Unfortunately, most of my mail nowadays seems to be rejection letters. Awhile ago I sent out one of my stories to a lot of magazines as a sim sub, and the results are trickling in. One rejection, two rejection, three rejection, more!
But it's surprising how much it doesn't really both me. I remember opening one and my mother saying, "aw, I'm sorry Jenny" when we saw it was a rejection. Me? I just shrugged. I still have 16 more magazine to hear from and an online database to go through.
But I have set a limit, if only for time. 50 rejections for a piece, and then I'm gonna self-publish. How? I'm not to sure yet. People do it through Kindle and CreateSpace, but I know others who've done it all through free podcasts (which builds an audience and then they've gotten a contract to get them printed published). But we'll come to that hurdle later. And there's that whole novel vs short story thing.
Regardless, I'm paying close attention to the numerous journeys other authors are taking. Patrica is a great teacher, talking about every little problem like getting the cover right and twitter campaigns. And Fritz has just decided to pass on traditional publishing, and his top ten reasons are not those that would have popped into my mind first. Not to mention all those interviews I listen to on podcasts. I love learning, I wish I could have that for a career.
It's nice to see people taking an active step towards what they want, to do it my self to by submitting things. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something, and that what I want to happen, will. Eventually.