Today I'm thinking: REJECTION
Lets talk about it, shall we? Or do you consider it a four-letter word, not to be uttered?
"For two years I received nothing but rejections." ~ Judy Blume
"I sent out around fifteen queries." ~ Stephenie Meyer
"In the end, I received 60 rejections for The Help. But letter number 61 was the one that accepted me. After my five years of writing and three and a half years of rejection, an agent named Susan Ramer took pity on me." ~ Kathryn Stockett
"The agency sent Rowling’s 200-page script to 12 publishers, all of whom, to their eternal regret, turned down the book." ~ The J.K. Rowling Story by Stephen McGinty
"I started sending novels out and it took years of rejection but I had nothing to lose. It went on for about three years until I got an agent and she managed to sell something...I have a giant U.S. postal bag with rejection letters in my New York apartment, under the bed. I can't even lift it. There's certain editors who are still in town whose names are in it. It's not like I am ever going to refuse to work with them again but I like to remember who they are. Some of them were really, really mean -- unnecessarily." ~ Meg Cabot
"When my first short story was out, it was six years and 40 rejections before it sold." ~ Mary Higgins Clark
Do these quotes give you hope or a sense of frustration? If you're a published author, how many rejections did you receive before the phone call?