I recently found this article about 50 famous writers who were rejected many times before they found success. I have read many of the authors on this list, or otherwise I’ve heard of them. I struggle to imagine the challenges these writers faced, but at the same time, it gives me encouragement. If writing is good writing, it will get out there. But it’s not enough just to be good, because not everyone will think that it’s good. It’s important to try over and over, like these authors did. Here are some authors and what they went through to get published, according to the article:
William Golding: His book Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times before getting published.
Louisa May Alcott: Was told to stick to teaching.
Agatha Cristie: Had to wait four years for her first book to be published.
William Faulkner: His book, Sanctuary, was called unpublishable.
Meg Cabot: Bestselling author of The Princess Diaries, she keeps a mail bag of rejection letters.
John Grisham: His book A Time to Kill was rejected by 16 publishers before finding an agent who eventually rejected him as well.
J.K. Rowling: Submitted Harry Potter to 12 publishing houses, all of which rejected it.
These are just some well-known names that I’m more familiar with, but there are many more on the list. It goes to show that just because you’re not published the first time, it doesn’t meet you don’t have a chance. I know it sounds cliche, but honestly, the important thing is to keep trying and not give up.