Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Who is Kerrie?

Mom. Wife. Homeschooler. Catholic convert. Writer. Teacher. Proofreader. Editor. Author. Traveler. Fun-lover.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1971, Kerrie McLoughlin believes that faith, family, and friends are the most important things in life.

Kerrie is living out her childhood dreams in a suburb of Kansas City of being a wife (to Aron since 1998), a mother (five fab kids), a teacher (homeschooling K-12 + teaching at co-op), and a writer/proofreader (blogs, books, and parenting magazine articles).

In May of 2020, she graduated her first homeschooled-all-the-way-through kid. She grew up loving writing and has written for over 180 regional parenting magazines since 2009. 

Kerrie is the author of The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook and also The Mother of All Writing Market Books: 600 Homes for Your Family, Parenting, and Women's Articles, Essays, and More.

If you can't get enough Kerrie, her humorous life blog is at TheKerrieShow.com, and she spends quite a bit of time over at The Published Parent writing about the life of a work-at-home writer mom. She also blogs at Homeschooling Mommybot and attempts to cook and bake at Kerrie the Kitchen Queen.

You can reach Kerrie via email at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com.

Below is a Q&A you can use on your own site to help promote "Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids: The Ultimate Guide for Selling Your Stories to Parenting Magazines."

How long have you had your business?
Since late in 2009, when I was pregnant with my 5th child.

What led you to pursue it?  
I've always loved writing, and once I hit a certain point in being a mother I realized I had much to say and much advice to give! Also, it's the perfect thing for an attachment parenting mama to do ... nursing while typing is no problem! Plus, I now homeschool, so I can be with my kids and write.

Are you full-time or part-time? 
Part-time until all my kids are grown, but lately I am able to find more time while they sleep late in the mornings before we start our homeschool day! Also, I write more in the summertime. 

How do you market your business?
The typical social media outlets: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, various blogs.

What is your favorite part of the business?
Too many favorites! It's portable and I can do it on my own time and do as much or as little as I want or am able to do. I love being able to homeschool the kids while being with my traveling-for-work husband sometimes.

What one question do you get most from people about your business?
How much money can you make? So I put that monthly on my blog, The Published Parent.  I'm very honest. I started getting really serious in April of 2013, then made about $1,300 in May. Check it out. I also list my sources of income with links so you can do what I do if you so desire! Some months I make over $2,000, but that's usually in the summer when I'm not homeschooling.

What one myth or misconception do you want to dispel about the work you do?
That you can't make good money as a writer. If you have many balls in the air, and you are organized, you can do it!

What advice do you have for others who want to get into a similar opportunity?
Keep at it and don't get discouraged and don't worry about rejection ... keep moving forward. If you have multiple queries and writing opportunities and ebooks in the works and are writing every day, you will get better and you will sell work. And please don't languish in the content mills! You are worth more money than that!

What is the first step?
If you want to write for regional parenting magazines for clips and money then work your way up to nationals like ParentsWorking Mother, and the like, get my bookJust get your stuff out there. There are so many different ways to freelance! For instance, my regional parenting work led to writing a marketing manual for an editor who had another business. It also led to Contently.com, where I wrote great-paying blog posts for companies for a short time and Scripted.com.

Write on, and Kerrie on 💗