Friday, August 8, 2014

What It Means to "Be Published"

It has recently come to my attention that if I "publish" my writing on my blog, I may be preventing myself from submitting that writing elsewhere to be "published" in a more formal fashion. I had no idea this would be the case but I guess I didn't really think about it. I'm not sure if it matters now or if it is too late, but I have removed the fiction pieces from the blog that I thought had any potential. This makes me sad, because I feel like I have to squirrel away my writing in case a "real publisher" has any interest in it, when all I really want to do is share my writing with other people, and the best way I have to do that all by myself is through my blog.

I'm not sure how long I should wait or how many times I should submit a piece before I give up on it winning a contest or making it into a journal. I don't really want my blog to be only my "leftover" writing that I've given up on. That is so depressing! And it doesn't seem likely that it would really help my blog readership much, either. So I'm not sure what to do with my writing or my blog in the future. I will have to think about it and research it more.