I know...I said I was going to be gone for a few days. We changed our plans, so I have a couple more days to work at home.
My agent had a great post today about rejection. (While you're there, read my comment with some of my own rejection stories). She hates to turn down queries, and I've come to find that she's not alone in that. There may be a few agents and editors out there who enjoy crushing the hopes and dreams of aspiring writers, but they're in a definite minority.
Her post reminded me of this blog post detailing a rejection letter that probably lets the recipient down as easily as any such missive could. You can read the letter by going to this site, clicking on the letter, then clicking again to enlarge it.
For many years I was on the editorial board of several prestigious medical journals. The rejection rate for professional papers at that time was about 85%. Now it's somewhere near 90+%. It was always difficult to reject papers that, had there been unlimited space, would have been publishable. But the harsh reality was that only the absolute best of the ones crossing my desk would be published. Of course, my own professional papers got turned down as well. Although I had over 100 of them published in a 35+ year career, I still was "turned down more times than a Holiday Inn bedspread."
Rejection. It happens. I hope you won't let it stop you from doing what you love, whether it's writing or (since spring training is about to start) working on your curve ball. I never made it out of semi-pro baseball to the majors or even the low minors. But that didn't stop me from trying. Hope you'll do the same, and keep pursuing your dreams despite rejections.