Hey everyone from a writing WAHM!

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Hey everyone from a writing WAHM!
Fri, 05-02-2003 - 11:13pm
Well many days I just feel like a SAHM, so I thought I'd come here and post. I've been seriously writing since I was fifteen, but only in the last year have I been seriously trying to get published. I currently have one short story that I've sent to an editor (waiting response) and working on a novel and a short story. I hope one day to get at least one short story a month published, to be bringing in money with my writing. I hope coming to this board came remind me that I am working, even on those days that I'm more time as a mom lol.


Love and Light, Joelle

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 6:41am
Hi Joelle,

Beautiful name! Welcome, glad you found us! Keep us posted about getting published! That sounds very exciting!


Amie Choiniere
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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 8:22am

Boy, do I know what you mean! It's tough - but well worth it. I started to seriously pursue writing as a way to bring in some extra income (my first incarnation was as a staff writer in the financial services industry) about a year ago. I do non-fiction - mostly website content and e-newsletters at this point, although I would love to eventually break into tthe national magazine market (wouldn't everyone?!) It's been tough going- I thing I made a little over $1000 last year! This year, I have 5 assignments for a trade magazine, two newsletters (one monthly, the other bi-weekly) and assorted other things. According to my projections, I should break $10,000 this year. Considering I only really work about 5 hours a day, I can't complain.

I think the hardest part is trying to treat this as a real job. In my case, my daughter is in school and my son (not quite 2) goes to a caregiver 5 hours a day so I can focus somewhat on the task at hand. But, there are so many times when the intended plan just doesn't work out. For instance, my daughter doesn't have school today - there are conferences. So, I told her that I have some work I need to get done and she needs to occupy herself for a little while. Once I'm done, we'll go out and do something fun. As a result, I'll only get about two hours of work in today, but I guess it's better than none. I have to keep reminding myself that this is exactly the reason why I chose this path - I want to be able to bring in some money, but not have to panic everytime there is no school or one of the kids are sick.

Hang in there. If I've learned anything over this lastyear, it's that it takes time. Savor the small victories - the big ones will come in their own time.


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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 10:40am
Hi, Joelle & welcome! :)

Michelle, fantastic advice! Thank you from another WAH writer.