Tuesday, January 24, 2023

My Journey to Writing for Parenting Magazines

 


I think it’s important to record how you started doing something you are very passionate about, so I’m going to share my writer story here. Keep in mind I didn’t have Internet access at my house until roughly 2013, so my early career was spent researching and submitting at the library, at my mom’s house, my dad’s house, friends’ houses, my husband’s workplace, etc. I was determined and I had a fire in my belly!

I always thought of myself as a writer growing up, but I didn’t think I was that great at it…nothing special. I got good grades in English and Creative Writing classes in school and even wrote some decent papers during my community college years. I was always observing, journaling, and venting on paper. Interesting things happened to me, as well as experiences that would have served as great warning stories for others, but I didn’t know how to craft them into something people would want to read.

I had three kids when I started writing for money and was a 35-year-old stay-at-home mom with a husband who traveled frequently for work, sometimes for weeks at a time. I loved being a mom more than anything in the world, and I also loved recording every thought in my head while I held my nursing baby during her naptime and her big brothers watched PBS cartoons and Baby Einstein videos on TV nearby. Trying to not let Caillou’s whining and Dora the Explorer suck out all my brain cells was a top priority back then.

We had a little paper in my city called Mother and Child Reunion that was a little bit like a regional parenting magazine (RPM) only smaller and more like a little newspaper. I always found helpful parenting articles in it each month and wondered if I could offer them something of value. In 2006, I submitted a series on how to make money with your kid on your hip. They were only used online, and I was too chicken to ask for money. I was just happy to have a writing credit, any writing credit.

Next, I went after my local RPM which I had been reading for a long time, Kansas City Parent. I had whipped up a piece about meal planning and stocking up on groceries to save time and money and sent it off. “Stock-up Mentality” ran in the January 2007 issue, I received a $25 check, and I was on top of the world. One mistake I made was that I wrote the article out of annoyance with a friend. The friend went to the grocery store daily for meal ingredients, and I thought she was nuts. I could not imagine dragging my own kids to the store daily, and I thought I was a pretty superior human being for buying two weeks’ worth of groceries at a time, and I had also started trying out the Once-a-Month Cooking Cookbook concept, although I could only handle meal-prepping for two weeks at a time and, honestly, I only did that once.

The key takeaway from this is never to write an article out of snark. Predictably, it damaged the friendship, plus this friend had a blog where she blasted me.

After shaking off that bittersweet experience (yay for selling an article locally and making money, but boo for pissing off a friend and looking petty in the process), it was time to tackle New Beginnings (La Leche League’s magazine). I sent off an essay on how much I loved having my kids nap on me after they would fall asleep breastfeeding. It ran in the March/April 2007 issue, I got two free copies of the magazine, and I was ecstatic once again. 

And I had a grand total of $25 for three writing credits. That was NOT going to pay for braces or groceries. 

I stumbled upon an article online about selling reprints and started trying to send out my “Stock-up Mentality” article. I made many submission mistakes, received one kind rejection, and didn’t hear from anyone else. 

After that, I got fired up about kids and fundraising, pounded out a piece, submitted it to my local newspaper, The Kansas City Star, and saw it in print six months later, in January 2008. The pay was the satisfaction of my family knowing I could write and hearing my name on a local radio station when the host agreed with my stance. (I later turned this piece into two articles for the RPMs which were very popular: Rock Your Next Fundraiser and Fundraising Life Lessons Learned, as well as a hybrid of the op-ed and one of the articles, titled Fundraiser Fallout.)

My Writing Career Statistics About a Year into the Game:

Ø  One unpaid money-making series in a little local parenting newspaper

Ø  One $25 article about stocking up on meals in my local parenting magazine

Ø  Two free copies of an international magazine where my piece on breastfeeding appeared

Ø  One opinion piece published in my local newspaper

Ø  One writing fire still burning in my belly

Meh. Time to head back to the regionals, I told myself, because I loved writing articles, had a million ideas, and decided I should be writing for an income. I enjoyed some success with various magazines (reworked the Mother and Child Reunion series into one article and a few places bought it, such as Columbus Parent) and I also continued to collect contact information and writers’ guidelines for markets all over the United States.

Then I got pregnant with my fifth child in 2009 and thought it might help other writers to learn from my mistakes and to have the list of markets, writers’ guidelines, and pay information I had compiled for myself. So I headed into the land of ebooks while also continuing to submit parenting magazine articles and doing some other things on the side, like blogging, writing for Contently and Scripted, and proofreading on Fiverr and Scripted.

