Good advice. This is a pretty solid approach to giving your article the best chance to finding a home, and a good way to make sure you’re putting in the work to get it somewhere it has the best chance to be seen.
There are a few publications I’ve noticed that don’t take many of my submitted pieces but will reach out when I self publish. So, sometimes I’ll self publish a piece for that purpose.
Also, there are a few publications that have a longer turnaround time. Usually it’s the bigger pubs that do. So, all the more reason to pay attention to their submission guidelines and factor this into your strategy.
Thanks for sharing!