Writing is a very lonely profession on one hand, but on the other, you are living within a stable of people you created. Still, when other profession receive support for their ongoing endeavors, writers need to find that the power to keep going in the face of rejection and perhaps the occasional ‘Oh. That’s interesting’ when you tell others of your story.
I found an article about authors who didn’t give up. It was written by Janeen Elite, and much was taken from Jack Canfield. Here it is.
“Well, take heart dear writers and don’t give up. Just because a strange ‘someone’ didn’t like your piece does not mean it is not good.”
The following is a list of writers who also received “that” letter. Many even received it more than once, but they didn’t let that stop them, and you shouldn’t either.
Margaret Mitchell received ‘that’ letter 38 times. The book? Gone With The Wind
Talk about rejection, James Joyce’s Dubliners was rejected 22 times! And even after it was published, only 379 copies sold in its first year. To make matters worse, Mr. Joyce admitted that he purchased 120 of those copies himself.
“A very bad book.” Told to Pierre Boulle about his “Bridge Over River Kwai”
“The book is not publishable.’ regarding – “Who Killed Virginia Wolfe?”
“…too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling” told to Dr. Seuss, about his book And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.
“This is a work of almost-genius – genius in the power of its expression – almost in the sense of its enormous bitterness. I wish there were an audience for a book of this kind. But there isn’t. It won’t sell.” told to Ayn Rand about her book The Fountainhead.
“…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 …” The author was Jacqueline Susann and the book was “Valley of the Dolls.”
So, if you are writer, don’t despair – keep writing. And remember this quote from Judy Blume . “I would go to sleep at night feeling that I’d never be published. But I’d wake up in the morning convinced I would be. Each time I sent a story or book off to a publisher, I would sit down and begin something new. I was learning more with each effort. I was determined. Determination and hard work are as important as talent.”