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.
On to success!
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“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth,
but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”
— Leo Tolstoy
Photo by M.L. Rowland
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Send me a photo of yourself
(and/or your spouse, significant other, friends,
yoga group, book club, chorale, etc.)
reading any of my books,
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!
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: email@example.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.
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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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