Once upon a time I submitted a story to The People's Friend magazine. They rejected it. I sent another. They rejected that too.
This sequence was repeated at varying intervals over the next 13 years. But for two things, that would have made me feel insecure and caused me to give up. The first is that I was selling stories to a wide range of other women's magazines on an increasingly regular basis, so I knew I could write, I just wasn't getting it quite right for that particular publication. The second is that I'm just a touch on the stubborn side.
My persistence has finally been rewarded with an acceptance and a message from my editor expressing the hope that it's the first of many. I'm jolly pleased.
I was lucky in that I was getting better results elsewhere. For those who've yet to have something published, repeated rejections are very demoralising. It's harder still if you're a slow writer and/or are writing novels as there will be a long gap before your next attempt. It might be tempting to give up, but don't. Your next submission might be a yes and that yes might be followed by many more.
If you're interested in submitting fiction to women's magazines, take a look at the womagwriter blog, which gives all the guidelines, news and tips you need to get started.
If you're feeling insecure in any way about your writing, then consider joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group. The group's purpose is 'To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!'