UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETIMES (QUITE OFTEN, ACTUALLY) REJECTION HAS VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH YOU PERSONALLY.
Getting rejected sucks. It sucked when I first started sending out stuff 30 years ago, and it still sucks today. In fact, sometimes it sucks harder. You start to wonder if the game has passed you by, and suddenly you get so sad you start wandering around the house with a forlorn expression on your face while singing "Send in the Clowns."
The fact is that a lot of great writing doesn't get (immediately) (if ever) picked up because that cliche is true: "doesn't meet our needs at this time."
Also, sometimes you and your innocent little manuscript wander into a larger context that you know nothing about. Example. I used to write scripts for Music and the Spoken Word. I know! I'm a former Sermonette Writer! Anyway, I wrote my scripts for years, submitted them, and collected my paycheck. Occasionally I had to re-write, but usually I nailed it with the Tabernacle folks on the first go around.
And then one day . . .
My scripts started getting rejected. And I had to re-write. Over and over. Also, over.
Okay, I am really not a diva. I am a big fan of re-writing, and I take editorial direction well. But I couldn't understand what was happening, nor did the edits always make sense to me. Then one day I DID figure out what was happening. There'd been a corporate reorganization, and suddenly there were lots of new voices sounding off about my little scripts. And, in fact, my scripts were sometimes battlegrounds where egos clashed and duked it out.
At least I think that's what happened. Maybe I just started writing crappy scripts.
I suspect, however, the rejection on that front didn't always have a ton to do with me personally.
Another day. Another Guiding Principle. Thanks for listening.