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 


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!"

You might also say, "I could do better than that!" and then I would reply, "Be my guest! Write on, friend, and I wish you success!" Please feel free to share with me in the comment section about your successes! I'd love to visit your links and author pages! I love to follow and like all over social media!

Here are the article titles and links and I'll update them as I improve my record-keeping from days of old and sell more:

Benefits of Sending Teens to Camp, written in 2016, $798 with 24 sales as of March 2019, including one I had pitched to for 12 years and had never been published by! (update: this keeps selling!)

Homeschooling 101, (link goes to BC Parent), $602

Birthday Party Etiquette, written in 2013 (link goes to Westchester Family), $515

Pregnancy Sleep Disruption Solutions, written in 2009 when I was pregnant with my 5th child (link goes to Palm Beach Parenting), $533

10 Meaningful Birthday Traditions, written in 2011 (link goes to Black Hills Parent), $638

8 Tips for Holiday Sanity, written in 2009 (link goes to Playground), $954

Conquer Kid Clutter, written in 2010 (link goes to Hudson Valley Parent), $530

Forming Friendships from Toddler to Teen, written in 2010 (link goes to Kansas City Parent), $564

I've written over 100 articles and continue to write more. Some have made over $500 in reprint sales and are still selling. I still get checks from articles I wrote 10 years ago!

So how can you this thing where you make money by recycling articles?
  1. Come up with an idea.
  2. Do some research, get some links, get some personal quotes if the piece needs them.
  3. Write the rough draft of the piece.
  4. Sit on the piece for a while then come back to it for editing.
  5. Send the piece to all the markets in my book and do so with prayers and good vibes. You may go another route and send your piece first to the national magazines that pay extremely well (also in my book), and then revamp them later for the regionals. You could make double what I make!
  6. ****Send out your reprint list every couple of months, and season-specific pieces when needed. If it's a holiday piece, for instance, resend it again in a year around back-to-school time. If you have a bunch of birthday pieces, send them all in one email to all the editors on my list and say, "Hey, here are my birthday pieces for you to check out. Hope you can use one or all of them ;-) Please let me know if you would like to use one of them because I want to make sure I maintain market exclusivity where needed." 
  7. Check out other markets that take reprints other than the regional parenting magazines. I have so many markets in the book ... so many to try and your piece has to fit in with at least one of them! Some of the nationals and onlines take reprints and I specify that in the book.

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 order "The Mother of All Writing Market Books" here.

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