.75Get Published ebook for January launch, tedious email loads! Ntk posts. While sam slept and early morning, TKS best of ebook! Idea from carol tice article
12/30/20111.25 $          25.00 articles, new slumber parties piece for wilmington parent, ebook stuff at mcd'sPeekaboo Arkansas Only Isn't Lonely January 2012
12/31/20110.00 $        125.00 North Texas Kids 5 blog posts from Nov/Dec 2011
TOTALS11.00 $        150.00  $          13.64 last week of 2011
1/2/20121.25 $          19.85 articles1 ebook
1/3/20122.25 $          83.55 accepted to Contently!!!!! Ebook edits while sam sleeps3 ebooks, Houston Family $25
1/4/20122.50re-send VD Traditions, ebook emails 6 a.m., Slumber Party sent, ebook, 5 possible Slumber sales today! Ebook emails
1/5/20121.50st. patrick's day article written, researched and sent (1), bedwetting chiro, retyping TSA TKU and appeal letters so I can put them on blog as part of my portfolio of writing
1/6/20121.00 $          40.00 7:15-8  ebook work,estimated 6 more hours of work?Auburn and Mobile, 2 I found Googling myself
1/7/20121.50nonprofit letter retype, ebook editing
1/8/20120.25answering emails about reprints
TOTALS10.25 $        143.40  $          13.99 week 1 of 2012
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