I do and have been successful in submitting to online publications, ezines and the such. I also tend to look for local publishing opportunities, projects, collections etc
I dunno, I kinda feel that self publishing is a bit of a cop out. If I had a pound for every time someone on here thought they were hot shit because theyíve self published Iíd be a rich woman.
Iím not slating people that do, Iím just saying that for me personally itís too easy. You havenít really worked for anything, youíve just put your words into a prettier format. Never really understood that.
I have had a bit of local success in newspapers, newsletters, and social periodicals; however, they weren't serious literary publications. Probably just a local name more than anything else ( or they wanted free photography services LOL! ).
That was years ago.
I'm on the fence with self-publishing, which is why I haven't sought out that avenue. There are pros and cons. I worry for others that it may hurt their chance of publication through a reputable publisher, though others have been successful.
I submitted to Sequestrum once, and heard back in less than three weeks because they found them on DUP, which disqualified me.
I thought having them hid would prevent such, but apparently there's a cache. I even blocked them from public view during the process; however, cache . . .
Even though they strongly urged me to submit unpublished pieces, I kinda took that as I sign I should probably just keep doing what I'm doing. Removing them altogether would remove the time-stamp, and thus proof of original publication date. There was a poet here who deleted their entire account and was pretty much plagiarized on a lot of work, but could do nothing to prove it.
Let that be a lesson to all poets here.
I do wish there was a way they could be made unsearcheable for such purposes.