Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson is a free-lance writer and editor with work featured on Scary Mommy, The Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, and Good Housekeeping, among others. She is also a contributing writer in Lose the Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!) Her blog http://www.the21stcenturysahm.com/ is a cathartic mix of sarcasm, angry Mama Bear rants, and heartfelt confessions of how she is screwing up her kids.

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Shaking Off The Self Doubt In Writing

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I walked in the door, after a trip away from my husband a few years ago, and saw a framed copy of my first in-print article. It was published in our local parenting magazine—the first time I saw my name in print in a mass publication. He found it at the grocery store (where the free parenting magazines tend to be) and grabbed 20 copies. This was somewhat problematic as there were likely 30 copies there… so I ended up taking quite a few back. The point is, he was proud of me. I was excited, but I wouldn’t say … Read More

8 Ways Writers Can Make Life Easier for Their Editors

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Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was a rule book for writers when it comes to submitting their work, especially for the newbies just joining the club? Like many writers and bloggers, I was very naive to the proper etiquette of submitting my work when I first began throwing my hat into the ring. I know that I made several mistakes along the way, having never been on the editing side of the table. Now that I’ve had the distinct honor to serve as assistant editor for Sammiches and Psych Meds, I know what editors experience in ensuring their sites … Read More