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B U S Y   F R E E L A N C E R

January 1, 2002      Volume 1 Issue 1


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>>>> Interview: Kathryn Lay

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Happy New Year and WELCOME to the premiere issue of Busy
Freelancer; the monthly e-zine for freelancing parents. My
goal is to bring you inspiration, information and resources
to help you achieve the level of success you desire.

Now that the new year is here, have you given much thought
to your goals for 2002?

Sixteen years ago I started writing professionally. During
the first few years I never formally planned out my
upcoming years writing activities. I simply carried over my
current projects, submitted new material along the way and
mentally kept note of what I wanted to accomplish.

One December many years ago, I decided to create a plan for
the New Year. After starting this ritual I noticed my
productivity skyrocket. I was able to pace myself and not
only meet my goals but exceed them.

During my recent goal-planning session I mapped out how many
submissions I want to make, how many pieces I want published
and how much money I'd like to earn. I also scheduled in
larger projects, such as a new book and how I plan to market
my current book "Living Miracles: Stories of Hope from
Parents of Premature Babies".

If you are not a 'planner' I encourage you to give it a try.
Your New Years plan can be as simple or detailed as you
like. The important fact is that you create a plan that
works for you.

I wish you much success, health and prosperity in 2002.

Kim Wilson, editor



What are your writing goals for 2002?

Send your answers to:


and they'll be published in next month's issue.



KATHRYN LAY: Setting Goals and Making Success Happen

Kathryn Lay, a homeschooling mom and full-time freelance
writer understands the importance of balancing her personal
and professional life. She also realizes being organized is
a key to success. Her work has appeared in Woman's Day,
Woman's World, Guideposts, Chicken Soup books, Chocolate
For Women and God Allows U-Turns.

"I've just sold my 608th piece, which includes 65 short
stories, 24 pieces in anthologies, 2 picture books, and 507
nonfiction pieces," states Lay. "I've also won 103 writing
awards, 72 with cash prizes."

Busy Freelancer: When you started your writing career how
did you persuade your family and friends to take you
seriously and realize you do work from home?

Kathryn Lay: My husband has always taken me seriously. For
four years, I worked a full-time job outside the home and
wrote at work, evenings, and weekends. When my daughter came
along, I began writing full-time, as much as possible.

My family and friends have always known my passion and
desire to write, but when I'm home, they generally expect
me to be available. Because I homeschool AND write, I'm
doubly aware of my limited time and double unavailability.

I have caller I.D. and an answering machine. If I'm
writing or schooling, I check first before answering or
calling back. If it's an editor, I answer. If it's family or
friends, unless it's an important question for that moment,
I wait. By now, they expect it and are surprised when I
answer the phone.

BF: Please describe your typical day.

KL: Up at 6:00 a.m. Check e-mail. Take husband to work.
7:30-9:00: Write and market.
9:00-11:00: Homeschool.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch, run errands, more writing
and marketing and checking e-mail.
1:00-2:00 or 3:00: Finish homeschooling.
3:00-4:00: Market my writing.
4:30: Pick up husband.

Generally, I'll try to do more writing and/or marketing
after my daughter goes to bed, for an hour. I also run to
the computer and check e-mail, write or market while my
daughter is doing worksheets or reading.

I go to a 5-hour writer's critique meeting once a week and a
large writer's group meeting one Saturday a month. I also
teach 2 online classes throughout the year, so I have to use
some of my writing time to send lessons and answer

BF: Many writers become distracted during their dedicated
writing time by e-mail. How do you handle the constant
temptation to check your Inbox?

KL: It works well for the moment because my desktop computer
has no modem. So I do Internet work in another room on a
laptop. It is very tempting to check often, since 75% of my
writing sales, marketing, and information comes from dealing
online. I justify my online time with; 'as much of my
queries and manuscripts are e-mailed, so responses often
come to me through e-mail'. My children's book agent
deals very much through e-mail as well.

BF: What suggestions do you have for the procrastinating

KL: No one else will write or sell your stuff for you. If
you have a dream of being a published writer, it's going to
take time and effort. If you send out one manuscript and it
comes back, you have zero possibilities.

I recommend discovering what your goals for your writing is,
then figuring out how to accomplish them. Start small. Make
a list of ideas and markets. Work on one at a time. Once it
is done and out, start on the next one.

Rejection is a writer's heart-stopper. I avoid letting
rejections get me down for long periods of time by making a
list for each manuscript or idea. If it is rejected, I go to
the next market and send it out. Most of the time, my
turnaround time is a day or two, sometimes hours. Once it
sells, I make a new list for reprint markets. When it's been
published and available again, out it goes.

