Friday, December 2, 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 worked on Fiverr for nearly 10 years, including while homeschooling my kids while traveling with my husband for his job, watching my son at basketball practice, in between teaching at the homeschool co-op, on my back deck on gorgeous summer mornings, and so much more! 
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! Here are some tips for success. 
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, which I don't think is horrible when you consider they are getting the clients for you, as well as handling the payments, as well as giving you a platform for showcasing your work and glowing reviews)
How fast is the turnaround? How fast can you complete 500 words of proofreading? (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 (profit = $4) 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 with a little formatting thrown in here and there for extra-great service.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

November's No-Nonsense 2022 Work-from-Home #IncomeReport $1,087

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

My Hopes for You
I hope your writing career is going well. 

I hope you're able to carve out some time to write something that makes your soul happy.

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, blogging, writing parenting magazine articles, and writing/self-publishing books on Amazon and other places. I love love love being able to work and make money at any time of the day or night while wearing whatever I am comfortable in (oh the business suits and heels I used to wear), 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.). 

Still trying to find time to work on projects that are a labor of love for me. I'm deep into updating my writing market book to make it triple the original size for the same price (scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more), as well as working on a resource packed full of side hustle ideas.


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

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).

Monday, November 28, 2022

UPDATES to The Mother of All Writing Market Books

Last updated 11/28/22

So we're all literally on the same page here, you can grab this rockin' resource here at this link: The Mother of All Writing Market Books. Thank ya. Oh, and use promo code PPBLOG20 at checkout for a lil surprise!

I know that you know how fast the publishing industry changes. Especially in the year 2020. Holy cow!

One day you're submitting your article on the "10 Best Birthday Party Ideas for Teens" to your favorite regional parenting publication, and the next day that magazine is sending you an email to let you know they are printing their final issue next month. 

Or maybe you submit that same article to a bunch of magazines as a reprint option so you can make bunches of money on just one submission, and then a couple of the emails bounce back.

What's a writer to do?

Well, you've come to the right place! This is where you'll find updates to the 8th edition of my parenting, family, and women's writing markets book. Yes, for free. You didn't see anybody taking money at the door or checking ID, didja? Nope. And by the way, thanks for purchasing my instant-download PDF book, The Mother of All Writing Market Books: 600 Homes for Your Family, Parenting & Women's Articles, Essays & More. (If you haven't bought it yet but want to, please use the discount code PPBLOG20 to save 20%.)

So scan this list regularly for all the updates, bad and good, and you might also consider signing up for an email subscription because I like to send out a power-packed email when I find a bunch of new markets. And I'm ALWAYS looking for new markets!

Just-Born or Just-Found Markets

Idaho Family Magazine — Email is editorgaye@gmail.com. 

Kern County Family Magazine — This was in the book as a magazine that I could not find any information on that I had actually worked with in the past. Email is kcfm@kerncountyfamily.com. Here's the November 2022 issue.

Ultimate Family Vacations – This is an Ensemble Travel Group publication I'd never heard of until a member of the Facebook group mentioned having trouble getting paid for an article she wrote for them. So ... tread lightly. 

Updated Email or Other Information

9/12/22 from Jill M. in the FB group: For editorial matters concerning Baltimore's Child, Baltimore Style, Frederick's Child, MetroKids and Washington FAMILY, please email editor Lindsay VanAsdalan at lvanasdalan@midatlanticmedia.com (changed in most current copy of book)

11/14/22 New Jersey Family email from Angel Madison, Managing Editor: She'll be working part-time only for a while so if you want to get in touch immediately, try dina@njfamily.com

11/17/22 Alison Novak is no longer with KidsVT (she moved over to Seven Days). Just email editor@kidsvt.com

11/28/22 Island Parent and Teen is on the main RPM list but not found in the body of the book. The title is actually Island Parent Tweens and Teens and I've added a link to the Issuu copy.

