A few years ago I went to a writing conference, and in one of the classes which was specifically relating to submitting to publications the instructor made an offhand remark that a person should "try for 100 rejections a year," the idea being to not let fear of rejection keep you from trying, but to embrace the possibility as a necessary evil in the effort to get published.
I took that as a challenge.
I started on April 6, 2017 and as of this very moment I have accumulated 300 rejections, which means I am well ahead of schedule.
It's worth noting that along with those 300 rejections I have also been published nine times with a tenth coming up sometime soon. You can take a glance over at my Publications page if you're curious.
Each of those ten Acceptances have been a thrill ride, from the very first on October 2, 2017, nearly six months after I started submitting, to the last one on June 29 of this year, nearly six months ago.
And now thanks to NaNoWriMo I have eighteen new shorts to polish up and send out into the world. Who knows, maybe some of those beauties will get snatched up as well. Only time will tell.