Mary Jo Tate has been homeschooling for twelve years, the last eight of them as a single mom. An international editor, author, and book coach for nearly twenty-five years, she also teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and work-at-home moms how to create balance between family life and home business. 

When Mary Jo became single in 2001, she was deeply committed to remaining at home with her sons (ages 9, 6, 4½, and 6 months) and continuing to homeschool them, yet she knew she would have to support them financially. God was faithful to provide all their needs and blessed them through the ministry of a loving church while Mary Jo resumed her editing business. Her income doubled in 2005–2006, earning her an award for the most-improved business.

Mary Jo has coached and edited for writers from five continents. Her clients include Cambridge University Press; homeschool publishers such as Homeschooling Today, Trivium Pursuit, Christian Logic, How Great Thou Art, and Apologia Educational Ministries; and entrepreneurs such as a voice coach, a golf pro, a wellness coach, and a financial planner. You can learn about her services at www.WriteAGreatBook.com.

She is the author of Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald (Facts on File, 2007; revised and expanded edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald A to Z, 1998), Getting Started as a Freelance Editor (home study course, 2006), and How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World (home study course, 2007). Her articles on homeschooling and single parents have appeared in Homeschooling Today and Family Reformation magazines.

Mary Jo’s tips for work-family balance were included in a July 2008 Focus on the Family article about single-parent homeschoolers, and she was featured in Debbie LaChusa’s book The Career-at-Home Mom (DLC Marketing, 2008). She has spoken about single-parent-homeschooling on The Homeschool Channel, American Family Radio, and HSLDA’s Homeschool Heartbeat radio show.

The number-one question people ask Mary Jo is “How do you do it all?” Her answer comes in two parts: “I don’t, and I redefine do it all.” Working from home while bringing up a family and homeschooling can often seem like an overwhelming task, so she has developed powerful strategies that cut through the chaos and get results. She shares her system for success in a home study course available at www.HowDoYouDoItAll.com.

Mary Jo has a heart to help, encourage, and inspire other homeschoolers, especially single parents. She reminds them, “If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will provide the strength, patience, grace, resources, and time to do it.” She desires for her life to be a testimony of God’s faithfulness. Even with all the systems and routines she has created, things don’t always go exactly as she plans, but through God’s grace, her children are growing, learning, and flourishing . . . right there at home. She wouldn’t want it any other way.