A writer-friend submitted an essay to Brain, Child. She got a very thoughtful, but negative response. The editor told her that for every SEVEN essays they publish, they receive/have to reject SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY.
That really put "things" in perspective for me.
1--Rejections don't always mean bad writing and certainly aren't a personal affront.
2--Someone else simply hit the nail on the head and I did not.
3--All that stuff Christina and Abby have tried to hammer in my head about targeting your market must be so true!
I hope the number dancing in my head will go to sleep now that I have written about it. But I know it will never be totally dormant. Each time I write a query or an essay, it will wake up and remind me that I have to consider all aspects of my chosen market. Even more so than I have in the past.