GETTING PUBLISHED WITHOUT SUBMITTING By Wendy Burt

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My freelance writing career began with a poem that I never submitted. My father (also a writer) had sent it in on my behalf when I was 24. The interesting thing was, it was a poem I wrote at age 16. When the acceptance letter arrived, I thought, “Wow! If I can get something published that I wrote at age 16, what could I do now?”

I started pitching wildly. Guidelines? Queries? SASEs? I had no clue and didn’t want to ask my dad for help in case the rejections started piling up. Not surprisingly, they did. But for every stack with which I stoked my wood-burning stove, (Hey