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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Don't Let People Steal Your Work!

So I'm Googling my name like I have to do every stinking month. Practically every month I find a piece of mine that someone did not ask me to use in advance. Luckily, I've never had a problem getting paid. Today I found a piece of mine on a strange site ... details later if I can figure it all out. I tracked down a number to call and left a message about it, wondering where they get their content because someone sold them stolen stuff that I should have been paid for. We shall see what happens.

I'm just saying ... it's not cool. Google your name. Check and put your name in quotes. I'm here for YOU!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Family Circle Submission Writers Guidelines

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Redbook Submission Writers Guidelines

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■ News stories on contemporary issues that are relevant to the reader's life and experience, and explore the emotional ramifications of cultural and social change

■ First-person essays about dramatic pivotal moments in a woman's life

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■ Short parenting features on how to deal with universal health and behavioral issues

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Writing Goals ... What Are Yours? Here Are Mine.

2012 Writing Goals for Kerrie McLoughlin

1.       Write 50 blog posts for assigned blogging job.

2.      Rewrite 30 of those blog posts into articles I can submit to the regionals.

3.      Send 26 queries to the nationals.

4.      Publish the FOURTH edition of Get Published in Parenting and Family Magazines!!!

5.      Publish Tater Tot cookbook ebook with Jordan.

6.      Publish Green Decluttering ebook.

7.      Land one non-parenting/family field writing client (nonprofit thank yous or appeals, sales letters, technical writing or manuals, etc.). Hoping to get something through

8. Write 26 new pieces.

Notice how I don’t have any goals this year about getting more Twitter followers? I’ll tweet when I can and follow when I can to get more followers, but I have to focus on making money and less on messing around on social media!

So, what are some of your goals? I’d love to hear what you have planned so I can send good thoughts you way and help out any way I can!
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