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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might know the story of my writing career: how I went from overwhelmed with a low-paying, full-time job, with two little kids in daycare and another on the way, to getting my first handful of stories published in national magazines, and eventually, to leaving my job and heading home to pursue a full-time writing career.

That was over a decade ago, and though my “job description” has evolved throughout the years, one thing has stayed the same: I still make a living as a work-at-home writer, contributing about 50% to our family budget…and every day, I still wake up grateful for my work and my life.

If you dream of supporting your family as a writer – or just want to take those ideas, essays, and blog posts out of your head and get them published, my latest online class: Get Pitching, Get Published might be for you. 

The course will take you through the process of getting published, from idea to pitch to assignment and beyond, with tips and advice on everything from writing a query, to tracking down the right editor to pitch, to managing time while writing at home, to working around kids, to negotiating rates and much more.

And I’ll be with you every step of the way, offering advice and answering questions via real-time chats and private online discussions.

If you’re really serious about launching your writing career in 2015,  you might also consider adding on the Writing Intensive portion of the course. It picks up right after Get Pitching, Get Published ends, when I offer an even more customized, hands-on experience including critiques of your work and a private, live coaching session. 

The classes are an investment, but one you can easily recoup with just an assignment or two…and believe me, by the time I’m done with you, you’ll be ready! Previous students of mine have gone on to publish regularly in big magazines and on well-known websites. They’ve landed editing and consulting gigs, written and published books, and have grown their own blogs into sources of income. They’ve been able to take their love of writing or sharing a message and turn it into something that improves their family’s lives. So can you.

Sound good? Don’t delay – the early-bird rate ends this weekend, and in the past this class has been very popular. Click over to the registration page for Get Pitching, Get Published or Writing Intensive now to find out more and sign up!

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Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

by Meagan Francis January 8, 2015
Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

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by Meagan Francis January 4, 2015
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by Heather Caliri December 29, 2014
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by Meagan Francis September 17, 2014
Children's Book Author Sarah Maizes: The Home Hour Show, Episode 36

Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book? According to today’s guest, author Sarah Maizes, everyone has! (I might be the one exception to the rule, but hey, I’ve got a lot of life yet.) If you’re curious about the process of getting a children’s book published, want to find out more about where children’s book […]

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by Meagan Francis August 3, 2014
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  If you’ve been reading here regularly, you know that for the last 9-10 months or so, I’ve shown up here almost every Sunday morning with a reflective post, with this introduction: Every Sunday morning I share a moment from the recent past and something it illustrated about motherhood, family life, or simply being human.  But […]

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Check Out My Birthday Present To Myself!

by Meagan Francis July 27, 2014
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I started this blog – originally known as The Happiest Mom – five years ago last spring. Over the years, my life – and this blog – have changed a lot. I got a book deal based on the “happiest mom” concept, which led to growth and opportunities I never saw coming. I shifted from mostly writing for […]

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Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing … Poorly?

by Heather Caliri July 16, 2014
Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing ... Poorly?

This post is by Heather Caliri, regular contributor to The Happiest Home and blogger at A Little Yes. Heather writes about saying “yes” to little things that scare us. You can read all her posts here. A few years ago, when I decided to start a professional blog, I realized something. Bloggers promote themselves. Promotion happens through […]

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by Meagan Francis June 11, 2014
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Have you ever dreamed of turning your creative passion into a career? Or are you a crafter at heart who’s having a hard time staying organized and inspired around small children? You’ll love my interview today with crafter, blogger and educator (plus, TV personality!) Nikki McGonigal. Also, Shana of Ain’t No Mom Jeans is back […]

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by Meagan Francis June 11, 2014
5 Books I'll Be Reading On Scribd This Summer (plus, a free subscription!)

This post is sponsored by Scribd. Want to have your own #ScribdSummer? You’ll find a code for a free three-month subscription at the end of this post. Happy Summer reading! Confession right up front: I am the worst at creating those “summer beach read” lists. I’m usually woefully behind on whatever the hot new book […]

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