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Summer Activities for School-Aged Kids

By Melissa Uhles

As a part time work from home mama of a fourth grader, May is when I start making summer plans. School days allow me lots of time to do my writing work. Then June comes along! Summer activities for school-aged kids can be harder to come across than activities for little kids. Around age 10, it starts to feel like tweens are caught in the in between. Even parks in the summer are filled with the under 5 crowd. So what’s a mom to do? 

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Why Freelance Writers Should Blog to Land Clients

This is a guest post by Amy-Lynn Denham

What would say if I told you that you can quickly and easily market yourself as a freelance writer to thousands of potential clients without spending a dime?  Would you believe me? As a freelance writer, you can cash in on a very unique marketing opportunity.

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How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

By Melissa Uhles

My fourth grade son recently had to write a five paragraph essay for the first time. The essay had to include an introductory paragraph and three body paragraphs. The final paragraph needed to have a conclusion that summed up what he discussed in the essay. In solidarity, I decided to challenge myself to do the same assignment and share it with him. If this is your child’s first time writing an essay, let them choose a topic that they love and already know a lot about.

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Freelance Writer

How to Get Started as a Freelance Writer

By Melissa Uhles

Have you thought about becoming a freelance writer but had a hard time figuring out where to start? I can relate. There is so much information out there that when I got started I found it hard to stop reading and start writing. Following are steps that will launch you into a new career path and help you start making some money with your writing.

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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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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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