In the summer of 2010, I felt frazzled and stressed out about expectations that were being put on my family of seven to be in several places at once on Christmas morning that year, I wrote 8 Tips for Holiday Sanity (also known as Dreaming of a Peaceful Holiday). I have since earned over $1,000 from this one article, selling it as a reprint all over the United States. 

I gained momentum and confidence and started penning informational pieces about topics that were on my mind, such as: 

The natural progression of that included being asked to write pieces on assignment about things I had to research because I had no personal experience with the topics. These included Co-Parenting Best Practices, Kindergarten Separation Anxiety, and Picky Eaters. 

In early 2022, one of our local news stations, Fox4 News, contacted me via Instagram to do a remote interview to talk about one of my articles they’d seen in Kansas City Parent about busting indoor boredom in the winter. 

These days, I’m still writing blog posts, parenting articles, and books, as well as proofreading. I’d love to do more TV spots (maybe in person this time!) and can see myself diversifying my income even more by branching out into writing teaching materials for TeachersPayTeachers, designing creative materials for my Etsy shop, and doing speaking engagements to talk about many different topics.

Writing for parenting magazines can be a springboard for so many other things, and you can continue to do it while you venture into other adventures!

If you're interested in starting, check out my book with over 600 markets!

Friday, January 20, 2023

UPDATED Chicken Soup for the Soul Writing Opportunities and Submission Guidelines


Chicken Soup for the Soul
 has an astounding collection of inspiring books! I remember about 15 years ago when I got the one for mothers for Mother's Day and I still have it, all Post-It noted and highlighted! Click here to check out their possible upcoming books, which you can contribute to! They update it all the time as they publish more and come up with more ideas! 

Here are some of their upcoming books which are going to be published. 


Did you know that you can write one article and sell it again for money to dozens of different magazines all over the world? And yes, the editors know we are doing this. It’s not a secret, just something that's not very well known. Check out my resource with 600 markets! (use promo code PPBLOG20 for 20% off) You can grab the instant download here!

Sunday, January 15, 2023

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

UPDATES to "The Mother of All Writing Market Books"

Last updated 1/15/23

For this post to make sense, you're going to need to get this resource at some point: 


I created this post because the publishing industry changes FAST.

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 printing its final issue. 

Or maybe send a reprint as a simultaneous submission to 100 regional parenting magazines and a couple of the emails bounce back.

Now what?

You bookmark this tab and come back periodically (maybe set a reminder on your Google Calendar?) This is where you'll find updates to the 8th edition of my parenting, family, and women's writing markets book—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!

Updated Information in Date Order (Newest First)

1/15/23 I've found more new markets, bringing the total of markets to 608, but instead of entering them all here, I'm frantically working on getting Version 2.0 of the 8th edition out, and it's at least double the size. It will include submission guidelines in full instead of just links to them, appendices to include sample cover and query letters, a sample reprint list, and more, and an entire section at the front teaching you how to break into this market.

1/4/23 Found market: Sarcastic Mommy

1/1/23 City Parent Canada was missing an email address in the first edition: editorial@mediaclassified.ca

1/1/23 Found markets: Bitch Magazine (went back to check for more information and now the link is being worked on), Ms. Magazine, Money Pantry (not accepting new submissions currently)


12/26/22 As I was updating the book to insert actual writers' guidelines instead of just links, I found that the guest posting link for The Points Guy is a dead link and there's no info on guest posting for this site. I'll revisit as I find out more.

12/3/22 Message received from Western New York FamilyYou are receiving this email because at some time, past or present, you have submitted freelance articles to Western New York Family. Please be sure to read the announcement below. Additionally, it is important to note that I still very much want to receive your submissions. I will remain editor for the next year and we are trying very hard to keep WNY Family alive, not only financially, but with its usual excellent content. If you wish to be taken off my list because you are no longer writing, please let me know via return email.

12/3/12 Writer beware: A writer in the FB group shared this post: Long-Standing Payment Problems at Cricket Media

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.

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

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.

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

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

10/15/22: Writing opportunity: 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.

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)

Found marketIdaho Family Magazine — Email is editorgaye@gmail.com. 

Found marketKern 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.

Found marketUltimate 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. 

Deceased marketSuburban 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!

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

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Writing for Regional Parenting Magazines and Selling Reprints: My 182+ Publishing Credits


Do you want to write parenting and family articles and get paid to do so? I know there are a lot of parents out there doing the job every day, thinking, "I should write about this. I wonder if others struggle with this. I could help someone with my story or with a researched article about this topic. I could learn some cool things in the process of helping others and making money!"

