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: