Have You Been Rejected 60 Times and Still Gone On?

I came across a very interesting article (read it here) about a woman who wrote an excellent book I read recently.  The book is called The Help.  It is set in the Deep South in the early 1960s.  It chronicles the lives of several women, some white and some black.  The black ladies are “The Help” who take care of the kids, clean the houses, and cook the meals.  Is this situation sounding familiar to anyone besides me?  It is a great read and should be required reading for those here who employ Household helpers…

The article talks about the author, Kathryn Stockett, who faced rejection on the book 60 times! before finding a publisher.  Can I be honest and say I wonder if publisher number 61 happened to be a Southerner who understood the draw of the story?  Regardless, Ms. Stockett did not give up.  She even wonder what would have happened had she been less obsessed with the project.  What if she had given up after 15 rejections or 20?  Well, I’ll tell you what would have happened… we would have lost out.  Those of us who enjoyed the book and benefitted from having read it would have been cheated.  I will say, I hope the 60 editors/publishers that turned her down feel as stupid as they should ;).  And I’m happy that Ms. Stockett is so diligent.  Perhaps it’s a lesson we all need to give some thought.  In what areas do we give up too easily?

Happy Help!



8 thoughts on “Have You Been Rejected 60 Times and Still Gone On?

  1. That totally reminds me of when Mars declined the offer to feature M&M’s in ET, giving all the sales inadvertently to Reeses Pieces. I bet those 60 publishers wish they had taken her book!

  2. In the age of the internet, one can publish anything online so it is not as critical to get published the old fashioned way. Also, one can go to any bookstore/printshop and print as many copies of one’s manuscript in a professional manner with top notch packaging and binding.

    • Joe, you can self-publish, but it’s hard to get the bang that publishing houses have in terms of marketing and exposure. I get what you’re saying and don’t disagree, but there is definitely some cache that comes with finding a publisher that thinks your book is worthy ;).

    • Joe, interesting. It sounds like they failed (as often is the case) to take the complexities of an excellent book and make them into an excellent movie. Par for the course, I think ;).

  3. Wow! 60 rejections and the 61st time was a charm! That’s a lesson for sure. Thanks for commenting on this book, though. I heard it mentioned just last week and want to put it on my list now for sure.

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