I think you tap into another thing that small pubs offer: a sense of shared purpose and community.
I have that with some of the larger publications I regularly submit to, but the small ones that are helping me grow really feel like a familiar place.
Plus, I feel like I’m giving something back to them too. We’re growing together. They’re helping my work reach new readers and I’m helping their publication grow by sharing new work. It’s a win-win.
I saw some publications you mentioned that I haven’t tried to become a writer for before. I’m going to have to look into them now, maybe submit some work soon. Thanks for writing this, really great blog post with an important message!