Your response is truly appreciated. It will take me awhile to decide what to do, but I now have a better idea of how to smell the fiction. Part of my post was in response to looking for a home for some stories that just wouldn’t fit anywhere. You say, start your own publication. I may do that. I looked at yours and if I can figure out how to create something that looks that good, I might do it. How then do you get readers? If I build it, will they come?
I like your comments about beta readers and workshops. I have never attended workshops but I had a brief and useful experience with a few beta readers. They were very perceptive and saw inconsistencies that I had missed. They looked at the stories as a good editor or copyeditor might. The stories they commented on are better for it. At the same time, I think I have outgrown the need for them. (But what if I missed something?! Wouldn’t it be nice if someone pointed it out to me before I released it to the world?)
I have no illusions about why I write and who I write for. I write for me. I want to get my stories out before I die so that something lives after me. But they will die if no one reads them. It is a conundrum.