I've met quite a few writers who don't sub any to their dream publications, because they tell me there's 'no point'. And I can empathise with that. But here I offer a poem of encouragement:
They All Said it Couldn't be Done
They all said it couldn't be done
but he, with a grin, replied,
'I've never been one to say it couldn't be done
leastways until I've tried."
So he tried that thing that
couldn't be done.
By golly, he went right to it.
He tackled that thing that couldn't be done,
and found he couldn't do it.
This used to be my party piece when I was a kiddy. It's always made me laugh. And it pretty much sums up getting an acceptance from the professional press (or your dream publication). It's tough, but I do it anyway. And sometimes I do do it.
note: this poem is a parody of a more inspiring poem, but I prefer the version I gave you.
Where do you get your ideas? The story of a story:
Joanne Merriam at the Journal of Unlikely Entymology.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt guest blogs at Catch a Star as it Falls:
Ten Tips for Getting Past Writer's Block
A favourite topic of mine. Turn that frown upside down:
Thoughts about rejection from Kelly McCullogh at the Magical Words blog
Thought from mystery and crime writer, Laurence O'Byran
A Sense of Mystery: What makes you read on?
An Insight into Research from Shimmer editor and writer, Elise Tobler
Pineapples Everywhere: The Dominoes of Research