Swimming In A Little Pond – Benefits Of Writing For Smaller Publications

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This guest post comes from Brie Latini, a thirty-something mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and fan of guilty-pleasure television. She currently lives in Collingswood, NJ with her husband Pete and son PJ. A work-a-holic turned Brie Latinistay-at-home-mom, Brie is enjoying her emerging second career as a writer as it now gives her a better excuse to pass on housework (“You load the dishwasher; I have to write!”). Brie’s work has been featured at Jersey Moms Blog, Mamalode, and MetroKids Magazine Online. You can read more about Brie’s journey through life as the mother of a special-needs child at her personal blog, {…a breezy life}.  Follow Brie on TwitterFacebook, and Bloglovin’

 

I have been blogging for over ten years, but have just recently started to spread my wings as a writer. When I began to consider where I might submit, I was overwhelmed by how much was out there. Websites like Scary Mommy and HuffPost offer sharp writing by talented men and women on a huge platform, garnering thousands of hits per day. Bloggers clamor for exposure like that. Writing for sites of that size and stature became a goal, but I needed a starting off point.

Swimming In A Small Pond - Benefits Of Writing For Smaller Publications: One blogger shares what she has learned from writing for smaller sites and print publications

It’s said that you should write what you know, so I decided to start in the places I know- small, local publications that catered to an audience of my New Jersey peers. I approached the editor of a local print magazine first. In the coming year I would find myself writing for them, as well as blogging for another local magazine, writing for a large-but-local healthcare system and contributing to a parenting blog that caters to New Jersey mothers.

I mistakenly made the assumption that writing for smaller publications would be easier somehow- I mean, these were New Jersey people. They made Jersey Shore in this state, how difficult could it be to find someone to publish me?

As it turns out, it was a little difficult (and I am glad for that, but more on that in a second). It took me several tries to get published in the first magazine I approached, and close to a year to have my first print piece published in the second. In the beginning, my work was heavily edited as I learned to set the proper tone and meet word count criteria. I had a lot to learn and sometimes, I can even admit that criticisms stung a little bit.

Here’s why this was all fantastic: writing for “smaller” websites and publications allowed me to stretch my legs as a writer. I am able to receive criticism and learn techniques from truly talented writers and editors. It may seem like baby steps to write for a site with just a few hundred hits per day or a small Facebook following. But baby steps are good! These sites become the foundation for what lies ahead for you as a writer, and we all know that the blocks at the bottom are the strongest of all. It can sting a little to have your writing worked over, but on the other hand, how amazing is it to hear “Wow! We really like your voice- let us show you how to really shine!”

The pond might be a little smaller, but the fish that are swimming there are just as talented as the fish in the bigger pools. A huge platform like Scary Mommy receives a massive amount of submissions and the true standouts and talents will be published. The same system works with the smaller publications. It is a case of quality, not quantity. Page hits do not always equate to raw talent, and I have been lucky enough to be among the ranks of some amazing writers and creators. I have had to chance to learn and grow under their tutelage and editing, and have even become friends with some of these connections. My fledgling little resume is more shiny and bright thanks to the confidence these editors have shown me, and I am becoming a better writer for it.

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10 Comments on “Swimming In A Little Pond – Benefits Of Writing For Smaller Publications”

  1. This article is right on! Every new step and rung on the ladder in establishing yourself as a writer is important, whether one person benefits from your writing or millions do. Very encouraging to those starting out and needing that vote of confidence to keep going and not to give up.

  2. This is a great post! I’m just starting to get myself “out there” as a blogger and it can be intimidating to attempt the big leagues right away. I love the point about the smaller ponds being no less talented of a pool just smaller.

  3. This is a great post and really good for people thinking of branching out. Thanks Brie!

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