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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Never, Never, Never Give Up

Talk About Rejection:
"The Help" has earned $154.4 million at the box office so far.
Not bad for a screenplay based on book that was rejected 60 times.
The author, Kathryn Stockett wrote, "In the end, I received 60 rejections for The Help. But letter number 61 was the one that accepted me. After my five years of writing and three and a half years of rejection, an agent named Susan Ramer took pity on me.
What if I had given up at 15? Or 40? Or even 60? Three weeks later, Susan sold The Help to Amy Einhorn Books."
More Famous Rejections:
  • Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind (38)
  • Rudyard Kipling managed to sell one article to The San Francisco Examiner in 1889, but the paper then rejected any future submissions, saying, "You just don't know how to use the English language."
  • John Kennedy Toole, meanwhile, received so many rejection letters for his novel, A Confederacy Of Dunces, that he finally killed himself. Only the persistence of his bereaved mother led to the eventual publication of his novel and its receipt of the Pulitzer Prize in 1980.
  • Richard Bach – Jonathan Livingston Seagull (140)
  • Stephen King – Carrie (30)
  • Richard Adams – Watership Down (26)
  • Thor Heyerdahl – The KonTiki Expedition,(18)
  • Laurence J. Peter – The Peter Principle (16)
  • JK Rowling – Harry Potter books (12)
  • Beatrix Potter – The Tale of Peter Rabbit (8). She finally published it herself.
Val Waldeck
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1 comment:

  1. I have just started a series on "Handling Rejection" on my website, so this will provide me with some helpful resource material. Thanks Val!