“Mr. Peate self-publishes everything. He’s a teacher. Utterly incapable of making a lucrative living writing or even surviving on his writing income alone.”
—Matthew Dexter

1. I do not self publish everything. I have been published by more than one organization/publication (list below).
2. I tend to bypass traditional publishers because I cannot trust them to see my work’s merit. If a traditional publisher sees its merit, I will welcome that.
3. If one wishes to argue that my work lacks merit, one is welcome to read it and explain why it lacks merit. Anything less is worse than laziness: it’s logical fallacy. Saying something is bad without reading it but attacking the means of publication is an attempt to deceive by distracting attention away from the work itself. It shows a lack of respect for the intelligence of the person being addressed.
My friend Howard S. Dunn says that “conflating choice of marketing/distribution channels, monetary success, and quality of writing” amounts to a “non sequitur”.
My friend author Ryan Z. Dawson says, “If people won’t read authors whose names aren’t well known even if they personally know those authors and their struggles, then it’s their loss. They miss out on amazing stories. That’s on one hand. On the other hand, such people don’t care about reading anyway. They only wave books as tribal colors.”
For those unwilling to trust my own judgement of my own works, it would seem to me that having five different pieces published by four different publishers (list below) as I have validates my own assessment of my work. That said, I invite you to decide on the merits of my work for yourself.
It could be that I am unwilling to “survive” writing what others wish me to write, that I wish to write and publish whatever I damned well please, with total intellectual freedom, without financial pressure, on my own terms, and that I think that makes my work better as a result.

Robert Peate’s publishing history:

“My Snow Day”, Oswego County Messenger, March 1, 1983

“Are Times Hard, or Are We?”, Oregon English Journal, Volume XXXII No 1, Spring 2010

“Perma-Rest”, Better Than Starbucks, December 1, 2017

“Poetic Justice”, Meat for Tea, Volume 14, Issue 2: Passionfruit (2020)

“Wilma”, Meat for Tea, Volume 15, Issue 2: Criadilla de Toro (2021)

“The Ones Who Win”, Meat for Tea, Volume 16, Issue 1: Russian Caravan (2022)

“Hypocrisy”, Meat for Tea, Volume 16, Issue 2: Mugwort (2022)