Find the widest audience you can for work you believe in.

Here is my latest publication.
Look familiar? That’s because the piece was previously published in the Freshwater Pearls Online Supplement, to which I referred you in an earlier blogpost. But there’s the thing. I really believe in this piece. I read several books about Wolfe, the Battel on the Plains of Abraham, and the period in British, European and inchoate Canadian history before I wrote that piece. More importantly, I read many letters written both by and to Wolfe, which have somehow been preserved. The piece had its genesis in a visit to the Museum of Civilization in which I found a possible quote from Wolfe, in which he said he would rather have write a great poem than win a great battle–or words to that effect. Turns out the quote may or may not be authentic. But I became fascinated with Wolfe as a person, and that is what led to my research. By doing so much reading, imagining, speculating, and especially ruminating on Wolfe’s own words, I was able to get into my version of his head. All that is led to my writing “General James Wolfe’s Last Letter to his Mother.” I hope I did justice to the real James Wolfe. And I honestly think I did. That is why I was so pleased to find The Copperfield Review, clearly a high-quality ezine, that was willing to consider publishing previously published work. I was very happy to hhave the work accepted by them, and I hope to reach even more readers with the piece when
my next book, a collection of flash fiction, comes out.

So if you have written a piece you really believe in, by all means, bring it to the widest possible audience. Sharing your best work is one of the most satisfying parts of the
writing life.