Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekly Writer Challenge #4: The Art of the Query

In case you missed them, check out Weekly Writer Challenge #1 and Weekly Writer Challenge #2. Oh, and Weekly Writer Challenge #3. You can still catch up to us!

AND don't forget ... all this is free! Lots of other writers charge beaucoup bucks and call it a CLASS, but folks, I have no class, so this little situation here is FREE! Let's hold each other accountable and make some dang money writing for magazines, increasing our experience and pay as we go!

As with the last challenge, please share this with any bloggers (= aspiring writers) or writers you know so they can participate. I have lately been seeing many writers making one red cent per word to write all day long to pull down the bucks, and I want so badly to pull them out of that situation and let them know their work is worth so much more than that, even if it DOES take weeks to get paid sometimes! (By the way, I just wrote for one red cent per word this last week and it was not my thing. Blog post to come, but I make more proofing docs on Fiverr.com.)

Again, you have until Sunday to do this second challenge, then more challenges will come out on Mondays and you will have 7 days to complete them and report back here! Even if you didn't do it or only half-assed it, let me know, because chances are I might not always be rockin' the challenge, either.

You don't have to sign up, just check in somewhere in the comments section if you would!

At the very least, we can offer support to each other. Don't forget there is also a Facebook fan page for this site where we can interact about my FREE writer's boot camp.

Challenge #4 is to let the article you just sent to all the regionals go out of your head. Please don't sit around checking your email all day for acceptances to your ONE article you just sent, like you're waiting for a guy to call.

Don't worry, because I will occupy your time with the Art of the Query! Yes, I want you to write a query for an article idea you have. It can be one of those ideas from Challenge #1 or something newer and more thought-out. It's all up to you. Just craft a query, and next week you will be sending it to an appropriate place. So think about who you want to write for and craft that query to them. A lot of my stuff can be sent multiple places, and I have no problem with simultaneous submissions because what are the chances Parents and Parenting are going to want my article? And if they both do, what a great problem to have and I just give the gig to the person who showed up in my email box.

Here are just a few of the national magazines I have in the ebook, along with contact information (and in some cases, PAY INFO!):

American Baby
BabyTalk
Family Fun
Parenting
Parents
Working Woman

and others, like the Cricket Magazine Group and some homeschooling mags, which scare me a little bit with their persnickety guidelines. Those dang homeschoolers! Wait, I AM one of those dang homeschoolers!

So here is a sample query letter:


Subject: Query: Desperately Seeking Sleep

Dear Tricia,

Being pregnant five times has practically made me an expert on sleep disturbances. If I wasn’t rubbing out a leg cramp, I was wrestling with four pillows, eating Tums like they were M&Ms or laying awake worrying.

I would like to write a piece for you called, “Desperately Seeking Sleep,” which would offer solutions to eight of the most common sleep disruptions experienced during pregnancy. This piece was originally published as “Pregnancy Sleep Solutions” in Kansas City Baby (LINK TO ARTICLE) and several other regional parenting magazines, and I know it would be a great help for your national readership, as well.

To make this article a knockout, I would interview national experts about the latest sleep solutions, research and recommendations (e.g., if Ambien is alright to take during pregnancy, whether or not calcium tablets work for leg cramps, etc.) and would get quotes from moms all over the country about their pregnancy sleep woes and solutions they found helpful. It would also include a sidebar of relaxation exercises to try before bedtime.

I have been published in over two dozen regional parenting magazines, including Calgary’s Child, Columbus Parent, San Diego Family, Family Time and Washington Family. You can find all of my publishing credits, as well as links to published pieces, at KerrieMcLoughlin.blogspot.com.

I would be happy to customize this piece in any way you might need and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
 
Kerrie McLoughlin

The instructions and all the email addresses are in the ebook. You can click on "you have to have the resource I'm using" above or [shhhhh] you can save a ton by going here. This will save you 50% and get you started.

You send 5 bucks (I only get 4), and I email you the 2012 version. Yes, there are some changes that are going into the 2013 version, so if you have emails that bounce back, I'm on top of it in the newer version. AND the 2013 version will be ready later this week and all you have to do (if you decide this niche is for you), is go back to Fiverr and order another gig for $5. So you get both versions for only $10 when ONE usually goes for $19.85.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Magazine Writer Challenge #3: SUBMIT!!!

