Friday, February 13, 2009

Changing Course

To recap, here’s the evolution of me as a writer (done in two parts, so as not to put you to sleep):

1. Submit series on how to make money with your kid on your hip to Mother and Child Reunion. Submit 4 articles, see them only online (which is great), am too chicken to ask for money. They are still online, 4 years later, and I never asked for money. I consider it a writing credit.

2. Submit article on stocking your pantry and freezer with meals to save time, money and sanity to Kansas City Parent. It runs in the January 2007 issue, I make $25 and am ecstatic.

3. Submit essay to New Beginnings (La Leche League’s magazine) on how much I love having my kids nap on me. It runs in the March/April 2007 issue, I get 2 free copies and am ecstatic again.

4. I stumble upon an article online about selling reprints and start trying to pimp out my Stock-up-Mentality article. I make many mistakes (no SASE, for one, and never checking my e-mail box is another), receive one kind rejection, and don’t hear from anyone else.

5. Get fired up about kids and fundraising, pound out a piece, submit it to my local newspaper and see it in print 6 months later. Pay = the satisfaction of my family knowing I can sort-of write.

6. Start blog in July of 2008 to get the writing juices flowing and get some ideas down. Start writing blog a few months later to chronicle the fun.

Come back in 2 measly days (or sign up for my e-mail version so you don’t have to remember) to find out the exciting conclusion of this fascinating story …


Darling Nikki said...

I am waiting on pins and needles!

Monkey's Mama said...

How exciting that you've been published. remember you have to walk before you learn to fly and sounds like your off to a runny start. WTG! thanks for Joining my blog. :)

Jen said...

Nice blog! You remind me of my own mom, who's currently trying to make decent money off of writing online articles. I'll definitely be back. Luck on everything.


Lady Glamis said...

I look forward to more of your post!

AlpHa Buttonpusher said...

5 kids under the age of 8...*bows*
I'll be back :)