I think it is good to remember that famous authors received rejection many times before they were successful. So I wanted to share some recent knowledge I gained about this topic. Let’s look at these authors’ experiences so we can take heart and persevere.
JK Rowling: …she was a single mother with very little money, and writing Harry Potter took her six years. In 1995 she sent it out to publishers and was rejected 12 times. Before it was finally picked up by Bloomsbury. Now her books have sold 400 million copies worldwide. Even later in her career JK Rowling wrote some crime novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith and she received numerous rejections letters including someone telling her she should take a writing course. Now the crime series is now being made into a television show.
Stephen King: …was a teacher living in a trailer with his wife and small children. His wife encouraged him to keep writing. Stephen King received 30 rejections before Doubleday bought Carrie for $2500 advance. His book sold 13,000 copies in hardback and he continued his day job, until one day the paperback rights were sold for $400,000. Today his books have sold more than 350 million copies.
Kenneth Graham: …(The Wind in the Willows) his book was rejected as “An irresponsible holiday story that will never sell.” This book later became a best-selling children’s tale.
John Le Carre: a publisher was once known to have written: “You’re welcome to le Carré—he hasn’t got any future.” This was sent by one publisher to another about John le Carré and his third novel, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, later this became an international best seller.
Louise May Alcott: was told to “stick to teaching.” She rejected this criticism of Little Women and it was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, and remains a classic nearly 150 years later.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: was told to get rid of the Great Gatsby: “You’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby character.” Suggested about The Great Gatsby in my opinion a masterpiece of modern fiction.
Let’s take heart that many famous authors and authors of amazing talent and vision were rejected so perseverance is a necessary quality in a writer, as is a stubborn and unwavering belief in what you are writing. Go well, and embrace your project, accept criticism if you feel it is important but other criticism may need to be regarded differently. That is for each author/writer to decide for themselves. Either way, perseverance and a focused, stubborn determination is required. Go well, keep writing! 🙂
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In Freedom Writing I talk about the research showing writing therapy’s effectiveness and also share my experience and that of other people’s in revealing the release you can experience as well. 🙂
Have a great day.
I have released a new version of Freedom Writing, it includes a Journal with seven sections of journal prompts. I have included quotes for inspiration and questions to get you using writing therapy and stimulate your memories and delving into your own life and emotions.
Feel free to download it at the moment. It is free for a few more days. If you do please write a review afterwards, it is new. Also, if you have downloaded Freedom Writing I would really appreciate reviews, Indy authors really need that. 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Kind regards, Suzanne
As I am getting ready for the pitch conference in September I have been given the assignment of writing a pitch or blurb. It is such a good technique – if you go to books similar to yours, in genre or subject matter and find the back covers of these books or the blurbs. Have a look at how they have written these. It is such a good exercise because then you can see how to write your own blurb or pitch for your book. I have done that today.
Remember with either a blurb or pitch you need to have the reader asking questions, wondering what will happen, creating suspense and wanting to read to know what happens. This is the essence of story, isn’t it? Suspense.
Go, and do this exercise if you are thinking of writing a book or have written one. It has really helped me to summarise my book and write a blurb/pitch that makes the person listening feel something. The person needs to care about your story otherwise they will not be engaged. I am excited about this exercise. It has taught me a lot. When I read my blurb it makes me feel the tension in the novel and that is your test. Try it. I think it will be a great exercise for you! Happy reading or writing! 🙂
Just letting you know about my collection of short stories, it contains stories about life, love, loss and laughter. With plots in New York, Jenin, Israel, Sydney and Brisbane the stories explore a range of themes and aspects of being human. Here are a few reviews.
Thanks so much for reading! Kind regards, Suzanne
I wrote my book Freedom Writing, to show people how they can help themselves in a completely easy and affordable manner using writing therapy. Counselling should be continued as well, but writing therapy can be used at any time during your day and is cheap, only a pen and paper this is used well with counselling to express how they are feeling inside.
Men benefit the most from writing therapy, and yet they are the ones who find it hard to try this therapy. I have a mission to get this book out to more men, and young people, as well as women. Women have bought and downloaded this book and are open to forms of therapy and I wrote this book for them. Men commit suicide three times more than women in Australia and I would imagine in other countries around the world. Young people are suffering a lot of stress and pressure and some of them decide to end it as well. This book was written to show there is HOPE.
So, I have a link to my e-book or my print version of Freedom Writing. If you are wanting the print version, go to the e-book link and then select Paperback. 🙂
Thanks for reading! If you download this, you can discover some completely easy to use techniques to get rid of stress when it arises, and no one in the world can say they don’t have stress or pain at various times in their lives.
Go well, have a great day. 😀 (Freedom Writing was number on the Amazon Best Seller List for Downloads for three days.)
There is only one day left to grab a copy of Freedom Writing. 🙂
Feel free to download it, post a review it would be most appreciated! Thanks for reading.
My book has been Number 1 on the Amazon Best Seller, downloads in two categories. 🙂 Thanks guys for those downloading it and if you still want to, it is available for free for one more day!
Kind regards, Suzanne