I’m not encouraging writers to follow my example but only to point out that rejection is a subjective response. The cliché holds true: "What one editor hates another one loves."
Here’s another truism: If you’re going to submit material for publication, you’ll receive rejections. That’s a guarantee.
At a writers’ conference in North Carolina in 2001, the speaker asked those of us who had received more than ten rejections to stand. More than half the conferees rose. "How many have received twenty? twenty-five? thirty?"
As the numbers increased, fewer people remained standing. At the end, I was one of only three left. All of us admitted to having received more than a hundred rejections. I’ve been writing longer than the other two, so I assume I had more rejections. None of us felt embarrassed. In fact, one of them said, "Rejections are our red badge of courage—we had fought the battles and turndowns are our wounds."
Rejection is an unwanted-but-necessary part of professional writing. If you can't handle rejections, don't submit for publication.