60 rejections, now a worldwide bestseller – Katherine Stockett, The Help
“Get a day job” – JK Rowling, Harry Potter
14 rejections – Twilight, Stephanie Mayer
“You have no business being a writer and should give up” – Zane Gray who now has some 250 million copies in print
“It is so badly written” – Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
25 rejections, then sells 7 million copies – Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveller’s Wife
5 rejections before winning The Man Booker prize – Yann Martel, Life of Pi
There are many, many more examples. (info from: http://www.litrejections.com)
I KNOW it’s hard, I KNOW what a minuscule percentage of writers pick up an agent early on in their submissions (I wrote about the lengthy and difficult process of getting a book published here My book ~ the deadline is set ), but hey, you can’t help what you feel.
I have received my first rejection.