Xiao-Li Meng has an interesting piece in the September 2013 issue of the IMS Bulletin. (IMS = Institute of Mathematical Statistics). You'll find it on page 4, and it's titled "Rejection Pursuit".
In short, it's about the author's repeated efforts, as a young researcher, to get a particular paper published. The story has a happy ending, and Xiao-Li leaves us with a list of "Seven Deadly Sins of Research Papers, and Seven Virtues to Cultivate":
This looks like excellent advice, regardless of your discipline.
And yes, the article does have an econometric connection. If you read the article and you're interested in non-stationary time-series, you'll probably see the connection coming before the author mentions it!
© 2013, David E. Giles