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My surprising love affair with China. The Bund, Shanghai!

My Surprising Love Affair with China

Most people become inundated with negative images and reports of China. We have this idea that China doesn’t care about people, intellectual property and wants world dominance. The American fight with China is much like the cold war with the Soviet Union. Now instead of a wall dividing East and West Germany, we have a virtual fence fortified with trade wars and human rights violations. So when a fellow teacher and friend told me he was moving to Shanghai to teach English, I thought, “Why would you ever go there?” 

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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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How to Save Money Each Month

How to Seriously Save Money Each Month

Parents and writers are always looking for how to save money every month. But it can be hard to find ways to save the extra pennies. In fact, when I have extra change I worry that my kids might swallow it. So when I learned about a killer app that takes your spare change and invests it for you, I was curious.

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Working Mom's Routine with Toddlers

Daily Schedule for a Working Mom’s Routine with Toddlers

As a working mom finding the right routine for taking care of toddlers can be tough. By the time you pick them up from daycare or preschool they’ve had a full day and so have you. But I’ve learned some tricks that make my working mom routine with toddlers easier.

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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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Hey mama, are you looking for a working mom's travel packing list for toddlers? As a mom raising two under three, I was too! I researched the most popular articles to compile an ultimate guide to the best travel tips for kids, and I want to share it with you. Comes with a travel list free printable! #traveltoddlertips | travel packing list tips | plane travel tips @penandparent.com

The Ultimate Travel Packing List for Toddlers

As a mom of two under three and about to embark on a vacation that included planes and automobiles, I needed an ultimate packing list. Nothing’s worse than being trapped with kiddos without travel essentials and activities. This began my search for the best working mom’s travel packing list for toddlers.

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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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