In order to get my article published I had to look at the publishers' guidelines to see if I had to change my article at all to fit the mold. I found all of the guidelines on the websites of all of my possible publications. Of the sites that I looked at, most of the wanted opinion style pieces that were unusual or not talked about often. The only exception being the newspapers, because they have the same overall guidelines for their submissions.
I decided that the publisher that was the best fit for me was one of the newspapers, because it's the style of writing that I'm used to and I can conform to the wanted guidelines. I actually submitted my piece to the Cal Times for publication in the opinion section as a low level publication, and the editor wanted me to add more to my piece. As a journalist, I'm used to editors cutting pieces down to fit the space, so when he asked me to expand more on my topic to fit the space available I felt awesome.
My article that was published in the Cal Times, was about procrastination, which is relevant to this area because of all of the school students. For the piece, I spent a lot of time just reflecting on my own struggles with procrastination, and looking online to see what I could find on the subject. I actually struggled with procrastinating the piece, so it was a way of self-help looking up ways to deal with it.
I sent my article to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and am still awaiting a response. I think the possibility of getting a response is always possible; however, I never get my hopes up because you never know what the papers needs.
Being a writer in today's day and age is a struggle, because it as though everyone's deciding to become one. More and more people are blogging about their opinions on a variety of subjects, and submitting their pieces to various publications. The downside to this is that many of these writers are self-taught and have no authority over what they are writing, which makes their pieces harder to publish. The downsides for those who have been educated; however, is that we still have to fight tooth and nail to get our pieces published over theirs. On another note, I think that many writers only look at large scale publishers to get their pieces published, when there are just as good lower level publishers who would being willing to publish their writing. I think that writers should take every possibility to get their pieces published, because it'll only at to their portfolios.