Ann Emmert Abbott
Welcome to the block, Lauren.
We’re not all beginning writers, so some of us have already passed through what you are experiencing. It sounds to me as if you are on the right track. Don’t let that hurdle of rejection slow down your momentum. Keep right on sending that piece out and hope someone will give you a clue about what’s wrong with it (if anything) or why it isn’t right for their publication. Get a few rejections under your belt, and you’ll realize it’s just part of the business of writing.