Yep!!! All of this!!! Especially when it’s a piece you really care about. I recently had a couple close-but-no-cigar with big publications; one of which was around the eulogy I wrote my mum. I self published in the end. Sometimes, if you’re really proud of a piece, it’s better not to have it passed up for judgement. I had a couple publications reach out to ask to publish it too. Because of the very specific niche it is, it’s not grown (I’d hoped for Human Parts too) but I’m proud of it.
I’ll keep going for bigger publications but certainly going to self publish much more often. Thanks for putting this out there Maria Milojković, MA