Write another story, of course!
And that's kind of how the last five years have gone. Of course, I've had bad days, weeks, and even months along the way. Anything worthwhile is going to be hard. But, at the end of the day, I'm so thankful and blessed to be part of this community.
If you've got a story, I encourage you to tell it. Write it and send it out to publishers. It's scary and exciting and life changing.