To some degree, you have to be a self-motivated, self-starter. Especially in the beginning, buyers are not going to ask you to send them submissions, you have to be the one to get yourself excited, get the design worked up, spend some time getting it together, do the research to decide where to send it, get it there. It's up to you. No one else is going to do it for you. When it gets rejected, it's up to you to send it back out to someone else. If you don't do it, no one else will. In this way, you are an island. I am the Commander of my own ship! Nothing happens in my business without me! I knew that nickname should go to someone, it just didn't occur to me that it should be MINE! LOL!
Uh, so, as Commander, I need to take responsibility for my decisions, even when I decided to make a "shag belt"! LOL! Hey, I follow my inspiration, even if it leads me slightly off course!
When I get a rejection, I usually have my items repackaged and sent out again within a week. If they can't see it, they can't buy it. The "Shag Belt" has been retired. Maybe I'll wear it to Manchester NH for the CGOA conference "Chain Link" so everyone will know it's me! lol