I went on several other interviews before I started getting desperate. I couldn't fathom why something that had a cinch before had gotten so difficult.
Six months into the job search, I decided to expand to internships. I didn't even care that they were unpaid; I just wanted back in. Problem was, I wasn't a student or a recent grad (within 6 months of graduation) and internships liked students. I applied to various ones anyway, since I wanted to at least see if someone would bite.
I re-organized my résumé and made my cover letter snappy (I worked at Penguin with Charlaine Harris and Nora Roberts books! I ruled, blah, blah, blah).
Months passed and I happened to see an internship posting for a small press that looked promising. I got in touch with the coordinator (a girl who was my age, but I tried to overlook that fact). She was really nice and I had a meeting with her for the summer internship.
I didn't get it.
I didn't let that stop me, though. I emailed a nice note, thanking her for her consideration and letting her know that I was interested enough to wait around for the next internship possibility in the Fall, if she was still interested. I didn't hear back, but no worries. They probably got emails like that all the time and couldn't actually respond to all of them.
I waited until the coordinator was likely recruiting for the next round, so two months later, I emailed her again to re-affirm my interest, even offering to come in for another interview. She said she remembered me and that she would definitely keep me in mind for the opening. No additional meeting was necessary. I thanked her again.
A month later, I sent another email asking if she'd arrived at her decision yet. About two minutes after it was sent, she responded, saying that, what a coincidence! I had the position and she was about to email me. Now if it was true or not (she might have just been tired of hearing from me), I didn't care. I was over the moon! I'd gotten my foot back in the door.
I was now a Fall intern at Dorchester Publishing.
(If you think the story is finished, well no, not quite.)
EDIT: Unfortunately, Dorchester isn't doing so well now. They're in a bit of a pickle.