Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Coming soon! The Write Anywhere Series

Coming soon and only available as an instant-download PDF for $5.95!

Curious about the other books in the series?

Book 1: How to Write for Parenting Magazines will be available for $4.95

Book 3: 101 National & Online Parenting Writing Markets will be available for $4.95

Book 4: The Workbook will be available for $5.95

You can get the BUNDLE for just $16.95

Monday, July 20, 2020

My Love-Hate Relationship with Scrivener

I got Scrivener back in the spring when the lockdown was first in effect and was happy with the reasonable price. Everyone raves about this program, so I had to give it a shot.

While I do love how I can organize and move around chapters easily without a ton of scrolling, I hate a few things even more, which are huge time-wasters in my writing career:

  1. I can't make the screen bigger without making the font bigger like you can in, say, an Internet browser when you increase the screen print size.
  2. I can't do a search. At least I could never get it to work, so trying to find one market name in a sea of 230 market names was not possible.
  3. When I export into a Word document so I can do final proofreading, Scrivner has randomly smooshed words together and randomly messed up formatting, which wastes a lot of time. So my text might look like this:

Writer's guidelines canbe found on thewebsite.

And now I understand why books come to me for proofreading this way quite often: because a writer has put their trust in Scrivener and exported, then sent it straight to me.

Monday, July 13, 2020

UPDATES! Writing Market Additions/Updates to 7th Edition (ALWAYS CURRENT)

Coming soon, and it will include all of the updates to date for just $5.95!

*If you bought the paperback book on Amazon, please email me at mommykerrie@yahoo.com and I'll send you the updates that came directly from this post, as well as the PDF below for free!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

2020 Second Quarter Outstanding Work-from-Home Income Report

Writer friends, the McLoughlin household is healthy and happy and ready to head into Q3 2020 (July, August and September) and I wish the same for you!

Second quarter ended well, even though I was also homeschooling, running a household, and my husband started working from home. I also graduated my first fully homeschooled kid, which included a ceremony and a party. I also started working for DoorDash. More on that in the Q3 report, which comes out October 1.

I am still blessed to be able to work from home proofreading, blogging, writing articles, and writing books and to be able to do it in my sweatpants or swimsuit, out on the deck or at the dining room table, at my house or traveling with my kids and husband for his work to places like Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, Chicago, Florida, and more. 

I like to share my income with you to show you that I am a real person with real challenges and successes. No, it is not a full-time income, but I am not aiming for that. I am thankful and grateful that my husband has a good job, and my main job is homeschooling. Words are my part-time job for now. When the kids are grown, I foresee working more hours with my word career and helping to pay for travel and retirement. But that's at least 10 years away :-)

See you back here on October 1st! And if you want to work on Fiverr, please use my referral link!

2Q 2020 INCOME
TOTAL: $5,545

Proofreading: $2,753

Blogging: $2,077

Magazine Articles: $655

Self-published Books: $60

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.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Published Parent/The Kerrie Show Summer Reading Lists 2020

I am a firm believer in the idea that you become a better writer through reading. When I'm deep into a great memoir, I might be doing dishes sometime and start thinking of great ways to write my own life in words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters.

Check out the summer reading list 2020 from my blog I started in 2008, The Kerrie Show. It's quite a hodge podge of genres and authors. Then look for fall and winter reading lists as well!

Let's be Goodreads friends!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

5 Writing Opportunities for Teens

I am kind of partial to teenagers. I have three of my own right now (plus two tweens), as well as another one living with us during the coronavirus situation. I am also kind of partial to writing and always have been, ever since I was a kid. Journal entries turn into magazine articles, short stories, books, and more. 

I also teach Creative Writing to different grades at our local homeschool co-op and have for a few years now. You never know who might be the next Shirley Jackson! (Conversely, is anybody else having a little problem over-buying books during the COVID-19 situation since the libraries are closed?)

Below are 5 writing opportunities for teenagers, with hopefully another post to follow soon with 5 more as I track them down :-)

1. Matador Review
(high school and up)
An “alternative” magazine; purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking, unconventional. They want the controversial, radical, unhinged, bizarre; they want the obsessive, compulsive, pervasive,  combative, and seductive. They believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs.

2. One Teen Story
(ages 13-19)
One Teen Story is looking for great short stories focused on teen protagonists and dealing with teen experience (issues of identity, friendship, family, coming-of-age, etc.).

(all ages)
A magazine that celebrates ecological and cultural diversity. Published 5 times a year, they accept essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, and other creative writing up to 750 words or 30 lines for a poem.

4. Teen Ink
(grades 7-12)
This website, monthly newsprint magazine, and quarterly poetry magazine features personal essays, short stories, reviews (books, CDs, concerts, movies), and interviews from young authors.

5. Teen Voices
(females, ages 13-19)
Teen Voices, the global girls’ online news site of Women's eNews, is looking for girls who are interested in journalism and media to write for it site. All girls 13-19 years old are invited to join its writing staff. Teen Voices also publishes a series by and about girls with physical disabilities, called Girl Fuse. For more information about how to get paid to write, check out the submission guidelines.

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