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Thursday’s Post-Publication Post: Help Me Find a Home for My Essay

Last week, I wrote about this odd phase post-publication in which the promotional work is quieting down, but the new work–the future, in other words–is still only on “simmer.” I’ll stay with that theme for now, because I do have a few things to share (and a favor to ask).

To share: Progress on the summer to-do list front. I have managed to complete a residency application (and both of my wonderful recommenders have submitted their letters, too). I have finished a short story and begun sending it out. And I’m happy to report that Quiet Americans is now available for all of you who prefer to read on the Nook!

I’ve also been tweaking something I’ll go ahead and call an essay. And here’s where I’d love your help.

The piece I’m working on is not a conventional essay. In some ways, it resembles a blog post. Think “5 Reasons I’ll [Do Something Social-Media Related].”

And frankly, it’s not all that “nice.” It’s more like a rant.  Which brings up a whole slew of other issues. Such as: Do I want to risk alienating and/or offending people?

But for the moment, I’d like you to focus on this salient fact: The piece runs 500 words. So it’s too long to qualify as an official “rant” submission for Mslexia, which was the first place I thought to send it.

Can you think of other venues (preferably paying ones) that might be interested in something like this? I know, I’m supposed to be a semi-expert on this sort of thing, but for day job-related and other reasons, my brain is already working overtime right now. So I’d love to hear your suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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  1. How about Huffington Post? My Turn in Newsweek (or is it Time)?

  2. Mediabistro? The Millions? One of the NYT blogs?

  3. I was thinking Huffington Post too. I guess it depends on what kind of a rant it is, whether it pertains mainly to writers, or it’s more general. From your description, I’m imagining a rant about the annoying things (other) people do on Twitter or FB, but that’s probably way off.

  4. Thank you all for your suggestions. I guess I still have a lot to think about. And, Sarah, you’re not necessarily too far off! 😉

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