I could use some advice.
I'm a 35-year-old aspiring writer, aspiring mother, and part-time abortion counselor, just coming off my second miscarriage this year, which sucks, but on the bright side it lights a fire under my butt to DO something with my writing - this, at least, is something I can control. So I just finished writing a long personal essay (about 9500 words) about the whole miscarriage/abortion/to-be-or-not-to-be-parent connundrum, which is my life these days. I think the essay is pretty good, if I do say so myself. But the problem is, I've never even TRIED to publish ANYTHING, because I'm timid, I guess, or cynical,(expecting failure) or lazy (why try if you're going to fail anyway?). Pick your weakness, I have them all. Anyway, now I'd like to break out of this and I could use some help figuring out how to do it.
So what am I asking for here? Suggestions of where to submit, for starters. Maybe even someone willing to read the article and tell me what you think, where it might belong, if anywhere, amid the published masses... Or at least a little cheerful you-go-girl encouragement (and so-sorry-for-your-loss encouragement too).
thanks for hearing me out