When you are someone whose passion lies in the written word, there’s nothing quite like seeing your writing published. It’s the small thrill to see your name next to your words on a big website or maybe even in actual print. It’s a kind of validation; someone read your words and saw the value in putting them in front of a bigger audience than you have access to on your own.
Pitching to editors is nerve-wracking in itself, because what if they say no? What if this person, who may be swamped with submissions or who may just be having a terrible day, says no? Are you a crap writer?