I generally adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, though I disagree with a few of those rules. I always use the Oxford comma for punctuation. I often use more than the recommended ONE adjective or adverb, as I believe God gave us words so that we could ‘paint pictures’ with writing. I appreciate writers who keep their sentences short, and readers who appreciate that, but I prefer longer sentences that offer interesting details.

I edit my own writing for articles and blog posts. I pre-edit my writing for books prior to enlisting the aid of professional grammarians. My book publisher has his own team of editors who are very thorough, hopefully catching every typo publication. Still, there are a few ‘uh ohs’ that I wind up catching when I read my published book for the first time! It is indeed a challenge to achieve perfection on 200-300 pages!

I hire myself out as a pre-editor, and you can contact me here shari@sharimcminn.com with details of your project you want me to consider.

I am the on-staff Editor for Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) Homeschool Update magazine. Published three times a year, the print run averages 6,000 copies. You can access the magazine through their website here www.chec.org

As Editor for the CHEC Homeschool Update, I accept unsolicited articles regarding homeschooling. Click here to send via email. shari@chec.org

You can email me for a list of our upcoming ‘themes’, though articles do not have to be theme based. Typically we have the following ‘columns’ which are standard every issue (not necessarily theme based), for which we are always in search of strong writers:

  • Dad to Dad (Veteran homeschool fathers share their experiences and wisdom to encourage a new generation)
  • Gen2 (homeschool graduates discuss the blessings of homeschooling and what they are doing now)
  • Struggling Learners (for special needs or struggling students; we prefer a professional or experienced parent)

Short articles should be around 500-700 words. Feature (long) articles should be 1000-1400 words. Please have someone pre-edit your writing before submitting to me. I want to read your best work!

If you are a blogger, email me your site address, and note one of your favorite articles related to homeschooling.

We do not pay our writers, but do give them by-line credit. Along with the article, writers should include a recent photo and short bio with business or blog website. I email selected chosen writers with the magazine on-line for access to the edited, published article.

Articles or questions? Please email me.