Publishing When Life Comes at You Fast

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Meryl Williams was going to publish her roller derby memoir in 2016. Then she moved. Then she decided to move again. Some other things happened too. In a new essay for The Billfold, Williams walks us through her one step forward, two steps back journey towards (not) getting published (yet). She is good at showing the silver lining in life’s rough patches:

It sucked to be depressed in the Pacific Northwest, but this was my most productive writing year ever. In 2016, I wrote for a dozen different publications, averaged a byline a week, and I’ve had two essays published in literary magazines, all outside of the hours spent doing my day job. I keep generating new material for my book, even if it’s not yet in book form.


Rosamund Lannin reads and writes in Chicago. When not hosting lady live lit show Miss Spoken and editing Story Club Magazine, she writes for Extra Crispy, HelloGiggles, and everywhere else pancakes and essays intersect. Daily dispatches @rosamundlannin. More from this author →