The secret to her success? Michelle, born and raised in New York City and now a California resident, said that rather than carpet bomb the literary world with her story, she spent the time to find a journal that takes this particular type of story, which was tricky, considering the piece is literary horror.
I found the market on www.doutrope.com, which I found through www.Susanjbreen.com. When I had the story critiqued in Susan's fiction class, the overwhelming feedback was that it was beautifully written, but horrific and disturbing. Susan encouraged me to pursue literary suspense and literary horror markets.
For those of you who don't know, duotrope's digest is "a database of over 2,400 current markets for Fiction and Poetry," which includes a free online submissions tracker.
Susan Breen is the author of The Fiction Class and teaches beginning and advanced fiction classes through the Gotham Writers' Workshop, which Michelle recommends, having taken a number of in-person and online classes.
As for Michelle, she's currently "pouring her heart out" on a a memoir and story collection.