See got a face-to-face meeting with that editor in NYC. Courtship, but of a different kind.
This is a great attitude to hang onto when the rejections roll in: it's not the end of a publishing opportunity, but the beginning of a courtship.
When my brother in-law was trying to win over my sister, he put single red roses on her windshield, befriended my younger sister and I - heck, he even got a job at the same place she worked.
They've been happily married for 7 years now.
Now let's say an editor turns down a piece. In dating terms: the editor's just waiting to see what's next, just needs to be "won over". It's not so much a no, as a "not yet." So keep sending those "roses" and maybe they'll accept your proposal.