Rejection is an inevitable part of any business, especially for those in sales. It’s definitely a part of the business of writing and being an author. My wife passed along the following examples from the publishing world.

397 rejections: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (became a movie)

140 rejections: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (book, album, movie)

97 rejections: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (won the Newberry Medal for best children’s book in 1963 and is now in its 69th printing)

40 rejections: Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson (has won multiple awards)

38 rejections: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (bestselling novel, movie won 10 Academy Awards)

26 rejections: Watership Down by Richard Adams (popular novel and animated film)

19 rejections: Dune by Frank Herbert (frequently cited as world’s bestselling science fiction novel)

17 rejections: Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (book and movie series)

16 rejections: The Diary of Anne Frank (more than 30 million copies in print)

15 rejections: Dr. Seuss books (crazy successful children’s books)

9 rejections: Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling (maybe you’ve heard of these?)

Whatever you’re working on, stick with it.


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