BF: On average, how much time do you spend writing a query

KL: It depends. Sometimes they come easily and quickly.
Other times, the idea is there, but I can't get that snappy
paragraphing down. Generally, I spend about 30 minutes to an
hour perfecting a query. I keep a disk of queries so that I
can go back to it easily and retool it to send out again.

BF: While working on larger projects how do you schedule
time for writing and submitting smaller pieces?

KL: When I'm writing a children's book or a major feature
article, I budget my time according to a deadline or a self-
imposed deadline. Then, any extra writing time is used for
short stories, smaller articles, essays or whatever pops up
and needs to be written. I write lots of short pieces while
waiting in doctors offices, beauty salons, long grocery
store lines, etc.

BF: You've had so much work published. How do you organize
all your clips?

KL: I must admit, I'm not great at this. I have a cabinet in
my office and the top section is filled with magazines and
newspapers I'm in. But when a piece is published that I
think makes a good clip, I make about 20 photocopies and put
it in a large folder in my file drawer in my desk. When I
work on a query, I go through it and pull out 2-3
appropriate clips to go with it. When the copies get low,
I make more.

BF: What are your methods for organizing the vast amount of
information you collect from the Internet?

KL: I print off tons of stuff. Guidelines, editor change
information, people that might be good experts to interview
for articles, fan letters, order information for my booklet,
etc. I have file folders for everything. Guidelines go into
a large ring binder. Contest or anthology information goes
into a file folder that sits with 'works in progress'
folders on top of my printer. I search garage sales and
thrift stores for old-fashioned scrapbooks to put acceptance
letters and fan mail into. I also keep folders for each
publisher I deal with and for current projects I've recently
worked on or sold.

BF: What tips do you have for writers wanting to become more

1. Set goals.
2. Keep good records of manuscripts out.
3. Keep accurate information of publisher addresses, editors
and needs.
4. Have a calendar on or near your desk with your deadlines
written clearly.
5. Find a system of filing and organizing that works for

BF: What are your projects for 2002?

KL: Rewrite a book that an editor is interested in. Break
into 15 new magazines. Market my "Organized Writer" book to
a publisher. Sell 200 pieces (I made it to 185 in 2001) and
speak at more writing conferences.


Kathryn will be teaching:

~ "Writing & Marketing Your Personal Experience"
4-week course beginning January 7, 2002

~ "Writing Magazine Articles"
4-week course beginning February 11, 2002

Both workshops are held at the Coffeehouse for Writers. More
information about these courses can be found at


"The Organized Writer is a Selling Writer" is a 62-page
booklet. The hard copy sells for $8. The e-mail version,
sent as a Word attachment or mailed on diskette sells for
$5. For more information contact Kathryn at



~ Aspiring grant writers will find useful information on
the J.C. Downing foundation site at

~ Press Release Writing found at
http://www.press-release-writing.com has several tips and
useful information for press release writers. Although this
is a commercial site, they offer a large amount of free,
useful information. PRW also publishes an electronic
newsletter. Subscription directions can be found on their

~ Looking to connect with other freelancing parents? Join
the Write From Home discussion list by sending a blank

~ For a detailed list of links to job boards and guideline
databases go to



--> Feature Article: "Losing Your "I" Sight: Goal setting
for women who work at home" by Donna M. Snow.
Excellent article detailing 6 steps to goal setting. Written
by a single WAHM of six children, you'll discover the
methods used to define your road map to success.

--> Featured Book of the Month: Online Markets for Writers
by Anthony Tedesco and Paul Tedesco.
Written for novice and experienced writers this book
discloses more than 200 online paying markets and interviews
with editors.

==>>Articles added to Write From Home<==

"Chutzpah: Cracking the Glossies" by C.S. Paquin

"Why I Need a 16 Hour Work Day" by Joe Bingham

"Do You Practice Active Decision Making?" by Martin Avis

"You Do Have Time to Write (and here's how to find it)" by
Beth Mende Conny



Donna M. Snow will write a monthly "Business of Freelance"
column for Write From Home. This column will tackle the
business side of freelancing by offering tips and
advice from a successful writer and small business guru.



Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
small, I want to know about your accomplishments. If you
sell an article, receive a book contract, or met a writing
goal send the information to
e-mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with the subject
'success spotlight'. I'll print your news item in the next
issue. (Hint: this a great area to do a little shameless
self promotion.)


If you'd like your book considered for the "Featured Book of
the Month" at Write From Home please send a review copy or
galley to the postal address listed at the end of this



ATTENTION PUBLISHERS! If you are a paying market send your
guidelines to mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com and
they'll be printed in this publication.


