Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sara Barnard - How to Avoid the Rejection Blues @TheSaraBarnard

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How to Avoid the Rejection Blues

Peter Rabbit. Gone With the Wind. Frankenstein. Moby Dick. Little Women. The Wizard of Oz. What do all of these timeless classics have in common? They were all manuscript rejects – several times over. Jack London was rejected over 600 times before selling a single story. Nicholas Sparks’ THE NOTEBOOK – you know, the favorite chick flick and a must see for anyone in a relationship – was turned down by 24 literary agencies. The 25th not only picked it up, but sold it ONE WEEK LATER to Time Warner for the tiny little sum of $1 million. Louisa May Alcott was told to stick to her day job of teaching when seeking out publishers for Little Women. Meg Cabot, the author of The Princess Diaries, kept all of her rejections in a bag under her bed ... until it became so full she couldn’t lift it. Judy Blume, J.D. Sallinger, Agatha Christie, Louis L’Amour, and even the beloved Dr Seuss are members of the Rejection Hall of Fame. In short, rejection is part of this career. A western author in one of my groups moved into a remote cabin and papered the walls of the bathroom with his rejection letters, but me, I read them and then throw them away. I have lost count of how many I’ve received – but all it takes is for one person to say yes, then you’re on your way!


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Genre - Romantic Historical Fiction

Rating – PG

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