About Portals.pub

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Jen McGahan
Sep 2 · 3 min read
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Here’s a new publication on Medium, devoted to discovery.

As writers, we move between the worlds of work, life, family, finances, play, friendships, health, faith, etc. like everyone else. But for writers, the writing is the portal we pass that helps clarify and understand these worlds.

My name is Jen McGahan. My personal and professional interests include:

  • Writing
  • Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Grieving a child
  • Downsizing
  • Culture
  • Health and wellness

Some stories are written from professional experience as a copywriter and marketer owning an agency for many years. Others are written out of curiosity, and include research and case studies of others’ experiences. Some stories are written to make sense of stuff life throws at me and choices I’ve made.

For me, reading something that challenges me is an adventure, not something to be avoided. I never want to get to comfortable leaning against a wall of my own reality, without exploring other possible thruths. Life is about learning and growing... until we die. And then maybe we get to learn and grow some more. I don’t know.

This pub is different because here you’ll find articles about how to be a successful copywriter, connector, freelancer, and marketer. But I also welcome personal points of view that compel one’s mind and beliefs to move from one arena to another via a well-written piece of writing. If you appreciate writing that challenges you, from the pen of someone with a personal experience that may be very different from yours, then please join us… I’ll be looking for those stories.

I’m new at this editor role, so things will change as I go along, but for now I’d love to read stories from Medium members about the topics above. The parameters will become more defined, but until then, please send us stories only you can tell.

Portals.pub is looking for

  • Stories about writing/freelancing/marketing/making connections with your audience or community/persuasion.
  • Stories that describe a difficult or transformative event or experience that altered the way you see the world. (Death, grief, or murder of a family member are welcome subjects.)
  • Stories that show the human state of being where something unexpected –– or something you attempted –– pushes you into a place where your previous lexicon of knowledge is swept off its feet.
  • Writers who make sense of some new normal through their writing.
  • Personal essays welcome (first person narrative preferred).
  • Weird points of view gleaned from an insider’s view into a topic.
  • Stories of unexpected transformation (for the better or worse).
  • Uncomfortable, unexplored topics, welcome… but please include something you learned or gained from your human experience. Don’t let your story go down the swirly hole of doom, or float out into space. No one knows what to do with that.
  • Please leave out the sex stories, unless you can elevate it into something my brain can use. As an editor who’s read a few of Medium’s sex stories, I can tell you, this isn’t the pub.

Until I have some contributing writers, I’ll be populating the publication at first with stories about copywriting and marketing, and natural health and wellness. (I am a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist.) These are the professional fields I know well.

Personal stories will include those about the loss of my child, moving through a criminal investigation, and the easier lifestyle I found through downsizing my home.

I include these topics because they are not represented well here on Medium, yet these subjects consume the minds and hearts of so many.

Please feel free to add your voice to mine. If there are topics outside these which you feel would contribute to this publication in a worthwhile way, I’m happy to read them, too.

Finally, some technical guidelines.

  • Submissions from Medium members only, please.
  • Stories will be curated and selected for quality.
  • Include a picture with credits.
  • Edit and format appropriately. (I find myself formatting stories to satisfy the Writing Coop. This is a good guide.)
  • No pervasive self-promotion, please.
  • No previously published stories.

I’ll be revising these guidelines as we go. Join us, won’t you?

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Jen McGahan

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Curious mom, writer, & lymphatic massage therapist. I teach a persuasive writing course, too. Start here: https://www.jenmcgahan.com/power-words

Portals Pub

Fearless learning, disparate connections, and honest writing

Jen McGahan

Written by

Curious mom, writer, & lymphatic massage therapist. I teach a persuasive writing course, too. Start here: https://www.jenmcgahan.com/power-words

Portals Pub

Fearless learning, disparate connections, and honest writing

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