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.
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