Heller’s Catch-22 Got 22 Rejections

Another guest post from me over at WelcometoRealiti’s blog for his month of 22 themed posts! Make sure to go over and say Hi and follow the man whilst your there!

And Agatha Christie got 500 – so whats your lame excuse for giving up after one?
If you’re a writer, or anything for that matter; in life, you’re going to be rejected, and today, I’m going to tell you about some of the best-selling authors who didn’t give up at that first hurdle on the track…

via Heller’s Catch 22 got 22 rejections —

That First Rejection Letter

I got it!

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And it hurt, it really did!

I didn’t realise how bad I would feel, even though it’s just one, but, now, I sit and think that it’s just another step in my journey.

What does make me feel better though, is a post on Cristian Mihai’s blog – about famous, best-selling authors who got rejected – that I found early on in my wordpress endeavor. I bookmarked it so that I could always go back to it. And it reminds you that authors like J.K. Rowling, Dr.Seuss, Hemingway, and H.G. Wells all got rejected numerous times before the worlds they created became the worlds many people grew up with.

The Wizarding World got rejected twelve times!

I think it’s also really important to remember that when your submitting, that agents are just human, and as Agatha Christie got 500 rejections (and we all know where she ended up), they can make mistakes or overlook something that may actually work.

And, if Agatha didn’t give up after 500, I don’t think anyone can justify giving up after 1!

There’s also a quote that I found this year, a quote that I make sure I have close to me when I write, just to remind myself of something really important!

‘Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self’ – Cyril Connoly

So, even if I get to 500, I want to remember that I’m writing these novels and stories to see how my characters end up (because I can plan the whole thing and it can go the complete other way), and to experience journeys in to new lands without needing to leave my house!

So, keep going,

Keep submitting,

And most of all,

Just keep writing…

Jade x