Friday, August 16, 2013

Market: WOW! Women on Writing

Here's a great market for you! Here's the site I got these from: WOW! Women on Writing.

Good luck!

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.
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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 12, 2013

Update on My Tracking Spreadsheet for Time/Money

Last week I posted here about how I need to start keeping track of my income and stop screwing around online so much. Then I posted here about taking a Facebook Fast, or at least turning off the notifications that flood my email inbox.

You won't believe how my little productivity experiment went. It was a real eye-opener!

Against my better judgment I'm going to go ahead and post this picture. It's grainy and small but you will at least get the idea of how I set up my spreadsheet and if you get out a magnifying glass you can read the numbers! I apologize that I don't have graphic design skills.

Basically what this is saying is that I only worked 24.66 hours last week, made $682.17 and averaged $27.66 per hour.

1. This is the most I have made in a week since I started doing this in earnest back in April.

2. I feel like I worked a lot less than usual. Having to track my other made me cognizant of when I was messing around.

3. About 25 hours of working allowed me to have lots of fun with my kids, complete my chores and do somewhat of an overhaul of the "playroom" ... resulting in getting rid of 2 bags of things from the house. Progress!

This week proofreading has died down significantly so I'm focusing more on creating original content and on the house/kids. I don't know if I'll be able to make that much in a week again, but I was surprised that I could. If I worked at that rate of income for 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year that would be a salary of:


Not too shabby!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Keeping Track of Hours and Income ... How Much Am I Screwing Around?

Lately I've wondered if I have ADHD or something. I'll start proofreading a project or writing an article and my mind wanders within minutes and then I'm checking my Bubblews bank balance, then my PayPal balance then dreaming of a vacation and then hopping onto Facebook JUST FOR A SECOND, then 20 minutes later I have gotten NOTHING DONE!

Sound familiar? If not, and you have it all under control, GET OUTTA HERE!

So this week I started a new little spreadsheet. I already have one to keep track of my Fiverr jobs and one for my daily earnings so I can hold myself accountable there (that spreadsheet is not what I go by when I share my monthly income with you here on the blog; earned versus I HATE IT IN MY HANDS = two very different things).

Down the left I have each day of a 7-day week.

Along the top I have different projects: Fiverr, Bubblews, Regional Mags, National Mags, Ebooks, Blogging Sites, Other.

Each day I keep track of time I spend on each project. Doing this ONE DAY woke me up to how much I was NOT working. I felt like I was working all day, but I was checking email, answering tweets and (see top of this post for the other things I do to screw around).

Don't get me wrong: social media and email and all that are things I need to keep up with. But I need to set aside a set time daily for that and log it in OTHER.

The plan is to add up the time I've spent actually working, the money I've earned and then figure out my dollar per hour rate. And then increase that rate over time.
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