Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Write for Girls' Life Magazine


Girls' Life Magazine Writer's Guidelines from their website



Writer's Guidelines

For freelancers…
Want to get your pitch accepted? Read our “How to Pitch” article, courtesy of mediabistro.com!

The Rules

1. Girls' Life accepts unsolicited manuscripts on a speculative basis only. First, send an e-mail or letter query with detailed story idea(s). No telephone solicitations, please. Please familiarize yourself with the voice and content of Girls' Life before submitting.

2. Girls' Life magazine does not accept poetry submissions.

3. Every story should have a title, blurb and byline. Author's complete name, address, phone number and e-mail address must be provided on submission. Referrals for art sources are appreciated, if applicable.

4. Girls' Life conforms to The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Manuscripts can be e-mailed in Microsoft Word. Documents should be double-spaced in 12-point Verdana font.

5. All research must rely on primary sources. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a complete list of sources, telephone numbers and reference materials, if applicable.

6. E-mail queries are responded to within 90 days. Girls' Life cannot be held responsible for the return of any unsolicited material.

7. Unless submission is stated to be a possible work for hire, submission will be considered property of Girls' Life magazine.

8. A memorandum of agreement is to be executed by both parties before payment is made.

Send all Girls’ Life magazine queries to:

Karen Bokram
Founding Editor and Publisher
Girls' Life magazine
3 S. Frederick St. Suite 806
Baltimore, MD 21202
writeforGL@girlslife.com

Monday, August 1, 2022

Write for Fit Pregnancy and Baby Magazine

As of the February 2016 issue, American Baby is no more and has merged with Fit Pregnancy to form ...
Here are the submission guidelines from their website! 
FIT PREGNANCY  is a website covering health, nutrition, exercise, psychology, food, fashion and beauty issues related to pregnancy. It also includes editorial for parents of babies up to 2 years of age.

Queries should be specific. Read our website and be clear whether you are presenting an idea for a feature or a specific column.

Features (1,000 - 1,800 words) cover broad, timely topics. Features for which we accept freelance writing include:
Prenatal Fitness:
Pregnancy-safe workout programs
You and Your Baby:
• A feature story about postpartum issues.
• A postpartum exercise story (often includes weight loss).
• A story pertaining to breastfeeding issues.
• Baby Pages (baby-care issues, with emphasis on the first six weeks)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Kerrie McLoughlin References and Recommendations

"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 beginners 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, blogger/owner at LifeAsMom.com

Monday, July 18, 2022

Write for Hopscotch Magazine

Hopscotch Submission Guidelines from the website http://funforkidzmagazines.com

Every HOPSCOTCH contributor must remember we publish only six issues a year, which means our editorial needs are extremely limited. An annual total, for instance, will include some 30 to 36 nonfiction pieces, 9 or 10 short stories, 18 or so poems, six cover illustrations, and a smattering of puzzles, crafts, and the like.

It is obvious that we must reject far more contributions than we accept, no matter how outstanding they may seem to you or to us.

With that said, we would point out that HOPSCOTCH is a magazine created for girls from 6 to 13 years, with girls 8, 9, and 10 the specific target age.

Our point of view is that every young girl deserves the right to be a young girl for a number of years before she becomes a young adult.

As a result, HOPSCOTCH looks for articles, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that deal with timeless topics, such as pets, nature, hobbies, science, games, sports, careers, simple cooking, and anything else likely to interest a young girl. We leave dating, romance, human sexuality, cosmetics, fashion, and the like to other publications. Each issue revolves around a theme.

Writers

We are looking for lively writing, most of it from a young girl's point of view, with the girl or girls directly involved in an activity that is both wholesome and unusual. Examples have included girls in a sheep to shawl contest, girls raising puppies that are destined to guide the blind and girls who take summer ballet lessons from members of the New York City Ballet.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

15 Ways to Generate Ideas for Magazine Articles and Blog Posts


Sometimes I think it would be cool to be able to pop a software program into my brain and automatically and immediately know how to cook, clean, care for kids, teach them, guide them, help them, as well as be able to calculate the exact time it will take to get this kid to soccer without being late to getting that kid to dance. Okay, so we don't all know how to do the same things. It's alright because that's what other parents are for and that's what these parenting magazines and blogs are for: your valuable advice!

