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We're All Newbies — and Sometimes that Sucks

from Laura Laing, ASJA

Rejection sucks. Radio silence sucks more. But this is the life when a writer is breaking into a new genre and new markets.

Now that the publishing industry is rebounding—perhaps not to its original state, but a new, more profitable normal—I’m jumping into the deep end of the publishing pool, where the big, popular kids swim. I’m taking the whopping ideas that I followed for alternative weeklies nearly a decade ago and shooting for the moon, which in my case happens to be where The Atlantic, Smithsonian and New York Magazine reside. I’m also digging into my personal experiences, scribbling essays in dark bars while drinking rye Manhattans with Kurt Cobain blasting from the speakers. more

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