Apologies if this has come up before. I submitted a story for the first time this week and just got my very first rejection. Very exciting. I'm sure I will try again soon... People have been telling me to submit something for years and I never felt I was good enough to even try until this past year. (And sometimes I still have my doubts.) I have a website where I keep all my writing, fiction and non, and the freedom offered by a venue like that leads me to wonder if all the worrying about length and content and whatever else is really worth it. As enticing as the notion of getting legitimately published remains, I'm wondering if the value is still what it once was. What I'm really interested in, though, are any horror stories or beautiful happy-ending amazing stories you may have about this sort of thing. I know there are some gifted writers here; any takers?