Thursday, January 11, 2018

An Icy Day to Work on "Make Money to Write About Your Kids" 7th Edition

Today in Peculiar, MO it's in the 20s and icy and windy. Schools are cancelling and the huge trash company called it quits for the day. My eye doctor's office closed for the day, so my son and I will reschedule. I wasn't going to go anyway ... my huge van doesn't do so well on icy roads. My husband works a good half hour from home, and I wonder how long it will take him to drive home in this weather.

The last update of the book came out in March of 2015, and I always planned to do an update every year, but it didn't work out that way. Now I am sitting on close to 100 updates, and that is frustrating to those who want to purchase the latest edition without having to sleuth out all the changes. I do post all updates on this site to each edition, but it's still a lot of work for someone to go through them all and write in changes in their print book.

So I finally stopped procrastinating. I stopped telling myself I had to get every piece of paper in my home organized before I could start on this project. I stopped telling myself I needed special pens and notebooks to complete the project. I found two blank spiral notebooks to log every single market, pass or fail, and here we go. I have about 339 markets to check with the hope of hitting 300 PAYING markets for inclusion in the book.

Yes, we are still homeschooling today. My oldest son, who is 16, will get a fire going and we'll make cookies and have hot chocolate after lunch. I'll read books to the kids in front of the fire, help them with math, and then put on a movie (we never do that on regular homeschool days). During the movie I plan to research markets.

I hope you have an amazing and productive writing day!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Income and 2018 Goals #Proofreading #Writing #Blogging

I don't know about you, but I love to know how much money other people are making, especially when they are working doing the same things I am doing. I am also a sucker for goals. I love to read the goals of others and find out how they did.

I'm not going to tease you ... here was my 2017 income and below that you can find my 2018 goals. You can check out THIS POST for my 2016 income.


Proofreading: $11,000
Articles: $5,000
Blogging: $3,000
Books: $1,000

Not quite. In 2017 I was teaching a teen to drive and at the same time schlepping him and his siblings around town more than ever. Also, we moved. I underestimated how much time it would take to get our previous home ready and how often I would be kicked out of that house for it to be shown to prospective buyers. Then we went on vacation, packed within a week and moved to the country. Lots of paperwork involved, and then the 4 acres next to us became available (bidding war) and that was more paperwork and communication and stress that drove me to bed with Netflix instead of to my laptop.


I am going big this year. My income goal for 2018 is $36,000. Or an average of $3,000 per month.

Proofreading: $12,000
Articles: $6,000
Blogging: $12,000
Books: $6,000

How am I going to do it?

  • Keep myself available and ready to work at all times as far as proofreading and blogging. 
  • Another key is I plan to lose some weight and cut some sugar, as well as drink more water, giving me more energy at night, when the kids are having their screen time and I am normally wanting to just be a brainless slug.
  • I plan to write an original article per month, keep my reprint list in circulation using my Google calendar, and branch out to the nationals by sending one query per month.
  • I also plan to finish the 7th edition of my book and move on to another book I've been dying to finish.

It's a tall order while I'm also homeschooling, teaching another teen to drive, and have a husband heading overseas, but you have to have goals! And I like to make them large!

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