When Wells wrote his first novel, “The Time Machine”, he was told, “It is not interesting enough for the general reader and not thorough enough for the scientific reader.” 

Yet this novel is still one of Wells’s best-known works. It has been translated into many languages, has been adapted into two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions and many comic book versions. It has also been the inspiration of many more works of fiction including children’s stories.

When he submitted “The War of the Worlds” to a publisher he received this comment: “An endless nightmare. I do not believe it would “take”…I think the verdict would be ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book’.”

The book was first published in serial form in 1897 and the first full volume appeared in print in 1898. It has been in print ever since!

So we ask the question? What did they know?

Have you been rejected? Was it as horrid as these statements? Well then, cheer up. May the outcome be as fruitful. Just be like H.G.Wells and keep on writing and submitting!

Tip of the Week: Read through the rejection to see if there’s anything true, that you need to address. If so, fix it. Then send it right back out again. The more you send out, the more you will have published. (And the more you will have rejected. That’s the writer’s life! Learn to live with it. )