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
Have you put your heart and soul into producing something, only to have the idea ridiculed or rejected by those you hoped to impress? Richard Bach would understand. This man was the an author who wrote a creative story about a seagull that discovered the power of flight. read more
Life is all about aiming to achieve. And when you do this, you face the likelihood that you won’t get what you want–and that leads to rejection.
In other words, rejection isn’t all bad. read more
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
How would you feel if your novel was rejected 38 times? Would you have moved on to writing another book?
Or would you have decided to change career? read more
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
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone took J.K. Rowling from living on social security to multi-millionaire status within five years. Yet initially, the book was turned down by 12 publishers. (Boy, are they kicking themselves today?) read more
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
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
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.” read more