I can’t believe that I am calling myself a novice writer because I just counted all my submissions since I began this journey in the beginning of 2011 and I have submitted to 192 places, in order to get 21 acceptances. I am tired just thinking of it. Of course, I haven’t written 192 items, but I am pretty sure I’ve written approximately 100 stories, articles and poems. I’d say 3/4 of these were for children. I’m working on getting a publishing credit for an older audience but sadly, have yet to achieve it. So, to begin my blog in honesty as I want to, I had two very disappointing rejections this past week(meaning last 7 days) One from the kids’ark from a story that was short listed and called “wonderful” and one from TM publishing that I rewrote on their invitation, Sigh! I currently have 23 stories out right now waiting for replies from publishers. I will let you know either way how these come out. Oh! Most importantly, my goal since I started was to submitt 2 things(stories, poems or articles) every week. I give myself a break on my birthday week and certain vacation weeks like Christmas or Easter. But mostly, I have kept to that goal, hence the 192 submissions. Well, I think this is enough for my first blog. Hopefully, some other writers may take heart from this as I take heart from other blogs I have read. There are more failures than successes. The key is to never give up.