Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Proofreading Jobs from Home: 20 Places to Get You Started + Income Potential



I have met many writers and published parents who are also passionate about editing and proofreading, so this post is for you! I work primarily on Fiverr, and I have received almost 3,000 positive reviews since I started in 2013. 

Benefits for me include:

* Being able to work from home and homeschool! 

* Being able to pick up and travel with my family and make money while we're away from the house. 

* Not having a boss.

* Not working in a cubicle anymore.

If you want to join Fiverr just to check it out and possibly sign up to do your own proofreading jobs from home, please use my referral code!

Here's what I have come up with so you can also enjoy this kind of lifestyle. The first two services I am not familiar with because I just haven't had the time to dive into them. They are reputable sites that ask for a proofreading test or sample, but I hear competition can be fierce, and I'm not about underbidding my services!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy Mama Publishing/The Published Parent 2020 Income Report

Welcome to my 2020 income report. I love knowing how others are doing in my industry, and I enjoy sharing my own successes and challenges. I hope this inspires you in some way!

Confused about Happy Mama Publishing and The Published Parent? Happy Mama Publishing is my entire at-home or on-the-go business name to include proofreading, articles, my own books, and blogs (and sometimes Door Dashing). The Published Parent is this site with all its writing helps and hacks.

Keep scrolling to see the details of my 2020 income report in a much larger format!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November 2020 Work-at-Home Income Report for The Published Parent: $3,458

The McLoughlin household rocked and rolled in November — and I wish the same for you!

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 from home 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 :-)

And if you are interested in making money working from home by being on the Fiverr platform, please use my referral link! As far as work from home jobs go, this has been one that I have loved since 2013! Check out my November 2020 income below!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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 for about 12 years) advice.


Thursday, November 5, 2020

October 2020 Work-at-Home Income Report for The Published Parent: $2,770

The McLoughlin household rocked and rolled in October — and I wish the same for you!

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 from home 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 :-)

October earnings: $2,770

Proofreading: $1,718

Blogging: $745

Magazine articles: $170

DoorDash: $97

Book sales: $40

If you're interested, this post shows my Third Quarter 2020 Income.


And if you are interested in making money working from home by being on the Fiverr platform, please use my referral link! As far as work from home jobs go, this has been one that I have loved since 2013!

What am I currently working on? Well, I'm working on the Write Anywhere series Book 2 right now and hoping to get it out very soon. Then I'll work on the other books in the series, to include national markets, a how-to stand-alone book, and a workbook (and later, writing markets for teens to break into, as well as women's writing markets). What are you working on?


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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

2020 Third Quarter Kick-Ass Income Report



Writer friends, the McLoughlin household is healthy and happy and ready to head into a prosperous Q4 2020 (October, November, and December) — and I wish the same for you! (October's monthly income is posted now, so check it out!)

Third quarter ended well, even though I was also homeschooling, running a household, joined committee at the homeschool co-op, and my husband was working from home. 

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. 

In fact, we just got back from a lovely 11 days in Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA!

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 January 1st, 2021! And if you want to work on Fiverr, please use my referral link!

QUARTERLY ONLINE INCOME
3Q 2020 INCOME
TOTAL: $5,495

Proofreading: $2,433

Blogging: $1,986

Magazine Articles: $634

Self-published Books: $37

Door Dash: $405

What am I currently working on? Well, I'm working on the Write Anywhere series Book 2 right now and hoping to get it out very soon. Then I'll work on the other books in the series, to include national markets, a how-to stand-alone book, and a workbook. What are you working on?




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.


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 I was surprised and happy about the reasonable price. Many of my favorite writers rave 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 much 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 compile into a Word document so I can do final proofreading, Scrivener 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.

I am also a proofreader on Fiverr and have been since 2013. I used to get so frustrated when book projects would come to me for proofreading as shown above quite often: it's because a writer has put their trust in Scrivener and exported, then sent it straight to me. And when I receive it, it's a formatting nightmare with words smashed together and extra spaces inserted.

If you can overlook these things, give it a go. If you can't, just keep using Microsoft Word like I do. Shrug. I'd love to hear from Scrivener to find out what I'm doing wrong and if this happens to anyone else. 

Update December 2020: I went through the manual and tried many different ways to compile my book into a document that was how it should be (including hyperlinks). Doing "Custom" then choosing the "Times 12 pt" option from above and the "RTF" format from below worked the best, but there were still the smooshed words and missing periods and extra spaces in every single file I compiled, no matter how I compiled it. I went back to the original Scrivener document to see if the mistake originated with me, but nope. GLITCH.

Update: I got this in my email inbox recently so I'll definitely let them know what I like and don't like. I'm truly hoping these are easy fixes for a programmer and that I can go back to Scrivener with open arms and lots of writing ideas!



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!

QUARTERLY ONLINE INCOME
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!