This is not my thought. This was emailed to me by a dear friend to keep me going after I received 9 rejection slips for my book in the same day.
Persistence is a quality that I’ve really come to admire. In the publishing business, no one knows who’s got the golden ticket and it could be you. Focus on making your work as good as it can be, and search for a group of readers you can rely on. Focus on the encouragement you find along the way. Barbara Kingsolver has a rather famous quote on rejection in publishing, and it’s one that I find very wise:
“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.”