Some days ideas flow out of you like money flows out of my household bank account and food is sucked out of my refrigerator. Other days you might stare at a blank page, trying to figure out something that you can write about that might be remotely interesting to editors and magazine readers. 

Half the battle of seeing an article in print is coming up with an idea editors want to publish. Set aside some time to brainstorm article and essay ideas using the list below. Then choose your best ideas and work through the 12-step process for getting published!

Keep files of ideas: I have a physical file of scraps of paper, things printed out from online, even the cliche napkin with scrawled ideas. If my idea well ever dries up, I can always hit that file. I also have a folder on my computer called ARTICLE IDEAS and it's full of half-started and barely started articles. 

  1. Eavesdrop on conversations. 
  2. Go through your old material.
  3. Read letters to the editor in your local newspaper.
  4. Restart something you've abandoned. 
  5. Read magazines you want to write for. 
  6. Write the birth stories of your kids for some inspiration. 
  7. Get out of the house.
  8. Solve a problem you have now or have had in the past. 
  9. Think about what's missing from publications you read. 
  10. Write about something you wonder about. 
  11. Write about something you know how to do. 
  12. Write the opposite of your experience with a subject.
  13. Report on a negative or positive trend.
  14. Read editorial calendars.
  15. Read writers' guidelines.

Have files of article reprints that you own but have no clue where to start reselling them? Have ideas for some fantastic new pieces but no idea who might want them? Check out my thick 441-page print book of tips, tricks, and insider information, as well as 384 paying parenting and family markets! You can order "How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids" on Amazon here.


Friday, July 1, 2022

2nd Quarter 2022 Income Report with The Published Parent


Welcome to another work-from-home Quarterly Income Report from The Published Parent, aka Kerrie at the 
McLoughlin household. 

My Hopes for You
First of all, it is my sincerest hope that you are doing well in every possible way. I assume you're here because you are a writer... or are at least someone who loves words. I hope you find something here that helps you realize your dreams, whether that is a post about time management, a post full of encouragement, a post of writing markets for your teenager, a list of great resources for writers, or a post about a new writing market for your own pitching pleasure. As always, you can email me at mommykerrie@yahoo.com if you would like to suggest post ideas!

What I've Been Doing
I am still working from home proofreading (scroll to the end of this post to find out about Fiverr), blogging (The Kerrie Show, Kerrie the Kitchen Queen, Homeschooling Mommybot, and here), writing parenting magazine articles, and writing/self-publishing books on Amazon and other places. To be able to work and make money at any time of the day or night, to be able to wear whatever I am comfortable in, and to be able to do all of this anywhere I like (in bed, at the dining room table, in the car, on the deck, while traveling, etc.) is a dream come true! 

Things have slowed down since I've become more involved at our homeschool co-op, so I'm hopeful that I'll find more time this summer to work on projects that are a labor of love for me. In case you don't know this about me, I have 5 children, and I have homeschooled all of them all the way through. I have graduated my 21-year-old and my 19-year-old, and they are both doing very well!


Why Do I Share My Income Here?
The reason I share my income from home with you to show you that I am a real person — a wife, mother, teacher, daughter, friend, neighbor — with unique challenges/setbacks and actual successes. While I do not earn the equivalent of a full-time income right now, but I am not actually aiming for that. I am grateful that my husband is employed and that my main job is homeschooling

Now it's time to take a peek at my financial records! Then you can find all sorts of other income reports down the side of the blog (I report monthly and also quarterly and annually).

June 2022 Income Report with The Published Parent


Welcome to another work-from-home Monthly Income Report from The Published Parent, aka Kerrie at the 
McLoughlin household. 

