You should NOT put your heart into the submission process.
As you might have figured out from my previous posts, I am submitting to themed magazines/anthologies to get my creative writing exercise.
Today I received a rejection on one of my horror. I wasn't shocked because it was one of my first attempts. It scared me, but I guess it didn't scare the editor.
But the editor was kind enough to pass on the name of someone collecting a similar anthology. Then I started to fret because the referral was a "for the love" anthology and how would I feel if they rejected me too.
Here are my choices, reread and reedit and submit it for a generic magazine and hope they find my story interesting and that the other 800 people who wrote to that theme don't submit before me. Or I can go with the flow.
Remember, we are writing every day and the first goal is getting published. We will worry about money once we figure out what voice and style works for us.
And yes I submitted Le Fey today and I'm pretty happy with it. It feels like a teen movie.
Good luck in your 1 year challenge. Do you have any good news? I'd love to hear it.