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

J.K. Rowling

Rowling was rejected by a dozen publishers, including biggies like Penguin and HarperCollins. Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, only took it on at the behest of the CEO’s eight-year old daughter, who begged her father to print the book.

On failure, Rowling said:

Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

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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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