What Regional Parenting Publications Will & Won’t Do For Your Career

by @thewritermama on September 12, 2013

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I love writing for regional parenting magazines and, just as I describe in my latest e-book, Write For Regional Parenting Publications For Fun & Profit, I do it for both the pleasure and the money.

However, writing for regional parenting magazines is not meant to be a final destination for writers. Indeed, writing for regional parenting publications is a great stepping stone for an unpublished writer, who is looking for those first clips.

Regional parenting publications are great targets for stay-at-home mom writers just getting started or getting back into freelance writing.

But let’s be clear about what RPPs will and won’t do for your career. Writing for regional parenting publications will:

  • Give you goals you can set and hit
  • Help you find article and essay ideas right in your everyday life
  • Give you great practice improving your writing to the point where it becomes publishable (since you won’t get published until it is)
  • Boost your confidence by seeing your byline in print and online
  • Boost your sense of professionalism as you master what it takes to write articles that regularly get published
  • Help you feel like you have gotten off to a solid start as a professional writer
  • Help you find niche topics you wish to explore further in the future

Writing for regional parenting publications won’t:

  • Transform you from a totally unknown wannabe to a household name (except perhaps in the communities where you are published)
  • Earn you an income that would replace a day job (unless you write a very high volume of articles each month)
  • Teach you all the professional writing skills there are to learn (like querying and book writing, for example)
  • Take you from literary zero to literary hero in any way, shape or form

Considering what writing for regional parenting publications can do for you as a professional stepping stone—I think learning how makes sense for most parenting writers.

Regional parenting publication articles are written one at a time and accumulate over time. Once you have been writing them for a few years, you will likely see an increase in the number of pieces you have published each month.

What I know for sure is this: when you pair writing for RPPs with a reasonable attitude and a willingness to learn and grow in a writing career, you might be amazed how much learning, growing and publishing you can achieve.

Learn more about my new e-book, Write For Regional Parenting Publications For Fun & Profit. Now available in every digital format available!

Work with me directly and improve your chances of success. Writing & Publishing the Short Stuff begins October 9th.

Veterans of this class can join my five-month Dream Teams. Next one starts January 1st.

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