11/28/22 Removed NCW Kid Connect from the main RPM list and replaced it with Idaho Family Magazine (see above)

11/28/22 North Idaho Family is on the main RPM list but not found in the body of the book. I found the information and added the actual market link and email address.

Deceased Markets

Suburban Parent Texas is no longer publishing. Please remove maryellen@suburbanparent.com from your email submissions list. I've replaced it with Kern County Family (see above) to keep the book at an even 600 markets!


I Thought We Were On a Break!

So help me, if Maritime Family's website keeps saying they are "launching soon"—well, I don't know what I will do but it won't be good 😂


Writer Beware


Writing Opportunity

10/15/22: WNY Family's current "Journey into Fatherhood" columnist is "retiring" in January 2023, so we are looking for a new "voice" to take his place. If you're a dad who enjoys writing and can reliably put together a 750-word column on deadline each month, we'd like to hear from you. The choice of topics is up to you — serious or humorous — dealing with the wild ride of being a dad in today's world. There is a modest payment for each column. If interested, email a sample 750-word column to michele@wnyfamilymagazine.com. Please put FATHERHOOD COLUMN in your subject line.

Bouncebacks I'm Currently Checking Out (maybe my crappy email service just didn't actually delete these contacts when I told it to do so)

kimberley@nepafamily.com
editor@sfparenting.com
sphillips103@aol.com
parentpagesinc@aol.com
amy@arktimes.com
editor@metrokids.com
otc@onthecoastmag.com
christiy@honolulufamily.com
bbethel@theintelligencer.net
editor@centralpennparent.com
jgregg@midatlanticmedia.com

Thursday, November 3, 2022

October 2022 Work-from-Home #IncomeReport *updated* $1,525

Welcome to the October edition of my work-from-home Monthly Income Report from The Published Parent, aka Kerrie at the McLoughlin household. (I had to come back and update the graphic because I forgot about a $250 proofreading job I had gotten paid for by a private client!)

My Hopes for You
I hope your writing career is going well. 

I hope you're able to carve out some time to write something that makes your soul happy.

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, blogging, writing parenting magazine articles, and writing/self-publishing books on Amazon and other places. I love love love being able to work and make money at any time of the day or night while wearing whatever I am comfortable in (oh the business suits and heels I used to wear), 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.). 

Still trying to find time to work on projects that are a labor of love for me.


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

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).

The Art and Business of Writing by Chris Jones

Loved this book (The Art & Business of Writing) by the man who is also the editor at Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine. Here's the piece I wrote for them on how to raise a resilient child.

There is so much helpful advice in this book, and it's the perfect size ... not too long and not too short. It even went beyond where I am in my career right now and took it to business cards and web hosting (I just use free Blogger and have since 2008) advice.


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Western New York Family Magazine Call for Articles for 2022 Issues

UPDATE 10/15/22: WNY Family's current "Journey into Fatherhood" columnist is "retiring" in January 2023, so we are looking for a new "voice" to take his place. If you're a dad who enjoys writing and can reliably put together a 750-word column on deadline each month, we'd like to hear from you. The choice of topics is up to you — serious or humorous — dealing with the wild ride of being a dad in today's world. There is a modest payment for each column. If interested, email a sample 750-word column to michele@wnyfamilymagazine.com. Please put FATHERHOOD COLUMN in your subject line.



DIGITAL ISSUE - Western New York Family Magazine (wnyfamilymagazine.com)

Western New York Family is looking for articles for their 2022 issues! 

Please read the information below to see what they are looking for, and good luck to you 😃 You can find the complete list of writer's guidelines for Western New York Family here, as well as information for 599 more markets, in my book titled The Mother of All Writing Market Books!

Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Mother of All Writing Market Books: 600 Homes for Your Family, Parenting, & Women's Articles, Essays, & More

Start a freelance writing career for about the cost of a fancy coffee and a muffin!

Yes, I am all done perfecting The Mother of All Writing Market Books PDF instant download and you can get it on eJunkie now! Here's the introduction so you know what's going on!

