Archive for October, 2015

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!

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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

 marshall pass 7

 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,

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.


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