Friday, December 27, 2013

Breaking Writing Rules 1-5

I am in love with the book The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell. I have a dog-eared paperback copy and consult it often. Recently an author friend of mine wrote a bunch of posts on Bubblews where she takes a book about writing and breaks it down, inserting her own opinions and personal experiences! Here’s #15 of her series, which will take you to the others:

Here's the blog The Renegade Writer, which holds lots of inspiration for writers!

I decided to grab a bunch of the rules to break from The Renegade Writer and then write my own personal take on them based on personal experience or opinion. Definitely check out this book (link conveniently located above), because there is so much more to it. Here's part of my list (more to come!):

#1 Must Have Degree

#2 Must Have Connections

#3 Must Spend Money to Make Money

#4 Must Have Full Writer's Guidelines

#5 Must Write for Money

Friday, December 13, 2013

Get Your Work Published in Regional Parenting Publications!

Back when I only had three kids and was still hanging on to that dream of being a writer like a dog with a pork chop, I felt lost. But ...

What was I going to write about? How to pick between all the ideas swirling around in my head? Once written, where in the world would I send my stuff?

Well, I finally did get something written and I sent it off to my local regional parenting magazine, Kansas City Parent. The logical thing to do, right? Lots of writers do it (and then get stuck only writing for their local magazine and don't realize there are dozens and dozens more who also want their piece). Once I got my act together I got to see it in the May/June issue of Calgary's child here. After that, it evolved into this and sold more often. And that's just one article. I have about 100 in circulation these days.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Back to WHERE will I send my stuff besides my local place?

Well, I found this outdated, nowhere-near-complete list called Parenting Publications of America online. I used that as a starting point to find more magazines all over the country (and Canada and England and Australia) and started collecting editor email addresses any way I could. It took a lot of hours of research, and all without an Internet connection at home.

After I entered all the email addresses and information into my email account, I went to town writing and submitting. And I had success!

That's when I decided to write/compile this back in 2009 to help others do the same, and it's now in the 6th edition (don't be fooled by more expensive and 1/4 of the size knock-offs that don't include the markets and want you to spend money on the information THEN spend hours of your time hunting down email addresses like tiny little email deer).

So I wanna know: how many ideas do you have? How many excuses do you make for not having time to write and make money getting published because I will shoot them down one by one like little tiny excuse deer, leaving you with no option but to be successful. With this ebook, you have no more excuses. I help you:

  1. come up with ideas
  2. get your piece written
  3. submit to over 200 regional parenting magazines
  4. get to the next level by providing NATIONAL and online parenting magazine information (FamilyFun, Working Mother, Parents, BabyTalk and more)
The only thing you have to lose is your financial worry ... and that ridiculous fear of success. Sign up for an email subscription and never miss a post!

Monday, December 2, 2013

November's Work-From-Home Income

November weighed in at a scrawny $1,191.63.  Here's why it was a little slow. I kind of shut down for a while and needed a little break to grieve and take care of some other things.

So far this year I've made about $13,000 from my home while homeschooling my brood and going out to play with them almost every afternoon.

In other words, I have a life. I'm only working a few hours a day and if I could work full-time I could easily be pulling down close to $50,000, which I don't think is too shabby. The kids are still in gymnastics at about $200 per month, and Christmas is going to be a breeze this year. Hubs needs new tires? No problem! Need to remodel the kitchen before we move? Well, then I'd better get my butt moving!

Here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that.

I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around.

Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

1. Fiverr. $364. The majority of my income is from proofreading when my kids sleep, but I also have gigs for promoting things via my social media outlets. Things slowed way down here. Lots more proofers coming on the scene!

2. Bubblews. $286.17. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join.

3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $235. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new.

4. PostLoop. $13.08 doing not much at all. I'm going to send you here because I have a lot of information on this and it needed its own post. Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. *IF YOU SIGN UP UNDER ME USING MY REFERRAL LINK, THANK YOU! PLEASE DO THE 10 POSTS TO GET STARTED; YOU WILL GET POINTS FOR THOSE AND THEN A RATING, THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE ON.

5. Private proofing, formatting, social media jobs: $257.50

6. Ebooks on Amazon: $35.88 is my half after I pay my partner, who designs all my covers and does other misc. wonderful things. I now have 5 ebooks on Amazon with a 6th on the way (Laid-Back Homeschooling), so I am not to be deterred about this ebook business! Here's how to find my offerings! And here's how to find the ebook below for only 99 cents, which leads to another, free one with tons more markets for online and guest posting venues that pay:

Come back to see December's numbers!

*Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!
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