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Seven Sisters

When I began writing 20+ years ago, my goal was to be published in one of the big “Seven Sisters”; Better Homes and Gardens,  Good Housekeeping,  Family Circle,  Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, Redbook or Woman’s Day. That was likely the goal of many a housewife writer in the 80’s.  Of the seven, one has folded (McCalls) but the others are still on my list of hopeful markets.

Of course, if one does not submit to these magazines, then the likelihood of being published by them is pretty much nil.

Last year I had a short “hint” published in Woman’s Day, a hint about how to eat less during the holidays that took all of 5 minutes to write down and send in.

I put a little more effort into the short essay I submitted to Redbook last fall, regarding a wardrobe-related embarrassment.  Today I got word it will be published in their June issue.

Two down, four to go.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Reporter for the Manchester Press newspaper and popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015.

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