Give In To Your Obsession Instead

Photograph: Ben Hoffman

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

3 comments on “Give In To Your Obsession Instead”

  1. Anne_B

    Hi Liz! these are certainly inspiring words, sometimes we give up too quickly, when what we should rather do is press forward.

    • Liz

      They sure are! I’ve been so focused on the self-publishing world that I’ve completely abandoned even looking into traditional publishing for my work. But my clients and friends have been encouraging me to go that route this year and I will probably be doing just that.

      • Anne_B

        Certainly give it a try! you never know what could happen. I’m currently seeking representation for my first novel and I want to keep at it for as long as I can before seeking other means.

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