I just received a very courteous rejection letter from a literary magazine. I gave them "For the Love of Helga, My Zombie Queen" to review. It is a rejection and, if one wants to write, get used to rejection. I always said, 'If one believes the praise one gets from their work by others then they must believe the critics. Believe neither and it will not disturb your work.'
A writer's life is rejection, minus some very elating times when work is printed. In either case, there is a phrase from baseball, when it involves running the bases after a hitter smacks a home run: "Use class. Act like you've been there before and you'll be there again." In success or failure...keep on trucking. JJP