Sunday, February 15, 2009

Changing Course, Part 2

More on the evolution of my writing career (I almost put career in quotes, but realized that would be self-sabotaging???):

7. Decide I don’t have enough going on with homeschooling and mothering 4 little kids and also that I didn’t give my little reprint enough of a fighting chance and start sending it out like crazy, trying to leave no stone unturned. So far, 3 pubs have said they want it, and I had to re-write it with a local angle for 2.

8. One pub wanted to see what I did for Mother and Child Reunion, so I wrote the series as one article. Sold.

9. Another pub liked it but wanted me to add Freelancing as a job. Sold.

10. Get the bright idea to write something specifically for an upcoming issue. National Library Week is in April, so I pound out a little piece about how great the library is and why you should check it out with your kids. Just submitted a ton of those (55?). One pub wants it so far … no pay. It’s all good.

11. I have tons of sample copies, so why don’t I write something tailored to something larger, like BabyTalk or Parenting or Parents? Well, because it would take a long time, a lot of research and I’m a homeschooling mother of 4?!

12. I realize I could practically take some of my blog posts and turn them into humorous essays and submit them to the ¼ of the parenting pubs that print that sort of thing. Rather than mass-querying, I need to be more aware of what I am sending to each publication. I probably need to collect more sample copies, but that is a job in and of itself.

Also along the way, I became an junkie (even though it’s pretty clear it’s all based on outside viewers clicking on advertising) and keep posting on in the hopes of getting paid someday (still pending; I’ll let you know), AND start a 2nd blog in the hopes of becoming RICH, RICH!!!!!!!!


the said...

Congrats on taking on a writing career along with the homeschooling! I attachment parent also. I have 11 year old twins and a 12 year old and write paranormal fiction.

Good luck with your endeavors.

Thanks for visiting the Blog.

Mary Lindsey said...

Ack! I've no idea why google identified me a "the" in the comment above. :) Let's see if it does it right this time.

Tonya said...

OH my...loved your tale! I am also a homeschooling momma of three. Also feel like I don't have ENOUGH to do, started writing on ehow...then started a website..spent $100 for domain and such so I could "monetize". Started a couple of other blogs, and still looking to add in the residual income. I know about the How long have you been on it?? I am feeling like "HOW MANY BOWLS SHOULD I HAVE MY FINGERS IN?" There are alot of things to do, but which way to go?? I would love to hear more about how you send things to publishers...could be very interesting.