Writing for others is such a roller coaster ride. Today, I received a rejection after six months. The market was tough, and I was trying not to get my hopes too high but, my goodness, it's hard not to. The funny thing is I have a number of pieces that will be in print this month or next, some of them with decent checks attached.
As one of my favorite writer friends pointed out, you really have to have thick skin. I think that the thing that helps the most is taking the long view. Over the past year I've had a little less than %20 acceptance rate. I realize that some folks do better, but some folks do worse and it is my first year. Even more importantly, I am building a library that gets better every day and when I am positioned in the right place I will be able to take advantage of the foundation I've laid.
Next time I want to take a look at the goals we set six months ago and see where we are now. Now is the time to revaluate and set new goals based on what we've learned from the experience.
Until then, keep writing my friends!