See this as another shot
At getting the work in print at last
Rejections should be kept to the past
They’re simply part of the writer’s lot.
If there were three pieces of advice I could give to new writers it would be to read a lot, write a lot and accept you are in the (very) long game. I try to make progress in each year whether it’s getting something published, or am achieving my goal of getting more work out there (hopefully increasing my chances of acceptance). And read writers’ interviews - I’ve picked up a lot of information that way.
Be proud of your success but
Don’t get yourself in a rut.
Always seek to make progress.
Get more work out there, not less.
It pays to cast your net wide. It gets you writing more (the more you do, the better you become as you’re exercising your imagination more) and you have something always out there, hopefully in the fray for publication or a prize. By seeking out where you can send your stories, you’re researching the market. You can then tailor your work to fit specific requirements. And it all helps you develop.