Assume I have just written my first short story. I showed it to a few friends and they seem to like it. For the next step I want to find out if my work has any literary/commercial value.
[You may ignore this part, but at the same time I guess I want to find out whether or not I am talented enough to continue writing, in other words, if I have some core skills that I can polish.]
What is the best way to achieve this in 2017?
Should I look for online magazines that accept submissions? Should I look for online competitions? Should I look into publishing my story on Amazon, or something similar, and see if I get any feedback (assuming anyone buys it)? Should I look for paperback publishers that are interested in absolute beginners (if any)?
All of the above?
Also, what are the rules for publishing - if someone publishes my story, does that mean that another publisher cannot do that anymore?