In case you missed them, check out Weekly Writer Challenge #1 and Weekly Writer Challenge #2. You can still catch up to us!

AND don't forget ... all this is free! Lots of other writers charge beaucoup bucks and call it a CLASS, but folks, I have no class, so this little situation here is FREE! Let's hold each other accountable and make some dang money writing for magazines, increasing our experience and pay as we go!

As with the last challenge, please share this with any bloggers (= aspiring writers) or writers you know so they can participate. I have lately been seeing many writers making one red cent per word to write all day long to pull down the bucks, and I want so badly to pull them out of that situation and let them know their work is worth so much more than that, even if it DOES take weeks to get paid sometimes! (By the way, I just wrote for one red cent per word this last week and it was not my thing. Blog post to come, but I make more proofing docs on Fiverr.com.)

Again, you have until Sunday to do this second challenge, then more challenges will come out on Mondays and you will have 7 days to complete them and report back here! Even if you didn't do it or only half-assed it, let me know, because chances are I might not always be rockin' the challenge, either.

You don't have to sign up, just check in somewhere in the comments section if you would!

At the very least, we can offer support to each other. Don't forget there is also a Facebook fan page for this site where we can interact and you can always email me at thekerrieshow at yahoo dot com, and when it comes time to start submitting, you have to have the resource I'm using so we can be Submission Twins.

So, here you go:

CHALLENGE #3 is to finish up the article you've been working on this past week and ... SUBMIT IT. If you need help, just write me (see above). And do not freak out!

The instructions and all the email addresses are in the ebook.


No, I'm not a snake oil saleswoman. I'm a straight shooter, very honest and want you to succeed. That's why I'm selling my ebook for super cheap and working on the 5th edition right now!

Challenge #4 spoiler alert: don't sit around checking your email all day for acceptances to your ONE article you just sent, like you're waiting for a guy to call. Next challenge we will discuss the Art of the Query!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm Writing for a Penny a Word

I'm cringing as you read this, but I have done something I said I would never do. And I did it because my kids all like their little weekly gymnastics class.

I wrote for a penny a word. I wrote 10 pieces that were 250+ words. I put my kids to bed then stayed up til 1 a.m. finishing up something, a topic that put me to sleep. A topic I did not feel strongly about and maybe didn't even agree with.

And I would probably do it again.

I mean, if it supplements my reprint income from writing for the regionals, why not?

So I made sure the others in these writing groups knew about my ebook. Because if they can write ANYTHING for a penny a word, they can certainly come up with something interesting in the parenting and family arena.

And I am soooo not a heartless, money-hungry witch. I definitely have a sort of Hardship Program, if you will. I offer a deep discount on my ebook, all you have to do is ask. I just want to get it into the hands of those who need it! I love my fellow writers and want to die with a clear conscience!

STILL working on the 5th edition! Got this cool cover made at Fiverr.com for 5 bucks!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekly Writer Challenge #2: Write One Entire Article for an RPM/RPP

In case you missed it, here is Weekly Writer Challenge #1, to write down 10 article ideas for the regional parenting magazines. You can still catch up to us!

AND ... all this is free! Lots of other writers charge beaucoup bucks and call it a CLASS, but folks, I have no class, so this little situation here is FREE! Let's hold each other accountable and make some dang money writing for magazines, increasing our pay as we go!

As with the last challenge, please share this with any bloggers (= aspiring writers) or writers you know so they can participate. I have lately been seeing many writers making one red cent per word to write all day long to pull down the bucks, and I want so badly to pull them out of that situation and let them know their work is worth so much more than that, even if it DOES take weeks to get paid sometimes!

Again, you have until Sunday to do this second challenge, then more challenges will come out on Mondays and you will have 7 days to complete them and report back here! Even if you didn't do it or only half-assed it, let me know, because chances are I might not always be rockin' the challenge, either.

At the very least, we can offer support to each other. Don't forget there is also a Facebook fan page for this site where we can interact and you can always email me at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com, and when it comes time to start submitting, you have to have the resource I'm using so we can be Submission Twins.

So, here you go:

CHALLENGE #2 is to WRITE AN ENTIRE ARTICLE for the regionals (the smalls). Yep, pick one of your 10 award-winning ideas and turn it into something. If those people I referenced above can turnout 1,000-word articles with HOURS for a deadline and make $10, you can certainly take a week to write something pretty great, including personal quotes (don't have to be local) and some nice research and maybe even some personal anecdotes from you.

