My answer may be long winded, I apologize in advance. I sent tons of stories and pitches to tons of publications and suffered from rejection syndrome until one finally gave me a chance. After that it was much easier. (I was syndicated in Salon Magazine this week!) It takes a great deal of time to search and search (that’s why I always share opportunities when I do search).

BTW, Chicken Soup for the Soul takes story submissions all year round and for a variety of topics. They’re one of the better interactions I’ve had.

Also, Motherwell Magazine if you have any parenting stories to share. Randi is an amazing editor to work with.

(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I have this tendency to over-mom-when it comes to everyone on the planet).

However, over time I realized I’m really not comfortable with being published in the traditional sense. In my experience (with the exception of the two mentioned) editors usually tare your work to shreds. It’s soul crushing. So I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and start a Patreon in hopes of eventually becoming a 100% reader funded writer and writing what I want to write.

It’s been a lot of work, which I’m okay with, but I haven’t gotten too far with it yet and I’m a bit disappointed- leaving me feeling flat about writing. It’s only been a week since I’ve begun so my expectations are a bit irrational, especially when I have to expand getting my name out there (mostly social media), and that’s a weak spot for me. The 365 Writing Prompts are not my best stories, but that’s the idea, to practice and improve, but I do have stories I’m proud of that I feel are really good and I want to share them.

I think it’s the same as everything in life. You come charging out of the gate but every obstacle slows you down a bit and you need time to reset. I’m not a fan of the phrase, because I don’t believe it to be true. If you want something, go after it, even if it takes doing it over and over again until it happens.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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