For writers, a rate of one acceptance for every eight submissions is standard.
I had assumed that writing that was rejected was writing that wasn’t good enough, and I think sometimes that’s true.
But after a treasured, longed-for acceptance, I couldn’t help noticing that all further correspondence is about what an amazing writer I am. I’m not complaining about this – validation is wonderful.
But it’s a binary.
In or out.
Maybe it was 80% of the way there, maybe it was 40% appreciated, but all I can have is 100% or 0%. And this is before you add subjectivity or any sort of gender bias into the mix.
So I’m trying to be less swayed by both the ‘No, thank yous’, and the ‘Yes, pleases.’
My work is what it is.
I write: I let it fly.
Sometimes it lands, and sometimes it doesn’t.