I Wrote 5 Books Before Publication

Read, learn, write, repeat 😀

Libby Sommer, Author

fountain pen on page of writing

I wrote five book length manuscripts before one was finally accepted for publication by Ginninderra Press, a small but prestigious publisher. Rejection didn’t stop me from writing.

‘You write, you re-write, you edit, you tweak and when it’s perfect, you submit. And then you get rejected. Many times, maybe by a person who didn’t even read it. Rejection is painful because it instantly devalues your creation. Someone says this isn’t worth publishing. Rejectees, take heart. Many now-famous writers have been rejected before they made it big. Stephen King wrote his first novel, “Carrie,” and it was rejected 30 times. Rejections were so devastating that he threw the manuscript in the trash. “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was rejected 140 times. Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind” was rejected by 38 publishers (and she did give a damn). James Joyce’s “Dubliner” was rejected 18 times and took nine years before…

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3 thoughts on “I Wrote 5 Books Before Publication

  1. nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Thank you for this quote from Calvin Coolidge. it is the single most important thing I have learned. I always believed talent was enough. It’s something we all need to bear in mind. Great article Chris and great insight

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