Since my adventure began five years ago, I have read numerous stories from well known authors about their journey to becoming published. I had put so much time and effort into my craft I couldn’t help but feel discouraged and wonder what I was doing wrong. It helped and encouraged me to know that I was not alone but in great company.
The one common theme in all of their stories was perseverance. The agent that worked with me on my book, always ended her critiques with don’t give up. Perseverance is the one characteristic that all successful writers have.
If you have a high quality, marketable piece of work, persevere and you will eventually find an agent and get published. Kathryn Stockett wrote The Help over a five year period of time, then had three and a half years worth of rejections. 60 in all. It was agent 61 who took her on. The book spent 100 weeks on the best seller list. Not sure if you are familiar with the book but you probably have heard of the movie based on this book.
Other notable Authors who suffered rejection:
- Richard Adam’s Watership Down 17 rejections
- Frank Herbert’s Dune 20+ rejections
- JK Rowlings’ Harry Potter 12+ rejections
- Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook 24 rejections.
I hope you are getting the picture. You can’t give up. Revise, edit, do what you have to do to make your story great and don’t give up.
Hope this offered a little encouragement. I know how disheartening it can be to send your baby out and have it rejected. Don’t take it personal and don’t quit.
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