A rejection seldom means, ‘Your work stinks!’ It usually means, ‘Your work, for whatever reason, isn’t what I need or want right now.’ It just means I need to keep looking for the right place for my work. It means not giving up.
~ Betty Winslow
The end result for a writer may be finding a publisher, but publishing is not anywhere near the beginning or the middle of this process. So when we advise young people about writing, it would be best if we could move students away from that kind of thinking and say, ‘Write because you’re passionate about it. Think of yourself as a glass blower. You don’t blow your first glass and take it to Tiffany’s. You blow your first glass, and you smash it. You blow it again, and you smash it.’
~ Ann Patchett