My Hopes for You
First of all, it is my sincerest hope that you are doing well in every possible way. I assume you're here because you are a writer... or are at least someone who loves words. I hope you find something here that helps you realize your dreams, whether that is a post about time management, a post full of encouragement, a post of writing markets for your teenager, a list of great resources for writers, or a post about a new writing market for your own pitching pleasure. As always, you can email me at mommykerrie@yahoo.com if you would like to suggest post ideas!

What I've Been Doing
I am still working from home proofreading (scroll to the end of this post to find out about Fiverr), blogging (The Kerrie Show, Kerrie the Kitchen Queen, Homeschooling Mommybot, and here), writing parenting magazine articles, and writing/self-publishing books on Amazon and other places. To be able to work and make money at any time of the day or night, to be able to wear whatever I am comfortable in, and to be able to do all of this anywhere I like (in bed, at the dining room table, in the car, on the deck, while traveling, etc.) is a dream come true! 

Things have slowed down since I've become more involved at our homeschool co-op, so I'm hopeful that I'll find more time this summer to work on projects that are a labor of love for me. In case you don't know this about me, I have 5 children, and I have homeschooled all of them all the way through. I have graduated my 21-year-old and my 19-year-old, and they are both doing very well!


Why Do I Share My Income Here?
The reason I share my income from home with you to show you that I am a real person — a wife, mother, teacher, daughter, friend, neighbor — with unique challenges/setbacks and actual successes. While I do not earn the equivalent of a full-time income right now, but I am not actually aiming for that. I am grateful that my husband is employed and that my main job is homeschooling

Now it's time to take a peek at my financial records! Then you can find all sorts of other income reports down the side of the blog (I report monthly and also quarterly and annually).

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Get Started as a Proofreader on Fiverr


So you want to be a proofreader on Fiverr? It's a fun job that you can do from anywhere in the world! I have almost 3,000 5-star reviews and have worked on Fiverr for nearly 10 years, including while traveling with my husband and kids for his job. 
To start proofreading on Fiverr, you simply sign up. It's free, and if you use my referral code, we both get rewarded! Then follow these steps, and you'll soon find yourself with a business!
1. Do some research and recon work
Start out with the main Writing/Translation section, then dive down into the Proofreading section to find out how others are working their gig. Some questions to keep in mind are:
How many words will they proofread for $5? (don't forget Fiverr takes 20% off the top)
How fast is the turnaround? How fast can you turn something out? (you can make more if you can get it back to a client quickly)
Personal experience: I started out proofing at a ridiculously low rate of 3,000 words for $5 and got VERY busy but wasn’t making good money at all. Once I gained more experience, I was able to raise my price to $5 for 500 words. That may still seem low to some of you, but remember this is not developmental editing. This is simple proofreading/copy editing.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

May 2022 Income Report with The Published Parent


Welcome to another work-from-home Monthly Income Report from The Published Parent, aka Kerrie at the 
McLoughlin household. 

My Hopes for You
First of all, it is my sincerest hope that you are doing well in every possible way. I assume you're here because you are a writer... or are at least someone who loves words. I hope you find something here that helps you realize your dreams, whether that is a post about time management, a post full of encouragement, a post of writing markets for your teenager, a list of great resources for writers, or a post about a new writing market for your own pitching pleasure. As always, you can email me at mommykerrie@yahoo.com if you would like to suggest post ideas!

What I've Been Doing
I am still working from home proofreading (scroll to the end of this post to find out about Fiverr), blogging (The Kerrie Show, Kerrie the Kitchen Queen, Homeschooling Mommybot, and here), writing parenting magazine articles, and writing/self-publishing books on Amazon and other places. To be able to work and make money at any time of the day or night, to be able to wear whatever I am comfortable in, and to be able to do all of this anywhere I like (in bed, at the dining room table, in the car, on the deck, while traveling, etc.) is a dream come true! 

