What writer can't relate to all these feelings? I've given up submitting to certain pubs on Medium because they couldn't be bothered to publish or decline within a reasonable time frame (like 3-4 days).

My gripe at this time is with the topics editors, the ones responsible for curation. I've been curated on close to half my articles in my first couple months here, but lately they seem to be asleep at the switch, with no word yes or no for literally weeks. That kind of lag costs writers money, because even if you do eventually get distributed in topics, your article is too old to be high in readers' feeds, and your chance of going viral drops to nearly zero.

Yes, some writers are like toddlers wanting every scribble taped on the refrigerator door. But some of us spend hours crafting, revising, editing, and proofing, not to mention decades honing our craft. And we wait politely, not pestering anybody, understanding that the editors are busy people with busy lives. It would be nice to think we can count on our work being handled with reasonable dispatch.

Retired psychologist, wordsmith, teacher, MFA candidate. Buy me coffee: ko-fi.com/edrobson. ecrobson@gmail.com

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