On June 9th, 2017, I got published! I can’t believe it. I am still in shock and denial. I am also over the moon to have had my first article published on Thrive Global. When I decided to submit my article, I understood that there is a tremendous amount of competition out there between online writers, but I did not let that stop me. I always follow my dreams.  It is something I would tell my students, to reach up high for the stars.
Let me start by saying that, as I recently learned, there is a huge amount of prestige and personal satisfaction in seeing your work published on a big site. For me, it was about gaining confidence as a writer, and getting out there.  When I first had this idea of writing about my personal experiences with food allergies, I immediately shared the news with my blog followers. Never in a million years did I think my work would be published.
When I shared my plans of writing an article with my family, they, as always, were very supportive. No matter what we do in life, whether we are starting a new job, or working on a project, having family’s support means the world to us all.
Anyway, I wrote my story, a “pitch,” and a personal biography that is required before submitting. Then, on Monday, May 22, I submitted my article to a Thrive Global editor. I also sent an e-mail, as well as my story, to Ms. Huffington, since I had nothing to lose. Ms. Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive. I figured that she would be too busy to answer me.  Was I wrong? Yes! Two and a half hours later, I received a response from Arianna with the following invitation.
Arianna Huffington
May 22
“Dear Nunzia, many thanks for your email. I would love for you to write for the Thrive Global site—to get started, please fill out this form to make sure we have your information in our system. And here’s a look at our contributor onboarding guide, outlining how to contribute stories. For any further questions, feel free to reach out to Olivia Jorgensen, cc’d on this email. All the best, Arianna”
I received that e-mail from Arianna on May 22, and my story was published on June 9th. On that day, I was getting my hair done, and did not even bother to check my phone. Somehow, my husband received a message that my story was live. Was I dreaming? Was it true?
I could not believe what was happening. My phone was going crazy with messages from family and friends. I felt like a celebrity. I was in a daze of course, and totally losing my mind.  I could not focus, and yet I was trying my best to respond to everyone’s kind messages as quickly as possible.
On June 9th, I learned that dreams do come true. I know this will open many opportunities for me. It has only been two days since I got published, and I am thrilled to start this new chapter as a writer and contributor for Thrive. Xoxo
Nunzia