The Mother of All Writing Market Books: 600 Homes for Your Family, Parenting, & Women's Articles, Essays, & More

So you have a pretty original and awesome idea for a parenting and family niche magazine article. Or—look at you go!—maybe you’ve written the entire thing already and you just know it’ll be a perfect fit for a publication somewhere in the world. Now what?

 

Like any normal person, you hit “the Google” and are quickly overwhelmed. You remove your face from your Internet-enabled device and realize you’ve gone down a two-hour online rabbit hole filled with blog posts that scream titles like “Top 10 Parenting Magazines for 2021” and “19 Popular Parent Magazines Paying Parents to Write Stories” … except that when you started clicking on the links, you found that half of them aren’t even publishing anymore.

 

Does anybody ever go back and check/update these posts? It doesn’t seem like it, which is beyond frustrating. But you have to realize that the publishing industry changes DAILY.

 

Okay, fine. Surely that Writer’s Market you’ve heard of as the gold standard for submission information will be the answer. So you order it up from Amazon (because you can’t get an online subscription anymore, not since 2019, when writersmarket.com sold to Penguin Random House). There goes $21.49 and now you have a fat resource on your shelf taking up space.

 

But wait. The parenting and family section is really so very… small. Like maybe 50 markets TOPS small. That’s 43 cents a market! So you fall into a dream…

 

« Wouldn’t it be great if you knew someone who was actually writing for and submitting to these markets and could find out pretty quickly when a magazine went out of business or if an editor was replaced?


« What if this brilliant middle-aged female someone compiled all the most current markets in one spot (saving you time, money, and space on your bookshelves) and then worked tirelessly to find more?


« What if this rockin’ chick also updated her resource regularly (well, every few years anyway because she gets a little busy with her brood)?


« Oh, and what if this hypothetical groovy writer mom unicorn offered COMPLETELY FREE UPDATES to said resource on her lil blog?


« And then what if this supportive and non-competitive human also had a Facebook group where current and aspiring writers and editors could all hang out and vent and discuss and explain and ask for help?

 

What a magical fairy tale world that would be, right?

 

YES! Only this friendly person who loves to work from home (and travel) and write exists! And she created the resource in 2009...and has been updating it ever since. FREE UPDATES on her blog. TOTALLY accessible in her Facebook group. She has been writing for magazines since roughly 2006, not too long after her third of five kids was born. (Now I’ll switch back to first person for ya…)


You bought this resource (thank you!), downloaded it, maybe even printed it out. You’re reading through it and hopefully you have already joined the FB group. And let me guess… you are one of two kinds of people.

 

You are either someone who knows about this resource already and are excited to dive in and get all the updated information and hit the pavement RIGHT NOW, submitting many older pieces for sale as reprints.

 

Or you are someone who didn’t know you could write one article and sell it over and over again for money to dozens and dozens of different magazines all over the world. And yes, the editors know we are doing this. It’s not a secret, just something not very well known.

 

Maybe you are a little wary of me in general. Like, “Who does she think she is, charging this kind of price for a download? It’s not even a physical book!”

 

Well, writer friend, let me first speak to your question about the price. You are probably going to make somewhere around $40-50 on your first article or essay sale. Then you can pitch it to dozens of other places that love reprints and make anywhere between $15 and $150 per sale FOR THE SAME EXACT PIECE. (kinda like residual or passive income)


And then there might come a day when you have so many great pieces that you decide to REWRITE some of them and turn them into an ebook or print book that you can self-publish or traditionally publish.

 

And then there might also come a day when you can turn some of those expert-status pieces into a lil paid speaking engagement which also helps sell your books, which also gives you more life experience to write about, which helps you create even more articles for more niches and it’s just a great big unlimited world of writing for you and me.

 

Now to speak to the question of who I am. I’ve worked with all of these magazines, many of them multiple times. Some of them buy my reprints on a regular basis and some ask me to write original pieces. Some have paid me for the exact same article every few years because it just fits with what they need for a particular season.

