You’re book is rejected and they don’t have to give you a reason. Ouch! If you are an author, chances are somewhere along the line you have received a rejection letter from a publisher or a literary agent. Don’t take it as a sign of rejection, rather nod your head and keep it high as you just joined some of the best authors in the world who received rejection letters. Now doesn’t that make you feel better? Just think about the company you are now in. Take a look at the following authors whose manuscripts were rejected but went on to do great things.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Little Women is a classic, but if Alcott would have listened to her rejection, “Stick to Teaching,” we wouldn’t have heard of this book that has shaped literature.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
I remember in high school when our English teacher told my class we would have to read The Great Gatsby. I had never heard of it. Then one night at my grandmother’s house, I was reading the book. She got so excited because it was one of her favorites. In fact, she went to her room and retrieved an autographed copy of it. Just think, the first publisher didn’t like the book and suggested that Fitzgerald remove Gatsby as a character. The rest is history.
Have you ever heard of the novel Animal Farm? Who hasn’t, right? If George Orwell would have given up on his dream after receiving a rejection letter from the publishing company Faber & Faber, history on this book would have been very different. This book was rejected by four publishing companies because they didn’t want to be involved in the political satire business.
One of my favorite books of all time is The War of The Worlds. In fact, it is also one of my favorite movies. When the first editor got a hold of this book, he hailed it as “An endless nightmare. I think the verdict would be “Oh don’t read that horrid book.” Horrid? I think not. His alien invasion book is still among the favorites for science fiction lovers.
Have you ever heard of the book Moby Dick? Talk about a whale of a story that almost didn’t get published. This classic book was rejected by numerous publishers. They didn’t want to publish a book about a whale. One such company was Peter J. Bentley of Bentley & Son Publishing House. In fact this publisher didn’t want the book about a whale but suggested, “First, we must ask, does it have to be a whale? We recommend an antagonist with a more popular visage among the younger readers. For instance, could not the Captain be struggling with a depravity towards young, perhaps voluptuous, maidens?”
Melville didn’t give up, but he persisted, and Moby Dick was published less than a month after his rejection. Moral of this story is don’t give up and to keep writing.