In 2015, I sent out just about 285 submissions to various magazines in the hopes of being a published writer. I had four pieces accepted. Not exactly stellar results. The most gut wrenching, soul crushing, dream eating feeling I have ever felt happened in 2015 when one of my stories was short listed by Daily Science Fiction only to have DSF send me, about 50 days later, a form rejection. Rough.
I bring this up for two reasons. First, days after getting a “maybe” later from a very big professional paying market(not DSF), followed quickly by a rejection, I sent out that same short story and it was accepted by Typehouse Literary Magazine in Portland, Oregon (love that town!). So happy dance for the acceptance!
And secondly, if you happen upon this page, finding yourself down in the dumps after receiving your 281st rejection letter, then I say to you, have hope, keep your head down, write your ass off, and never stop, because response 282 might just be an very good email to receive.