 

I’m The Published Parent, I love words, and I most definitely enjoy helping others launch their freelance writing careers while working another job, while raising a family, while homeschooling, while traveling, while grandparenting...you name it.

 

Whew. I get a little excited talking about all of this. Okay, so now a few things you need to know about the 8th edition (2022):

 

1.   The title of this resource has been many things over the years (see below). If you have purchased this resource in the past, rest assured that it is completely different this time around. It contains many more markets, but it does NOT contain the how-to-get-started information. I’ll be working on that in the coming weeks, along with more market books (see the end of this book for what that’s going to look like).



2.   In the past, I have tried my best to only include paying markets in my resources. This edition contains markets which DO NOT pay. Submit at your own discretion after checking out the website, the digital edition, the print edition, etc. Some writers enjoy submitting a free essay here and there for the credit when they are just starting out, some think that’s the dumbest thing they have ever heard of, and this is a topic we can discuss in my Facebook group!


You gotta get this book now and get your freelance writing career going! (use promo code WRITER20 for 20% off now). And the FREE UPDATES are posted here as I get them!




NO LONGER PUBLISHING: Family Circle Magazine

UPDATE: Family Circle Magazine is no longer publishing as of 2019. Please see my PDF instant download, The Mother of All Writing Market Books: 600 Homes for Your Family, Parenting, & Women's Articles, Essays, and More for 600 current markets, as well as 190 other markets that are no longer publishing, as well as FREE updates.


If you would like to submit a story idea for consideration, please look over recent issues to get an idea of our format, columns and topics we have covered in the past. When submitting, please send a double-spaced, typed query along with clips (including one from a national magazine), bio, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Due to the large quantity of submissions we receive, we cannot personally respond to, be responsible for, nor return any unsolicited material. And please, no e-mails or calls.

Submissions can be sent to:
Family Circle Magazine
Articles Department
375 Lexington Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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 resource with 600 markets! (use promo code PPBLOG20 for 20% off) You can order "The Mother of All Writing Market Books" here.



Write for ParentMap Seattle, Eastside Baby, Family Adventure, and Seattle Baby -- Submission Writers Guidelines


Below are the guidelines for ParentMap from my instant PDF download, The Mother of All Writing Market Books! Don't forget to use promo code PPBLOG20 for a nice lil discount!

Location: Seattle, WA

Frequency: monthly

Website: http://parentmap.com

Contact Info: editor@parentmap.com

NO LONGER PUBLISHING: Hopscotch for Girls Magazine

UPDATE: Hopscotch for Girls is no longer publishing. Please see my PDF instant download, The Mother of All Writing Market Books: 600 Homes for Your Family, Parenting, & Women's Articles, Essays, and More for 600 current markets, as well as 190 other markets that are no longer publishing, as well as FREE updates.

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.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

September 2022 Income Report with The Published Parent $1,505

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

My Hopes for You
I hope your writing career is going well. 

I hope you're able to carve out some time to write something that makes your soul happy.

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, blogging, writing parenting magazine articles, and writing/self-publishing books on Amazon and other places. I love love love being able to work and make money at any time of the day or night while wearing whatever I am comfortable in (oh the business suits and heels I used to wear), 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.). 

Still trying to find time to work on projects that are a labor of love for me.


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

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).

3rd Quarter 2022 Work-from-Home #Income Report $2,776

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).

Friday, September 30, 2022

7 Time Management Ideas for Writers at Home



Tonight I was doing random household tasks and thinking about how much writing and proofreading work I still had to do. I thought about all the laundry, dishes, meals, phone calls, errands, and details I handle or take care of every day and how friends and family often express their amazement that I can crank out articles and ebooks while homeschooling my kids.

And it came to me.

We all have the same amount of time every day (see Laura Vanderkam's book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think). The difference is what we prioritize and how we spend our time budget.

Here are 7 tips for fitting it all in: