If you want to be like J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, or Kathryn Stockett, then you must have your work rejected before you become a phenomenal success. These writers, along with virtually every other successful writer, faced multiple rejections before finding the right agent or editor for their work.
Rejection feels awful, but it is not the end. It is an opportunity to send your work somewhere else. Somewhere it will be appreciated. Instead of rejection, it’s redirection.
Barbara Kingsolver, author of the bestselling novel “The Poisonwood Bible,” explains the process like this: “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address.”
It’s hard to know ahead of time where the “right address” will be. Writing tastes are very subjective, so what interests one reader or editor might bore another. That’s why it’s important to continue to submit your work, just as J.K. Rowling (“Harry Potter”), John Grisham (“A Time to Kill”), and Kathryn Stockett (“The Help”) did with their first novels. View the list to learn more about the rejections that were part of their roads to success.