One of my creative writing friends told me that she was starting to feel a little downhearted with getting rejected from the university’s literary magazine. I was rejected last year from them, but I didn’t let it get to me because I knew that there will always be a few rejections before an acceptance. However, not everyone can brush it off their shoulders and send their work to the next contest/publication. It’s a let down when you feel even slightly unwanted. That’s why it takes a lot of confidence to even ask someone out because the thought of being rejected is so terrifying. No one likes it. I don’t like it.
Imagine if you took a chance. Kept putting yourself out there in hopes that something catches…and imagine getting it. A lot of the authors we know today were rejected before they were accepted. See below:
- William Golding: The author who brought us Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times for the novel that teenagers are still forced to read over the summer.
- Isaac Asimov: One of the biggest authors in science fiction had multiple stories rejected, never sold, or eventually lost into the abyss of time. However, his work is still well celebrated today. Will Smith starred in a film inspired by his work!
- John le Carre: An author who helped shaped the modern spy thriller novel was believed to not have any future in writing. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy anyone?
- Louisa May Alcott: The author of Little Women was told to go back to teaching.
- Agatha Christie: As proof that patience is a virtue, Christie had to wait four years for her first book to be published.
- Meg Cabot: The author of The Princess Diaries and its sequels keeps a mail bag of rejection letters.
- Madeline L’Engle: A Wrinkle in Time was rejected 26 times.
- J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishing companies. I bet Scholastic feels pretty awesome now.
Finally, for all you self-publishers who still don’t think you can make it despite Fifty Shades of Grey‘s success. Beatrix Potter self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
I hope this post serves as motivation for all you other writers who get downhearted. I know it hurts, but what separates the writer from the rest of the crowd is that they get back up, pen in hand.
For those interested in the original list I got this from, here’s the link: http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/05/17/50-iconic-writers-who-were-repeatedly-rejected/
You’d be surprised who’s in it. Keep writing everyone!