If you need help, just write me (see above). And do not freak out!

Check out these links for some ideas of stuff I've gotten published. At the very least, you will be like, "Wow, she got THAT published and made actual decent bank off of it? I could write that in my sleep and better!"

Here's something pretty recent about organic gardening on a budget from an online gig I have. Then I spun it a little bit and submitted to all the RPMs (I have about 160 email addresses in my address book).

Here's one of my VERY FIRST pieces, from back in 2009 when I was super green.

Feel free to Google my name+articles for more parenting mayhem.

Good luck!

Weekly Writer Challenge #1 Check-In

So here was Weekly Writer Challenge #1, to write down 10 article ideas.

I'm hearing crickets on my end, people. And alas, I forge on, whether anyone is listening or not. It's kinda like when I argue for my husband AND myself and he just stands there. I am not easily deterred.

Here's what I personally came up with. Don't mind the schmutz on the page!

Check in if you like. I'm moving on to Challenge #2 and hope you will join me!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Reader's Digest Magazine Submission Writers Guidelines

I was looking at Reader's Digest at the grocery store checkout yesterday and realized they publish all sorts of pieces. Maybe one of mine would fit in there! So I Googled submission guidelines for them and found this, which I'm going to do soon, when the Weekly Writer Challenge asks me to do that!


Check it out!

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!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Weekly Writer Challenge #1: Write Down 10 Ideas for Articles

Okay, new plan. We are going to write TOGETHER. I need a butt-kickin' just like maybe you do. I am going to assume you like to procrastinate like I do. Or are extremely busy. Or sometimes maybe even do something crazy like ... oh, I don't know ... CLEAN when you are on a deadline and should be writing.

So I'm going to give you some challenges. Please share this with any bloggers (= aspiring writers) or writers you know so they can participate.

You have until Sunday to do this first challenge, then new challenges will come out on Mondays and you will have 7 days to complete them and report back here! Even if you didn't do it or only half-assed it, let me know, because chances are I might not always be rockin' the challenge, either.

At the very least, we can offer support to each other. Don't forget there is also a Facebook fan page for this site where we can interact and you can always email me at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com, and when it comes time to start submitting, you have to have the resource I'm using so we can be Submission Twins.

CHALLENGE #1 is to come up with 10 ideas for articles for the regionals (the smalls). Lead time is not usually as long as with the nationals (the bigs) so you can spitball some summer ideas NOW, for instance.

Check out the photo below for some help (general categories, but you need a more solid idea, which nobody is going to steal, dammit), and I'll see you next week!

Oh, and because I'm a pushover mama, I'm also a pushover writing coach, so here is some more help!


Monday, April 8, 2013

How to Get the Kids to Do #Chores so You Can #Write ... #WriterMom

You might not know that I homeschool, so I have FIVE little people around all day. You must be wondering at this point if I have a clone so I can write for so many regional parenting publications.

I wish!

No matter how many kids you have running around, there are chores that need to be done, and I think I might FINALLY have something in place that will get all the little things done that need to be done around the house. And no, I did not have 5 children so they could be my minions. I am merely instilling responsibility in them now since when they grow up they will be doing chores around their own pad.

[Who am I kidding? Odds are at least two of the five will turn out like me: MESSY and SLOBBY but can find anything in a pinch for about 20 years after leaving home and THEN the realization will hit them around 40 that keeping things kinda picked up and purged is a lot easier than cleaning for days at a time after it gets out of hand!]

Just head over to my it's-a-good-kind-of-crazy blog about my life, The Kerrie Show, to check out my chore chart. You also get a bonus Funny Bathroom Cleaning Instructions. It's a little service I like to provide, no charge.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Latest Pub Creds = You Can Also Do It!

Introducing ... my latest publishing credits! (You can see all of them here.)

I don't write this to brag or to make you feel bad about yourself. I write this to show that if I can do this with 5 kids running around my ankles all day, you can do it, too!

#125 is Seminole County Parenting!

#126 is Arizona Parenting!

Tip: Arizona Parenting contacted me looking for a specific type of article. Instead of saying I did not have one in my reprint list, I offered to write one for them. They said it was a tight deadline and I said, "Bring it on!"

Tip: Seminole County Parenting is a new publication that will be listed in the new edition of the ebook, and they do pay.
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