Archive for March, 2006

Posted on March 30th, 2006, by Mary Jo

What do a single mom and a circus performer on the high wire have in common?

The need for balance!

Picture an acrobat on a tightrope.  He uses a long pole to help him balance, but he doesn’t simply set the pole into one position and hold it there for his entire journey. Instead, he continually fine-tunes his balance, moving the pole a bit to the right, then a bit to the left.

This constant process of adjustment is a great metaphor for the lives of single moms as we struggle to balance the work necessary to provide for our families with spending time with our children and, in some cases, homeschooling them. 

Lean too far in one direction (neglect the kids for work) or the other (neglect work for the kids), and we risk falling off the wire. 

Of course, when our responsibilities pile up and begin to overwhelm us, it can seem like we’re juggling while walking the tightrope.  Some days we’re even juggling flaming torches on the high wire!  Now that’s a circus act I’d like to see! 

Isn’t it good to know that we have the safety net of a sovereign God who loves us? 

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deut. 33:27). 

Mary Jo Tate

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Posted on March 26th, 2006, by Mary Jo

As publishing options expand beyond books, magazines, and newspapers into e-zines, web copy, blogs, and e-books, more people have the opportunity to write and publish than ever before.

With all this writing and publishing going on, the need for skilled freelance editors is growing.

That’s one reason why my editing business is booming.

I’ve been a freelance editor for 20 years.  My clients range from university presses to self-publishers of homeschool curriculum like Jay Wile of Apologia Science to internet marketing gurus like copywriter David Garfinkel.

And as a single mom for nearly five years, I’ve learned a lot about balancing business with educating my four boys at home.

People frequently ask me two questions: 

“How do you do it all by yourself?” 


“How can I get started as an editor?” 

My good friend Rhea Perry of Educating for Success has twisted my arm to share some of what I’ve learned.  

I’ll be talking with Rhea on Tuesday night, March 28, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, and we’d love to have you join us on the call.

Here are a few of the questions Rhea plans to throw at me:

How can you determine if you have a natural editorial instinct that makes learning everything else you need to know a piece of cake?
Which skills does an editor need?

Aren’t there different types of editing?

How do you juggle working at home and family responsibilities?

If you’d like to join us, just register for the call by going here:

There’s no charge for this call other than your regular long-distance fees.

If you want to learn whether freelance editing may be the right business for you, then don’t miss this call.

And if you just wonder how to balance a home business with family responsibilities, I hope you’ll be encouraged.  Plan to join us!

I’ll talk to you soon! 

Mary Jo Tate

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