I’ve taken the leap and started the submission roller-coaster. Now for the hard bit… waiting! I am terrible at waiting (as I have said many times before). It’s impossible to not think about it. In fact, the more I try not to think about it the more it seems to weigh on me. The anything-but-a-rejection high versus the what-was-I-thinking low.
Harry Potter was rejected 12 times by publishers (and loads by agents first)
The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected 104 times.
Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times.
Frank Herbert’s Dune was rejected 23 times.
Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull was rejected 18 times.
Watership Down was rejected 38 times.
M*A*S*H was rejected 17 times.
The Diary of Anne Frank was rejected 16 times.
Anne of Green Gables was rejected 5 times.
Catch-22 was rejected 21 times.
Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected 140 times.
Twilight was rejected 15 times.
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