I just don't know how more of this I can take. I pretty much send something out every few days, sometimes few weeks. I really put myself and my writing out there. I always try to have at least 25 submissions out. Right now between short stories, essays and some poetry I've got closer to 50 things out. But I just can't seem to really crack this literary journal market the way I want to. My publishing credits are nowhere near adding up to my vision and goals as a writer. Okay. I will admit that I don't want to publish just to publish. I want to break into tough markets. I send my work out to the big dogs mostly. But there are some really great smaller publications I've tried without much luck. Even the smaller ones are places the right people have heard of, and by right people I mean the editors and readers at the bigger publications. Why is this so hard? I've been at it for years. I have no idea if I'm even close to making it or if this is just some sort of life-long pursuit. And because I submit like crazy, I get rejected like crazy. How do you handle rejection when you are really trying your hardest and putting your best work out there? How do you handle years of rejection and still have the nerve to send The New Yorker some of your poetry?