In the doldrums because your latest book (or poem or screenplay or article or play or essay) has been rejected by a publisher (or editor or agent or production company or magazine)?

Remember this: you’re keeping company with Dr. Seuss.

Yep. That Dr. Seuss.

According to this great blog, One Hundred Famous Rejections: “Who could reject Dr. Seuss?” it turns out, lots of people.

During his lifetime, Dr. Seuss won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Peabody Award.

He sold over two million books including some of his most popular: “The Cat In The Hat,” “The Sneetches,” “Green Eggs & Ham,” “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

His first book, “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected 27 times before it was finally accepted.

One of his most famous rejection letter excerpts read: ‘This is too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.’”

Who else’s work was rejected at some time or another?

According to this same blog: F. Scott Fitzgerald. J.K. Rowling. John Grisham. Beatrix Potter. Ernest Hemingway. Ray Bradbury. And a lot more writers whose names you would recognize.

So next time you’re singing the rejection blues, remember you’re in truly GREAT company.
Maybe that’ll give you a little hope.
And drive.
Then momentum.
On to success!
Keep writing!

Photo by M.L. Rowland ©


“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth,

but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

                                                                                — Leo Tolstoy

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 Photo by M.L. Rowland

Calling All Readers!

Send me a photo of yourself

(and/or your spouse, significant other, friends,

yoga group, book club, chorale, etc.)

reading any of my books,

Zero-Degree Murder


Murder Off the Beaten Path,


Murder on the Horizon

and I will post it on my website


in the Readers Gallery.

Fame and fortune not guaranteed.

Have fun with it!

Be creative!

If you’re from a country other than the U.S., put your nation’s flag in the photo.

Let’s see how many different countries we can get!

My e-mail address: mlrowland@ymail.com.

Or you can access the e-mail on my website: http://www.mlrowland.com


Each person depicted must be reading his/her own copy of either book.

Attach them to the e-mail in jpg format.

If you send me a photo and don’t see it up on my website within a week,

please try again. Possibly your e-mail went into my spam box.


Bouchercon 2015

Honored and excited to be selected to be on a panel at the World Mystery Convention, Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC (Choosing Your Voice in Mystery Fiction: 1st, 3rd or Omnipotent).

Looking forward to it! 

M.L. Rowland is the author of the Gracie Kinkaid Search and Rescue Mystery Series. “Murder on the Horizon,” the third book in the series, was released August 4, 2015. The first two books, “Zero-Degree Murder” and “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” were released in 2014. Available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, as well as Barnes & Noble and other local bookstores. 

Be a Rainbow

Murder On The Horizon

Available now at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com,

at select Barnes & Noble book stores,

and in local libraries and book stores.

If they don’t carry it, ask them to order it for you!



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