The Publication Collective
Like many others, I discovered Medium after a friend on Facebook linked his story, and I followed the link down the rabbit-hole.
I only wanted a quick look, and wasn’t planning on sticking around. But all these months later, here I sit on my rapidly widening ass, spinning stories as often as I can. Whether it’s here on Medium, or on my abandoned Wordpress site, I can’t stop writing.
For the majority of the time I’ve been here, I’ve been writing and submitting for some of the great publications around the site. Publications such as One Table One World and Change Your Mind Change Your Life have been favourites of mine.
As fun as it’s been submitting to publications such as these, my viewership never took off until I started taking my own publications more seriously.
Since starting my most recent publications, I’ve been getting more stories online at a better pace. I’ve been publishing more, and the stories themselves have been increasing in quality.
Each publication has a theme, and each work together to tell the whole story. It’s an enormous privilege to write for each publication, and it’s been a privilege to receive so much feedback that’s helping shape the future of how the publications run and what they’ll cover.
My Origin Story
I started my career after university with an entertainment position at Walt Disney World in Florida.
As I worked, I journaled. I’ve always been a writer and a big fan of self-made authors who self-publish great pieces of non-fiction work on Amazon. I’ve been self-publishing since high school, but never found much success in that arena.
After my first year at Disney, I edited my diary and removed all the Disney secrets I thought I probably shouldn’t reveal, then published the book on Amazon. The book was an account of someone who worked as a Disney performer, telling stories and answering questions.
The backlash came swift and strong.
People hated my book, and the reviews were crushing. People either accused me of lying about my experience, or stood to Disney’s defense. They cried out for Mickey’s lawyers to come and crucify me.
I couldn’t handle the rejection and pulled the book off the store two weeks after it went live.
The rejection kept me up at night and kept me from writing for a month.
After a month, I started self-publishing under pen names. But real gratification from writing isn’t possible for me without putting my name to my work.
So here I am on Medium, writing with my real name and taking the blows that regularly come when people don’t like what I have to say.
But as hard as it often is, I’m finally not taking anything down because of what people think. This is a place where we can stand strong together.
The collective isn’t just a term I picked up from American Horror Story; it’s also a cool word I use to describe the group of publications I’m privileged to run.
So without further ado, here are the members of the Publication Collective.
Overlords features stories that address power and oversight.
Stories about Medium belong at Overlords, along with stories that help people take power into their own hands.
This can mean entrepreneurial stories, or stories that inspire. Reports of companies taking unusual or unprecedented action are also going to feature on Overlords.
The aim of this publication is to empower readers and inform them of changing trends where power is being used, gained, or exploited.
Money Clip is all about better financial management and fostering a stronger understanding of money and how its used by people around the world.
Some stories provide practical information about good financial practices, and others report financial news.
This publication is for those who are interested in reading financial stories, but aren’t interested in reading the complicated and boring financial reports written by industry giants.
The financial industry profits off billing you for what you don’t know, so the more we talk about money, the better we can beat them at their game.
Health Tonic was started as an avenue for the many food stories I enjoy writing. But over time it evolved into a publication that hosts all manner of stories about health of all kinds.
The stories were originally general in nature, but as the viral pandemic spread across Asia; Health Tonic began to focus on updates coming out of the crisis.
This is because I live in China and am directly affected by the pandemic.
I’ve had my own health issues since the pandemic started, and my journey fits best on Health Tonic.
As health trends continue to change and develop into the future, my goal is that Health Tonic will be there to address them.
The Mile High Club was my first publication and was created to fill the gap of aviation-focused stories on Medium.
I couldn’t believe how few flight stories were featured on this site, especially when compared to other similar sites.
Reading about the flying experience is a big interest of mine, so I had to start a publication that would feature the work of writers who share my passion.
While the other publications address issues around work and life, this one is for the imagination.
When Brought Together
Together, these four publications work together to cover the health and wellbeing of everyone.
They cover issues that affect our personal and professional lives, our physical and financial health. They try to balance the line between being genuinely informing, and providing entertainment.
I hope that you’ll join me in following the publications with which you have an interest.
If you’re a writer,
I hope you’ll leave a comment on this article letting me know your interest in writing for the publications that suits you best.
We make Medium whatever we want to make it, and indie publications are the loudest and most important voices on the site.
We matter when we work and read collectively, and we never apologize for the words or the opinions we create.