Very useful tips.
Okay, there is a publication I had been targeting for a few weeks now, but never gathered the courage to submit. Now, I am going to take them off the pedestal and pitch my piece.
Even if it gets rejected, I will work on the article, publish it elsewhere. Then, I will write another one and be back to pitch to my dream publication, haha.
Sorry for blabbering, but that's exactly how much your article inspired me. Thank you for writing this. :)