Did you know...
the first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times?
Anne of Green Gables was rejected 5 times?
E. E. Cummings’ collection No Thanks is dedicated to the 14 publishing houses that rejected it?
A Wrinkle in Time (one of my favorite books of all-time and a Newberry winner) was rejected at least 26 times?
These authors didn’t bank on luck. What got them published was PERSEVERANCE.
How can you persevere?
- Listen to constructive criticism without giving up what makes your story yours
- Take classes, read books, hone your craft
- Reach out to another publisher… or two… or 26
- NEVER STOP WRITING
Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe (another one of my favorites), talks about her perseverance in working toward the publication of her first book in this video. Watch it and be inspired:
So, on this St. Patrick’s Day, drink a green beer, kiss the Blarney Stone (or a willing, handsome Irishman), and get back to your story.