I'll be the first to admit that I know little about the publishing world. I've gleaned some information from the web, but anyone who has ever googled a nagging health complaint at 2AM and "discovered" they have a rare and fatal illness knows how effective that can be. Everything else I know came from one friend who's a professional writer. [Note to writers, or anyone who is an expert at anything: having a mentor can make all the difference in whether aspiring writers achieve their potential. Mentoring changes people's lives. Don't wait because you're not a huge success yet.]
I've had a couple successes recently, and more of the usual rejections, the things every writer warns you about. (Since they are writers, these are actually objections about which you are warned.) I got back the edited proof of my story that will appear in the upcoming book Behind the Mask, and the editor had added a couple positive comments that made my entire day. I was feeling invincible, until that afternoon I received two story rejections from other publications in the span of a few hours.
Clarkesworld magazine (source of one of those two rejections) tweeted an extraordinary tidbit of information recently:
The linked article [The Year in Slush] gives more detail about their high rejection rate and the relative unlikelihood that any given submission will be accepted there. Authors, the odds are against you. You know what to do: ignore the odds.
Speaking of Behind the Mask, if you enter this giveaway on Goodreads right now you'll have a chance of winning one of 5 advance reader copies. The deadline is 3/25, so don't hesitate.