I had those same thoughts back in 2005-ish when I had my third baby and was in the trenches of the parenting battlefield. I cracked open my local parenting magazine after snagging it at the local children's consignment shop, sent something to them about stocking up on meals instead of going grocery shopping daily, and I made a fast 25 bucks.

Then I wondered if I could maybe send the same piece to other magazines in other cities. Did they only want local content or would they take my little evergreen piece?

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Editors Don't Care Where You Live: Get Published and Get Paid Selling Reprints to Parenting Magazines


In 2006 or so, I started writing for regional parenting magazines. The success I've had since has been amazing! Here's what happened ...
  1. I could not comprehend something a friend was doing (grocery shopping daily with small kids).  At that time I had 3 small kids of my own and had to stock up on food because grocery shopping with my kids while my husband was out of town quite frankly sucked.
  2. I wrote out my thoughts (I'm a huge journaler) and they eventually turned into something resembling what I had seen in my local parenting magazine, Kansas City Parent.
  3. I emailed my piece to KC Parent and they bought it for $25. I was thrilled! I was PUBLISHED and PAID!
  4. Then I realized these magazines must be everywhere. I had traveled a little and had seen similar magazines with similar articles.
  5. I didn't have internet at home, so I started to head to the library with or without small children whenever I could and borrowed the internet of friends during playdates. I searched online for other magazines in other cities and started emailing them my pieces.
  6. I started selling articles!
  7. I started writing more articles, usually based on things that I felt passionately about. My best-selling piece, Christmas Sanity (goes by several different titles at this point), sold close to $1,000 in reprints and is still selling (click link to see the others that have sold over $500 in reprints so far). It was written out of my struggle with continuing to travel for Christmas to see extended family on Christmas Day or stay home with my own little family.
  8. I figured other writers might want to know what I had found out, so I wrote a book in 2009 about how to get published in regional parenting magazines NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE and sell each article as a REPRINT again and again. I compiled information from dozens of magazines in one spot to help myself with the submissions process.
This book has been compared to Writer's Market, only if you pick up a copy of that resource you'll see they only have a HANDFUL of parenting markets. I have dozens upon dozens of regional, national and online parenting and family markets!

I have updated my book almost annually and now I have over 180 publishing credits under my belt (list is here so you can check it out) and am still writing. It's a great business to be in because I can take a long break to do proofreading projects or write books or work on my direct sales businesses and then always come back to it. Even without writing any new pieces for many months, my reprints keep selling.

If you aren't sure yet, join my Facebook group! I never want to try to sell you something you don't need, so join in the group and check it out first! And happy writing!

Monday, December 26, 2022

Write for Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine -- Submission Writers Guidelines

*As of July 2020, there is not a print version of this magazine

Freelance Writers
We’re glad you’re interested in the prospect of working with Pregnancy & Newborn magazine—we’re always looking to add to our pool of writers and are currently accepting freelance submissions! Please read and follow the guidelines below so you can query us effectively and we can respond efficiently.

First, familiarize yourself with Pregnancy & Newborn both in print and online. Our targeted audience is comprised of women who are expecting or have a child under the age of 1. We strive to provide insightful, informative articles that discuss all things pregnancy- and baby-related in a casual, conversational, girlfriend-to-girlfriend manner. As a national magazine, we cover topics that are relevant to pregnant and new moms across the country.


Each month, we print articles that fit into the following categories: prenatal health, prenatal nutrition, emotional well-being, labor & delivery, infant care and parenting. Examples of topics that might be of interest include, but are not limited to, baby’s development month by month, alternative pain relief during labor, choosing a name for baby, healthy snacks for hungry moms-to-be, postpartum depression, maternity leave, finding childcare, vaccinations, raising a bilingual baby and more. We’re always looking for new and creative story ideas—please send yours our way!

We prefer to receive queries via email; you may direct them to editor@pnmag.com. Please send a detailed description of your proposed article, including topics you’ll discuss, experts you’ll interview, and sidebars you’ll provide. Department articles are typically 750 to 1,000 words plus 2 sidebars; feature articles are usually 1,750 to 2,000 plus 4 to 5 sidebars. Keep in mind that we generally work under a 4- to 6-month lead time.

We appreciate it when you include clips of your previously published articles. It’s always nice to see the work you’ve done in the past.

Please be patient as you wait for our response. Oftentimes we may not have a spot for your story immediately, but will file it away to have on hand when an opportunity arises—and rest assured that when one does, we'll be in touch!

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).

Thursday, November 3, 2022

October 2022 Work-from-Home #IncomeReport

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!