Watching your work get rejected is a fact of life for all writers. Even if you’ve not yet gotten up the courage to send something out to a literary magazine or writing contest yet, you know that you’re going to face it sooner or later.
The good news is that once you’ve got a real rejection letter, or stacks of them, you’re in good company.
From the Huffington Post:
Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl was rejected repeatedly by publishers until it was featured in the local paper. According to the Post, one publisher remarked, “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”
Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was dismissed by one editor with this statement: “His frenetic and scrambled prose perfectly express the feverish travels of the Beat Generation. But is that enough? I don’t think so.”
From Daily Writing Tips, here is a sampling of titles, followed by the number of rejection letters they received before finally being accepted.
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (38)
Harry Potter book one, J. K. Rowling (9)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (18)
Carrie, Stephen King (30)
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfeld and Mark Victor Hansen (140)
Diary of Anne Frank (16)
So if you’ve sent out a piece of writing today, or received a rejection letter recently, just think about how great you could become when your rejection slip numbers start looking like these!