Fate Magazine (http://www.llewellyn.com/fate/)
Publishes a wide variety of strange an unknown phenomena.
Payment: Feature articles (1,500-3,000 words) pays 10 cents
a word.
Columns & Departments: Pays $25


Women's Health online (http://www.womanshealthonline.net)
Seeking well-written articles about women's health.
Article length: 500-1200 words.
Payment: $10-25 for features and $5 for reprints.


Arthritis Today (http://www.arthritis.org)
Bimonthly magazine targeted to arthritis sufferers.
Publishes many types of articles including general interest,
tips, inspirational and nutrition.
Article length: 150-2,000 words.
Payment: $150-2,000 on acceptance.
For complete guidelines send an SASE to:

Arthritis Today
1330 W. Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309


Cooking Light (http://www.cookinglight.com)
Publishes healthy recipes and articles about nutrition,
fitness and exercise.
Article Length: 400-2,000 words.
Payment: $250-2,000 on acceptance.
Request complete guidelines by sending an SASE to:

Cooking Light
P.O. Box 1748
Birmingham, AL 35201-1681


The Dollar Stretcher (http://www.stretcher.com)
Seeks articles that provide readers with methods to help
save them time and money.
Article length: Prefers 500-1000 words but will accept up to
1500 words.
Payment: 5 cents a word for monthly print publication. Does
not pay for online use. Buys first and reprint rights. Visit
their site for complete details.


ComputerUser (http://www.computeruser.com)
Monthly tabloid-style magazine for people using computer
technology including but not limited to: programmers, system
analysts and developers.
Payment: $50-1200 depending on length and department. Buys
all rights. Read complete guidelines at:


Planet Relish (http://www.planetrelish.com)
Web-based e-zine publishing speculative humor.
Word count: 1,000 but prefers shorter submissions.
Payment: $10 on publication for original work. Does not
accept reprints. Buys Exclusive First Web Rights for 66


Would you like to be a mentor to an aspiring writer? I'm in
the process of developing a 'Mentor' section on the Write
From Home site. Ideally, writers with questions can e-mail
a mentor for answers and/or advice. If interested send
your name, area of expertise (nonfiction, fiction,
children's, etc.) and e-mail address to
mailto:kim@writefromhome.com. Once received, your
information will be placed on the site. Thank you in
advance for helping other writers.



Work For Writers

Moderated by Francine Modderno this professional list
contains markets, advice, contests, links to articles and
many other writing related resources. Francine does an
excellent job of keeping this list focused and on-topic.
To subscribe send a blank



Rainy Day Corner (http://www.rainydaycorner.com)

Linda S. Dupie, writer and site owner has done a fantastic
job creating this site. Loaded with information and easy to
navigate, paying a visit to this site is certainly worth
your time. Rainy Day Corner is a paying market and was voted
as one of the "25 Best Places to get published online" by
Writers Digest.


If you'd like your site to be considered as a Busy
Freelancer 'Site of the Month' please send your URL to:



The following teleclasses are offered by Beth Mende Conny
and Debra Koontz Traverso. To read detailed descriptions go
to http://www.writefromhome.com/classes.html or

"I Have a great Idea for a Book Now What?" (TM)
Wednesday, January 9, 1 session, 1 p.m. ET
Instructor: Beth Mede Conny

"Coaching the Aspiring Writer: For Coaches Only"
Monday, January 14, 1 Session, 8 p.m. ET, $25
Instructor: Beth Mende Conny

"The Organized Writer: Take Charge of Your Time, Efforts,
AND Results"
Friday, January 18, 1 Session, 2 p.m. ET, $25
Instructor: Beth Mende Conny

"Write a Powerful Speech or Presentation"
Friday, January 18, 1 session, 11 a.m. ET, $25
Instructor: Debra Koontz Traverso

"Write a Compelling 30-Second Commercial of Yourself!"
Tuesday, January 22, 1 Session, 11 a.m. ET
Instructor: Debra Koontz Traverso

"12 Ways to Promote Your Book or Booklet Online"
Wednesday, January 23, 1 Session, 2 p.m. ET, $25
Instructor: Debra Koontz Traverso

"This Ghost for Hire: Ghostwriting for Fun and Profit"
Thursday, January 25, 1 Session, 2 p.m. ET, $25
Instructor: Beth Mende Conny

"Newsletters that Get Read"
Wednesday, January 30, 1 Session, 11 a.m. ET, $25
Instructor: Beth Mende Conny



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**Soul Mate Anthology Seeks Submissions**
The Writer's Life is publishing a new anthology "Romancing
the Soul". Entries must be 5,000 words or less. Deadline is
March 31, 2002. For more information visit


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Thank you for reading this issue of Busy Freelancer. C-ya
next month and remember:
"Take action and make no excuses!"---Kim Wilson

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