After my first attempt at sending out my latest novel, the agent’s letter came back:
So, how many agents should I send my MS to? Am I Capable of receiving more rejection letters?
Hell, yeah, I am.
Kathryn Stockett’s book, The Help, was rejected 60 times.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times before it was published.
Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times before it was published.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was rejected 26 times before it was published.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 12 times and J. K. Rowling was told “not to quit her day job.”
Lord of the Flies by William Golding was rejected 20 times before it was published.
Not giving up, nope, not giving up.
‘Cause I got High Hopes (excerpt)
Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around
Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant
But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes
So any time your gettin’ low
‘stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant
-music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn.