Some of the great writers at one time or another received that dreaded rejection letter and went on to enjoy successful careers.
Did you know? Margaret Mitchell, the author of “Gone with the Wind”—was rejected 38 times before publication. And the great author Stephen King submitted “Carrie” 30 times and was rejected 30 times. I found it interesting to learn that many of the authors we admire received NO’s on their creative work before finding a publisher.
WILLIAM FAULKNER: His novel “Sanctuary” was considered unpublishable
VLADIMIR NABOKOV: Did you know he received a rejection letter after submitting “Lolita”, which later on sold Fifty Million copies?
TIM BURTON; Did you know his first illustrated book, “The Giant Slig” received a thumbs down from Disney?
ANN FRANK: “The Diary of a Young Girl” was rejected 15 times.
BEATRIX POTTER: Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit:” herself.
J.K. ROWLING: “Harry Potter and “The Sorccer’s Stone” was rejected 12 times, and she was told not to quit her Day Job.
A few quotes I hope you will find amusing and encouraging:
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.”
MARK TWAIN: “Substitute the word “damm” every time you are inclined to write very. Your editor will delete it and the writing will be as it should be.”
ERNEST HEMMINGWAY: “The first draft of everything you write is Poop.”
RAY BRADBURY: “You must stay drunk in writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
ROBERT FROST: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
TONI MORRISON: ”If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
.*… A special Thank You to “Buzz-Feed” for the informative article on Pinterest.
“EVERY DAY IS A NEW BEGINNING”—PAULA