I’m going to take this as a reminder to finally give traditional publishing a try. Brave the waters for 2015. I had no idea Susan Stockett, author of The Help, received about 60 rejection letters before the 61st literary agent gave her a try and helped her polish her manuscript.
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.
The point is, I can’t tell you how to succeed. But I can tell you how not to: Give in to the shame of being rejected and put your manuscript—or painting, song, voice, dance moves, [insert passion here]—in the coffin that is your bedside drawer and close it for good. I guarantee you that it won’t take you anywhere. Or you could do what this writer did: Give in to your obsession instead.
– Via More Magazine. Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help’ Turned Down 60 Times Before Becoming a Best Seller