Why It's Important to Never, Ever Give Up: Authors Who Were Repeatedly Rejected

 

 

Robert Pirsig

Pirsig’s manuscript (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) attempts to understand the true meaning of life. By the time it was finally published in 1974, the book had been turned down 121 times. The editor who finally published it said of Pirsig’s book:

It forced me to decide what I was in publishing for.”

Indeed, Zen has given millions of readers an accessible, enjoyable book for seeking insight into their own lives.

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7 thoughts on “Why It's Important to Never, Ever Give Up: Authors Who Were Repeatedly Rejected

  1. Fantastic post, Tee. Just what everyone needs to get inspired toward their 2012 goals!

  2. Yes, a timely post. I think James Lee Burke's Lost Get Back Boogie saw 111 rejections. I keep whining anyway and sending out some more.

  3. While speaking at writers' conferences, I hold up one of my novels, THE FOUR ARROWS FE-AS-KO. I tell them this book was sold on the 45th submission. And in the 20 years since that book came out, it has been filmed by Sullivan Entertainment as PROMISE THE MOON, is still in hardcover print, and has recently been released as an audio book. Then I ask, "What if I had given up at 44 rejections?"

  4. Great post, Tee! Very inspiring. Thanks. I especially love the L'Engle quote. I'm an optimist, too. About that museum — don't thgink I can go there. Not that it isn't important, so we never forget, but I'd lose sleep like forever.

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