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surviving dining out with your toddler

Surviving Dining out with Toddlers

This is a guest post is by Judith Klein Rich of the Eaty Pie Blog.

“Do you want to meet for dinner?” asks your carefree (aka child-free) friend who checks out a new restaurant as often as you dine in. While there’s nothing more that you’d want to do, the dreaded thought of your rambunctious toddler causing havoc makes you cringe at the prospect. 

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How to Make an Audibook with ACX

How to Publish Your Audiobook with ACX

By Melissa Uhles

I never could have imagined that my self-published YA novel Falling would be out in both ebook, paperback and audiobook formats. I had no idea where to start and imagined it would cost way too much to produce an audiobook.

After listing to some podcasts on the subject, I learned that ACX, an Amazon company, allows you to create an audiobook using a royalty share arrangement. Once your audiobook is complete, it becomes available for sale on Audible/Amazon and Apple.

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Are you looking for ways to make money writing? You have to check out these smart ways to turn your writing side hustle into a bustling writing career. #writingjobs #writingcareers @penandparent.com

8 Simple Ways to Make Money with Your Writing

So you think you have a hidden Jane Austen within you? You can romanticize the simplest of statements, and written words are your forte! Well then, what’s stopping you from following a writing career? Oh yeah, real life commitments.

Turns out that Jane, as much of a literature prodigy as she was, never really got married or had any children. She could dedicate all of her days and nights to writing, as she precisely did, touching people’s hearts as such.

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10 YA Books with all the feels

10 YA/Teen Books with All the Feels

If you like reading a YA book with “all the feels”, this post is for you!

This summer, I decided to attempt writing a YA book even though I’d never written in that genre before.
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How I Became A Self Published YA Author

How I Became a Self-Published YA Author

This is a guest post by Daphne James Huff

When I started self-publishing in early 2017, I had a plan. It was not to become a self-published YA author. Well, to be fair, not when I first started, but within a few months of hitting publish for the first time, I had learned what I needed to do. I needed a series and I needed to do it fast, if I wanted to make any money.

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Writing tips from a grandman

5 Seriously Awesome Writing Tips from a Grandma

This is a guest post by Kristi Veitenheimer


From the time I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a writer. Fast forward to adulthood. I got married, taught elementary school, had two kids, and forgot the dream.

Until recently.

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Are you looking for great books to read this fall? Then you have to check out my book club roundup. I've included five books I know you'll love reading. Perfect fall reading! Discover them now! @penandparent.com

Book Club Roundup: 5 Books You’ll Love

By Melissa Uhles

Are you in a book club? If so, good news! I plan to regularly let you know about books I think you’ll love. Now you can share this list with your book club, start your own book club or just read these books by yourself.

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mom friends

The Secret to Making Close Mom Friends

Guest post by Monique Solomon

Adult friendships can be difficult to start, especially when you need mom friends with similar interests and kids around the same age. This is further heightened for stay at home moms who aren't thrust into many social situations outside of the occasional play-date. 

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Do you want to know how to Write a Query Letter to Get Your Manuscript in the Hands of the Right Agent. One woman's story of her query letter misadventures. | submitting query letters |#writingtips #getanagent | query letter tips | novel writing tips @penandparent.com

7 Writing Tips for Submitting Query Letters

This is a guest post by author Autumn Lindsey.

It’s been a little over six months since I started down the rabbit hole to Queryland and I have learned SO much. So, I thought I’d share a little about what I’ve learned about writing and submitting query letters so you can avoid some of the mistakes I have made.

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my picture book failure

My Big Fat Picture Book Failure

By Melissa Uhles

It’s easy to share our successes with the world but harder to share stories of failure. Today I’m sharing my picture book failure so that you know you are not alone if you’ve tried and failed at something. Writing is one of those aspirations that can require a thick skin and will involve some tolerance of rejection.

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