Blogger: Rachel Kent
First, thank you, Veterans, for your service! We appreciate you!
Now, I think it’s time for some real-life examples of rejected manuscripts…that were published!
My client, Sarah Sundin, spent seven years pitching and perfecting her WWII historical romance A Distant Melody. She received many positive rejections. Publishers and agents wrote back to her and told her that her writing was good but historicals weren’t selling.
Sarah didn’t give up. She kept revising her manuscript and had hope. Finally, in 2008, she attended the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and met an editor from Revell. The editor and Sarah connected, and the editor requested Sarah’s book.
Revell loved Sarah’s writing and story and offered her a contract for three books! A Distant Melody released in March 2010 and Sarah’s 13th (I hope I am counting right) book will release in early 2020!
The timing for A Distant Melody was perfect because there weren’t many historicals left on the bookshelves. It was also perfect timing for Sarah. She admits that until 2008 she wasn’t in the right place in her life to publish a book. With young children and a job, the demands of edits, marketing, etc. could have overwhelmed her. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced all that goes into getting the book out after the contract, take note that it’s a lot of work!
And then there’s Dr. Seuss’s story. His first book And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street was rejected 27 times before he ran into an acquaintance–who happened to be an editor at a publishing house–while on his way to destroy the story no one wanted to publish. The editor asked to take a look and took a chance on Theodor Geisel/Dr. Seuss’s book. Seuss is quoted to have said that, “if he had been walking down the other side of the street, he probably would never have become a children’s author.”
Another good publication story is Madeleine L’Engle’s for A Wrinkle in Time. You can read it in her own words here.
There are many stories like this on the internet, so if you ever need encouragement to keep trying, go ahead and search for some more examples. And maybe some of our blog friends can add their stories here. Published authors, please feel free to post your publication story!