Do You Handle Rejection Like Stephen King?

Stephen King, one of today’s most prolific horror writers, has sold over 350 million copies of his novels and short stories. But he also received plenty rejections.

In the book “On Writing” he explains that whenever he received a rejection, he would stick it on a nail. After a few years, the nail would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips and he replaced it with a spike and kept right on writing and submitting. Carrie, one of his most famous novels, received 30 rejections before it was published. read more

Valley of the Dolls

When Jacqueline Susann started to look for a publisher for this unusual novel, she received a rejection that said, “…she is a painfully dull, inept, clumsy, undisciplined, rambling and thoroughly amateurish writer whose every sentence, paragraph and scene cries for the hand of a pro. She wastes endless pages on utter trivia, writes wide-eyed romantic scenes …hauls out every terrible show biz cliché in all the books, lets every good scene fall apart in endless talk and allows her book to ramble aimlessly …” read more

Know who Theodore Geisel Is?

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to his fans as Dr. Seuss, was the well-known children’s author of such stories as “Green Eggs & Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” read more

Anne Frank

It’s bad enough when your book manuscript comes back with a standard rejection saying that it’s “not what we’re looking for at the moment.” At least you can try to believe the book itself is good and you really are a writer.

How would you feel if you got a rejection letter that said, “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.” How about if a publisher told you it was, “a dreary record of typical family bickering, petty annoyances and adolescent emotions.”  read more

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Motivational speakers, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen believed in the power of positive stories. They put together an anthology of stories which they entitled, “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. Within a month of submitting the first manuscript to publishers they received 33 rejections! Two of them said “anthologies don’t sell” and the book was “too positive.” read more

Why the Bumble Bee Can’t Fly

When Igor Sikorsky was 12, his parents told him that competent authorities had already proved human flight impossible. Yet we know him to day as the man who designed and flew the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, and the first mass produced helicopter. read more