Jack Nicholson playing a frustrated writer in the ShiningAre you an author who has submitted tediously and endlessly to publishers and agents who is in need a boost? This is just a small list I’ve found online of talented writers who’ve been there! Should make ya feel much better!

AUTHOR PUBLISHER REJECTIONS

Pearl S. BuckThe Good Earth – 14 times
Norman MailerThe Naked and the Dead – 12 times
Patrick DennisAuntie Mame – 15 times
George OrwellAnimal Farm
Richard BachJonathan Livingston Seagull – 20 times
Joseph Heller –  Catch-22 – 22  times (!)
Mary Higgins Clark – first short story – 40 times
Alex Haley – before Roots – 200 rejections
Robert PersigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – 121 times
John GrishamA Time to Kill – 15 publishers and 30 agents (he ended up publishing it himself)
Chicken Soup for the Soul – 33 times
Dr. Seuss – 24 times
Louis L’Amour – 200 rejections
Jack London – 600 before his first story
John Creasy – 774 rejections before selling his first story.  He went on to write 564 books, using fourteen names.
Jerzy Kosinski – 13 agents and 14 publishers rejected his best-selling novel when he submitted it under a different name, including Random House, which had originally published it.
During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville’s timeless classic, Moby Dick, sold only 3,715 copies.

FAMOUS SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS:

Remembrance of things Past, by Marcel Proust
Ulysses, by James Joyce
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
The Wealthy Barber, by David Chilton
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles
In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and his student E. B. White
The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Sandra Haldeman Martz
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert

FAMOUS SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS

Deepak Chopra
Gertrude Stein
Zane Grey
Upton Sinclair
Carl Sandburg
Ezra Pound
Mark Twain
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Stephen Crane
Bernard Shaw
Anais Nin
Thomas Paine
Virginia Wolff
e.e. Cummings
Edgar Allen Poe
Rudyard Kipling
Henry David Thoreau
Benjamin Franklin
Walt Whitman
Alexandre Dumas
William E.B. DuBois
Beatrix Potter

Now, is it time to put yourself on that list?
Noroc (“Good luck”) in Romanian

by visual artist, graphic designer (and sometimes writer) Linda Laforge.
See her art and some of her writing at www.LindaLaforge.com

Article copyright © Linda Laforge

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