I’m going to start this post by saying that sometimes, when I really think of all of the unused and/or unrecognized talent out there, it makes me sad. Okay, not sad to where I’m going to cry or anything like that (I’m a big boy), but sad in such a way that I realize some people aren’t living up to their full potentials.
Think of the author who has worked extremely hard on a novel, only to submit it to agents and publishing houses in which he/she never receives a response. Some would stop at that and would think, “My novel apparently isn’t good, so I must have no talent at all. I quit.” The thought might be harsher than that, but you get the picture.
Below, I am sharing some famous books with you. You’ll probably recognize most, if not all. The number next to each book is how many times that book was originally rejected (from Maeve Maddox – http://www.dailywritingtips.com/famous-books-rejected-multiple-times).
Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis (15)
Carrie, Stephen King (30)
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfeld and Mark Victor Hansen (140)
Diary of Anne Frank (16)
Dr. Seuss books (15)
Dubliners, James Joyce (22)
Dune, Frank Herbert (23)
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (38)
Harry Potter book one, J. K. Rowling (9)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (18)
Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl (20)
M*A*S*H, Richard Hooker (17)
The Peter Principle, Laurence Peter (16)
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot (17)
Watership Down, Richard Adams (26)
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, (26)
Familiar with John Le Carré? Taken from the website as the titles and numbers above: “Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews (1998), Edited by Bill Henderson and Andre Bernard. (“You’re welcome to Le Carré; he hasn’t got any future.”)”
Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it? (Evin – http://www.mrgurupublishing.com)