Things have slowed down since I've become more involved at our homeschool co-op, so I'm hopeful that I'll find more time this summer to work on projects that are a labor of love for me. In case you don't know this about me, I have 5 children, and I have homeschooled all of them all the way through. I have graduated my 21-year-old and my 19-year-old, and they are both doing very well!


Why Do I Share My Income Here?
The reason I share my income from home with you to show you that I am a real person — a wife, mother, teacher, daughter, friend, neighbor — with unique challenges/setbacks and actual successes. While I do not earn the equivalent of a full-time income right now, but I am not actually aiming for that. I am grateful that my husband is employed and that my main job is homeschooling

Now it's time to take a peek at my financial records! Then you can find all sorts of other income reports down the side of the blog (I report monthly and also quarterly and annually).

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Parenting Journalists Conference May 20, 2022 (online)



Do you want to:

* connect with editors of top parenting publications, 

* discover a community of writers and creators who make a good living doing what they love, and 

* learn insider secrets to promoting your work, getting paid to speak and more? 

Register today for the live, online Parenting Journalists Conference on May 20 and unlock a package that includes interactive workshops and networking opportunities, roundtable conversations, master classes and access to a private Facebook group.

We’re excited to be joined by writers and editors for publications such as PBS Kids, New York Magazine, New York Times, Parents, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Post and more for a one- day conference that’s designed to be accessible to as many people as possible. Each workshop is by journalists, for journalists, offering clear takeaways and actionable advice. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

5+ Writing Opportunities for Teens



Today I'm excited to share with you 5 writing opportunities for teenagers and young adults, and these are just the beginning!

I love teenagers. I have three of my own right now plus a 12-year-old and a 20-year-old. I also love writing and have enjoyed doing it ever since I could write. 

Then I realized sometime in my 30s that journal entries, vents, and complaints can turn into magazine articles (and reprints!), short stories, print books, ebooks, PDF downloads, speaking engagements, and more. 

I've taught Creative Writing to a few different grades at our local homeschool co-op, and this past year, I taught English Grammar and Composition to high schoolers. You never know who might be the next Shirley Jackson, Fredrik Backman, Stephen King, or Emily St. John Mandel! There were some kids in there with serious talent, and I promised them I'd get out a downloadable resource so they could start submitting (working on it this summer!).

Monday, May 2, 2022

"How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids: The Ultimate Guide for Selling Your Stories to Parenting Magazines"

Get those articles and ideas out of your computer, out of your brain, and out of your paper files and into the email inboxes of editors! Result = get published, collect tearsheets, and watch the money hit your account and mailbox from reprint sales!

How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids: The Ultimate Guide for Selling Your Stories to Parenting Magazines will change your writing life! The 7th edition of this invaluable resource that has already helped so many writers get published includes information on how to get started selling your original and reprint articles and essays. It goes on to cover everything related to writing for this market, including keeping good records, setting up a freelance writer website, invoicing, and so much more. Then comes the best part: the 384 paying markets. The market information includes regional parenting magazines, national and online parenting magazines, even international markets. I've included pay information when I could find it or earned it myself. Writing success is waiting for you!

Check out what previous buyers had to say:

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Magazine Article Jackpot: How to Make Over $500 for Each Regional Parenting Reprint


Let me start by saying not EVERY article I write makes this much money. I've written and submitted over 100 in the last 10+ years since I started doing this (that's only 10 per year, people, so consistency counts), and a handful of them did very poorly. By poorly I mean sold to one or two magazines then went into oblivion.

Some have sold a total of a few hundred dollars. But today I want to share with you the 

ARTICLE ROCK STARS

I'm sharing this not to say, "Woo hoo, I am awesome and check out how much money I make doing this." Instead, I'm sharing to say, "Wow, I didn't realize that it all added up like this! I mean, I knew my Christmas Peace piece did pretty great, but it might hit over $1,000 in total sales if I tweak it a bit! This can happen for other writers as well, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of us to make money writing from home!"